By - 9/15/11 - 8:28 am

Brookline considers requiring people who operate ice-cream trucks to supply fingerprints, Wicked Local Brookline reports.

By - 6/27/11 - 1:22 pm

The Herald reports Boston school-bus drivers could strike as soon as school gets out tomorrow, which could leave kids in year-round programs for students with disabilities could be left on the sidewalk.

The article doesn't explain why members of Local 8751 might want to strike. For that, you need to look at the union Web site.

By - 6/24/11 - 9:27 am

The federal Department of Labor announced yesterday the Upper Crust Pizzeria chain will pay $81,000 in back wages and penalties to 11 kitchen workers it had improperly classified as exempt from federal overtime regulations.

"The Labor Department will not allow employers like The Upper Crust Pizzeria to violate the law and deprive vulnerable, low-wage restaurant workers of their rightful wages," said Carlos Matos, assistant director of the Wage and Hour Division's Boston District Office, which investigated the case.

By - 5/17/11 - 3:22 pm

The state Executive Office of Labor and Workforce Development reports a cyberbreach may have let somebody collect personal data on people receiving Massachusetts unemployment benefits:

By - 5/17/11 - 3:12 pm

Boston's startup scene constantly gets compared, negatively, to San Francisco & NYC. A group of Bostonians had enough and decided to show everyone that we might not be the biggest or most famous innovation center but we are the loudest and nothing can stop us when we work together.

Bostonians from all over are uniting tonight to show that not only is our startup scene huge, vibrant and growing but we're also willing to help each other and others purely for the sake of helping. Need a job, a lead, or just someone to bounce ideas off of? Ruby Riot is calling your name.

By - 3/26/11 - 1:16 pm

Steve Nadis reports on his unusual path for a scheduled meeting on the North Shore earlier this week.

By - 3/25/11 - 1:16 pm

Associated Press reports on the canceled event in Taunton.

By - 3/15/11 - 4:54 pm

New Hampshire and Rhode Island are apparently better, WBUR reports.

By - 3/7/11 - 8:38 am

The Boston chapter of TAG (Teacher Activist Groups) which is a national coalition of grassroots teacher organizing groups is up and running and their new website recently launched. You can check it out here:

There are already some interesting posts regarding Boston student assignment and videos about the potential school closings.

By - 2/23/11 - 2:54 am

The crowd chanted "They say cut back, We say fight back" before the speakers came to the podium.

Congressman Ed Markey addressed the crowd to remind them what caused the financial crisis (and it wasn't public public sector workers.) Next, Congressman Mike Capuano announced, "I am a cheesehead" to communicate his solidarity with the working people of Wisconsin fighting for the right to bargain collectively for wages, benefits and work conditions. Mike foretold of similar attacks on worker rights by Republicans soon to come in Indiana, Ohio, Michigan and Pennsylvania. He said it was a fight for the middle class.

By - 2/21/11 - 11:26 am

Unions hold a rally to support their state-government counterparts in Wisconsin Tuesday at 4 p.m. at the State House.

Via Blue Mass. Group.

By - 2/8/11 - 6:34 pm


With its low unemployment rates, above-average paychecks and full supply of moviemaking professionals and newcomers emerging from one of the area's many highly-ranked film program (including Emerson College, Boston University and the Center for Digital Imaging at BU), Boston's film scene has been ready to explode for years. But with three of this award season's buzz movies' roots planted firmly in the Bay State - The Fighter, The Social Network and The Town - the time has finally arrived.

By - 1/27/11 - 4:40 pm

A federal appeals court ruled today Lahey Clinic had the right to dismiss a worker who accompanied her husband on a seven-week trip to the Philippines for a series of "healing pilgrimages" for a serious heart ailment and other medical problems.

By - 1/25/11 - 11:13 am

The Supreme Judicial Court ruled today that a trash company that docked employees after they damaged trucks or other people's property was violating state wage laws.

ABC Disposal Service, Inc. of New Bedford had set up a policy for dealing with damages by giving employees found at fault for accidents a choice: They could face disciplinary action or they could have the cost of repairing the damage deducted from their wages. Many chose garnishment and ABC says the policy worked spectacularly: The total costs of accidents decreased 78% between 2003 and 2006.

By - 1/24/11 - 10:47 pm

The mayor's office has scheduled a Friday meeting with employees of the soon-to-be ex-Hi-Lo in Jamaica Plain to give them help finding new work - possibly even at the Whole Foods that will replace the store.

By - 1/24/11 - 12:08 pm

The Massachusetts Appeals Court ruled today a worker injured at a Childrens Hospital construction project in 2003 has the right to sue the contractor who hired him because the site was a complete and dangerous mess.

A lower court had thrown out William Docos's lawsuit against John Moriarty and Associates on the grounds the leaning sheetrock that injured him was "an open and obvious" danger, so his injuries were his own fault.

But the appeals court reinstated his lawsuit, saying there's dangerous and then there's dangerous:

By - 1/13/11 - 4:13 pm

As promised by city councilors Mike Ross and Ayanna Pressley, a city Web site now lets you see how construction projects in the city match up with the city's construction job policy, which asks developers to ensure at least half their workers are Boston residents, 25% are people of color and 10% are women.

By - 1/7/11 - 7:57 am reports on efforts to develop a Boston bartenders guild:

Most meetings take place in one of the members' bars during a weekday. The next one, at Craigie on Main January 10, will feature John Mayer of Craigie and Tyler Wang of Drink talking about ice and dilution in cocktails. Other topics in the works include an interactive roundtable about cocktail formulas and discussions on speed and volume, guest relations and managing inventory.