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The MBTA says the agreement with unions representing 500 workers will save the T $1.66 million or about 1% of the estimated deficit for the fiscal year that starts July 1. The workers had been scheduled for a 4% pay increase.
The T's largest union, the Carmen's Union, has not yet agreed to a wage freeze. Speaking of them, the T's zero-tolerance cell-phone policy goes... Read more
Mr. D is in major de-clutter mode and is trying to figure out if he should keep or get rid of a variety of items he's bought for the classroom over the years but never used, including a disco ball:
... This is the sort of novelty lighting you buy at Spencer's in the mall. I've always had this vision of roller-skating around the... Read more
Erin McElveen details the case of David Donatelli, an executive at our very own EMC, who left for a better deal at California's HP, only EMC sued and now he can't go because of a non-compete clause in his contract, which is legal in Massachusetts but not in California.
Folio reports that Boston/Framingham-based IDG today cut 8% of its US staff and smushed all of its business-to-business publications into a single unit. This comes atop 10% pay cuts for B2B employees last month.
Paul Conley (who actually broke the story), discusses.
Ed note: If anybody needs to hire an outstanding online video and audio editor suddenly free of his previous responsibilities, let... Read more
The Crimson reports on preparations for faculty buyout offers at Harvard.
Candelaria Silva discusses the dead-man-walking phenomenon and other aspects of getting let go in these times.
Mandatory week off without pay all around, the Boston Business Journal reports.
Mr. D recounts fail moments, from seeds that won't germinate in wet paper towels to the student who showed up covered from head to toe in his own feces.
Tom LeCompte recently became a Boston cab driver. He's blogging the experience:
... Then, from the back, I heard bodies shifting in the seat, the sounds of murmuring and kissing, of clothes being pulled at and unbuttoned. I glanced up at my rearview mirror, but saw nothing. They were clearly taking advantage of the rear seat couch.
"Say it," she whispered.
"Say it,"... Read more
Alicia, a librarian, recounts a stapler saga, and explains why she fears the microfilm reader.
I work from home. Now that it's getting warmer out, I'd love to get my work done in the fresh air. But I can't think of any place that:
* Has reasonably comfortable benches
* Has shady spots (can't see the laptop in the sun)
* Is near a public WiFi access point
* Isn't next to noisy traffic
* Is... Read more
Paul Levy reports medical department chiefs at the hospital have started a Physicians Support BIDMC Fund and that, to date, senior docs have agreed to forego more than $350,000 in salaries as the hospital tries to cut a projected budget deficit.
The Globe reports that IDG is cutting many employees' salaries by 10% in its media division, which publishes Computerworld, PC World and Network World.
Endangered Coffee comes up with 10 possible reasons a co-worker did that.
Angela is toting up the number of times her boss drops an F-bomb:
... He was in the office today for a grand total of 30 minutes and I heard him drop F-bombs 15 times. ...
The Boston Business Journal posts some numbers - Boston residents reported a 7.4% unemployment rate in January, compared to 4.7% in January, 2008. Some 11 cities and towns reported double-digit unemployment numbers in January.