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Cambridge Takes Steps to Protect Workers from Wage Theft

Cambridge Takes Steps to Protect Workers from Wage Theft

This week, workers in Cambridge, Massachusetts, gained new protections for making sure they are paid fairly and on time. On March 14, city manager Richard Rossi signed an executive order establishing certification requirements for vendors bidding on city contracts. The measure seeks to prevent wage theft, which is the improper withholding of payment from employees and the failure to pay employees according to required schedules. Wage theft most often involves employers paying less than the minimum, contracted or prevailing wage, not paying for all hours worked, or not paying overtime for hours exceeding 40 per week. But wage theft can take many forms—employers may never send the final paycheck or may misclassify workers as independent contractors.

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How Many Paychecks Are You Missing?

How Many Paychecks Are You Missing?

If you need proof that America has a problem with wage theft, look no further than the AMC Loews movie theater in downtown Boston. Several years ago, six janitors contracted to work at the theater hadn’t been paid for their work in months. When they finally spoke up, the contracting company fired them all.

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Spreading the Gospel of Trade Unionism to the Next Generation

Spreading the Gospel of Trade Unionism to the Next Generation

Working people know that the American economy doesn’t work for us. When we see corporate greed taking our voice at work away from us again and again, it becomes harder to hold on to hope. The share of workers who have union membership is less than 12% now, at its lowest rate in nearly 100 years. Given this equation, how much power can unions have to improve the lives of working families? When unions are mentioned in the media, we are painted as lazy, greedy and only fighting for ourselves. Why would anyone want to join a group like that? That is, if the general public knows about their rights at all. How can you join a union if you don’t even know that having a voice at work is possible?

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St. Patrick Goes After Verizon’s Snakes

St. Patrick is known for driving the snakes out of Ireland. This St. Patrick’s Day, he tried to drive the snakes out of Verizon.

Chanting “Good jobs for Boston,” about two dozen young members of the Greater Boston Labor Council’s (GBLC) Futures Committee staged a quick in-and-out march through a Boston Verizon Wireless store on St. Patrick’s Day. See the video.

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Verizon Workers Rally for Fair Deal

Rand Wilson of the AFL-CIO Field staff reports on the Solidarity Rally at Verizon’s New England headquarters.

With their union contracts set to expire this weekend, thousands of Verizon employees, members of the Electrical Workers (IBEW) and the Communications Workers of America (CWA), took their fight for a fair contract to the front of the company’s New England headquarters in Boston yesterday.

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Greater Boston Says: ‘We Are One’

Rosa Blumenfeld, organizer at the Greater Boston Labor Council, sent this report on April 4 actions there.

More than 500 union leaders, activists and community allies joined together outside the Massachusetts Republican Party headquarters in downtown Boston, in a driving rainstorm, today to speak out against the attacks on collective bargaining taking place in statehouses across America. We spotlighted efforts to repeal collective bargaining rights in the neighboring states of New Hampshire and Maine.

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70 Young Union Members ‘Organize Our Future’

Rosa Blumenfeld, an organizer at the Greater Boston Labor Council (GBLC), sends us this report.

What do you hear from your friends, family and fellow workers when you say the word “union”? What can we do, as young people, in the Boston area to create change? How do we talk to our co-workers about the union? How do we move them to take action for social and economic justice?

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