Janitors represented by the Service Employees International Union (SEIU) Local 32BJ reached a settlement in their contract negotiations with Boston area cleaning companies. An impending strike that would have affected thousands of office buildings that are cleaned by 13,000 workers was called off after a tentative agreement was reached.
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Harvard's dining hall workers, who have been in contract negotiations since the summer, are asking for the ability to earn at least $35,000 a year and a health insurance program that does not shift costs onto those who can least afford it. Their contract experied on September 17, and a subsequent strike vote drew a 97% "Yes." Teamsters Local 25 has expressed its solidarity with the potential strike, telling Harvard that it will not cross the picket line to deliver anything on campus.
Warren as quoted in the Boston Globe, "I will be voting no on Question 2. Many charter schools in Massachusetts are producing extraordinary results for our students, and we should celebrate the hard work of those teachers and spread what’s working to other schools.
Centerbridge Partners is a vulture fund that’s heavily invested Puerto Rico’s debt. Last summer, Centerbridge commissioned a report to push Puerto Rico to close more schools, lay off more teachers and make deeper cuts in basic support so they could make huge profits. Some 200 schools have been closed, and millions cut from education.
Check out this important article just published by The Boston Herald that traces most of the money being used to fund the campaign to lift the cap on chater schools back to just four billionaires - including the Wal-Mart family.
"During the next year, I will be there are least five times for someone else's fight, as well as my own. If enough of us are there, we'll all start winning."