Raising the standard for good working conditions is like a chain reaction. More people will see their work life can be better.

~ Clara Vargas, 32BJ Member, Florida


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2,000 Contract Airport Workers Go on Strike at Seven U.S. Hubs
Entering one of the busiest holiday travel weeks of the year, about 2,000 baggage handlers and other airport workers at seven of America's biggest hubs went on strike Wednesday night over pay and union rights. Read More »
MIT pay raise shows janitors’ union clout
Under a new contract approved Thursday, janitors at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology will soon make more than $49,000 a year, nearly as much as low-level lecturers at the school earn. Read More »
Airport Workers Plan Disruptions in Nine U.S. Cities on MLK Day
Workers from nine U.S. airports are planning to block bridges, march through terminals and protest at airline headquarters during a day of civil disobedience on Martin Luther King Jr. Day. Read More »
2,000 Contract Airport Workers Go on Strike at Seven U.S. Hubs
Entering one of the busiest holiday travel weeks of the year, about 2,000 baggage handlers and other airport workers at seven of America's biggest hubs went on strike Wednesday night over pay and union rights. Read More »
Airport Workers Strike
The workers, mostly cabin and airport cleaners, were picketing Thursday morning at John F. Kennedy and LaGuardia airports in New York City, as well as airports in Newark, N.J., Boston, Philadelphia, Chicago and Fort Lauderdale, Fl., according to the Service Employees International Union. Read More »
WeWork, SEIU Reach Deal Over Office Cleaners
Office-space startup WeWork Companies Inc. reached an agreement with Service Employees International Union over the employment of the startup’s office cleaners, the company said Tuesday. Read More »
WeWork to Hire Union Cleaners after Pressure from Labor Organizers
WeWork Companies Inc., the shared office space company popular with start-up companies and tech workers, has settled a two-month dispute with its janitorial staff and the Service Employees International Union. Read More »
Billerica Cleaning Contractor Ordered to Rehire Union Janitors
A Billerica cleaning contractor violated federal labor laws when it refused to rehire union janitors after taking over two office accounts in Lowell and Acton earlier this year, a National Labor Relations Board judge ruled last week. Read More »
More than 100 Airport Workers Plan Strike at Logan
Logan Airport workers took to the picket lines Wednesday, the second strike this summer by airport contract employees demanding higher pay and the right to organize. Read More »
WeWork Cleaners Demand Higher Wages
WeWork, which provides short-term office and meeting space to startups and entrepreneurs and has become a paragon of the Innovation Economy, is now the target of a labor action. Read More »
Striking Logan Workers Deserve to Be Heard
A labor strike is often not as simple as one side in the right and the other all wrong, and perhaps Wednesday's picketing at Logan Airport in Boston is more complex than meets the eye. Read More »
Striking Airport Workers Rally Outside the State House
Workers who move baggage, help passengers and clean planes at Logan Airport went on a 24-hour strike Wednesday, alleging that airport contractors don’t pay enough and trample on their rights. Read More »
These Tufts Students, Trying to Save Janitors’ Jobs, Didn’t Eat for Five Days
For five days, several students at Tufts University stopped eating, staging a hunger strike to try to prevent campus janitors from getting laid off. Read More »
Four Tufts Students, Three Union Members Arrested During Protest
Four Tufts University students and three activists affiliated with a janitors union that contracts with the college were arrested during a protest on Thursday, the union and a Somerville official said. Read More »
Why We Must Fight for 15 and a Union
My name is Angel Rivera. Like the Fight for 15 workers who are protesting across the country today, I know what it’s like to work hard, but be unable to get by because of poverty wages and an employer that doesn’t respect your rights. Read More »
Airplane Cleaners Protest Firing
Dozens of workers at Logan Airport protested Thursday the firing of an airplane cleaner who said he was terminated because he favored unionization. Read More »
BU Workers and University Settle on a Tentative Agreement
With contracts set to expire Friday at midnight, Boston University workers and the university administration settled on a tentative agreement Thursday night that will raise cost-of-living and maintain affordable health care, according to a press release Friday. Read More »
Boston University Workers March for Last Push for Better Job Contracts
In an effort to put pressure on the university to settle on a new contract by the end of the week, more than 100 Boston University workers and union leaders assembled at Marsh Chapel Tuesday to raise support for increasing wages and maintaining current healthcare costs. Read More »
Health Care, Airport Workers to Get Wage Hike
The movement to raise the pay of low-income workers gained momentum this week as two Boston-area organizations announced new initiatives to increase wages. Read More »
Boston University Workers March for Better Job Contracts
Boston University workers and union leaders gathered at Marsh Plaza Wednesday to demand stronger, fairer contracts from the administration. The protesters marched from the plaza to 1 Silber Way, where BU President Robert Brown’s office is located. Read More »
Airport Workers Take Crucial Step Toward Forming Union
Nearly 900 of about 1,200 airport workers signed cards in support of joining the local property service union, 32BJ SEIU, as they seek higher wages and better working conditions from contractors at Logan International Airport. Read More »
A Growing Group Effort to Help Low-Wage Workers
On a drizzly afternoon in mid-June, about 1,000 low-wage workers and their supporters marched down Boylston Street, trombones and drums creating a jubilant soundtrack. Adjunct professors walked alongside fast-food workers, religious leaders with retail staffers, construction union officials with waiters. Read More »
Mass Celebrates Workers’ Rights, Dignity
A Catholic priest called Saturday for better pay and increased respect for hard work, likening the struggles of immigrant laborers to those of the Holy Family, at a Mass held in solidarity with MBTA janitors who had faced planned Labor Day layoffs. Read More »
MBTA Janitors Won’t Lose Their Jobs Starting Sept. 1
After more than a year’s worth of protests and meetings with transit officials, janitors responsible for cleaning the MBTA’s stops and stations who thought their jobs were in jeopardy will no longer face unemployment come September 1. Read More »
Martha Coakley’s Bid for Governor Endorsed by 32BJ SEIU
Attorney General Martha Coakley's campaign to become the next governor of Massachusetts was endorsed on Tuesday by the 32BJ Service employees International Union, which represents around 17,000 property services employees across the Commonwealth. Read More »
Report: MBTA Janitors Are Doing Work They’re Not Properly Trained to Handle
MBTA officials say that a new report commissioned by the Massachusetts Coalition for Occupational Safety and Health, which claims T janitors who are already overworked will be subject to poor and unsanitary conditions when staffing cuts go into effect in September, has a “very specific agenda.” Read More »
MBTA Janitors Overworked, Lack Training, Report Says
MBTA janitorial workers are overworked and perform in unsafe conditions — without the proper training or necessary equipment, according to a new report scheduled to be released Wednesday. Read More »
Airport Workers Ramp Up Union Fight
Logan Airport workers ramped up their three-year fight to unionize Thursday, rallying with politicians, labor leaders, and community organizers. Read More »
Union Protests Come in the Form of a YMCA Flashmob
The union representing the MBTA’s contracted cleaners, Service Employees International Union Local 32BJ, has been leading protests against the T. Read More »
Protesters Slam MBTA Plan to Cut Janitors
For the second time in less than a week, union workers crowded around the state transportation building Saturday, protesting an MBTA cleaning contract that could cause up to 90 janitors to lose their jobs cleaning train stations. Read More »
Janitors Balk at Being Broomed by MBTA
The union representing MBTA janitors yesterday called on lawmakers to oppose plans to cut cleaning staff by one-third and reduce the hours of those still on the job by Sept. 1 — steps they said will lead to dirtier stations as employees bear heavier work loads compounded by the T’s recent expansion of late-night service. Read More »
Workers Say Cuts to T Cleaning Services Will Leave a ‘Mess’ on the MBTA
During the MBTA board’s monthly meeting on Wednesday, a group of janitors responsible for keeping the stations clean will tell transit officials not to “make a mess” of the T by allowing staffing levels to be mopped up. Read More »
MBTA Urged to Reconsider Scheduled Cuts to Station Janitors
Workers who clean MBTA stations are urging the T to reconsider a cost-saving plan that calls for reducing the number of subcontracted janitors by nearly one-third and cutting about one quarter of the total hours they spend cleaning. Read More »
Faces Behind The Mass. Minimum Wage Debate
“You know, I had cars, I had a couple of cars, nice apartment, everything like that, but the economy starts sliding, pay starts sliding, and end up here at Logan Airport for $8.33 an hour." Read More »
Dems Aiming to Become Governor of Massachusetts Spar at SEIU Candidate Forum in Dorchester
All the candidates participated in the back-and-forth with the approximately 400 union members in attendance for nearly two hours. Read More »
Minimum Wage Bills Pushed in At Least 30 States, Including Massachusetts
Labor unions and other advocates point to workers like Andrew Lloyd, who cleans the cabins, bathrooms and cockpits of airplanes between flights at John F. Kennedy Airport in New York City for $8 an hour. Read More »
Cambridge Janitors Protest Layoffs at Sanofi/Genzyme
Janitors working at the Sanofi/Genzyme facility in Kendall Square demonstrated Thursday, Jan. 16, demanding job security as the pharmaceutical giant looks to hire a new contractor. Read More »
A Boston that Works for All
With the new Boston mayor and city council ready to look at deep-seated urban problems anew, it’s time to start talking about what Boston can do to address one of the greatest challenges of our time: income inequality. While the city has come out of the Great Recession in much better shape that other big Read More »
Activists Continuing Push for Minimum Wage Ballot Question
Despite the Mass. Senate’s vote to raise the state’s minimum wage to $11 an hour, labor activists say they will continue to move forward on a ballot referendum to raise the minimum wage and ensure that all workers earn sick time if they or family members are ill. Read More »
Workers Plan Labor Day Weekend Protests of Logan Airport Contractor
Logan Airport contract workers and their allies have planned a pre-Labor Day protest at a major contract employer, a local division of the Service Employees International Union announced. Read More »
Union Fears T Cuts Will Hurt Cleanliness
The board of directors of the Massachusetts Department of Transportation is expected to approve a package of MBTA cleaning contracts Wednesday that would cut the number of hours spent cleaning train stations, a change that union representatives say will result in overworked janitorial staff and dingy station platforms. Read More »
Could the MBTA Stations Get Even Grimier?
If top MBTA officials don’t choose wisely, things could get dirty at the train stations and stops, union representatives said Friday. Read More »
Union Says Logan Airport Companies Broke Law
The union trying to organize airport contract employees has charged six aviation services companies at Logan International Airport with unfair labor practices, including restricting free speech, spying on a union meeting, and firing an employee for speaking out about working conditions. Read More »
Contractor at Logan Fined Over Pay
Massachusetts Attorney General Martha Coakley has cited aviation services contractor Flight Services & Systems Inc. for failure to pay workers at Logan International Airport. Read More »