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Boston McDonald’s Hit by Protests Against Labor Abuse
02.jpgBOSTON, MA – A group of young protesters braved the pouring rain to demonstrated at three local McDonald’s branches in downtown Boston today, Oct. 28.

They were calling on fast-food giant McDonald’s to work with the Coalition of Immokalee Workers (CIW) to help establish real labor rights for the workers who pick tomatoes for McDonald’s suppliers. The young protesters, several of whom wore colorful scary “Ronald McDonald” halloween masks, entered the fast-food stores and distributed hundreds of leaflets documenting sweatshop conditions and human rights abuses in the Florida fields where McDonald’s tomatoes are grown.
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28 Oct 2006 | Filed under: News / Human Rights : Labor
Burlington Janitors Fast for Workers Rights
fastersday1.jpgBurlington, Mass. — Several janitors began a 5-day fast on Monday to show awareness on worker rights violations by three cleaning contractors, Resource One and Jani-Solutions, hired by real state development agency Gutierrez Co., and American Housekeeping, hired by one of its tenants. Every day of this week the group of fasters, monitored by a team of nurses, will be sitting on Wall and Cambridge Streets and are planning to hold a prayer vigil on Thursday.
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27 Sep 2006 | Filed under: News / Globalization : Human Rights : Labor : Organizing
Jesse Diaz, leader of the Los Angeles March 25th Coalition successfully concluded visit to Massachusetts
jesse_8-27-06_boston_b.jpgJesse Diaz, one of the leaders of the March 25th Coalition in Los Angeles, California, that started a process of massive immigrant demonstrations, visited Boston from 8/24 through 8/27. Diaz was invited to tour the area to share his organizing experience with local pro-undocumented immigrant rights organizations by the Boston May Day Coalition.
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29 Aug 2006 | Filed under: News / Labor
Unions and community groups show solidarity with Gillette workers
Ric, Pam, Norm at Gillette protest 3.JPGGillette recently announced that in October it is closing part of its razorblade packaging center affecting more than a hundred jobs. The decision is the latest in a series of job cuts by Gillette's new owner, the giant multi-national conglomerate Procter & Gamble based in Cincinnati, OH.
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27 Jun 2006 | Filed under: News / Labor
Standard-Thomson workers stand up to concessions to win better contract
righttoorganize.gifWorkers at Standard Thomson in Waltham, Massachusetts united in their union (IUE-CWA Local 274) to fight the company's concessionary demands and preserve the good jobs our communities need.
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19 May 2006 | Filed under: News / Labor
Living Wages: Immigrants and the State's Economy
100_0659.jpgThe men flock around the car with hope and apprehension: they weigh their distance, eager but cautious, drift in through the crowd of friends and contenders in hopes to find a job. This time the car deceives them, hums and rattles, but leaves with as many passengers as it arrived. With hunched shoulders setting a front against the cold that sneaks through the cracks, the men disperse and resume talking about life, about soccer, anything that will keep their minds off the accumulated stack of bills and debt. These are but a few of the undocumented immigrant workers who stand around our street corners, looking for work.
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18 May 2006 | Filed under: News / Globalization : Human Rights : International : Labor
Fair Trade Art from Zimbabwe Makes Its Way to Boston
zimart.jpgSocially responsible artwork from Zimbabwe makes a big impression and gives a different image of Africa.

Usually the term fair trade is associated with coffee, chocolate or bananas. But how often do you hear about fair trade art? Planet Aid and Friends Forever Zimbabwe will host a three-week exhibition at the Harriet Tubman House displaying fairly traded sculptures from Zimbabwe starting May 3.
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08 May 2006 | Filed under: News / Globalization : Human Rights : International : Labor
May Day 2006: El Gran Paro Americano
crowd2.jpgMay Day will mark a historical national opportunity for immigrant and labor groups to make their voices heard while pending immigration legislation in Congress. The Great American Boycott of 2006 or a “day without immigrants” is a nationwide general strike and economic boycott to protest the anti-immigrant sentiments and actions across the country. The NOHR4437 national coalition, which has its stronguest roots in Los Angeles, California, is calling for full amnesty and dignity for the millions of undocumented workers presently in the U.S.
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26 Apr 2006 | Filed under: News / Education : Globalization : Human Rights : Labor : Organizing
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