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Picket in Front of Parsons Corporation as Part of International Day of Action Against War Profiteering in Iraq
DCP_0001.JPGOn Tuesday, February 24, 2004, from noon to 1:00, about twenty-five of us picketed at Parsons Corporation’s offices at 100 Summers Street in Boston’s Financial District. This was part of a international day of action against war profiteering in Iraq, Parsons being targeted because of the contract it was awarded by the Army Corps of Engineers to help rebuild Iraq’s infrastructure. The focus of the protest, organized by United for Justice with Peace (UJP), Massachusetts Peace Action and other groups, was the corrupt manner in which contracts had been given out by the Bush administration, primarily to those corporations with close ties to members of the administration. Much of the reconstruction work has been done in an incompetent manner, without the in-put of the Iraqis most affected by this process--and, to top it all off, it is being paid for with revenue from Iraq’s oil sales. The critique of those protesters I talked to was far wider than just corrupt contracting though--as one might imagine, they were critical of the Bush administration’s war-mongering, but also its neoliberalism (“free” trade policies) and the lack of democratic accountability on the part of the government and corporations, both in Iraq and in the US itself. People in the peace movement are definitely making an effort to tie the issue of ending the US occupation of Iraq to a larger attempt to change our social system.
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25 Feb 2004 | Filed under: News / Globalization : International : Labor
BOSTON MEDICAL CENTER THREATENS UNIONS
regarding Feb 26, 12-1pm, BioDefense Lab Forum
It is CLEAR from Mr. Gorman's chilling letter threatening the Boston Medical Center unions, that free discussion of this issue without intimidation is not something BMC administration wants to see happen. Gorman's letter seems to indicate that free discussion by employees at BMC on this issue is something certain Boston Medical Center administrators are willing to stiffle by any means necessary .
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20 Feb 2004 | Filed under: Announcement / Labor : Social Welfare : Technology
Stop & Shop Contract Negotiations: General Strike for Health Care?
The United Food and Commercial Worker’s Union (UFCW) contract with Stop & Shop Supermarket Company expires on February 14th, 2004 at midnight. Negotiations about the contract began in July of last year, when Stop & Shop proposed outrageous changes to their renewal contract with the UFCW. There are 120 Stop & Shop grocery stores in the State of Massachusetts alone, and Stop & Shop is the #1 grocery retailer in New England. The UFCW local Union 1459 will be voting on the contract proposal on Sunday February 15th, 2004 in West Springfield, MA. The New England, New York and New Jersey UFCW labor movement has agreed to take whatever means necissary to "protect the livelihood of their members and families." If an agreement is not negotiated, a general stike and picket line are the only alternative to preserving their workplace rights.

Update: Nearly 600 Local 1459 grocery store workers voted unaminously to approve a new three year contract with their employer, Stop & Shop. Leadership from Local 1459, along with the four other unions that represent 42,000 Stop & Shop workers, ironed out their differences with Stop & Shop management and negotiated a last minute agreement into the wee hours of Febrary 15th, 2004.
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14 Feb 2004 | Filed under: News / Labor
No Contracts, No Peace!: Thousands of Angry Workers Turn Out To Heckle Boston Mayor
Upwards of 5,000 workers braved the cold temperatures to embarrass the mayor on the night of his most important speech of the year in protest of the unions' protracted contract dispute with the city. Many union leaders promised that this demonstration was a small taste of the potential disruption that is expected to take place during the Democratic National Convention if the city does not meet the union's demands.
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14 Jan 2004 | Filed under: News / Labor
LABOR AND HEALTHCARE: Unions and Community Groups Launch Campaign to Promote Healthcare for All
Union activists and health care reformers across the state are mobilizing for an education campaign to provide the public with more information about the reasons health insurance costs are skyrocketing and what needs to be done to make it more affordable. The campaign also gives participants a chance to ?vote? for a ?Medicare for All? solution that would cover everyone and more effectively control costs. Medicare is the federal insurance program that already covers the vast majority of people over age 65. The program?s administrative costs are less than 5 percent, while overhead for private, employer-based insurance eats up about 30 percent of health care spending.<br>[ <a href="http://boston.indymedia.org/front.php3?article_id=18409&group=webcast">full story</a> | <a href="http://www.massjwj.net">Massachusetts Jobs With Justice</a> ]
19 Nov 2003 | Filed under: News / Labor : Social Welfare
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