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Dorchester man seeks new trial, citing withheld evidence, police corruption
A man falsely convicted of murder seeks release after twenty years in prison. A police officer paid to work security at a business was sleeping in his police vehicle when some took his gun and shot and killed him.
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19 Feb 2014 | Filed under: News / Human Rights
Minimum Wage Hikes
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During the 2014 State of the Union address, President Obama expressed his intent to sign an executive order that would raise the minimum wage for new federal contract workers to $10.10 an hour. Though some very vocal pundits and politicians were outraged by the president’s decision to bypass the legislative branch to enact a wage hike, the executive order he wrote is limited to new contracts starting in 2015 and does not apply to contract renewals unless there are significant changes to the terms of the contract, such as the number of employees or type of work involved. The budget for federal contracts shrinks every year, decreasing the number of new contracts with it. So President Obama’s executive order will actually have very little impact. But the brazenness of a unilateral action to give the lowest-wage earners working for the federal government a little bump called attention to two issues that have been on the minds and placards of many in the past few years: poverty and inequality.
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11 Feb 2014 | Filed under: Commentary / Labor : Organizing : Politics
Baystate Nurses Strike Averted - Agreement Reached
Baystate Nurse.jpgThe one day labor union strike by nurses at the Franklin County Baystate hospital has been called off. An injury to one is an injury to all.
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09 Feb 2014 | Filed under: News / Labor
Franklin Medical Ctr Nurses Labor Union to Stike 10 Feb 2014
Baystate nurses.jpgA strike has been called by the nurses labor union for Monday, 10 February 2014. An injury to one is an injury to all.
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08 Feb 2014 | Filed under: News / Labor
Immigrant Detainees Struggle for Rights at South Bay
This interview is reposted from Prison Action News 7.1

On October 3rd, 2013, approximately 40 detainees at the Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE) detention center at Suffolk County House of Corrections (South Bay) in Dorchester launched a hunger strike over poor health conditions, among other issues. Organizers in the ICE section, which holds about 200 immigrants, delivered a letter to the prison administration demanding officials "improve food safety [...], equalize access to programs and services [...], and support visitation rights. Detainees then launched a public campaign on September 26, with dozens of supporters rallying outside the prison, and threatened a hunger strike. Following the demand delivery, prison officials held a whole-unit meeting, promising to address the prisoners’ grievances. Prison administration, however, changed little, spurring detainees at all three ICE units in South Bay to go on hunger strike for three days. According to an outside supporter working with the detainees in their struggle, “The formidable power and solidarity built by the united detainees at South Bay has both forced ICE to address many demands and further exposed the inhumane nature of immigration enforcement in the US. Following the hunger strike, at least two detainees were released from detention and at least one released from solitary confinement. Some improvements in sanitary conditions have occurred and conversations for further progress are taking place. Meanwhile though, detainees continue to face retaliation and insufficient access to support, as well as continued sanitary issues.”

In recent years, prisoners at South Bay have complained about sanitation, over crowding, and other issues. Many detainees in the ICE section have ulcers from H. pylori bacterial infections, caused by poor sanitation. In 2010, women prisoners filed grievances and asked supporters to host a phone blitz to prison officials after
South Bay served inmates food contaminated with maggots and rat feces, and refused to address massive flooding of inmates’ cells. The following is an interview with an anonymous Haitian worker and father, currently unemployed and living in Boston, who was detained in the ICE detention section of South Bay in the months before the hunger strike:
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02 Feb 2014 | Filed under: News / Organizing : Police and Prisons
Unionized School Bus Drivers Rally in Dorchester
1 Feb 2014 001.JPGHundreds of workers rallied for labor union rights in Boston.
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02 Feb 2014 | Filed under: News / Labor
Reid Derails Fast Track
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01 Feb 2014 | Filed under: Commentary / Globalization
US Trade Representative Dodges Senate Fast Track Hearing
The US Trade Representative (USTR) declined an invitation to testify at the Senate Finance Committee opening hearing on the controversial "Fast Track" legislation - leaving an Ohio Republican, Sen. Rob Portman, in the position of representing the White House by reading from an Administration press release. Several committee members said they were puzzled and disappointed..
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24 Jan 2014 | Filed under: News / Globalization
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