The city of Boston is looking to hire 11 "parking meter supervisors" to patrol city streets and municipal lots looking for vehicles that merit you issuing parking tickets or that need to be simply towed away, all while acting in a "courteous and professional manner" as you explain the law to people who are getting a ticket or watching their car be hooked up to a tow truck. Read more.
Cambridge Day reports the Cambridge zoning board has agreed to enforce a limit on live entertainment at local pubs despite the fact that the limit is not actually incorporated in the city zoning code. Read more.
Workers at Wayfair, the online home-furnishings concern, are organizing a walkout tomorrow afternoon to protest the company's decision to keep selling furniture to a government contractor that runs detention camps along the border. The walkout is scheduled for 1:30 p.m., with organizers hoping to have workers converge on Copley Square to demand the company end the contract and give the profits it's already made on the sales to RAICES, an immigration support group in Texas.
A federal appeals court ruled yesterday that an American who worked as an administrative assistant in the Canadian consulate in Boston can try to convince a judge that the consulate should pay her for injuries she suffered in a fall there, in a case in which both the Canadian government and the US State Department were forced to consider the intricacies of Massachusetts workers compensation law. Read more.
Roving UHub photographer George Carroll Jr. reports that at 11:50 p.m. on Thursday, in the cold and rain, he spotted Geoff Applegate maintaining a solo picket outside the Stop & Shop on East Broadway in South Boston. The store wasn't open to the public but, Applegate told Carroll, he was there in case the company tried making a delivery.
The Huntington News reports Northeastern University wants the National Labor Relations Board to rule that non-tenure-track professors are managers ineligible to unionize, no matter how poorly they might get paid.
At 1 p.m., the United Food & Commercial Workers declared a strike against Stop & Shop across New England. As workers walked out of stores, managers, with nobody left to do any work except for Marty the Spill Finding Robot, shut the stores and associated gas stations. Read more.
As of 10:15 PM tonight all picketing operations in Local 12003 and 12012-04 will cease immediately. Together both locals have reached a tentative agreement. There is a number of peripheral issues that will be resolved tomorrow. A follow up email will be sent out to all members with a Date, Location, and Time for a ratification meeting as soon as a hall is confirmed.
The Boston City Council voted unanimously today to support 1,500 striking members of Unite Local 26 in their action against local Marriott hotels, which include the Westin and the Ritz-Carlton. Every councilor rose to voice support for the workers at what they said was one of the world's most profitable hotel chains, with a corporate "core values" statement that includes treating workers well.
Craig Caplan took in the picket line outside the Ritz-Carlton where striking members of Unite Here protested the decision of their alleged union brothers on the Yankees to cross the line and stay there.
The Supreme Judicial Court ruled today that Massachusetts companies cannot enforce Massachusetts non-compete contract clauses on employees in states that bar non-compete agreements, such as California. Read more.