• Jun 18
    The Boston Globe

    I WAS saddened to read about the Vermont floor worker who suffered severe burns when the solvent he was using on a laundromat floor burst into flames, reportedly heated by a nearby dryer (“Worker hurt in dryer-sparked blaze,” New England in brief, June 9). A few years ago such tragedies were all too common in Massachusetts.

  • Jun 12
    The Standard-Times

    NEW BEDFORD — The death of seafood worker Victor Gerena could have been prevented had Sea Watch International followed safety protocol, according to his mother Ada Garcia. And now, she said, five kids are without a father.

  • Jun 12
    The Boston Globe

    Federal officials are investigating the violent death of a man caught in machinery Thursday while working the night shift at a seafood-processing plant in New Bedford.

    Victor Gerena, 35, was cleaning a shellfish-shucking machine at Sea Watch International around 1:30 a.m. when he “became entangled in a rotary turbine engine,” said New Bedford police.

  • Mar 06
    Boston Globe

    By Megan Woolhouse |  Globe Staff    March 06, 2014

    A temporary staffing agency sued by its workers for not paying overtime failed to register to do business in Massachusetts and meet requirements of a year-old law regulating these companies, according to the state Labor Department.

  • Feb 20
    Boston Globe

    By Megan Woolhouse
    BILLERICA — About a year ago, a worker sued a Billerica packaging company and the temporary employment agency that placed her there, claiming she was owed thousands of dollars in unpaid overtime. Now, with more employees expected to join the suit, the temp agency is offering to pay 25 cents on the dollar for any overtime they might be entitled...

  • Feb 18
    Boston Globe

    It’s easy to recognize a former restaurant dishwasher. Long, deep scars often line their forearms — the result of nights when, as the lowest on the chain of kitchen workers, they must plunge their hands into boiling hot water to unclog industrial-size dish-washing machines. Another requirement is hauling heavy dish tubs across slippery kitchens.

  • Feb 10
    The New England Center for Investigative Reporting

    A Newbury Street address. Proclamations of praise from the city and state. An extravagant launch party at a Back Bay venue where a group of teen writers signed magazine copies like rock stars. An over-the-top press release hailing the event's success as something unforgettable.

  • Jan 24
    Boston Globe

    As president of a worker center in Boston, I was thrilled to see a reporter recognize the growing role that these centers play in protecting workers from wage theft, dangerous jobs, and other forms of labor abuse (“Worker advocacy groups gain clout, clash with businesses,” Business, Jan. 17).

  • Jan 13
    Boston Globe

    In her native Sri Lanka, Yoga Pasupathipillai was too poor to go to college, buy a home, or even get married.

  • Oct 09
    Boston Globe

    We agree that “you should not put a dollar figure on what is right for student learning,” as Dot Joyce, spokeswoman for Mayor Menino, says in reference to the announcement of a proposed $261 million construction project to house two Boston schools (Page A1, Oct. 1). But does it depend on who foots the bill — the state or the City of Boston?