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Labor's love lost

Steve Lynch is winning back much of the union support that left him in 2009.
Talking Politics
By DAVID S. BERNSTEIN  |  March 08, 2013

American Airlines busted for union-busting

An inebriated Denzel Washington isn't your biggest problem at the airport.
Scream On
By CHRIS FARAONE  |  November 09, 2012

MaineToday Media unions approve new contract

The unions at the Portland Press Herald/Maine Sunday Telegram, the Kennebec Journal, and the Morning Sentinel have approved the latest contract. (See below for the...
By Jeff Inglis  |  November 30, 2011

Labor unions plan massive show of support in solidarity with #OccupyBoston on Thursday

The AFL-CIO, the Greater Boston Labor Council, and other labor groups are headed to Dewey Square tomorrow to show their support for the Occupants.  At...
By Carly Carioli  |  October 12, 2011

Organized labor's big moment

The public discussion around organized labor's influence on Rhode Island politics is a crude business.
How much clout do Rhode Island's unions wield, circa 2011? We're about to find out
By DAVID SCHARFENBERG  |  September 16, 2011
Libertarian angst: My problem with casinos and slots

Libertarian angst: My problem with casinos and slots

I've got to admit that I find the whole casino-gambling/slots business to be very messy. It challenges my libertarian instincts. I've managed largely to reconcile...
By Harvey Silverglate  |  September 13, 2011


The quiet man

Governor Paul LePage has, perhaps unexpectedly, refrained from loudly saying stupid things over the past month or so, since GOP legislators confronted him and told him he was a problem child.
Gubernatorial Scorecard


Listen, everyone. We'll have more on the budget moving forward, I'm sure. I'm heading up to Augusta on Wednesday to attend the Maine People's Alliances...
By Deirdre Fulton  |  March 07, 2011

Menino's money problems

David S. Bernstein’s article on the mayor’s feud with the firefighters and allegations that the city’s coffers are bigger than Mayor Tom Menino lets on is one of the only thoughtful treatments of this contract dispute to appear in the media.
Letters to the Boston editor, June 18, 2010

Patrick Lynch’s labor problem

For Attorney General Patrick C. Lynch, candidate for governor, labor matters.
By DAVID SCHARFENBERG  |  May 21, 2010

All quiet on the Times Co. front

When I heard this past Friday that the New York Times Company had delivered a radical ultimatum to the Boston Globe 's 13 unions I called Globe spokesman Bob Powers to check it out. He wasn't talking.
The Globe crisis leaves New York speechless. Plus, Morrissey Boulevard's problematic political fan club
By ADAM REILLY  |  April 10, 2009


The amount of research that Jason Notte conducted for his extensive article on the surge in suicides in the military is worthy of a Pulitzer Prize.
Letters to the Boston editor, March 27, 2009
By BOSTON PHOENIX LETTERS  |  March 25, 2009

As bad as Wall Streeters

Even in our 24/7, blog-and-Twitter media world, commentators can barely seem to keep up with the worsening economic conditions.
The greed of Boston's unions is staggering
By EDITORIAL  |  March 11, 2009