Category: Fred Bayles

With minimum wage increase accomplished, Massachusetts labor activists turn to campaign for earned sick time

Springfield Republican Fred Bayles, College of Communication For more than a year, liberal and labor activists in Massachusetts advocated simultaneously for two initiatives: a higher minimum wage and mandatory earned sick time… Expert quote: “Minimum wage is a concept that is easily grasped; earned sick time is a little bit more in the weeds. If […]

Split in probation case could spell trouble for pols

Boston Herald Fred Bayles, College of Communication Bay State pols may be called to testify twice in separate high-profile trials involving the scandal-plagued Probation Department’s former bosses after a federal judge yesterday split the case’s indictment in two — a decision that bodes ill during the direct run-up to Election Day, one expert warned… Expert […]

Unions dominate PAC spending in Massachusetts politics, with 18 of top 20 spenders

Springfield Republican Fred Bayles, College of Communication Political action committees connected to organized labor were the top spenders contributing to state-level lawmakers and candidates last year, according to a study released Tuesday by the Massachusetts Office of Campaign and Political Finance… Expert quote: “There has been a great tradition of pro-union policies since the 1930s, […]