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Friday Nite Videos | September 22, 2017

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Back in Black - Republicans Don't Know What Insurance Is. Hard Hat Stuns Audience With His Piano Skills. You Don’t Need a Brain to Sleep -- Just Ask Jellyfish. No Irish Need Apply | Documentary. Who Belongs in a City? | OluTimehin Adegbeye.

No Irish Need Apply | Documentary

A short documentary film, with music, depicting anti-Irish bigotry in Boston's daily newspapers from the 1880s and 1890s. By Bill Fitzpatrick.

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Boston Nurses Are Bringing Back the Strike

Sarah Betancourt In These Times
Tufts Medical Center nurses went back to work on Monday after launching the first Boston nurses’ strike in more than three decade. Despite the collective action, the roughly 1,200 nurses who walked out still face barriers to a satisfactory resolution.

Walter O’Brien: The Man Who Never Returned

Peter Dreier and Jim Vrabel Jacobin
Most Americans know the song “MTA,” popularized by the Kingston Trio in 1959. It’s the one about a “man named Charlie” doomed to “ride forever ’neath the streets of Boston . . . the man who never returned.” What’s forgotten, however, is that the song was originally made for a left-wing political campaign. In 1949, the Boston People’s Artists wrote “MTA” for a left-wing candidate. The song became a hit — the man behind it disappeared.

MBTA Outsourcing is Not Paying Off

Craig Hughes Commonwealth Magazine
The 18.6 million dollar repair contract for the 32-bus fleet, which was bid in 2013, was the only bid the T received and came in nearly 18 percent below estimate.

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BPS Students Take to the Streets, Mayor Walsh Feeling the Heat

Jason Pramas Dig Boston
What’s unspoken is that the best proof that the unions didn’t have much of a role in the protest is that historically they’ve shown little ability to mobilize significant numbers of students in the Bay State. Typically, union-backed coalitions like BEJA will pull a few dozen to a few hundred people to such protests. Students or non-students, the story is always the same. The people who turn out will be a mix of union and nonprofit staffers.

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Hyatt to Pay Ousted Workers $1 million in Boycott-ending Deal

Katie Johnston Boston Globe
Under the settlement, these workers, who were supported by the hospitality union Unite Here, also will receive preference in hiring at future Boston-area Hyatt hotels, although many said they would be reluctant to return to a Hyatt unless it is unionized. Nationwide, about a quarter of Hyatt hotels have a union presence, and Marc Ellin, senior vice president at Hyatt, said future Hyatts in Greater Boston “could involve union representation
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