Mark Erlich

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Stories by Mark Erlich

1099 Nation spreads its tentacles

1099 Nation spreads its tentacles

Employees in every sense of the word — but without the benefits 

JULIO BELDI SPENT more than 10 years working in the seamy underside of the non-union construction industry.  Paid $17-$22 an hour for his work as a carpenter across New England, Beldi was compensated either in the form of a check with no deductions or with straight cash. Some of his employers treated him as an “independent(...)

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The Haiti-Boston connection

The Haiti-Boston connection

Union workers from Massachusetts help build a new teaching hospital in an impoverished country

jim ansara looks out over the sprawling 180,000-square-foot National Teaching Hospital under construction in Mirebalais, a town in the central plateau of Haiti. Audacious in conception, innovative in execution, the hospital is a joint effort of the Haitian Ministry of Health and Partners In Health, the Boston-based global health organization founded by Paul Farmer.  (...)

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