Boston’s residency rule routinely flouted

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Thirteen of the 22 top leaders in Boston’s Police Department live outside the city in apparent violation of the city’s residency requirement, a law frequently ignored and weakly enforced, according to a Globe analysis of payroll and property records.

The Boston Globe – Change in the Win – 11/12/13

Martin Walsh took a break from campaigning inside a North End cafe Sept. 18.  |  JONATHAN WIGGS/GLOBE STAFF

Barry Bluestone, Director of the Dukakis Center, says Marty Walsh could potentially usher in a new era of labor relations in the U.S. if he can navigate the union / taxpayer relationships in Boston.

Wisconsin law could have ripple effect for unions in other states

Wisconsin Unions Rally

By Chris Camire | SentinelandEnterprise.com | July 16, 2012 Union membership dropped dramatically in Wisconsin last year after the state’s governor signed a bill outlawing the automatic withholding of union dues from workers’ paychecks. If states like Massachusetts follow suit, it could lead to a dramatic weakening of public-sector unions across the country, said Barry Bluestone, a […]

Special Report on Labor-Management Relations in Public Education

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The Boston Foundation and Dukakis Center recently released a new report entitled “Toward a New Grand Bargain: Collaborative Approaches to Labor-Management Reform in Massachusetts” written by Barry Bluestone, Director of the Dukakis Center, and Thomas A. Kochan, George M. Bunker Professor of Management at MIT.

How to Bring the Jobs Back: Freeze Public Wages

New York Times Op Ed | September 7, 2011

How to Bring the Jobs Back: Freeze Public Wages

By Barry Bluestone

IN the face of this economic crisis, the federal government has all but declared unilateral disarmament. The Federal Reserve chairman, Ben S. Bernanke, has vowed to keep real interest rates near zero, but even at that level few are borrowing. Over at the White House and on Capitol Hill, the pursuit of deficit reduction has taken on a religious fervor just when the economy needs a stimulus.

What can President Obama do? Many are suggesting another try at increasing infrastructure investment, but that would do little to provide a quick boost. Here is a wildly conservative, yet refreshingly liberal, alternative. Mr. Obama should first call together the leaders of all public- sector unions and ask them to pledge to a two-year freeze on federal, state and local public employee wages and benefits in return for a commitment to no government layoffs.

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