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Museum Independent Security Union

Fight at the Museum

To fund its recent — and phenomenal — makeover, the Museum of Fine Arts raised about half-a-billion dollars. The result was more than 50 new galleries totaling more than 50,000 square feet, including the stunning new Art of the Americas wing. But of all the benefactors who bankrolled the additions, none seem to have earmarked funding for the men and women who patrol the building. Since April, despite record attendance at the MFA, members of the Museum Independent Security Union (MISU) have been fighting for their contracts, as directors are attempting to replace them with cheap labor. Join the guards outside of the museum every Monday from 4 to 6 pm, and learn something about art while you're at it.

Service Plan

You might have noticed the Service Employees International Union (SEIU) teaming up with Occupiers every chance they get. That's because the workers who they represent — from nurses in their health-care cluster to janitors and doormen in their property services force — are the very definition of the 99 percent. The struggle continues for SEIU members, as they fight behemoths like General Electric that outsource building sanitation tasks to abusive third-party companies. This summer, they'll be drafting a domestic-worker bill of rights at a convention in East Boston (June 16), all the while putting extra pressure on Capital Properties, which recently axed contract janitorial jobs in Back Bay.

Party 'Til You Nuke

Fourteen people were arrested for trespassing at Pilgrim Nuclear Power Station in Plymouth last month. As members of the Cape Downwinders — which is closely aligned with Occupy Cape Cod — they oppose the renewal of the plant's license for another 20 years, and have become especially active since last year's nuclear disaster in Japan, where the blown reactors were about as antiquated as Pilgrim's. The arrestees ranged in age from 58 to 82 years old. And while they've already caused quite a stir on their own — prodding area municipalities to question the plant's safety standards — they're always happy to welcome young visitors to help keep their picket going.

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