By SCOTT JACKSON
A coalition of union workers and community groups plan to protest outside the Quincy Walmart this Friday, urging the retailer to provide better wages and working conditions.
MassUniting, in concert with Walmart workers, is staging protests at 49 Bay State stores at 11 a.m. on Black Friday, including the Quincy location at 301 Falls Blvd. In a statement, the group says the retail giant brings in annual profits of $16 billion while its employees work part-time schedules that pay less than $25,000 per year. MassUniting and the workers want Walmart to pay its employ $15 an hour and give them full-time, consistent schedules.
MassUniting is a coalition whose members include the Service Employees International Union (SEIU), Chinese Progressive Association, Neighbors United for a Better East Boston, City Life/Vida Urbana, Mass Senior Action, New England Worker’s Alliance, Massachusetts Communities Action Network, Massachusetts Jobs with Justice, and the Boston Worker’s Alliance.
By SCOTT JACKSON
The Dec. 2 community meeting on the planned closing of Quincy Medical Center has been moved to Quincy High School. The meeting will begin at 7 p.m. inside the school’s auditorium at 100 Coddington St.
The meeting had been planned for Point Webster Middle School, but was moved to accommodate a larger crowd.
Steward Health Care, the for-profit company that purchased the hospital out of bankruptcy in 2011, announced plans to close Quincy Medical Center earlier this month. In its place, Steward plans to open a standalone emergency department and an urgent care center at separate sites in the city. The location of those facilities has yet to be announced.
The closure was initially scheduled to take place on Dec. 31, but Steward officials have said it may remain open until Feb. 4 at the latest to comply with state law requiring 90 days notice before a hospital can close.
The Board of College Courses, Inc., The Board of Governors of Quincy College and Barnes and Noble College Booksellers, Inc., will host a grand opening of Barnes & Noble at Quincy College next Wednesday, Dec. 3.
Barnes & Noble recently opened two new college bookstores at both Quincy College’s Quincy and Plymouth campuses this past summer. The official ribbon cutting will be performed by Quincy Mayor Thomas Koch on Wednesday, Dec. 3rd at 11:30 a.m. at the Quincy Campus, 1250 Hancock St, Quincy Center.
Prior to the ribbon cutting at 11:15 a.m., there will be comments from Mayor Koch and representatives from the Board of College Courses, Inc., the Quincy College Board of Governors, Barnes & Noble and the Quincy Chamber of Commerce.
Barnes & Noble at Quincy College is located on the first floor of the Quincy College campus at Presidents Place, 1250 Hancock St. in Quincy, and the other on the first floor of the Quincy College campus at 36 Cordage Park in Plymouth. The event will take place at the Quincy Campus.
A resource for students, faculty, staff and the greater community, the bookstore sells Quincy College textbooks, school supplies, and branded clothing and accessories. In addition, they offer general interest reading materials in Quincy and office supplies at both locations.
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