Protesters block Commonwealth Avenue advocating for workers rights

Demonstrators blocked parts of Commonwealth Avenue and MBTA trolley tracks on Thursday while advocating for the rights of Boston University adjunct professors and a $15 minimum wage for retail and fast food workers.

BU campus police responded at 2:26 p.m. to a report of a demonstration near 735 Commonwealth Ave.,, officials said.

It is unclear how many demonstrators were involved, though authorities said no arrests had been made as of Thursday evening. Boston police spokesman James Kenneally said no major issues with the demonstration were reported.


Colin Riley, a Boston University spokesman, said the school is currently negotiating its first contract with an adjunct professors union.

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Last year, the educators voted to join Faculty Forward, which is part of the Service Employees International Union Local 509, citing wages, working conditions, and investments in the classroom as issues it would address.

“We’re working on reaching an agreement soon,” Riley said.

Faculty Forward did not immediately respond to a request for comment. Adjunct faculty and the SEIU helped organize the protest.

Other demonstrators affiliated with the national grassroots movement Fight for $15 marched alongside university protesters and advocated for a $15 minimum wage for fast food and retail employees as well as workers in other industries.


The MBTA reported minor delays in service on Green Line’s B Branch due to police action in the BU area.

Richard Sullivan, superintendent of the MBTA Transit Police, said protesters moved along when police arrived. No further information was immediately available.

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