Friday Morning: Labor, Mayor Actually Agree

Published April 15, 2011

In an unprecedented deal, Boston’s labor leaders agreed to a deal with Mayor Menino that will require municipal workers to foot more of their health insurance bill — to the tune of $70 million. As cities and towns fight with unions over health care costs across the state and across the country, this deal feels like a harbinger of things to come.

Amid a dispute over staffing levels and tough talk from their boss, nurses at Tufts Medical Center have voted to authorize a one-day strike. The nurses’ union has not set a date for the walkout and said that they’ll only proceed with the strike if it’s warranted.

The state’s new Parole Board yesterday heard testimony in its first case. In the wake of resignations of the five former members of the board, new Parole Board Chairman Josh Wall has pledged to run the board differently.

While traveling to promote his new memoir, Gov. Deval Patrick sat down with WBUR’s Bob Oakes at the JFK Presidential Library for an intimate conversation about Patrick’s life and career. WBUR will broadcast the entire Patrick-Oakes conversation Sunday at 8 p.m.

The Bruins dropped the opening game in their first-round playoff series to the archrival Canadiens. Montreal netminder Carey Price shut the team out, 2-0.

The ICA opens a new exhibit on the vinyl record — unlike dinosaurs, they still exist — today. It looks and sounds awesome, as Oakes and WBUR’s Lisa Tobin can attest.

Speaking of looking and sounding awesome, WBUR’s Andrea Shea reports on Boston’s role in the “rock ‘n’ roll” of visual art — graffiti.

What we’re following: We’ll continue to report on the racetrack in Raynham that’s closed its poker room amidst state scrutiny, the expanding partnership between Beth Israel Deaconess Medical Center and Milton Hospital and a novel approach to college drinking at Holy Cross in Worcester.