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Whidden minimum wage boosted to $15 in Cambridge Health Alliance contract

Whidden minimum wage boosted to $15 in Cambridge Health Alliance contract

Lower-paid service and clerical workers at a unit of Cambridge Health Alliance have won a minimum starting wage of $15 an hour, their union announced Thursday.

Maher campaign’s fast $34,189 kicks off fundraising, concerns about developers

Maher campaign’s fast $34,189 kicks off fundraising, concerns about developers

It’s a little less than a year until elections, but Mayor David Maher is in full campaign donations mode – surging far ahead of any other sitting councillor by amassing a bit less than $34,190 in just a month’s time.

Teachers call for help, ‘hands and hearts’ in classrooms, after relentless initiatives

Teachers call for help, ‘hands and hearts’ in classrooms, after relentless initiatives

Teachers were invited to talk about budget priorities with the School Committee making it very clear they need more help in the classroom and a dramatic slowdown in the exhausting introduction of initiatives.

Housing Authority 9,500-person wait list will freeze for upgrades; few rents to rise (update)

Housing Authority 9,500-person wait list will freeze for upgrades; few rents to rise (update)

The Housing Authority’s huge redevelopment project to preserve low-income housing means that most new applicants seeking public housing won’t be able to sign up.

Superintendent gets another year, raise, giving ‘period of transition’ in 6-1 vote

Superintendent gets another year, raise, giving ‘period of transition’ in 6-1 vote

The School Committee voted 6-1 to extend Superintendent Jeffrey Young’s contract one year, from June 2015 to June 2016. Young’s gross salary for each of these two years will be $267,000.

Radiology investment ‘already paying off’ for Health Alliance, boosting turnaround

Radiology investment ‘already paying off’ for Health Alliance, boosting turnaround

Cambridge Health Alliance is hoping a new radiology suite will improve patients’ experiences, expand services and bring in sorely needed revenue. The early word: The $2.1 million bet is paying off.

Tougher, leaner Health Alliance shows strength in quarter, losses down to $2M

Tougher, leaner Health Alliance shows strength in quarter, losses down to $2M

Cambridge Health Alliance has some good financial news for a change: It’s doing much better than expected for the past three months.

Defying skeptics, and making amends, giant banks invest in public housing

Defying skeptics, and making amends, giant banks invest in public housing

In a deal that connects Wall Street to poor families in Cambridge, two of the largest banks in the country are investing in low-income public housing here.

Cambridge Public Schools, Finance Dept. win association award for schools budget

Cambridge Public Schools, Finance Dept. win association award for schools budget

The award represents a significant achievement, according to the Government Finance Officers Association of the United States and Canada.

Good finances will lower tax rates again as councillors ask about more for housing

Good finances will lower tax rates again as councillors ask about more for housing

Property values are up, but thanks to the city again using free cash and other money for relief, only 15 percent of homeowners will see an increase of $250 or more in their tax bills.

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