Among the victories unions are savoring: the highest minimum wage in the nation, new workplace protections for state employees, a bill of rights for housekeepers and other domestic workers, limits on nurse-to-patient ratios in intensive care units, and, nearing passage, a $1 billion expansion of the Boston Convention and Exhibition Center.

The union score card is filled not just with bills they helped to pass, but also those they helped to sink: an increase in the number of charter schools in Boston and other cities, and changes in unemployment benefits sought by business groups.

“I’ve been at this 25 years, and I’ve never seen them this strong,” said Jon B. Hurst, president of the Retailers Association of Massachusetts, which unsuccessfully fought for a lower teen wage during the minimum-wage debate.“I can’t remember a time when they were sweeping everything.”
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