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.
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“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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