BUSINESS & ECONOMY

A box of joints branded as Dogwalkers are sold at Rise, a marijuana medical dispensary in Amherst, Massachusetts.
Nancy Eve Cohen / NEPR

Pittsfield is the latest Massachusetts community to host a recreational marijuana store — and the second in the Berkshires.

Marijuana at Temescal Wellness in Worcester, Massachusetts.
Aviva Luttrell / MassLive / masslive.com/photos

Berkshire County in Massachusetts may soon see its first two marijuana retail stores. One in Great Barrington opens Friday, and one in Pittsfield is now cleared to open as early as Saturday.

National Grid Reaches Tentative Deal With Locked-Out Unions

Jan 3, 2019

National Grid announced late Wednesday night that it had reached a tentative agreement with unions, signaling an approaching end to a 30-week lockout.

The tentative agreement, reached after three days of intense negotiations, covers approximately 1,250 employees who work in gas operations across eastern Massachusetts.

The two unions will present the terms of the agreement to their members for ratification by Monday. National Grid will not share details of the agreement until members of both United Steelworkers Locals 12012-04 and 12003 have had an opportunity to vote.

Plastic water bottles.
Ricardo Bernado / Creative Commons/www.flickr.com/photos/zone41/4102673364

A ban on plastic water bottles originally set to take effect on New Year's Day in Great Barrington, Massachusetts, has been pushed back until the spring.

Massachusetts Governor Charlie Baker sits down to sign the "grand bargain" bill on June 28, 2018, flanked by Democrats including incoming Senate President Karen Spilka, House Majority Leader Ron Mariano and House Speaker Robert DeLeo.
Sam Doran / SHNS

The minimum wage is going up in four of the six New England states next year.

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