Massachusetts AFL-CIO

The role of the Massachusetts AFL-CIO is to serve as the unified voice of all organized workers in the Commonwealth and to be a voice for all working people, those in unions and those not yet organized. Our mission is to improve the lives of working families—by working for economic, social and racial justice in the workplace, in our communities, our state and in our nation. Our vision is of a fair and just society that benefits all working people, not a system that’s rigged in favor of the wealthy few.

This Midterm Election working people made our voices heard and labor-endorsed candidates across Massachusetts and the country won!

On Wednesday, October 3rd, 1,500 Marriott International workers walked off the job at the seven Boston hotels managed by the Marriott Corporation.

The Massachusetts AFL-CIO offers its most heartfelt thoughts and prayers to the communities of Lawrence, Andover and North Andover in the wake of the devastating gas fires.

Recent News

NPR's Michel Martin speaks with the president of the AFL-CIO, Richard Trumka, about union strategies following the midterm elections.

MICHEL MARTIN, HOST:

Organized labor’s record voter mobilization efforts this year, which started earlier than ever before for a mid-term election, emphasized pocketbook issues and – says AFL-CIO President Richard Trumka – will produce huge “momentum at the ballot box” on Nov. 6.

It also produced a record number of unionists running for everything from city council and county commissioner to Congress and governor, Trumka and Julie Greene, the federation’s mobilizing – and politics – director said in an Oct. 30 telephone press conference.

The president is the billionaire head of a global business empire, and his mostly millionaire Cabinet may be the richest in American history. His opponent in the 2016 election was a millionaire. Most Supreme Court Justices are millionaires. Most members of Congress are millionaires (and probably have been for several years).

The Trump administration plans to tackle two important labor policy issues in the coming months: overtime pay and “joint employer” liability for companies in staffing and franchise relationships.

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For the past four months National Grid has locked out nearly 1,300 skilled gas workers from their jobs, depriving them of their regular source of income and callously cutting them off from their health insurance, while putting public safety at risk with an inexperienced workforce. This is unacceptable behavior from a company that made nearly $5 billion in profits last year, and we need your support to help bring an end to this lockout and ensure that hardworking members of the United Steelworkers Locals 12003 and 12012 can return to work as soon as possible.

Please take this quick action to write your state legislators and ask them to sign a letter to the Department of Public Utilities urging them to fine National Grid for their ongoing and egregious safety violations. Fill out your information on the right to send the letter now.

Thousands of hardworking Marriott workers are on strike because many of its full-time employees aren't able to earn enough to make ends meet. They're taking on one of the world’s most profitable and powerful companies. Stand with them.