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.

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This election season saw a surge of union member and pro-working family candidates for municipal office.

Recent News

The Massachusetts AFL-CIO, and the entire Massachusetts Labor Movement, mourn the loss of Kathy Casavant. The first woman Executive Vice President and Secretary-Treasurer of the MA AFL-CIO, Kathy was a fierce advocate for everything that is right about the Labor Movement. Kathy rose through the ranks of UNITE, her union. She served in just about every role in the workforce, from clerical positions, to comptroller, organizer, and union rep, leading up to her leadership in the Massachusetts Labor Movement.

Liz Shuler is the first woman ever elected president of the AFL-CIO.

She took over a time when the world of work has been turned upside down.

Union organizing is happening in some unexpected places, and sometimes in ways that disrupt the traditional union playbook.

LABOR PRESS: You’ve been given such a huge responsibility now, with the death of your friend Rich Trumka [In August she was appointed to serve the remainder of his term.] But the entire time you’ve been involved, labor has been struggling to come back. Do you have a secret plan? What can the AFL-CIO do to rebuild the labor movement?

It was deeply disappointing that just days after our nation paid homage to the great civil rights leader Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. on his birthday, the same senators who praised his name struck down critical legislation that would have strengthened our election systems and ensured every American has the fundamental right to vote.

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