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.

“The entire Massachusetts AFL-CIO community mourns the loss of Worcester Firefighter, Christopher Roy, who died heroically in the line of duty Sunday, December 9th.

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.

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The story below comes from  a 2009 interview with union workers Richard & Millie Beauregard that are currently being printed as part of a series of oral histories about Nichols & Stone Furniture Company at the Chair City Community Workshop.

Last week was a bad week for autoworkers and the future of our domestic industry. On Nov. 26, General Motors (GM) announced its decision to halt production at the Lordstown, Ohio, and Hamtramck, Mich., assembly plants, idling thousands of workers.

A series of settlements hammered out over the past few weeks between Marriott and its striking workers in Boston and seven other cities are ushering in groundbreaking benefits that could set a precedent not just for the service industry but for workers nationwide.

The Boston agreement, reached after workers spent more than six weeks on the picket lines, marching and chanting in the wind and rain and snow, includes a roughly 20 percent increase in wages over 4½ years, a 37 percent increase in pension contributions, and six weeks of paid maternity leave, plus two weeks for spouses.

Has the Republican Party’s grand experiment in union-busting finally come to an end? Scott Walker, the Republican governor of Wisconsin, rose to national prominence in 2011 when he passed a landmark bill dealing a blow to unions in the state and across the country. With Act 10, Walker stripped public workers of their right to collectively bargain, gutting their salaries, health care, and pensions.

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It’s been nearly six months since National Grid locked 1,250 skilled gas workers out of their jobs and cut them off from their health insurance. Now these workers are in serious danger of losing the only source of income keeping their families afloat: Unemployment Insurance. National Grid wants to force families into economic insecurity in order to enhance their bargaining leverage. We can’t let that happen – here’s how you can help: Take a minute to call and email your State Senator and State Representative, and let them know that families are depending on them to extend their Unemployment Insurance benefits throughout the winter by passing H.3133 & S.1028 “An Act to Protect Locked Out Employees.”


Use this form to send an email to your legislators. Feel free to personalize the text. Please take a minute to call as well.

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.