Massachusetts AFL-CIO

 At the Massachusetts AFL-CIO, our mission is to build the labor movement. The labor movement fuses our collective power together and advances a broad social and economic justice agenda - an agenda that benefits and reinforces the work of every individual union. It’s also a vision of a fair and just society that benefits all working people, the organized and the not yet organized.

AFL-CIO President Richard Trumka issued the statement Thursday while negotiators were meeting behind closed doors for a third straight day.

Last year, parents, educators, and students displayed phenomenal solidarity as we won a landslide victory in Massachusetts against the forces of privatization; defeating a dangerous ballot initiati

AFL-CIO President Richard Trumka gave a major address at the National Press Club in Washington, D.C., on April 4, 2017. He assessed opportunities around trade and infrastructure that could create jobs, as well as possible threats to workers' rights. President Trumka spoke about the labor movement's strategy to create a unifying agenda for working families, and the importance it places on ensuring that all workers have the right to bargain collectively for better wages and working conditions.

WE APPLAUD Attorney General Maura Healey for rooting out specific cases of wage theft within our state s

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Trumka’s posture toward Trump is not one of total opposition. He’s skeptical and suspicious, certainly. In addition to thinking Trump has gone Wall Street as president, Trumka fears that Trump will gut labor safety regulations and thinks he probably can’t bring jobs back to the coal fields in huge numbers.

Read the full article in The Daily Beast.

Donald J. Trump made coal miners a central metaphor of his presidential campaign, promising to “put our miners back to work” and look after their interests in a way that the Obama administration did not. Now, three months into his presidency, comes a test of that promise.

Unless Congress intervenes by late April, government-funded health benefits will abruptly lapse for more than 20,000 retired miners, concentrated in Trump states that include Pennsylvania, Ohio and West Virginia. Many of the miners have serious health problems arising from their years in the mines.

Undocumented workers are refusing to cooperate with U.S. Department of Labor investigations due to deportation fears, in some cases even declining to accept back wages owed to them and running away from staff who show up at their workplace, according to agency employees and internal emails.

Read the full article in The Guardian.

AFL-CIO President Richard Trumka called President Trump's first proposed budget "dangerous and destructive" Thursday. The leader of the nation's largest labor federation said Trump's budget plan, which would shift $54 billion from various agencies to boost defense spending, would undercut the president's claims that he wants to help working families.

Take Action

LaborCAN! Is the Massachusetts AFL-CIO's grassroots Constituent Activist Network and it's the best way to get involved and stay up to date with important actions and educational opportunities.

Ask your State Rep to support Amendment #1169, “GIC Out-of-Pocket Cap” – filed by Representative Paul Mark and Amendment #745, “Group Insurance Commission” – filed by Representative Cullinane.