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.

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.

The Massachusetts AFL-CIO is proud to endorse the following candidates with contested races in the general election on November 6th.

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Thank you for registering for the 61st Annual MA AFL-CIO Scholarship Exam. The exam will be given at high schools across Massachusetts on February 6, 2019. Please note that a student cannot receive more than two (2) awards from this program.

Please contact Carla Connolly with questions: [email protected].

Click here for more information about the program, including the study guide which will be released 12/15/18.

It seems every talking head in Washington has been in a frenzy recently, rushing to either glorify or condemn the new North American Free Trade Agreement, known as the United States Mexico Canada Agreement. But the truth is that it is still too early to pass any final judgment.

Richard Trumka came to Milwaukee Tuesday to fire up labor activists and tear into Gov. Scott Walker.

The national president of the AFL-CIO used his address at the group's state convention to portray Walker as a "little puppet" of the billionaire Koch brothers.

Walker, the two-term Republican governor whose Act 10 crippled organized labor in 2011, faces Democrat Tony Evers in the fall.

"On November 6 we’re going to have one hell of a party — a Scott Walker retirement party," Trumka said.

Labor has always held electoral power, especially when wielded by women. Former Secretary of Labor Francis Perkins’s lifelong dedication to workers’ rights was sparked by witnessing the Triangle Shirtwaist Factory fire of 1911, in which 146 people — predominantly young Jewish immigrant women — died, most as a result of locked factory doors. Though they shunned the ballot box, legendary political radicals like Lucy Parsons, Emma Goldman, and Elizabeth Gurley Flynn were all labor organizers.

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