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.

With you, I have watched with heartbreak the hateful and violent actions of white supremacists and neo-Nazis in Charlottesville this week and the subsequent offensive and troubling reaction from Pr

We commend the jury in the US District Court who decided, in their not guilty verdict today, to protect one of the most valued and important rights we hold dear as Americans: the right to protest.

In the Huffington Post, United Steelworkers President Leo Gerard writes that "[e]ver worsening is the chasm between the lo

Recent News

In a badly needed victory for organized labor, a coalition of workers' rights groups in Missouri is poised to halt a devastating new anti-union law from taking effect later this month.

Read the full article at In These Times.

It was raining on the day that Echol Cole and Robert Walker died while working for the Memphis Sanitation Department. Denied access to the employee break room, Cole and Walker were forced to shelter from the rain behind a malfunctioning city truck, only to die moments later when they were crushed by its garbage packer. That following week, members of the American Federation of State, County and Municipal Employees (AFSCME) walked off the job, citing racial discrimination, low wages and unsafe work conditions.

A strong educational system is the bedrock of a healthy democracy. There is a corollary to this fact: A poorly educated public is more likely to be tempted by tyrants, more easily seduced into believing that avarice, greed and consumerism are virtues, and will more readily betray the common good. In many ways, an educational system that does not encourage critical thinking and speaking truth to power is doing the work of authoritarianism.

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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.

Tell the Department of Labor not to repeal the persauder rule--a rule that requires companies to disclose expenditures for activities designed to dissuade employees from forming a union.