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.

COVID-19 and Unemployment Benefits

Contact the Department of Unemployment and apply for unemployment insurance (UI) right away if:

Coronavirus/COVID-19 Update 3/19/20
Questions and Answers about Unemployment Insurance (UI)

The Commonwealth of Massachusetts and the entire world are facing uncertain times with the fast spread of COVID-19.

Statement from President Steven A. Tolman, President of the Massachusetts AFL-CIO, March 4, 2020

Recent News

Much of the American workplace has shut down, sending millions of employees home to wait out the coronavirus pandemic.

The Massachusetts AFL-CIO is proud of everything that the Labor Movement and our community and elected allies are doing to fight for the economic security and public health of union members and the general public during this pandemic.  

The National AFL-CIO has put together a resource guide which covers how to protect yourself from COVID-19, how to manage your finances while unemployed, and how to search for a job.

Read this resource guide here: PDF iconWhen the Paycheck Stops

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Take Action

Recently introduced legislation would provide needed protections for health care and social services workers from violence on the job. Tell Congress to support an OSHA workplace violence standard.

In today's economy, where employers increasingly subcontract or outsource core parts of their business to other companies, wage theft has overwhelmed the capacity of our existing labor laws and enforcement mechanisms.Urge your Senator and Representative co-sponsor vital wage theft legislation.