Massachusetts AFL-CIO Statement on U.S. Senate Race

June 18th, 2020


Massachusetts AFL-CIO Statement on U.S. Senate Race


Today the Massachusetts AFL-CIO Executive Council voted to make no endorsement in September’s primary election for United States Senate. We are extremely fortunate here in the Commonwealth to have a Congressional Delegation that stands up and fights for working people every day. In Senator Ed Markey and Congressman Joe Kennedy III, working people have two champions who will continue to use their voices to lift up issues that matter to all of us. As both campaigns have support from many unions and there was no consensus on an endorsement, the MA AFL-CIO Executive Council made the decision to stay out of this primary and wholeheartedly work as one labor movement to elect the primary election winner.

-Steven A. Tolman, President


The role of the Massachusetts AFL-CIO is to serve as the unified voice of over 800 local unions and 400,000 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. Formed in 1887 as the Massachusetts branch of the American Federation of Labor, and later chartered by the national AFL-CIO in 1958, the Massachusetts AFL-CIO is a union of unions, dedicated to achieving a better quality of life for working families in our commonwealth.