Massachusetts workers demand: America needs union jobs

Event: Monday, February 26, 2018
Contact: Patrick Shearns, 617-890-9164, [email protected]
On behalf of the Massachusetts AFL-CIO


February 26, Monday, at various times between Noon and 5:00pm (see list below)
Locations: Amherst, Boston, Fall River, Lawrence, New Bedford, Springfield, and Worcester

Massachusetts workers demand: America needs union jobs

Rallies planned in cities across Massachusetts on Monday during hearings on Supreme Court case that could hurt thousands of workers in the Commonwealth

Warren, Healey, Walsh to headline Boston event

Massachusetts workers, community leaders join national Working People’s Day of Action

Workers across Massachusetts to protest billionaire-driven effort to use Supreme Court to further rig the system; actions at workplaces call for more union jobs in our community

Massachusetts – Union members who provide public services, such as teachers, social workers, firefighters, and more, along with allies and community leaders will join together this Monday in Amherst, Boston, Fall River, Lawrence, New Bedford, Springfield, and Worcester as part of a national day of action calling for more union jobs in America. Senator Elizabeth Warren, Senator Ed Markey and Boston Mayor Marty Walsh are slated as keynote speakers for the Boston rally.

These actions will happen on the same day that the U.S. Supreme Court hears oral arguments in the Janus vs. AFSCME case, a lawsuit driven by anti-worker CEOs and billionaires to divide working people and limit our power in numbers.

Workers and community leaders will respond to the oral arguments in the case by pledging to stick together and demonstrating why America needs union jobs.

Monday’s actions in Massachusetts are part of a national mobilization, with 300 similar actions happening across the nation sending a message that working people won’t be deterred by this latest attack on their collective power to join together in unions for good jobs and strong communities.

WHAT: “Working People’s Day of Action” Rallies to protest the effort to weaken America’s working families

LOCATIONSAmherst: Cape Cod Lounge, Student Union, Umass Amherst, 01003, @12:00pm

Boston: Boston Fire Headquarters, 125 Purchase Street, @12:00pm

Fall River: 1567 North Main St, Fall River, MA 02720, @12:00pm

Lawrence: 280 Merrimack Street, Lawrence, MA 01843, @12:00pm

New Bedford: City Hall, 133 William St, New Bedford, MA 02740, @5:00pm

Springfield: 95 Liberty St, Springfield, MA 01103, @5:00pm

Worcester: Worcester City Hall, 455 Main St, Worcester, MA 01608, @5:00pm

WHO: Union members, non-union workers, elected officials including Senator Warren, Senator Markey and Boston Mayor Marty Walsh at the Boston rally, plus labor and community leaders

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About the 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.