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October 3, 2019: By unanimous consent of over 200 delegates to the 2019 Massachusetts AFL-CIO Biennial Constitutional Convention, Steven A.

The Massachusetts legislature has passed the strongest legislative response to the Janus vs. AFSCME U.S. Supreme Count Decision in the Nation. 

We're celebrating the commitment of working people, elected officials, and community allies who stood up together on 2.26, Working Peoples' Day of Action, by posting some of our favorite pictures, tweets, and videos from across the commonwealth! To see the full photo collection visit our Facebook Page - and connect with us while you're at it - at: https://www.facebook.com/MassAFLCIO/ 

Click on and scroll through the following photo gallery for descriptions of each photo and recaps of each action!

A workers’ rights case before the Supreme Court this week could have a dramatic impact on all of our lives. Janus v. AFSCME is a case that is designed to dramatically reduce dues and starve unions that are representing workers at the bargaining table. The Janus case is being pushed by some big corporations and CEOs as part of their well-funded attacks against collective bargaining.

On Monday, Febraury 26, 2018 working people across the state of Massachusetts, from Springfield to Boston and everywhere in between, collectively stood up to the wealthy corporate interests behind the well funded campaign that intends to "defund and defang" unions. As a part of a national movement, Massachusetts workers rallied on 2.26 in condemnation of the Janus vs. AFSCME case which the Supreme Court began hearing that same day.

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

***MEDIA ADVISORY***

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

When he finally unveiled his infrastructure plan on Monday, President Donald Trump offered cities and states negative $40 billion.

At its recent bi-coastal meeting, the SAG-AFTRA National Board of Directors unanimously approved a Code of Conduct on Sexual Harassment to Advance Equity, which is part of a program to combat harassment and strive toward workplace equity called the Four Pillars of Change, according to an announcement.

“At its most basic, this code will — ultimately — help better define what harassment is and what members’ rights are in those situations,” SAG-AFTRA President Gabrielle Carteris said in the release.

The U.S. Supreme Court soon will be the stage of one of the most consequential fights in the history of the American worker.

Anyone concerned with the future of middle-class jobs in our nation deserves to get the facts. Rather than sifting through the complexities of this legal battle, the goal of this article is to make clear to readers the real-life implications of this impending court decision.

Last week the German metalworkers’ union, IG Metall, arguably one of the world’s most powerful unions, showed that unions have the power to shape their future workplaces.  

IG Metall negotiated a precedent-setting collective-bargaining agreement that privileges working conditions over wages. It won its key demand that workers have the right to reduce their working week from 35 to 28 hours for a period of up to two years in order to care for family members.