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Fifty-five years ago, in a speech to the convention of the Illinois AFL-CIO, the Rev. Martin Luther King Jr. laid out with characteristic moral clarity the essential role of unions in American life. “The labor movement,” he explained, “was the principal force that transformed misery and despair into hope and progress … [When] the wave of union organization crested over the nation, it carried to secure shores not only itself but the whole society. Civilization began to grow in the economic life of man, and a decent life with a sense of security and dignity became a reality rather than a distant dream.”

This Labor Day, America’s working families are facing unprecedented challenges.

The Massachusetts Democratic Party will be holding its State Convention on Friday June 1st and Saturday June 2nd at the DCU Center in Worcester. It is important to have a strong labor presence at this Convention that will nominate Democratic candidates for statewide office.

Interested? Please take the following steps:

1. You must be a registered Democrat by January 31, 2018 to be eligible.

Organized labor finally got its chance to be heard in the debate about how Connecticut can do a better job competing for business and improving its crisis-prone state finances.

Statement on Machinists 264 contract agreement by Steven A. Tolman, President Massachusetts AFL-CIO

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.

President Trump's chief trade official Monday offered a modicum of optimism about the ongoing talks to revamp the North American Free Trade Agreement, even as he shot down two key Canadian proposals and blasted a recent trade action by Canada as a "massive attack on all of our trade laws."

Thanks to the pressure you've created the GIC has announced it will reconsider its disruptive decision to eliminate three health insurance carriers. This is good news but we need to keep the pressure on. See below for updates and ways to be involved during the GIC Week of Action.

Last week, the federal Bureau of Labor Statistics released its annual report on union membership, which found that the number of union members rose by 260,000 in 2017. This reflects critical organizing victories across a range of industries, which have reaped higher wages, better benefits and a more secure future for working people around the country.

Of the report, AFL-CIO President Richard Trumka said:

The Mexican government has filed legislation that would substantially weaken rights for working people. In response, the AFL-CIO filed a complaint alleging that Mexico is violating the North American Agreement on Labor Cooperation, the NAFTA labor side deal.