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For the people of Flint, justice may come from a courtroom, but change comes at the ballot box.

November 6 is Election Day.

In 2010 and 2014, as families in Flint went to the voting booth, little did they know that their decisions would impact something as fundamental as the water they drink. However, policies put in place by the state and local officials elected on those days put saving money ahead of the health and water quality of Flint residents.

Thank you for registering for the 61st Annual MA AFL-CIO Scholarship Exam. The exam will be given at high schools across Massachusetts on February 6, 2019. Please note that a student cannot receive more than two (2) awards from this program.

Please contact Carla Connolly with questions: [email protected].

Click here for more information about the program, including the study guide which will be released 12/15/18.

It seems every talking head in Washington has been in a frenzy recently, rushing to either glorify or condemn the new North American Free Trade Agreement, known as the United States Mexico Canada Agreement. But the truth is that it is still too early to pass any final judgment.

On Wednesday, October 3rd, 1,500 Marriott International workers walked off the job at the seven Boston hotels managed by the Marriott Corporation. Workers from housekeepers to bartenders to bellmen are striking after months of negotiations and no progress. 

Join Unite Here Local 26 on the picket line at any of the Marriott-managed properties listed below. Show them that union and community members support them as they say, One Job Should Be Enough! 

Richard Trumka came to Milwaukee Tuesday to fire up labor activists and tear into Gov. Scott Walker.

The national president of the AFL-CIO used his address at the group's state convention to portray Walker as a "little puppet" of the billionaire Koch brothers.

Walker, the two-term Republican governor whose Act 10 crippled organized labor in 2011, faces Democrat Tony Evers in the fall.

"On November 6 we’re going to have one hell of a party — a Scott Walker retirement party," Trumka said.

Labor has always held electoral power, especially when wielded by women. Former Secretary of Labor Francis Perkins’s lifelong dedication to workers’ rights was sparked by witnessing the Triangle Shirtwaist Factory fire of 1911, in which 146 people — predominantly young Jewish immigrant women — died, most as a result of locked factory doors. Though they shunned the ballot box, legendary political radicals like Lucy Parsons, Emma Goldman, and Elizabeth Gurley Flynn were all labor organizers.

Lorraine Llauger is a journeyman electrician and a member of the International Brotherhood of Electrical Workers (IBEW) in Orlando, Florida. Llauger hoped to earn a college degree, but did not know how she'd be able to fit college in with her busy life as an electrician and a mother. A coworker mentioned the Union Plus Free College Program, and within weeks, Llauger was registered and taking classes online.

The Massachusetts AFL-CIO offers its most heartfelt thoughts and prayers to the communities of Lawrence, Andover and North Andover in the wake of the devastating gas fires. Our gratitude and admiration are with all the first responders – the firefighters, EMTs, police officers and other emergency workers - for their quick, coordinated response in this unprecedented emergency.

Our hearts especially go out to the family of Leonel Rondon and to all those who were injured or displaced.