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Congratulations to our endorsed candidates for U.S. Congress, State Senate, and State Representative who won their races on Election Day.

Working families deserve a leader who will focus on “we, the people,” not just on the person they see in the mirror. Only Vice President Joe Biden can be that president. I’ve known Joe for 40 years. He loves his family, loves working people and loves our country. His “Made in America” plan will revitalize America's manufacturing in a way Trump never could. Biden doesn’t only have the best plan to beat the virus and help workers recover financially—he is the only candidate for president with a plan at all. And with a Biden administration, we’ll finally pass the PRO Act, allowing workers to join a union freely and fairly.

1. MASSACHUSETTS COVID- 19 WORKPLACE SAFETY STANDARDS

On Tuesday, President Donald Trump stood in the lobby of his tower on Fifth Avenue in Manhattan and again made excuses for bigotry and terrorism, effectively repudiating the remarks his staff wrote a day earlier in response to the white supremacist violence in Charlottesville, Va.

We commend the jury in the US District Court who decided, in their not guilty verdict today, to protect one of the most valued and important rights we hold dear as Americans: the right to protest. I do not condone any behavior that spreads intolerance, violence or hate. But the jury understood that the Hobbs Act – a statute meant to apply to robbery and extortion – has no relevance to a picket line. Advocates for fairness and justice – whether it’s for good jobs or civil rights, equal marriage or affordable housing – should be cheering today’s decision.

The Senate version of the state budget contains two important policy changes supported by the Massachusetts AFL-CIO that will help working people:

1) Ensures transparent contracting at the MBTA by requiring management to engage in good faith negotiations with the existing workforce before privatization proposals are considered
2) Adds two additional employee representatives to the Group Insurance Commission so that workers have a stronger voice on decisions impacting the cost and quality of their healthcare

Over 4,000 activists gathered in Boston Common on Saturday, May 20 to protest the Trump administration’s planned cuts to federal education programs including scores of union members. Protestors stood together in solidarity to reject the administration’s abysmal budget proposals, to support the full funding of our public school systems and to advocate for debt free college.

Unite Here Local 226, the Nevada culinary workers' union, will deliver a one of a kind, first hand, case study on not only surviving so-called "right-to-work" legislation but actually geting stronger underneath it. Though Nevada is a so-called "Right To Work" state, 90% of Unite Here Local 226 workers decide to pay their full dues and remain determined to display a tremendous level of solidarity.

Don't miss Larry Cohen of Our Revolution, the successor organization to Bernie 2016, who will address the Gompers-Murray-Meany Conference on Thursday the 25th. Larry served as President of the Communications Workers of America (CWA) from 2005-2015, and spent nearly all of his adult life as a member, organizer, and officer. He was the founding chair of Jobs with Justice believing that workers’ rights is a community issue not just a fight for unions. 

Last year, parents, educators, and students displayed phenomenal solidarity as we won a landslide victory in Massachusetts against the forces of privatization; defeating a dangerous ballot initiative that would have drained hundreds of millions of dollars from our public schools. Now, the struggle continues. Come out to Boston Common at the corner of Beacon and Charles Street on May 20, 2017 from 2:00pm to 5:00pm. 

WE APPLAUD Attorney General Maura Healey for rooting out specific cases of wage theft within our state such as at UnWrapped Inc. in Lowell (“Factory in Lowell to pay $1.2m over wages,” Business, March 10).