Massachusetts AFL-CIO President Steven A. Tolman on the Passing of AFL-CIO President Richard Trumka

“This morning, AFL-CIO President Richard Trumka passed away suddenly and unexpectedly at the age of 72. 

This is an extraordinarily sad day for our movement and for every worker in our nation. We stand in solidarity and grief with workers everywhere as we mourn his loss. 

Rich Trumka spent every day of his life fighting tirelessly to ensure all workers have dignity and respect on the job. He was a dear friend, a fierceless leader, and a champion for our movement. 

His impact on Massachusetts’ working people cannot be understated. He stood with us, his support unwavering, during our historic Stop & Shop strike in 2019 and so many other important fights over the years. Throughout the COVID-19 pandemic, he led his movement through unprecedented times. And most recently, he helped elect the most pro-union president of our lifetime, who then appointed Boston’s own champion for working people as Secretary of Labor. Trumka knew, more than anyone I’ve ever known, the power of collective bargaining and the importance of the union difference.” 

He is a lion of labor, and we will miss him so dearly. And as our fight continues, we will carry the strength of his spirit with us. We will never forget him.

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On behalf of our 500,000 members across the Commonwealth, we are sad to learn of the passing of Joseph C. Faherty, who served as president of the Massachusetts AFL-CIO from 1990-1998. Mr.

The AFL-CIO Executive Council today elected Liz Shuler, a visionary leader and longtime trade unionist, to serve as president of the federation of 56 unions and 12.5 million members. Shuler is the first woman to hold the office in the history of the labor federation. The Executive Council also elected United Steelworkers (USW) International Vice President Fred Redmond to succeed Shuler as secretary-treasurer, the first African American to hold the number two office. Tefere Gebre will continue as executive vice president, rounding out the most diverse team of officers ever to lead the AFL-CIO.

The Senate will vote on a bill Tuesday that’s being touted by supporters as much-needed regulatory relief for small community banks — a sales pitch that conjures images of tellers greeting longtime customers by name as they kick farm dust off their boots at the door.

The #MeToo movement has challenged our nation to confront pervasive sexual harassment in the workplace. Women of every age, every background and every profession have faced harassment, and for too many perpetrators there has been no accountability. According to a study conducted by the nonprofit Stop Street Harassment, 81% of women (and 43% of men) report experiencing sexual harassment or assault.

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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

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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