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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.

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

Working people deserve a voice in politics.

Registering to vote is easy and only takes 2 minutes. Encourage union members, their families and communities to register today!

The Massachusetts AFL-CIO is proud to endorse 11 union members running for the State Legislature this Fall. Each of these endorsed candidates has a history of fighting for working people and we look forward to hitting the streets in support of their campaigns. Please make every effort to support each of labor’s endorsed candidates and do your part to bring labor’s voice to the state house! 

The Massachusetts AFL-CIO is excited to have our long-serving Legislative Director, John Drinkwater, running for State Senate in the 1st Middlesex District. In the words of our president, Steven A. Tolman, "This man is the most honorable man I've ever worked with. Lowell would be very lucky."

Join fellow union members by attending a kickoff canvass on Saturday, June 23rd at 9:30am. Meet at Drinkwater Campaign Headquarters, 595 Broadway St, Lowell.

A federal court in Philadelphia struck down a new city law that barred employers from asking job candidates about their salary history. The ruling has serious ramifications for the fight to narrow the gender wage gap.

Graduate student unions are in the news again, with campuses across the US deciding to allow--and not to allow--graduate students to unionize. 

In October 2016, we reported that National Labor Relations Board (NLRB) would require private universities to bargain with graduate student labor unions on compensation and working conditions. 

It's no secret that the financial divide between CEOs and average worker in the U.S. has been growing. But in one case, the pay gap between corporate chiefs and employees has reached almost 6,000-to-1: Weight Watchers, where CEO Mindy Grossman earned 5,908 times what the median worker took home last year.

CEO pay for major companies in the United States rose nearly 6% in the past year, as income inequality and the outsourcing of good-paying American jobs have increased. According to the new AFL-CIO Executive Paywatch, the average CEO of an S&P 500 Index company made $13.94 million in 2017—361 times more money than the average U.S. rank-and-file worker.