The Massachusetts AFL-CIO is chartered by the national AFL-CIO. Our membership can set broad policies and goals at our biennial conventions and the executive officers carry out the directives and everyday operations.
Each affiliate union in Massachusetts is represented at the convention by delegates proportional to the union’s average membership. Each delegate has one vote to cast. Every four years, convention delegates elect state AFL-CIO officers by ballot, including: President, Secretary-Treasurer, five Executive Vice Presidents (one each from the Public Sector, the Industrial and Service Sector and the Building Trades, and two at large) and 55 Vice Presidents. The Principal Officers of ten Central Labor Councils serve as Vice Presidents. In addition, six Vice Presidents are from chartered AFL-CIO constituency groups. Together there are 72 Vice Presidents who make up the Massachusetts AFL-CIO Executive Council.