GBLC Breakfast a Big Success!

On Monday April 9th the OMNI Parker House Boston was the venue for the Greater Boston Labor Council’s annual legislative breakfast. 300 union leaders and activists were joined by thirty members of the legislature to hear from union and legislative leaders concerning a series of important labor issues pending at the Massachusetts State House.

A number of union leaders urged passage of ‘Wage Theft’ legislation highlighted by moving remarks by Natalicia Tracy from the Brazilian Immigrant Center. GBLC Executive Secretary-Treasurer Rich Rogers pushed for legislative action on Raise Up Massachusetts campaign to raise the minimum wage to $15 an hour and to provide paid family and medical leave for Massachusetts residents.

Representing the Legislature were Speaker of the House Robert DeLeo and the assistant Majority Leader of the Senate, Sal DiDomenico. Mass AFL-CIO President Steve Tolman closed the event with a call for a revenue plan to allow the Commonwealth to invest in infrastructure, public education and other underfunded areas of state government. In addition to council officers President Lou Mandarini and Vice-President Darlene Lombos the program also included Frank Callahan, President of the Massachusetts Building Trades Council who focused on issues of concern to the building trades.