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Executive ST Rogers speaks out for union rights at Harvard. 

On February 28th a strong contingent of labor supporters joined the UFCW to protest the lack of progress in negotiations with Macy's department stores.

As the government shutdown drags on, some 7,800 federal workers across Massachusetts aren’t receiving a paycheck—even as many are forced to report for work.

With just three and a half weeks until the election, start making your plan to vote including learning about your local races and selecting candidates.

Upcoming "Yes on 1" Actions

The Massachusetts Nurses Association is calling on the Greater Boston labor community to participate in the upcoming actions:

As of this (Wednesday morning), Marriott workers have walked off the job at the seven Boston hotels managed by the Marriott Corporation.

Richard Trumka came to Milwaukee Tuesday to fire up labor activists and tear into Gov. Scott Walker.

The national president of the AFL-CIO used his address at the group's state convention to portray Walker as a "little puppet" of the billionaire Koch brothers.

Walker, the two-term Republican governor whose Act 10 crippled organized labor in 2011, faces Democrat Tony Evers in the fall.

"On November 6 we’re going to have one hell of a party — a Scott Walker retirement party," Trumka said.

Today in Massachusetts hospitals, there is no law and no limit to guide the number of patients that can be assigned to a nurse at one time (aside from the ICU). Massachusetts hospitals are facing deteriorating patient care conditions, leading to more complications, readmissions, and errors, as well as longer hospital stays and real life-threatening risks.

Labor has always held electoral power, especially when wielded by women. Former Secretary of Labor Francis Perkins’s lifelong dedication to workers’ rights was sparked by witnessing the Triangle Shirtwaist Factory fire of 1911, in which 146 people — predominantly young Jewish immigrant women — died, most as a result of locked factory doors. Though they shunned the ballot box, legendary political radicals like Lucy Parsons, Emma Goldman, and Elizabeth Gurley Flynn were all labor organizers.

Lorraine Llauger is a journeyman electrician and a member of the International Brotherhood of Electrical Workers (IBEW) in Orlando, Florida. Llauger hoped to earn a college degree, but did not know how she'd be able to fit college in with her busy life as an electrician and a mother. A coworker mentioned the Union Plus Free College Program, and within weeks, Llauger was registered and taking classes online.