Large crowds gathered around the State House to celebrate Workers Memorial Day, April 28, 2019. 

This tremendous victory for the UFCW and their courageous members is one the entire Massachusetts and Greater Boston labor communities can savor and share.


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. Among the labor speakers were Jeff Bollen, President of UFCW Local 1445, GBLC ST Rich Rogers, Steve Tolman, President of the Mass AFL-CIO and Brian Doherty, the leader of the Boston Building Trades Council. 

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. Massachusetts AFL-CIO President Steven A. Tolman (TCU/IAM), Greater Boston Labor Council Executive Secretary-Treasurer Rich Rogers (IUPAT) and Sen.

Congratulations to the courageous members of USW Locals 12012 and 12003 for reaching a tentative agreement with National Grid.Also a shout out for two tough, principled leaders Joe Kirylo and John Buonopane along with their International Union Rep. Steve Finnigan for keeping their members strong and united through over six months without paychecks or health benefits.

from december 18th Boston Globe: 

Vice-President Darlene Lombos and Executive Secretary-Treasurer Rich Rogers with UNITE/HERE Local 26 President Brian Lang at victory celebration for the members of Local 26 after their successful six -week strike against Marriot Hotel properties in Boston. December 15, 2018 IBEW Local 103.

Executive Secretary-Treasurer Richard Rogers joined the BC Graduate Employees Union (UAW) along with Senator Eldrige in delivering a petiton to Father William Leahy, President of Boston College urging him to stop the administrations retaliation against workers participating in unionization effforts.

GBLC thanks its affiliated unions and community partners for gathering with us at our 15th Annual Banquet, held at IBEW Local 103 on Friday, November 9th.

Workers from AFSCME Local 944, 1199SEIU, Mass Nurses Association, UNITE HERE Local 26, Sprinklerfitters 550, New England Regional Council of Carpenters, Machinists Lodge 264, SEIU 32BJ and Boston Firefighters Local 718 shared meaningful remarks about how Mayor Walsh supported them in their fights for respect and dignity at work.

After a six week strike against Marriott operated Hotels in Boston that commenced on  Wednesday October 3rd , the members of UNITE HERE Local 26 ratified a new agreement on Saturday November 16th.

Significant wage increases, first time maternity and paternity benefits and job security language to protect against technological change were all included in the agreement. In addition the initial wage increase was retroactive to the expiration date of the contract in March.