Greater Boston Labor Council

160 unions representing over 90,000 members in Arlington, Belmont, Boston, Brookline, Cambridge, Chelsea, Everett, Lexington, Lincoln, Malden, Medford, Melrose, Needham, Newton, Revere, Somerville, Stoneham, Waltham, Watertown, Wellesley, Weston, Winchester, Winthrop, and Woburn.

On  Monday February 26th the affiliated unions of the Greater Boston Labor Council demonstrated once again that union solidarity is alive and well in Boston.

Public transit should be a public good and by preventing the costly privatization of bus safety and maintenance operations, the mechanics have scored a major victory for workers, riders, and taxpayers. (click for full statement)

We need to send a message on February 26th that no Supreme Court decision will stifle the voice of workers seeking dignity and respect on the job with a union.

GBLC's Future Committee held its annual Young Worker Conference on Saturday, December 2nd at 1199SEIU.

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On Friday November 17th the Montvale Plaza in Stoneham was the venue for the Greater Boston Labor Council’s 14th annual honors dinner. Approximately 250 union leaders, activists and allies were in attendance as the council recognized the contributions of three outstanding leaders; Stephanie Muccini Burke, the Mayor of Medford, Congressman Mike Capuano and Jeff Sullivan, the Business Manager of Painters District Council 35.

I’m thrilled to have such a strong team to work with in 2018 and beyond. We are fortunate to have experienced and effective officers in Lou and Darlene and a terrific executive-board that encompasses the wide range of unions that make Greater Boston a labor stronghold.

Rich Rogers, Executive Secretary-Treasurer

Nearly two centuries ago, a group of women and girls—some as young as 12—decided they'd had enough. Laboring in the textile mills of Lowell, Massachusetts, they faced exhausting 14-hour days, abusive supervisors and dangerous working conditions. When threatened with a pay cut, they finally put their foot down.

The mill workers organized, went on strike and formed America's first union of working women. They shocked their bosses, captured the attention of a young nation and blazed a trail for the nascent labor movement that would follow.

Members and leaders of the union that represents hotel and hospitality workers gathered Monday evening to discuss the workers’ experiences with sexual harassment by guests and what the union is doing to create safer workplaces for its members.

The meeting of national and local leaders of the AFL-CIO, Chicago Federation of Labor and employees that the union represents — which includes hotel and hospitality workers — came less than a month after an alderman sponsored a loophole into the city’s sexual harassment ordinance that would weaken the legislation.

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On February 26th, thousands of working people across Massachusetts will join a national day of action as we speak out for good, union jobs. The Working People’s Day of Action coincides with the Supreme Court hearings on the Janus vs. AFSCME case. That case is part of a well-funded campaign by the wealthy special interests to divide us from our co-workers – and to limit the power in numbers we have together in a union. Actions are currently being planned in Boston, Springfield, Southeastern MA, Lawrence, Amherst and more. 

Unions help build a better life for working people but the wealthy are trying to further rig the economic system in their favor. Show your support for unions.

Thanks to the pressure you've created the GIC has announced it will reconsider its disruptive decision to eliminate three health insurance carriers. We will keep you up to date on continued actions and outcomes. Click here to see Mass. AFL-CIO Legislative Director John Drinkwater on Boston News Network as he discusses the GIC's undemocratic process, the effects of their decision and the next steps to make the commission more equitable.

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