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Join us to celebrate champions of the Labor Movement and all that we've achieved together during this unprecedented time. 

The GBLC was proud to endorse 46 candidates on the November ballot in ten cities this municipal year.

NYT: How did you get your start in the labor movement?

Liz Shuler: I came up through the IBEW [International Brotherhood of Electrical Workers]. My father was a union member and worked for PGE [an Oregon utility]. Clerical workers were not in a union, and my mother and I were organizing them. PGE was a study in the difference a union can make: Power linemen were respected and made good wages, and nonunion clerical workers were not listened to and didn’t have a voice.

Workers at companies like Kellogg’s, Nabisco and John Deere have hit the picket lines in recent weeks hoping to get a better deal from their employers. A new survey suggests the public by and large supports them.

The AFL-CIO labor federation commissioned the progressive pollster Data for Progress to take the public’s temperature on the strikes that have made headlines this summer and fall. The online survey of nearly 1,300 likely voters asked if they “approve or disapprove of employees going on strike in support of better wages, benefits, and working conditions.”

Marcial Reyes could have just quit his job. Frustrated with chronic understaffing at the Kaiser Permanente hospital where he works in Southern California, he knows he has options in a region desperate for nurses.

Instead, he voted to go on strike.

And many of them are either hitting the picket lines or quitting their jobs as a result.

The changing dynamics of the US labor market, which has put employees rather than employers in the driver's seat in a way not seen for decades, is allowing unions to flex their muscle.

Twenty years ago today, on a Sunday afternoon in Brookwood, Alabama, 32 coal miners descended 2,000 feet below the ground into the Jim Walter Resources Blue Creek No. 5 Mine for a routine maintenance check.

Calling all Delegates:

What: Delegates and COPE municipal endorsements meeting
When: Tuesday October 5th, 2021, 5pm dinner, 5:30pm meeting begins.
Where: IBEW 103, 256 Freeport Street, Dorchester.
Who: Open to all affiliates and delegates of the Greater Boston Labor Council

Boxed dinner will be provided. 

Please wear a mask when not eating.

Please contact Rachael Running with questions: [email protected]

Flying into Phoenix Sky Harbor International Airport recently, I spotted the ramp workers on the tarmac, busily unloading bags and doing safety checks on the plane in 115 degree heat. Most passengers were anxious to deplane, ready to head to baggage claim, not giving a second thought to the work happening all around them to make their journey happen.

Boston
Ruthzee Louijeune, at large
Joel Richards, D4
Kendra Hicks, D6
Angie Camacho, D7
Liz Breadon (incumbent), D9
Malden
Nate Bae Kupel, Ward 8
Medford
John Falco, Mayor
Paul Ruseau, School Committee
Jenny Graham, School Committee