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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.

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

Last week the German metalworkers’ union, IG Metall, arguably one of the world’s most powerful unions, showed that unions have the power to shape their future workplaces.  

IG Metall negotiated a precedent-setting collective-bargaining agreement that privileges working conditions over wages. It won its key demand that workers have the right to reduce their working week from 35 to 28 hours for a period of up to two years in order to care for family members.

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.


Join local labor and community leaders and Mayor Walsh to stand in solidarity with public-sector workers!

The Donald Trump Labor Department is proposing a rule change that would mean that restaurant servers and bartenders could lose a large portion of their earnings. The rule would overturn one put in place by the Barack Obama administration initiated, which prevents workers in tipped industries from having their tips taken by their employers. Under the new rule, business owners could pay their wait staff and bartenders as little as $7.25 per hour and keep all tips above that amount without having to tell customers what happened.

Last week, the federal Bureau of Labor Statistics released its annual report on union membership, which found that the number of union members rose by 260,000 in 2017. This reflects critical organizing victories across a range of industries, which have reaped higher wages, better benefits and a more secure future for working people around the country.

Of the report, AFL-CIO President Richard Trumka said:

The Mexican government has filed legislation that would substantially weaken rights for working people. In response, the AFL-CIO filed a complaint alleging that Mexico is violating the North American Agreement on Labor Cooperation, the NAFTA labor side deal.

Journalists at the Los Angeles Times have overwhelmingly elected to form a union, a first for the 136-year-old news organization that for much of its history was known for its opposition to organized labor.

The union drive was launched publicly in October and culminated in an election earlier this month. Results, tallied Friday by the National Labor Relations Board, show workers voted 248 to 44 to be represented by the Washington, D.C.-based NewsGuild-Communications Workers of America.