SEIU 509 Statement in Response to H.3854

“Today, the House stood on the right side of history by sending a clear message to the Trump administration and right wing special interests: Massachusetts stands with labor. Today’s bi-partisan decision affirms that every union member has the right to their union at the workplace, and ensures every union in our Commonwealth has unfettered access to their members.

But this legislation is just one important step in the fight against anti-worker attacks. Even now, the labor movement is facing new legal threats designed to make their way through the courts to drain our resources and weaken our collective power. Our members, our legislators, and our communities must stand united against those that attempt to divide us.
Over the past several decades, we’ve witnessed the wealth divide in our country soar. Strong unions level the playing field for all of us. When unions thrive, we raise the bar for all employers to provide a living wage. In turn, we begin to upend decades of income inequality designed to keep white, black, and brown families from achieving the American dream.
We are grateful to Speaker DeLeo and the House for their support, and we look forward to the Senate and Governor Baker taking swift action.”
 -Peter MacKinnon, President, SEIU Local 509

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