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The AFL-CIO Executive Council today elected Liz Shuler, a visionary leader and longtime trade unionist, to serve as president of the federation of 56 unions and 12.5 million members. Shuler is the first woman to hold the office in the history of the labor federation. The Executive Council also elected United Steelworkers (USW) International Vice President Fred Redmond to succeed Shuler as secretary-treasurer, the first African American to hold the number two office. Tefere Gebre will continue as executive vice president, rounding out the most diverse team of officers ever to lead the AFL-CIO.

Our brother and leader Richard Trumka passed away on August 5, 2021, at the age of 72.

Last night the Western Massachusetts Area Labor Federation AFL-CIO joined a growing number of labor organizations in passing a resolution calling for the withdrawal of all Russian forces from Ukraine and the resolution of the conflict through intensive diplomatic negotiations that respect Ukrainian sovereignty. Diplomacy, not war and military power, is the only way to promote security and prosperity for working people in Ukraine, in Russia, in the U.S., and around the world.

Springfield, MA — The Western Massachusetts Area Labor Federation, AFL-CIO, a coalition of more than 60 public and private sector unions from across Western Massachusetts, voted unanimously Monday night to pass a resolution calling on President Joe Biden to cancel all student debt by executive order immediately. 

We are pleased to announce our endorsements for Mayoral, City Council, and School Committee races for 2021.

The Western Mass Area Labor Federation (WMALF), representing over 30,000 workers from across Western Massachusetts, is pleased to announce its endorsement of Sheila Gilmour and Doug Mayo for Greenfield City Council, and Glenn Johnson-Mussad, Kathryn Martini, and Elizabeth De Neeve for Greenfield School Committee.

The Western Mass Area Labor Federation (WMALF), representing over 30,000 workers from across Western Massachusetts, is pleased to announce its endorsement of Joel McAuliffe for Chicopee City Council Ward 1; Mary Elizabeth Pniak-Costello for Chicopee City Council Ward 9; Shirley Arriaga for Chicopee City Council At-Large, and Tim Wagner for Chicopee School Committee Ward 1.  Endorsements are determined through a democratic process by which WMALF delegates from private- and public-sector unions in Hampshire County vote to endorse candidates based upon the research and recommendations of the W

The Western Mass Area Labor Federation (WMALF), representing over 30,000 workers from across Western Massachusetts, is pleased to announce its endorsement of Anthony Russo and Tom Hendrickson for Agawam City Council.  Endorsements are determined through a democratic process by which WMALF delegates from private- and public-sector unions in Hampshire County vote to endorse candidates based upon the research and recommendations of the WMALF’s Committee on Political Education.

Marilyn Rosa from Carpenters local 336 speaks about the legacy of Carter G. Woodson.

This video is part of our series highlight events and people who have contributed to Black History and Labor.

Every Tuesday and Thursday this February we will have union members sharing reading that highlight events and people who have contributed to Black History and Labor.  
Today we hear from Lisa Clauson, organizer with Carpenters Local 336 to talk about the legacy of the Memphis Sanitation Strike.