Council cites Attorney General’s track record of combating worker exploitation and holding bad actors accountable

SPRINGFIELD, MA — The Massachusetts Building Trades Council (MBTC) officially endorsed Attorney General Maura Healey for governor today after her keynote address to delegates at the Council’s 103rd Annual Convention. In its endorsement, MBTC cited Healey’s record as a champion for working families, from fighting to provide paid family leave for workers in her office to promoting workforce diversity and equity on public construction projects. 

“It’s been an honor to stand with the building trades as the people’s lawyer. Together, we’ve combatted wage theft, empowered workers, and held accountable employers who mistreat their workers,” said Healey. “Massachusetts is in a moment of great opportunity. By working in partnership with labor, we can increase economic mobility, expand job training programs, and ensure workers receive the pay and benefits they deserve. I’m proud to have earned the endorsement of the Massachusetts Building Trades Council in our campaign for governor, and I look forward to continuing to partner with them on these big issues and move Massachusetts forward together.”

In her speech, Healey stressed the importance of union labor to increase economic mobility and the importance of cracking down on wage theft in the building trades and beyond. As Attorney General, Healey has worked to protect low-wage workers against bad actors, ordering employers to pay $5 million in restitution and $3.1 million in penalties for labor law violations in FY 2021. These actions aided more than 10,622 employees across various industries.

“The Attorney General has been a champion for workers since she entered office in 2014, and we’re proud to support her bid for governor,” MBTC President Frank Callahan said. “Healey understands that fighting for workers’ rights helps everyone.  When workers have family-sustaining wages, health insurance, retirement security along with safe and better working conditions, it benefits everyone, the workers, the community, and even their employers.”

BACKGROUND ON MASSACHUSETTS BUILDING TRADES COUNCIL

The Massachusetts Building Trades Council (MBTC) is a 100-year-old organization dedicated to helping working people improve their quality of life. It has 74 member locals representing over 75,000 working men and women across the state.

Through the efforts of their locals, union members receive the best training available, vital healthcare coverage, and the security of pension and annuity benefits. In addition, through joint investments between labor and management, employers train current and future employees. This collaborative effort between contractors and our member unions benefits customers because, with trained workers, the job is done right the first time. For the unions represented by the MBTC, their goal has always been, and continues to be, improving the standard of living for construction workers and their families throughout the state. By achieving this goal, everyone benefits, including members, employers, customers, and most importantly, the communities where we live and work.

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