Calling her the best candidate to represent the needs of working families, the Massachusetts AFL-CIO today unanimously endorsed Martha Coakley for United States Senate. In accepting the endorsement, Coakley stressed her ongoing commitment to Massachusetts' working men and women. The Massachusetts AFL-CIO had previously endorsed Scott Brown in his 2008 state senate bid.
"This election has been all about working families," said Robert Haynes, President of the Massachusetts AFL-CIO. "That's who the late Senator Kennedy spent his life fighting for. The Massachusetts AFL-CIO is proud to stand with Martha Coakley because of her proven record of fighting for working families and because of her career of public service. Our Attorney General has always stood for fairness, justice, and opportunity for working families. The Massachusetts AFL-CIO will work hard during this short campaign to add Martha's voice, values, and talents to the U.S. Senate."
"I am honored to have the endorsement of the Massachusetts AFL-CIO, which has worked so diligently to defend workers' rights in our state," said Coakley. "As Attorney General, I have worked to make sure that the American Dream remains within reach for working families. In Washington, I will continue that advocacy on behalf of our workforce by supporting the Employee Free Choice Act, working for real health care reform that lowers costs and provides greater access to care, and moving our economy forward by creating jobs."
Coakley has a strong record in support of Massachusetts' workforce. As Attorney General, Coakley vigilantly enforced prevailing wage, overtime, employee misclassification, and independent contractor enforcement laws in order to ensure that an honest day's work would result in a fair paycheck with real benefits. Coakley has also been a leader in the fight against workplace discrimination, most recently supporting the passage of the Employment Non-Discrimination Act of 2009.
The Massachusetts AFL-CIO is an organization created by workers to promote the interests of workers in the Commonwealth. Originally charted in 1958, the Massachusetts AFL-CIO is one of fifty-one state charters of its parent organization, the AFL-CIO. All told, the Massachusetts AFL-CIO encompasses over 750 affiliated unions which directly represent 400,000 organized union members.
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