In full transparency, the following is a press release submitted to SOURCE media.
BOSTON — Kim Driscoll today, September 14, announced the endorsement of the Massachusetts AFL-CIO in her bid for Lieutenant Governor as the Democratic nominee.
City of Salem Mayor Driscoll expressed gratitude in her remarks today at the organization’s Biennial Constitutional Convention in Boston.
“Massachusetts is at a point of great opportunity if we elect experienced and thoughtful leaders like Kim, who know that Massachusetts only thrives when all of our communities can benefit,” said Steven A. Tolman, President of the Massachusetts AFL-CIO. “She has been a force for good not just in Salem, but as a statewide respected municipal leader with a long record of bringing people together to find common-sense solutions to tackle our biggest challenges. We endorse her candidacy for Lieutenant Governor enthusiastically and look forward crisscrossing Massachusetts to share her message.”
“The success of cities and towns relies on a strong state partner and the success of the Commonwealth relies on thriving neighborhoods. I understand this relationship and hope to play a strong role in operationalizing statewide policies in a manner that also works for all 351 cities and towns,” said Mayor Driscoll. “As new industries emerge and our economy evolves, we need to ensure that workers have strong wages, good benefits, and safe workplaces. As Lieutenant Governor, I will work diligently to ensure labor has a seat at the table and that we are investing in the next generation of skilled tradespeople. I’m honored to earn the endorsement of the AFL-CIO and excited to partner in the years to come.”
Speaking to AFL-CIO members at the Westin Boston Seaport District today, Mayor Driscoll said: “We need you at the table – building apprenticeship programs, recruiting new members, and working with us to shape our workforce. The way to move this Commonwealth forward is to elect experienced leaders who are ready to demand more and work hard to achieve it. Leaders with a proven record that will uplift and prioritize the values and needs of working families across our state.”
The role of the Massachusetts AFL-CIO is to serve as the unified voice of all organized workers in the Commonwealth and to be a voice for all working people, those in unions and those not yet organized. Their mission is to improve the lives of working families—by working for economic, social and racial justice in the workplace, in our communities, our state and in our nation. The AFL-CIO’s vision is of a fair and just society that benefits all working people, not a system that’s rigged in favor of the wealthy few.