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Unions Admit Late Start On Push For Coakley

Comparing union organizing this fall to Elizabeth Warren’s 2012 campaign, Frank Callahan, president of Massachusetts Building Trades Council, said Coakley will be able to lean on more than 1,000 volunteers over the next week in her heated race with Baker, with so-called labor walks — door-to-door contact with union members — kicking off nightly in Boston and beyond.

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A Tribute To John Laughlin

When John Laughlin passed away last week, working people across Massachusetts and the nation lost a champion. Most of those people never knew John, but their wages, working conditions and standard of living was better because of him. The labor movement and our society at large need more people like John. People who give their all to improve the lives of people they’ve never met and combine that undying passion with the knowledge, experience and talent to make it happen.

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Coakley “Totally Convinced” Momentum On Her Side - WWLP

Frank Callahan, president of the Massachusetts Building Trades Council, said organized labor would be working every night from now until Election Day to turn out the vote for Coakley, who he pitched as a champion for the blue-collar workers of the state. “We’re going to make up the difference in this election and it’s organized labor that going to bring Martha Coakley to the corner office.”

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A Big Loss to Our Labor Movement

I am deeply saddened to report that John Laughlin, the Political Director for Painters DC 35, passed away yesterday, after a valiant battle with cancer. Please click below to read a personal and moving message from John's close friend Rich Rogers of the Greater Boston Labor Council.

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The Mass. AFL-CIO, The Mass. Building Trades Council, & UNITE/HERE Host Dr. Clyde Barrow, For A Briefing On The Mass, Gaming Law

Tuesday, October 21st, 11:00 AM, Omni Parker House, 15 School Street, Boston,

Question Three: Putting Casinos Before The People - WGBH "Greater Boston"

After Massachusetts passed the casino law in 2011, the opposing views on expanded gambling seemed like a moot point. But the question of casinos is now very back in play with Ballot Question 3. Opponents are pushing a "Yes" vote, which would repeal the state’s casino-gambling law. For their part, supporters are doing everything possible to keep the law on the books.

Frank Callahan is president of the Massachusetts Building Trades Council, which opposes Question 3.
John Ribeiro is the chairman of Yes on 3 campaign, which sponsored the ballot question.

Aging Roads, Bridges Pose Real Public Safety Threat For Mass.

Mayors Joe Curtatone & Joe Sullivan lay out the facts on Ballot Question #1:
More than half our state’s bridges are either structurally deficient or functionally obsolete. Twenty-seven bridges are so troubled that they have already been closed. And problems with our roadways contribute to about a third of our traffic fatalities. Vote No on Question #1.

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Renewables Are In New England’s Future, But Gas Pipelines Still Needed - Boston Globe

This is a very good editorial from the Boston Globe addressing the need to have a balanced, common sense approach towards integrating renewable energy into our power grid while recognizing the pressing need for more natural gas to meet the region's energy demands today and into the near future.

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