Massachusetts AFL-CIO Announces Endorsement of Richard Neal for re-election in 1st Congressional District


State’s largest labor organization to mobilize working families in 2012 elections

MALDEN, MA FEBRUARY 12, 2012…The state’s largest labor organization voted unanimously to endorse Congressman Richard Neal for re-election in the newly configured 1st Congressional District of Massachusetts at a meeting of its Executive Council held on Thursday morning. The group of nearly 70 labor leaders representing over 400,000 union members across the state made the endorsement after a spirited discussion about the key issues at stake in the upcoming 2012 elections and the importance of mobilizing union members to help elect candidates who will stand up for working families.

State AFL-CIO President Steven A. Tolman said, “Congressman Neal made this an easy decision for us. He has been there for working people throughout his entire career in Congress and we will be there for him throughout this election year. It gives me even greater pleasure to endorse Congressman Neal knowing that he has carried a union card as a member of the UFCW. He doesn’t just talk about our issues. He lives them.”

Congressman Neal proudly accepted the endorsement, saying, “I am honored to once again receive the endorsement of the AFL-CIO. Over my tenure in Congress I have shared a great relationship with the AFL-CIO and our mutual friendship is as strong as ever. Working Massachusetts families are always at the forefront of my mind when I am casting votes or crafting legislation, and the AFL-CIO represents quintessential working families. I look forward to continuing my bond with the AFL-CIO as we work to expand the middle class.”

Richard Brown, President of the Pioneer Valley Labor Council, said, “We’re proud to once again stand with Congressman Neal as he runs for re-election. Congressman Neal’s strong record of supporting working families makes him the clear choice for our members.”

Brian Morrison, President of the Berkshire Central Labor Council, also commented, “Throughout this year, we will make every effort to communicate to our members about the issues at hand and the choices they have in this election. Workers in our area will be learning anew Congressman Neal’s record as redistricting has put a talented and established veteran of the U.S. House in position to fight for working families in the Berkshires. “

About the Massachusetts AFL-CIO

The Massachusetts AFL-CIO is an organization created by workers to promote the interests of workers in the Commonwealth. We are the most powerful, authoritative voice for all working people in the state, both for those in unions and those not yet organized. With roots dating back to the 1880’s, and originally charted as an AFL-CIO chapter in 1958, the Massachusetts AFL-CIO is one of fifty-one state charters of our parent organization, the AFL-CIO. The Massachusetts AFL-CIO receives the bulk of its resources and power from affiliated local unions and other labor organizations across the state. All told, the Massachusetts AFL-CIO encompasses over 750 affiliated unions which directly represent approximately 400,000 working families in the public, building and construction trades, and industrial/service sectors. Steven A. Tolman (781-324-8230) is the organization’s President and Tim Sullivan (This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.) is the contact for the press. Find out more at

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