BOSTON (CBS) – In honor of Labor Day, a holiday set aside to honor contributions of labor unions and the American worker in our country, Jon Keller spoke with Massachusetts AFL-CIO president Steven Tolman to discuss the state of organized labor in the state.
In Massachusetts, 13.7 percent of workers are part of a union, a slight increase from last year.
Tolman discussed reasons why he believes that number isn’t higher, especially given a 63 percent support for organized labor among the general public, a 20-year high.
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Keller also asked Tolman his reaction to the Boston Calling extortion trial, which Tolman called a “devastating blow.”
Two members of Boston Mayor Marty Walsh’s administration were convicted Wednesday of conspiring to extort the organizers of a music festival by pressuring them to hire union labor.
“I see the U.S. Attorney’s office trying to criminalize advocating for your position,” said Tolman. “That is a very dangerous threat.”