Legislative & Political

Labor Leaders Meet with Blue Collar Caucus

Journal: Issue 2 - 2017


From left, U.S. Representatives Marc Veasey (D-TX) and Brendan Boyle (D-PA), President of the Laborers’ International Union of North America Terry O’Sullivan, BAC President James Boland, Director of Government Affairs at the AFL-CIO Bill Samuel, and U.S. Representatives Michael Capuano (D-MA), Donald Norcross (D-NJ) and Cheri Bustos (D-IL).

On March 28th, President James Boland and other labor leaders representing the building trades unions had a productive meeting with the Congressional Blue Collar Caucus, co-chaired by U.S. Representatives Marc Veasey (D-TX) and Brendan Boyle (D-PA), in Washington, D.C.

Since its founding in the wake of the 2016 election, the Blue Collar Caucus has been committed to better understanding and effectively addressing the wide variety of issues that are important to working families. This meeting touched on several timely issues that can help lawmakers and labor leaders work together in the fight to secure healthcare, good wages, and job security for all Americans, and reconnect blue collar workers to the Democratic Party.

Other leaders of the building trades unions attending the meeting included Terry O’Sullivan, President of the Laborers’ International Union of North America, and Bob Martinez, President of International Association of Machinists and Aerospace Workers. Representatives from United Auto Workers, United Association of Plumbers, Fitters, Welders and Service Techs, International Union of Operating Engineers, United Steelworkers, and the Building Trades Council were also in attendance.

BAC President James Boland speaking at the meeting.

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