The Patrick-Administration is proud to work for the Commonwealth of Massachusetts where defending the interests of working families is steeped in tradition. Massachusetts was the very first state to have an agency devoted to protecting and defending working people - founded 15 years before the Federal Department of Labor.
- Supported and signed the Commonwealth's Written Majority Authorization ("Card Check") law that increases public sector worker access to the benefits of union membership and collective bargaining.
- Ensured the inclusion of fair labor standards in the state's economic development initiatives, including the Life Sciences Initiative and other state incentive programs.
- Supported key issues important to the national labor agenda, including signing a letter in support of the Employee Free Choice Act with other Governors and working with the Obama administration to ensure the inclusion of labor standards in the American Recovery and Reinvestment Act.
- Appointed more than 50 individuals affiliated with organized labor to various boards and commissions, ensuring a voice for organized labor on boards and commissions throughout government.
- Convened the Governor's Inter-Agency Task Force on Pre and Post Release Programming for Ex-Offenders and fully funded its recommendation to establish the Reentry Partnership Initiative, thereby providing $2,600,000 in grant awards to 4 regions of the Commonwealth to support projects connecting offenders with employment, training and support services.
- Through the Massachusetts Workforce Investment board published recommendations and designed a workplace based basic education program to increase employee access to basic education and develop a more skilled workforce for employers while increasing the number of employers sponsoring workplace based education.
- Facilitated GI Bill benefits access for over 700 returning veterans, enabling them to further their education through registered apprenticeship programs.
- Increased funding for the state summer jobs line item from $4.7 million to an $8.1 million investment in work opportunities for low-income and at-risk teens to secure access to economic opportunity.
- Convened a series of regional youth summits that provide region specific data to enhance the ability of workforce, business and community leaders to implement dropout prevention and alternative pathways to education for youth.