Ahead of Labor Day, 80 Mass. Labor Unions Endorse Question
1 to Improve Transportation and Public Education

Sep 1, 2022

Unions Representing Nearly Half a Million Workers Join Growing Coalition Supporting Fair Share Amendment Tax on Million-Dollar Earners on November Ballot

BOSTON – Ahead of Labor Day weekend, the campaign working to pass the Fair Share

Amendment, the proposed state tax on incomes above $1 million which would raise billions of

dollars to invest in transportation and public education, today announced the endorsement of

80 labor unions from across the state. The Fair Share Amendment is Question 1 on the

November statewide ballot.


“Union members across Massachusetts are voting Yes on Question 1 in November because we

work hard and pay our fair share, and it’s time for the very rich to pay their fair share too,” said

Steven Tolman, President of the Massachusetts AFL-CIO. “Question 1 would constitutionally

dedicate $2 billion every year to fixing our roads, bridges, schools, colleges, and transit

infrastructure, and only those making more than $1 million a year would pay a penny more.

That’s a win for working people, and a win for Massachusetts.”


The 80 labor unions collectively represent nearly half a million workers across Massachusetts,

including teachers, bus and truck drivers, nurses, carpenters, educators, grocery workers,

custodians, healthcare workers, paraprofessionals, electricians, property service workers,

plumbers, school counselors, human service workers, roofers, and many more.


“Tens of thousands of educators all across Massachusetts are voting Yes on Question 1 — and

organizing our neighbors to vote Yes — because we know that Question 1 will make our tax

system fairer and generate billions of dollars for our public schools and colleges," said Max

Page, President of the Massachusetts Teachers Association. "States that invest in basic public

goods like transportation and public education have stronger economies, and Question 1 will

help us build a healthy economy that works for everyone. As we recover from the pandemic,

Massachusetts students need smaller class sizes and more one-on-one instruction from fairly-paid educators. Our public colleges need to be more affordable, so that future generations

aren't forced to take on debt to receive a degree. Question 1 will deliver better schools and

more affordable public colleges, and only the very rich who earn more than a million dollars a

year will pay for it.”


“As a caregiver, I have seen firsthand how COVID has created more barriers for working families

to get ahead, while the super-rich get richer,” said Paulena Bergeron, a 1199SEIU member and

personal care attendant from Springfield. “To change this inequity, our vision for the future

must be greater than the past. And that starts with the Fair Share Amendment. Question 1

invests in us and the communities we live in and care for. I’m voting Yes on 1 to help create a

Massachusetts that works for all.”


“Our students are facing incredible challenges right now, and Question 1 is a once-in-a-

generation chance to make our schools better," said AFT Massachusetts President Beth

Kontos. "Teachers and students have worked incredibly hard over the last few years, while the

super rich kept getting richer and richer. With Question 1, those who earn more than a million

dollars annually will finally pay their fair share, and our students will have better-funded

schools from K-12, and access to affordable public college when they graduate.”


“As nurses, whether it be those working in school health offices, hospital emergency

departments, community health centers or mental health facilities, we see the impacts of

growing economic inequality on the health and wellbeing of the most vulnerable in our society,

and as such, we believe it is time for the super rich in our society to bear an equal burden and

to pay their fair share for the good of all, which is why we have endorsed this initiative,” said

Katie Murphy, RN, a frontline critical care nurse and president of the Massachusetts Nurses

Association.


“Massachusetts Building Trades Unions are proud to endorse the Fair Share Amendment to

ensure all Massachusetts residents pay their Fair Share and in the process, create jobs and

development in transportation and education across the Commonwealth,” said Frank Callahan,

President of the Massachusetts Building Trades Unions.


“Working people know that better schools and reliable roads and bridges are the best way to

grow our economy and make it work for everyone – that’s why we’re supporting Question 1,”

said Peter MacKinnon, President of SEIU Local 509. “99 percent of us won’t pay anything more,

but we’ll all benefit when our kids have more teachers, our roads have fewer potholes, and our

tax system is fairer.”


The labor unions join more than 300 organizations and thousands of activists across the state

who are working together to pass Question 1 on the ballot. The campaign previously

announced support from 63 community organizing groups, 26 housing and community

development organizations, 28 social service providers, 15 faith-based groups, 7 public health

organizations, 7 environmental and climate organizations, and 10 transportation advocacy

organizations, as well as more than 50 businesses across the state. After years of grassroots


advocacy, the state Legislature voted in June 2021 to place the Fair Share Amendment on the

November 2022 statewide ballot, where it is now set to be decided on by the voters as

Question 1.

The full list of endorsing labor unions is below, and a full list of organizations that have

endorsed Question 1 is available at fairsharema.com/endorsements.

1199SEIU

32BJ SEIU

AFGE Local 3258

AFT Amesbury Local 1033

AFT Local 1340 Chelsea Teachers Union

AFT Maintainers Local 6350

AFT Massachusetts

American Postal Workers Union

Andover Education Association

Arlington Education Association

ATU Local 1037

Ayer Shirley Regional Education Association, Inc.

Berkshire Labor Assembly WMALF

Boston Carmen’s Union Local 589

Boston Teachers Union

Cambridge Education Association

Central Massachusetts AFL-CIO Central Labor Council

CWA D1

Eastern Millwright Regional Council

Fall River Educators Association

Greater Boston Labor Council

Greater Southeastern Massachusetts Labor Council

Groton Dunstable Educators Association

Harvard Teachers Association

Hatfield Teaching Association

Haverhill Education Association

IBEW Local 103

IBEW Local 223

International Association of Machinists and Aerospace Workers

International Union of Operating Engineers Local 4

IUE-CWA 201

IUPAT DC35

LiUNA! Local 175

Lynn Teachers Union, Local 1037

Malden Education Association

Massachusetts AFL-CIO

Massachusetts Building Trades Unions


Massachusetts Library Staff Association

Massachusetts Nurses Association

Massachusetts Society of Professors

Massachusetts Teachers Association

Mendon Upton Regional Teachers Association

Merrimack Valley Central Labor Council

Merrimack Valley Educators Bargaining Council

New Bedford Educators Association

Norfolk County Central Labor Council

North Adams Teachers Association

North Atlantic States Regional Council of Carpenters

North Atlantic States Regional Council of Carpenters Local 339

North Shore Labor Council

Pittsfield Educational Administrators' Association

Plasterers & Cement Masons Local 534

Plumbers & Gasfitters Local 12

Plymouth Bristol Central Labor Council

Professional Staff Union/MTA/NEA

Rockland Education Association

Roofers and Slaters Local 248

Roofers Local 33

Salem Teachers Union

SEIU CIR

SEIU Community Action

SEIU Local 509

SEIU Local 888

SEIU Massachusetts State Council

Sheet Metal Air Rail Transportation Union

Sheet Metal Workers Local 17

Somerville Educators Union

Southeastern Massachusetts Building Trades Council

Springfield Federation of Paraprofessionals

Teamsters Local 122

Tewksbury Teachers Association

UAW Region 9A

UFCW Local 1459

Union 38 Educators Association

United Educators of Pittsfield

United Steelworkers District 4

United Teachers of Lowell

Wakefield Education Association

Westborough Education Association

Western Mass Area Labor Federation