I fight for working families because I grew up in one – my mom was a school nurse and my stepdad was a high school teacher.
That’s why I make sure my office stands up every day on behalf of working people and their families. We takes the lead in enforcing our state laws relating to wages, public construction, and child labor. Our dedicated staff work in dozens of languages to make sure everyone knows their rights, and has met with, trained, and served thousands of workers and employers throughout Massachusetts over the last four years.
One of our biggest challenges is wage theft, which robs working families of hundreds of millions of dollars every year. It should go without saying that “an honest day’s work deserves an honest day’s pay,” but wage theft continues to threaten this fundamental principle. We need to make sure that workers are paid what they are owed, and to help guarantee a level playing field for businesses that follow the law.
Part of supporting working people is making sure they have basic workplace rights – including the right to stay home when they’re too sick to work. We were proud to help implement Massachusetts’ groundbreaking Earned Sick Time Law. My office spent months focusing on public education and assisting employers who were trying to bring their policies and practices into compliance, in addition to helping workers who had been improperly denied their earned sick days.
And I’ve been proud to stand with police officers, firefighters, public school teachers, and other public employees to defend the right of public employee unions to bargain collectively. No matter what the Supreme Court decides, we are never going to turn our back on working people.