Labor attorney Shannon Liss-Riordan snags government employee union endorsement in AG campaign

Originally published March 29, 2022 (here)

By Samantha J. Gross, Globe Staff

Boston Globe

One of the largest labor unions in the Commonwealth has endorsed labor attorney Shannon Liss-Riordan for attorney general.

The National Association of Government Employees, a Quincy-based union which represents 22,000 public-sector employees in Massachusetts and more than 40,000 nationwide, announced Tuesday that its members unanimously voted to back Liss-Riordan, who hopes to succeed Attorney General Maura Healey, who is running for governor.

“When I am your Attorney General, public servants will always have a strong ally and partner who will fight to uphold the dignity of work,” Liss-Riordan, 52, wrote in a statement announcing the endorsement.

Liss-Riordan, a Democrat who launched her campaign at Ironworkers Local 7 in South Boston, has focused her career as a partner at Lichten & Liss-Riordan in Boston on representing exotic dancers, drivers, food service employees, and other low-paid workers who allege wage theft and misclassification as independent contractors by their employers. She has received national recognition for suing companies like Amazon, Google, and Starbucks on behalf of their workers.