Press Release: Four Major Labor Unions Endorse Shannon Liss-Riordan for Attorney General

March 10, 2022
Contact: Jordan Meehan

Plumbers and Gasfitters Local 12, Operating Engineers Local 4 (IUOE), Roofers Local 33, and Teamsters Local 122 join growing coalition of working people supporting Liss-Riordan.

BOSTON, MA – Today, four labor unions, Plumbers and Gasfitters Local 12, Operating Engineers Local 4 (IUOE Local 4), Roofers Local 33 and Teamsters Local 122 officially endorsed Shannon Liss-Riordan for Massachusetts Attorney General. These organizations join a sizable and growing coalition of labor unions and workers backing Shannon Liss-Riordan to be the Commonwealth’s next Attorney General.

“Shannon Liss-Riordan is our candidate for Attorney General because she doesn’t need on the job training, she will be ready on day one to deliver real results for the people of Massachusetts,” said William McLaughlin, Business Manager of the International Union of Operating Engineers Local 4.  “Families across the Commonwealth are struggling to get by right now, and Shannon has the experience, the skills and the guts needed to deliver real relief.”

“Shannon Liss-Riordan has taken on the toughest battles on behalf of workers throughout her whole career, and we are proud to stand with her in this race,” said Tony DeMelo, Business Agent of the Roofers & Waterproofers Union Local 33. “Shannon has put hundreds of millions of dollars back into the pockets of working people as a private attorney – just imagine the results she can deliver as Attorney General.”

“Working people need a champion right now,” said John Murphy , Secretary-Treasurer of Teamsters Local 122. “We need someone fighting on our behalf to make sure we get a fair shake, and that is why we are endorsing Shannon Liss-Riordan for Attorney General.”

“I am humbled by the overwhelming support our campaign for Attorney General has received from working people, since the day we announced less than 2 months ago, said Shannon Liss-Riordan. “As our state’s next Attorney General, I will commit to ensuring that workers are respected and that every cent of their hard earned wages is paid to them, and I will hold corporations that take advantage of working people accountable.”

Shannon Liss-Riordan launched her campaign just six weeks ago but has already secured endorsements from labor unions across the state, including fifteen IBEW locals, Ironworkers Local 7, Pipefitters Local 537, Sheet Metal Workers Local 17, Plasterers and Cement Masons Local 534, OPEIU Local 453, among others.  In addition, she announced earlier this week the endorsement of Northwestern District Attorney David Sullivan. Liss-Riordan is the only practicing attorney currently running for the Democratic nomination for Attorney General.

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Shannon Liss-Riordan has big ideas and the experience to deliver big results for the people of Massachusetts. A prolific lawyer unafraid to challenge the status quo, she is the fighter that hardworking people turn to when the system lets them down. 

For decades, Shannon has taken on powerful corporate interests on the toughest issues and won. After graduating from Harvard Law School, Shannon made a name for herself as one of the top plaintiff lawyers in the country, winning groundbreaking lawsuits on behalf of waitresses, truck drivers, firefighters, janitors, and gig workers who have been denied overtime, minimum wage, and other wage protections.

Not only did she put money back in employees’ pockets, but she pushed our legal system to fairly and equally serve the people. And when the system couldn’t be pushed, she broke new legal ground and set precedents that delivered victories for workers in Massachusetts and around the country. She’ll put that same talent and track record to work as Massachusetts’ next Attorney General.

Shannon is uniquely qualified to serve as Massachusetts Attorney General. She regularly collaborates with the current Attorney General’s office, and she understands the complexities of running the people’s law firm. She knows how to effectively lead teams of lawyers to deliver real results for the people. She’s ready to take on the most difficult issues, from the deteriorating dignity of work to the childcare crisis to reproductive freedom to climate change, and win for Bay Staters.

In 2009, she partnered with Massachusetts labor lawyer Harold Lichten to create Lichten & Liss-Riordan, P.C. Shannon lives in Brookline, MA with her husband, Kevin, their three kids, Shane, Myles and Jordan, and their Airedale terrier, Logan. 

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