Press Release: UAW Region 9A Endorsement Caps Off Week of Building Momentum for Shannon Liss-Riordan’s Bid for Attorney General

March 11, 2022
Contact: Jordan Meehan

Headlines and major new endorsements continue to galvanize grassroots support and cement Shannon’s status as the working people’s champion.  

BOSTON, MA – Shannon Liss-Riordan’s campaign for Massachusetts Attorney General is gaining crucial, early grassroots momentum. Garnering headlines and many major endorsements over the past week, Shannon continues to galvanize grassroots support and cement her position as the working people’s champion in the race for Attorney General.

The campaign announced its latest labor endorsement today, from UAW Region 9A, which represents 30,000 active and retired members.

“Few candidates come along that prompt us to endorse so early and so fervently, but Shannon Liss-Riordan is one of the few,” said Beverley Brakeman, UAW Region 9A Regional Director. “Shannon’s dedication to fighting for working people is unparalleled, and she is absolutely the right person to be the next Attorney General of Massachusetts.  We are proud to endorse her.”

Today’s announcement caps off a big week for Liss-Riordan’s campaign. Her work was highlighted last night on WCVB and in The Boston Globe, while news of her endorsements came on a daily basis. Coverage is highlighted below. 

WCVB Channel 5 News: “Massachusetts troopers sue state over alleged violations of Paid Family and Medical Leave Act.”, Interview by Kathy Curran, 3/11/2022

In an interview with WCVB Channel 5 News, Shannon Liss-Riordan talks with Kathy Curran about representing the five state troopers claiming their department is violating the state Paid Family and Medical Leave Act by punishing them for taking time off during times of need. 

“There’s no point in having these types of laws and protections if employees don’t feel that they can use it freely without suffering repercussions,” Shannon Liss-Riordan said. “We’re really, frankly, shocked that the way they’re implementing paid family and medical leave is violating Massachusetts law. And that’s just not right. The state needs to do the right thing.”

NBC 10 Boston: Decision 2022 –  Shannon Liss-Riordan on her run for MA Attorney General, Interview by Alison King, 3/7/2022

In an interview with NBC 10, Shannon Liss-Riordan talks about how her experience as a labor lawyer and a private attorney general has made her the best candidate as Massachusetts’ Attorney General. In launching her candidacy, she talks about how it is her experience with the law that has given her the ability to improve people’s lives, which is further reflected in the fact that she is the only AG candidate representing working people. 

“I have used the law as a tool to improve people’s lives,” Shannon Liss-Riordan said. “My work has changed industries across Massachusetts, and across the country.”

Boston Globe: Troopers suing Mass. State Police for alleged discrimination against new parents, Andrea Estes, 3/10/22

Shannon Liss-Riordans firm, Lichten & Liss-Riordan, is representing the female troopers that have filed a discrimination lawsuit against the Mass State Police. Five troopers filed a class action lawsuit Wednesday against the Massachusetts State Police, alleging the agency is illegally discriminating against troopers who take maternity or other medical or family leave. The troopers say they lose their seniority when they take time off to give birth or deal with other medical issues, making it harder for them to obtain choice work assignments and overtime shifts.

“The disproportionate impact this practice has on women who have given birth, experienced a miscarriage, or other medical issues related to pregnancy is blatantly discriminatory,” said their lawyer, Matthew Patton of the firm, Lichten & Liss-Riordan. 

Politico: Northwestern District Attorney David Sullivan has endorsed labor attorney Shannon Liss-Riordan, Lisa Kashinsky, 3/8/2022

Northwestern District Attorney David Sullivan has endorsed labor attorney Shannon Liss-Riordan for state attorney general, calling her the best candidate to “carry on the great work of AG Maura Healey.”

Politico: Fifteen IBEW locals have endorsed labor attorney Shannon Liss-Riordan for AG, Lisa Kashinsky, 03/09/2022 

Fifteen IBEW locals have endorsed labor attorney Shannon Liss-Riordan for AG. 

They include IBEW Locals 1465 and 1499 in Fall River; Local 104 in Mansfield; Locals 2321 and 326 in North Andover; Locals 2325, 486 and 96 in Worcester; Local 1505 in Woburn; Local 674 in Melrose; Local 2322 in Middleborough; Locals 7 and 455 in Springfield; Local 717 in Chelmsford; and Local 1228, and represent a combined roughly 10,000 workers, her campaign said.

# # #

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. 

Paid for by the Liss-Riordan Campaign