BOSTON (WHDH) - Vice President Kamala Harris attended a Labor Day breakfast in Boston, where she praised union members’ critical work statewide.
Harris headlined the Annual Greater Boston Labor Council Breakfast at the Park Plaza Hotel Monday morning. She chairs the White House Task Force on Worker Organizing and Empowerment, which is vice-chaired by former Boston mayor and now U.S. Labor Secretary Marty Walsh. Harris then held a roundtable with workers.
She said during her speech that strong unions make for a strong country, and that the Biden-Harris administration is fighting back against what she calls “extremist so-called leaders” in Congress and state houses across the country looking to erode workers’ rights to organize. She then discussed the importance of workers in Massachusetts in building up the country’s roads and airports.
“To rebuild our nation’s infrastructure, we need you. We need plumbers and pipefitters in Malden and Chelsea to replace lead pipes in schools and homes, to help us replace every lead pipe within ten years, which is our goal. We need electrical workers in Northampton and Essex to lay the fiber optic lines that will bring high-speed internet to every household in America,” she said. “We need the hard-working members of Boston’s building trades to build new bus lanes and sidewalks in Roxbury, and to make upgrades to Logan.”
The breakfast also brought in many local politicians including Massachusetts Attorney General Maura Healey, who is currently the only Democrat running for the party’s nomination for governor during the primary Tuesday. Sonia Chang-Diaz will still be on the ballot, but she dropped out.
The two Republican candidates for governor, Geoff Diehl and Chris Doughty, are also campaigning during the final hours. Both will be at a Labor Day parade in Marlboro. Diehl will then hold a tele-rally Monday night with former president Donald Trump. Voters will be able to call in live to hear from the former president.
Other primary races on Tuesday include attorney general, lieutenant governor, secretary of state and treasurer.
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