Vice President Kamala Harris visits Boston

BOSTON — Vice President Kamala Harris visited Boston on Monday. The Vice President was in the state to celebrate Labor Day and to illustrate the Biden Administration’s commitment to working families. 

She attended the annual Greater Boston Labor Council Breakfast at the Boston Park Plaza and delivered the keynote address. 

“Our whole nation, whether they are a member of the union or not benefits from your work because when union wages go up, everybody’s wages go up. When union workplaces are safer, all workplaces are safer. When unions are strong, America is strong,” Harris said. 

Boston Mayor Michelle Wu was also at the event. She announced the creation of the Office for Worker Empowerment to help level the playing field for workers. 

The Office aims to establish job training centers, make sure the benefits of Boston developments are being shared with working communities, push construction partners to create an employee benefits trust fund for child care, build a new Madison Park Techincal Vocational High School, and create a stronger culture of caution and safety on construction sites throughout the city. 

Hyatt Centric Hotel workers rallied on Tuesday for better representation and better wages. They said they want their employee to agree to a fair contract with wages and benefits that match the standard of union hotels in downtown Boston. 

“I’m not here because I value your labor, I’m here because I give a damn about your life,” said Rep. Ayanna Pressley to workers. 

Harris’s visit comes a week before President Biden visits Boston to tout the recently signed infrastructure bill. 

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