Madeloni elected to serve as Mass. AFL-CIO executive VP

MTA President Barbara Madeloni has been elected to serve as executive vice president of the Massachusetts AFL-CIO.

The election took place at the state AFL-CIO’s Constitutional Convention, which was held from Sept. 30 to Oct. 2. During the convention, MTA Vice President Janet Anderson was elected to serve as an AFL-CIO vice president.

Madeloni was elected to an at-large executive vice president position for the Massachusetts chapter, which includes more than 750 affiliated unions representing about 400,000 working families in the public, building and construction trades and industrial/service sectors.

Acting on one of the resolutions proposed at the convention, delegates voted unanimously to oppose any attempt to raise or eliminate the cap on Commonwealth charter schools.

Steven A. Tolman was elected to a second term as president of the Massachusetts chapter.

“I am proud to work alongside Barbara Madeloni in her new role on my leadership team as executive vice president,” Tolman said. “We are lucky to have Barbara helping to lead the charge against the right-wing assault targeting labor and educators. With Janet Anderson also joining our Board as a vice president, educators will be well represented in our statewide labor movement.”

Madeloni said of her new role, “I am honored to be given this opportunity. President Tolman understands that the assault on our public schools and educator unions is part of a broader assault that impacts all working people. He is committed to coalition-building and rank-and-file activism. With our sisters and brothers from across the state, we can reignite the labor movement and use our collective power to fight for social and economic justice.”

Anderson said she is “looking forward to working closely with labor leaders from all over Massachusetts to ensure we continue to do the important work we've always done — advocating for our members, their families and working people everywhere.”