Our Organizing Drive at the State House Moves Forward With Filing of Legislation

IBEW 2222 has been working to organize the legislative staff at the Massachusetts State House. Presently, legislative staff are not included in the list of public employees permitted to unionize under the Massachusetts Labor Relations Act, though employees in the executive and judicial branches are.

The staff reached out to us in 2019 to discuss the possibility of forming a union. We continued working with them throughout the COVID-19 pandemic, and shortly after the State House reopened last year, we reached a strong majority of Senate staff who signed cards wishing to join the MA State House Employee Union @BeaconHillUnion, represented by IBEW 2222. We then began collecting cards from House staff, and continue to work toward a majority in that chamber. 

Yesterday, Senator John Keenan @SenJohnFKeenan and Representative Patrick Kearney @RepKearney filed bills to extend collective bargaining rights to MA legislative staff. This marks a critical step in our organizing effort. The legislation, An Act to collective bargaining rights for legislative employees, simply provides the legislative staff the same right as every other worker in the Commonwealth, the right to decide for themselves whether or not they would like to organize.

Special thanks to our cosponsors as well:

H.3069 Sponsor & Cosponsors - As of September 27, 2023
NameDistrict / Address
Patrick Joseph Kearney4th Plymouth - Lead Sponsor
Kevin J. Holland, IBEW Local 2222 AFL-CIO159 Burgin Parkway, 3rd Floor, Quincy, MA 02169
Rebecca L. RauschNorfolk, Worcester and Middlesex
Samantha Montaño15th Suffolk
David Henry Argosky LeBoeuf17th Worcester
Alyson M. Sullivan-Almeida7th Plymouth
James B. EldridgeMiddlesex and Worcester
Erika Uyterhoeven27th Middlesex
Rodney M. Elliott16th Middlesex
Christopher Richard Flanagan1st Barnstable
David F. DeCoste5th Plymouth
James K. Hawkins2nd Bristol
Marc R. PachecoThird Bristol and Plymouth
James C. Arena-DeRosa8th Middlesex
Margaret R. Scarsdale1st Middlesex
Russell E. Holmes6th Suffolk
Mike Connolly26th Middlesex
Peter Capano11th Essex
Carmine Gentile13th Middlesex
Ryan Hamilton15th Essex
Lindsay Sabadosa1st Hampshire
Carol Doherty3rd Bristol
Steven Owens29th Middlesex
Danillo Sena37th Middlesex
S.2014 Sponsor & Cosponsors - As of September 27, 2023
John F. KeenanNorfolk and Plymouth - Lead Sponsor
Michael D. BradySecond Plymouth and Norfolk
Anne M. GobiWorcester and Hampshire
Walter F. TimiltyNorfolk, Plymouth and Bristol
Michael O. MooreSecond Worcester
Rebecca L. RauschNorfolk, Worcester and Middlesex
James B. EldridgeMiddlesex and Worcester
Paul R. FeeneyBristol and Norfolk
Paul W. MarkBerkshire, Hampden, Franklin and Hampshire
Patrick M. O'ConnorFirst Plymouth and Norfolk
Marc R. PachecoThird Bristol and Plymouth
Patricia D. JehlenSecond Middlesex
Estela Reyes4th Essex


We look forward to working with all elected officials and organized labor to ensure this legislation becomes law.

Below is the press release announcing the filing. 

Press Release Union Bill File - Final 1
Press Release Union Bill File - Final 2