At the June member meeting there was a motion made at the recommendation of the Local 264 Legislative Committee to endorse current MA Treasurer Steve Grossman for Governor. The Legislative Committee looked at his track record and looked at what he has done as a leader of the Democratic Party, State Treasurer and Small Business owner as well as his vision for MA and after the review they believe Steve is the best candidate for working families, women, education, veterans and all communities across MA so after a vote, they made the recommendation to endorse Steve.
After a spirited debate by members both against any endorsement at this time, and members who wanted to show support for Steve a vote was taken. The motion to endorse Steve Grossman for Governor was approved by a large majority of the members at the meeting.
Steve has long shown that he is a true friend of labor and most recently walked the walk by picketing at Logan Airport in support of our sisters and brothers from Machinists Union Local 1726 who are in a contract dispute with American Airlines.
Massachusetts Treasurer and candidate for governor Steve Grossman (5th from the right 2nd row) joined the IAM 1726 picket line at Boston’s Logan Airport on March 27th.
Where Steve Stands on The Issues
Jobs & Economic Growth
Steve believes that the fundamental challenge facing middle class families across Massachusetts is job security and economic inequality. Having spent decades creating opportunities for hard-working families and growing small businesses, Steve will bring a lifetime of experience to the governor’s office to usher in a new era of economic security and growth.
Steve is committed to creating 50,000 new manufacturing jobs in Massachusetts over the next five years by encouraging businesses to make their products here. He’ll do this by promoting access to innovative technology, enhancing workforce training, and lowering transportation costs.
Steve will also work to ensure greater collaboration between the business community, our vocational-technical schools, and our community colleges.
When Steve became treasurer, he found that 60 percent of the state’s reserve funds were deposited in banks in Europe, Australia, and Asia. Steve worked to bring that money back so the taxpayers’ money, now in Massachusetts banks, could be loaned to credit-worthy small businesses to create jobs for the people of Massachusetts. The Small Business Banking Partnership has moved more than $327 million into 52 community banks. Those banks have in turn made more than 6,000 loans with a value of more than $1 billion, focusing heavily on job creation in our gateway communities. To level the playing field, banks have made loans with a principal focus on women-owned, minority-owned, immigrant-owned, and veteran-owned businesses.
Steve understands the importance of providing employees with outstanding benefits, including earned sick time, and raising the minimum wage. That’s why many employees at Grossman Marketing have stayed on their jobs for more than 30 years.
Earned Sick Time
Steve believes it’s morally wrong and economically unwise to force our citizens to choose between job security and physical or emotional well-being. That’s why Steve provided earned sick time to his own employees, and that’s why in 2006, he was the first business owner in Massachusetts to testify in favor of earned sick time. Steve has supported earned sick time long before anyone else began polling the issue, let alone vigorously supporting it.
Massachusetts provides some of the most comprehensive veterans services in the nation, and as governor, Steve will build on that foundation. Among the true heroes of our society are those who have worn the uniform of our country and defended our common freedom and values. Steve will continue to be an unwavering advocate for veterans and their families.
Recently, Steve announced that as governor, he would file legislation elevating the Secretary of Veterans’ Services to a full cabinet position reporting directly to the governor. He proposed the change because he believes it would help the Secretary of Veterans’ Services best manage the wide range of issues affecting veterans, including healthcare, housing, economic development, and educational training.
As part of his effort to level the playing field for veterans and encourage entrepreneurship, when Steve created the Small Business Banking Partnership, he emphasized and promoted access to capital for veteran-owned businesses.
As Treasurer, Steve accelerated the Welcome Home Bonus Program, ensuring that veterans now have access to the financial support they deserve. Since 2006, Treasury has issued 26,000 bonuses, and in the last fiscal year Treasury nearly tripled the number of Vietnam War bonuses awarded. And the state’s Unclaimed Property Division, which Steve oversees, returned hundreds of thousands of dollars to veterans who were the rightful owners. Next spring, in coordination with the leadership of the Massachusetts National Guard and Veterans’ Services, Treasury will co-host the first ever military and veterans money conference.
As a small business owner, grassroots activist, community leader, and now as state treasurer, Steve has been a prominent advocate for empowering and creating economic opportunity for women. As he has been throughout his career, Steve will continue to be a champion for women’s rights and economic opportunity as governor.
As Governor, Steve Will:
- Continue to support a woman’s right to choose and ensure that all women have access to the full range of reproductive health care options, resources, and services they need and deserve.
- Ensure that all women have access to health care clinics.
- Advocate for legislation mandating that comprehensive sex education programs be taught in all public schools across Massachusetts.
- Build on his track record of challenging and demanding that corporate America play a leadership role in advancing the career growth of women.
As Treasurer, Steve Has:
- Hired women to fill the roles of deputy treasurer, chief of staff, executive director of the Massachusetts State Lottery, and executive director of the Massachusetts Water Pollution Abatement Trust.
- Revised the proxy voting guidelines at the Pension Reserves Investment Management (PRIM) Board, which he chairs. Treasury has zero tolerance for zero diversity, meaning it votes against corporate boards of directors without women or people of color 100 percent of the time.
- Created the Small Business Banking Partnership, a pioneering initiative that has helped generate more than $1 billion in loans to small businesses, with an emphasis on businesses owned by women, minorities, immigrants, and veterans.
- Created new procurement guidelines making it easier for women-owned businesses to secure business opportunities with the Commonwealth.
As a Small Business Owner, Steve Has:
- Been proud to have equal pay for equal work at his fourth-generation family owned company, and finds it unacceptable that even in 2014, women across the country still earn just 77 cents for each dollar men make.
- Provided paid family leave to his own colleagues for more than 25 years. That’s why in 2006, he was proud to be the first business owner in Massachusetts to testify in favor of earned sick time.