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Joanne F. Goldstein

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Joanne F. Goldstein
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Massachusetts Secretary of Labor and Workforce Development
Former Officeholder
In office
2010- 2014
PredecessorSuzanne Bump
Base salary$90,000
Elections and appointments
AppointedJanuary 2010
Appointed byGov. Deval Patrick
Term limitsN/A
High schoolDoherty Memorial High School, Worcester, MA
Bachelor'sUniversity of Michigan
J.D.Hofstra University
Office website
Joanne F. Goldstein was the Massachusetts Secretary of Labor and Workforce Development. She served in this position from 2010-2014.[1]


Goldstein was born in Massachusetts. She began her professional legal career with Angoff, Godlman, Manning, Pyle and Wagner. She was the first woman to practice union side labor law in Massachusetts.[1] She opened her own law practice in 1982 and was the general counsel for Utility Workers Union of America in 1996.[2] In 2007 Goldstein was appointed by Martha Coakley as the Chief of the Attorney General's Fair Labor Division. Goldstein served as the lead member of the Governor's Joint Task Force on the Underground Economy and Employee Misclassification.[1]


  • Doherty Memorial High School, Worcester, Massachusetts
  • Bachelor's degree, University of Michigan
  • Juris doctorate degree, Hofstra University[1]

Political career

Secretary of Labor and Workforce Development (2010 - 2014)

During her appointment Goldstein worked with business interests and unions on pension and transportation reform as well as health care cost containment. During the 2011-2012 legislative session, the Massachusetts General Court passed legislation that weakened union influence and eased the ability for local governments in negotiating new contracts. Goldstein stated her support for unions, maintaining that they still have a place in society.[2]



Goldstein was appointed Massachusetts Secretary of Labor and Workforce Development by Gov. Deval Patrick (D) in 2010.[1]


Goldstein and her husband Edward live in Newton, Massachusetts. They have three adult children and two granddaughters.[1]

Contact Information

Office of Labor and Workforce Development
One Ashburton Place
Suite 2112
Boston, MA 02108

Phone: 617-626-7122
Toll Free: 617-727-4404
Fax: 617-727-1090

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Political offices
Preceded by
Suzanne Bump
Massachusetts Secretary of Labor and Workforce Development
Succeeded by
Rachel Kaprielian