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Michigan AFL-CIO Endorses Candidates for Congress

State labor federation backs incumbent Democrats, supports Johnson, Clements, Driskell, Gilbert in competitive districts

LANSING – Today the Michigan AFL-CIO executive council endorsed the following candidates for the U.S. House of Representatives: Lon Johnson (MI-01), Dan Kildee (MI-05), Paul Clements (MI-06), Gretchen Driskell (MI-07), Melissa Gilbert (MI-08), Sandy Levin (MI-09), Debbie Dingell (MI-12), John Conyers (MI-13), and Brenda Lawrence (MI-14).

“Michigan needs members of Congress who know how to fight for working people,” said Ron Bieber, President of the Michigan AFL-CIO. “That’s why we’re proud to support these candidates. Because each one of them understands that the key to a strong economy is a strong middle class, where working people can earn good wages with strong benefits, and a secure retirement.”

Michigan’s 1st, 6th, 7th, and 8th congressional districts are expected to be among the most competitive races in the country this year.

“We need more leaders like Lon, Paul, Gretchen, and Melissa in Washington who will get up every day and fight to build an economy that works for everyone, not just the wealthy,” said Bieber. “The Michigan AFL-CIO and our affiliates are committed to working hard to win these tough races by recruiting thousands of volunteers to knock on doors and make phone calls all over the state. By starting that work now and educating union households about what’s at stake in this election, we’re confident we can win this November.”

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The Michigan State AFL-CIO represents over one million active and retired union members across Michigan

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