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Michigan AFL-CIO to Host Three Gubernatorial Town Halls on Jobs and the Economy

Whitmer, El-Sayed, Thanedar, Cobbs to participate at forums in Warren, Detroit, Flint

LANSING – Today the Michigan AFL-CIO announced it will host a series of three town hall events on jobs and the economy featuring Gretchen Whitmer, Abdul El-Sayed, Shri Thanedar, and Bill Cobbs. The town hall series will begin on January 24, 2018 at UAW Region 1 in Warren, with future events planned in Detroit and Flint.

“Michigan’s working families need a governor who will have our backs,” said Ron Bieber, president of the Michigan AFL-CIO. “Rick Snyder, Bill Schuette, and Brian Calley have spent the past seven years rigging the rules of our economy to favor their wealthy corporate donors while working families struggle to get by. It’s time for a change in Michigan. This November we need to elect a governor who will work to build an economy that works for everyone, not just the wealthy. That’s why we’re hosting these town halls, so working men and women can ask the candidates questions directly about the economic issues that matter most to Michigan’s working families.”

Each town hall will be moderated by Michigan AFL-CIO President Ron Bieber and Communications Director Zack Pohl, and last approximately 90 minutes. Candidates will answer audience questions from union officers and rank-and-file members on a number of key economic issues, including: manufacturing, trade, building vibrant communities, public education, skilled trades job training, and infrastructure.

These events are open to the press, and will be broadcast on Facebook Live by the Great Lakes Beacon. Here are the details for planning purposes:

January Town Hall in Warren: The first town hall will focus on trade and manufacturing issues, and take place at 2:30pm on Wednesday, January 24, 2018 at UAW Region 1, 27800 George Merrelli Dr, Warren, MI. News outlets that wish to cover the event must RSVP. Please plan to arrive on-site at 2:00pm for setup. National AFL-CIO President Richard Trumka is scheduled to attend the town hall, and will participate in the press availability after the event.

February Town Hall in Detroit: The second town hall meeting will focus on building vibrant communities and improving public education. It will take place at 6:30pm on Tuesday, February 27, 2018 at Wayne County Community College District, Downtown Campus, Frank Hayden Community Room, 1001 W. Fort Street, Detroit, MI.

March Town Hall Near Flint: The final town hall event will focus on infrastructure and skilled trades job training. It will take place in the Flint media market at 6:30PM on Wednesday, March 28, 2018. Location TBA.

TO REQUEST MEDIA CREDENTIALS: Please RSVP here to request media credentials for each event. There is limited seating for print and radio reporters.

MEDIA INFORMATION: There will be a mult box available for TV cameras and radio outlets at each town hall. Each event will be immediately followed by a press availability in an adjoining room with the candidates and union officers.

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