For Immediate Release: June 6, 2019
Michigan AFL-CIO Applauds Reorganization of State Department of Labor and Economic Opportunity
Lansing – Ron Bieber, President of the Michigan AFL-CIO released the following statement after Governor Whitmer announced that she would be reorganizing the Department of Talent and Economic Development and rename it the Department of Labor and Economic Opportunity. It was also announced that Jeff Donofrio would be named to head the department.
“Our state’s economy is driven by the labor of the working men and women of this state. It makes perfect sense that all agencies related to labor and economic development be placed under one coordinated effort. This reorganization is thoughtful leadership from Governor Whitmer that will benefit the working families of this state.
For too long, the working people of Michigan have paid the price of being used as pawns in a politicized process that favored corporate special interests. It’s time to make the people of Michigan a priority again. This effort by Governor Whitmer to create a path that gives workers a fair shot at improving their lives, and that of their families, is a positive step. We look forward to working with Jeff Donofrio to build an economy in Michigan that works for everyone.”