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Michigan State AFL-CIO joins ever-growing list of supporters for SB 437 and 438

Labor support for energy legislation continues to grow

Lansing, Mich. — The Michigan State AFL-CIO, and its more than one million active and retired union members across the state, today pledged their support for Senate Bills 437 and 438. The state federation urged the Michigan House to act quickly to ensure reliable, affordable and clean energy for all of Michigan.

“Senate Bills 437 and 438 are critical to ensuring long-term energy reliability for working families and businesses,” said Ron Bieber, Michigan State AFL-CIO president. “This legislation supports comprehensive energy planning and aligns with both state and federal energy policies. But more than that, this legislation puts Michigan, and Michigan workers, first.”

The Michigan State AFL-CIO joins five other statewide labor organizations, including:


  • International Brotherhood of Electrical Workers,
  • International Union of Operating Engineers,
  • Michigan Building and Construction Trades Council, and
  • Michigan Laborers’ District Council,
  • Utility Workers Union of America,
    many other businesses and community and non-profit organizations who have voiced their support for the energy legislation.

“This legislation is well thought-out, and it has been analyzed and discussed for two years,” Bieber added. “It is critical the Michigan House of Representatives vote to pass this essential and comprehensive legislation before year’s end, so that we may provide all Michiganders with the reliable and affordable energy they need to power their lives.”


Betsy DeVos Terrible Choice for America’s Teachers, Students

LANSING – Michigan AFL-CIO President Ron Bieber issued the following statement today commenting on President-Elect Donald Trump’s selection of Betsy DeVos as Education Secretary:

“It’s hard to imagine a worse choice to lead the U.S. Department of Education. Betsy DeVos has spent millions of dollars working to dismantle and destroy public education in Michigan and across the country. By selecting a fellow billionaire who has been so openly hostile to hardworking teachers and public school employees, this should send a strong message to every parent in America that Donald Trump isn’t on the side of working families, and has no interest in improving education for America’s students.”

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Michigan AFL-CIO Statement on Donald Trump’s Speech in Sterling Heights

LANSING – Michigan AFL-CIO President Ron Bieber issued the following statement tonight commenting on Donald Trump’s speech in Sterling Heights, where he said “the unions love me.”

“Michigan union members love Donald Trump about as much as they love getting a root canal without any novocaine. The truth is, Trump has spent his entire life screwing over working people. He makes his clothes in China and Mexico. He said wages are too high. And he said outsourcing creates jobs. In every way imaginable, Donald Trump would be a disaster for Michigan’s working families. That’s why every major union in Michigan has endorsed Hillary Clinton. She’s tough as nails, and she has the strength and steadiness to bring people together to get real results for working people. And that’s why thousands of union members in Michigan are volunteering around the clock between now and 8pm on Election Day to make Hillary our next president.”

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Michigan AFL-CIO Statement on Final Presidential Debate

Bieber renews calls for Schuette, Walberg, Bishop, Miller, Bergman to reject Trump

LANSING – Ron Bieber, President of the Michigan AFL-CIO, issued the following statement on tonight’s final presidential debate:

“For the third debate in a row, Hillary Clinton absolutely crushed Donald Trump. Tonight Hillary demonstrated once again that she has the experience and steadiness we need in the White House to bring people together and get real results for Michigan’s working families.

“This debate was Trump’s last chance to prove that he has the judgment and temperament to be President of the United States, and he failed miserably. Instead of bringing Americans together, Trump decided to end his campaign by attacking anyone and everyone who disagrees with him.

“The choice facing Michigan voters couldn’t be any clearer. We can either come together to build an economy that works for everyone, with good jobs for working people and a good education for our kids, or we can keep letting Donald Trump tear us apart with his dangerous ideas.

“Trump’s deeply offensive and divisive rhetoric should have no place in Michigan. Now is the time for Republican politicians like Bill Schuette, Tim Walberg, Mike Bishop, Candice Miller, and Jack Bergman to do the right thing for our great state by forcefully and unequivocally rejecting Donald Trump once and for all.”

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