LANSING – The Michigan AFL-CIO has endorsed the following candidates in races for the Michigan House of Representatives, Michigan Senate, and U.S. House of Representatives. The endorsements were voted on by the Michigan AFL-CIO’s Executive Council.
“Michigan needs leaders who will wake up every day fighting to make our economy work for everyone,” said Ron Bieber, President of the Michigan AFL-CIO. “That’s why we’re proud to support these candidates for public office in 2016. Each one of them has demonstrated a strong commitment to fighting for good jobs, strong wages, and a quality education for every student in Michigan. The Michigan AFL-CIO and our affiliates are ready to mobilize our members and get to work in every corner of the state to win these important races in November.”
Endorsed Candidate for President by the National AFL-CIO:
Endorsed Candidates for U.S. House of Representatives:
Lon Johnson (District 1), Dennis Murphy (District 2), Dan Kildee (District 5), Paul Clements (District 6), Gretchen Driskell (District 7), Sandy Levin (District 9), Frank Accavitti Jr. (District 10), Dr. Anil Kumar (District 11), Debbie Dingell (District 12), John Conyers (District 13), Brenda Lawrence (District 14)
Endorsed Candidates for Michigan House of Representatives:
Brian Banks (District 1), Bettie Cook Scott (District 2), Wendall Byrd (District 3), Rose Mary Robinson (District 4), Fred Durhall III (District 5), Stephanie Chang (District 6), LaTanya Garrett (District 7), Sherry Gay-Dagnogo (District 8), Leslie Love (District 10), Erica Geiss (District 12), Frank Liberati (District 13), Robert Kosowski (District 16), Bill LaVoy (District 17), Kevin Hertel (District 18), Colleen Pobur (District 20), Kristy Pagan (District 21), John Chirkun (District 22), Dana Camphous-Peterson (District 24), Henry Yanez (District 25), Jim Ellison (District 26), Robert Wittenberg (District 27), Patrick Green (District 28), Tim Greimel (District 29), Michael Notte (District 30), William J. Sowerby (District 31), Sheldon Neeley (District 34), Jeremy Moss (District 35), Christine Grieg (District 37), Michael Stack (District 39), Nicole Bedi (District 40), Cyndi Peltonen (District 41), Tim Johnson (District 42), Pam Faris (District 48), Phil Phelps (District 49), Tim Sneller (District 50), Yousef Rahbi (District 53), Ronnie Peterson (District 54), Adam Zemke (District 55), Tom Redmond (District 56), Harvey Schmidt (District 57), Jon Hoadley (District 60), Jim Haadsma (District 62), Ronald Brooks (District 64), Bonnie Johnson (District 65), Annie Brown (District 66), Tom Cochran (District 67), Andy Schor (District 68), Sam Singh (District 69), Theresa Abed (District 71), David LaGrand (District 75), Winnie Brinks (District 76), Marletta Seats (District 79), Lynn Mason (District 86), Tim Meyer (District 89), Collene Lamonte (District 91), Vanessa Guerra (District 95), Geoff Malicoat (District 98), Bryan Mielke (District 99), Dan Scripps (District 101), Erin Scott Celello (District 108), John Kivela (District 109), Scott Dianda (District 110)
Endorsed Candidate for Michigan Senate:
Ian Conyers (District 4)
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LANSING – Today the General Board of the AFL-CIO voted to endorse Hillary Clinton for President of the United States. Ron Bieber, President of the Michigan State AFL-CIO, issued the following statement on today’s endorsement:
“Working people in Michigan need a tough leader in the White House who shares our values, and that’s why we’re uniting behind Hillary Clinton. Hillary has always been a relentless champion for good jobs, and throughout this campaign she has demonstrated a strong commitment to raising wages for working people. That’s exactly the kind of leadership we need to make America’s economy work for everyone, not just the wealthy and well-connected.
“Donald Trump would be an absolute disaster for Michigan and our auto industry. Trump actually suggested moving auto jobs out of Michigan as a way to cut wages for our auto workers. That kind of thinking is dumb, dangerous, and would destroy Michigan’s economy. Throughout his career, Trump has repeatedly failed to pay his bills on time and routinely denied employees their pay. Make no mistake, Donald Trump is a selfish fraud, and he’s totally unfit to be president.
“Working people across Michigan are ready to roll up our sleeves and work together between now and November to defeat Donald Trump and make Hillary Clinton our next president.”
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PA 269, signed by Governor Snyder, violates free speech rights of union members in Michigan elections
DETROIT – Michigan labor unions filed a lawsuit in U.S. District Court today challenging Public Act 269, a law signed by Governor Rick Snyder in 2015. The law, also known as Senate Bill 571, was passed late at night without a single committee hearing, and clearly violates the free speech rights of union members wishing to participate in Michigan elections.
Plaintiffs in the lawsuit include: the Michigan State AFL-CIO; the International Brotherhood of Electrical Workers, Local 58; the Utility Workers Union of America, Local 223; George Horuczi, an employee of DTE Energy, and a member and officer of UWUA Local 223; the Michigan State Utility Workers Council; and William D. Chadwick, Jr., an employee of Consumers Energy, and a member of UWUA Local 338.
“This law is unfair, unconstitutional, and downright un-American,” said Ron Bieber, President of the Michigan AFL-CIO. “It makes it easier for corporations and their super PACs to spend big money on our elections while silencing the voices of working people. We’re asking the court to do the right thing and protect the First Amendment rights of Michigan’s hardworking union members, so they can make their voices heard in Michigan’s elections.”
The legal action names Attorney General Bill Schuette and Secretary of State Ruth Johnson as defendants in their official capacities with the State of Michigan.
Unions assert that PA 269 discriminates against union members by allowing corporations and their trade associations to collect PAC contributions through payroll deduction, while prohibiting payroll deduction for union PAC contributions. The law violates the First Amendment rights of union members by selectively suppressing political speech and association, which is a clear violation of the First Amendment and the Equal Protection Clause of the Constitution. PA 269 also violates the Contract Clause, which protects existing collective bargaining agreements.
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The Michigan AFL-CIO is a federation of labor unions, and represents over 1 million active and retired union members across Michigan.
IBEW Local 58 is based in Detroit and represents 5,000 electricians in the construction, maintenance, broadcast and manufacturing industries.
UWUA Local 223 is headquartered in Detroit and represents 3,500 members employed by DTE Energy.
The Michigan State Utility Workers District Council is located in Charlotte, and represents 24 UWUA locals across Michigan.
LANSING – The Michigan AFL-CIO issued the following statement today on the Auditor General’s report on the Grand Rapids Home for Veterans.
“The tragic lesson from this failed experiment is that privatization simply doesn’t work,” said Ron Bieber, President of the Michigan AFL-CIO. “Rep. Holly Hughes said this report is ‘disturbing,’ and she’s right. But if Rep. Hughes wants to find someone to blame, she should look in the mirror. It is now painfully clear that the 2011 budget passed by Lansing Republicans, which included the privatization of the Home for Veterans, was a terrible mistake.
“According to the auditor’s report, the facility was chronically understaffed, employees routinely failed to respond to alarm checks, and the for-profit management company failed to investigate complaints of abuse and neglect. That’s outrageous and unacceptable.
“No one should have to endure such horrible living conditions, especially not our military veterans. The state needs to stop shortchanging these brave men and women, and take immediate action by terminating its contract with J2S, which has proven to be totally inadequate and incompetent. Our veterans deserve nothing less.”
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