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Rep. Jason Sheppard Receives Failing Grade on Labor Scorecard

First-term Republican voted against working people on 10 out of 10 key bills

LANSING – State Representative Jason Sheppard (R-Temperance) received a score of zero percent in a new legislative scorecard released today by the Michigan AFL-CIO. The state labor federation analyzed the voting records of all 110 State Representatives on 10 key votes during the 2015-16 legislative session. A copy of the scorecard is available online.

“The record speaks for itself,” said Mike Smith, a member of United Steelworkers and a member of the Bedford Public Schools Board of Education. “Jason Sheppard has voted against working families on every major bill since he took office. That’s a huge disappointment. Here in Monroe County, working people deserve a state rep who will have our back up in Lansing.”

During the 2015-16 session, Rep. Sheppard voted for HB 4052, which banned local communities from passing ordinances that raise the minimum wage, require earned family leave time, or establish a local prevailing wage ordinance. He also voted for HB 4610-11, which forces local road commissions to expand outsourcing of road construction jobs without establishing proper safeguards against contractor abuses.

“Our legislators are supposed to represent the people in their districts,” said Ron Bieber, President of the Michigan AFL-CIO. “But ever since he was elected, Rep. Sheppard has sided with corporate CEOs over the thousands of working men and women in Monroe County. That needs to change, and that’s why we’re committed to educating our members about Rep. Sheppard’s record between now and November.”

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Federal Judge Grants Preliminary Injunction Halting Election Law Signed by Governor Snyder

Unions challenge PA 269, which violates Contract Clause, First Amendment rights of union members in Michigan elections

LANSING – U.S. District Court Judge Linda V. Parker has issued a preliminary injunction halting the enforcement of Public Act 269, which was signed into law earlier this year by Governor Rick Snyder. A copy of the ruling is available online.

Unions argued the law – which allows payroll deduction for contributions to corporate PACs, while banning payroll deduction for union members’ contributions to their union’s PACs – violates the First Amendment and the Contract Clause, which protects existing collective bargaining agreements.

The Court concluded that the law unconstitutionally favored corporations and discriminated against unions in their political expression.

“In short, PA 269 cannot survive strict scrutiny and thus the Court finds a strong likelihood that Plaintiffs will prevail on their claim that the statute effectuates viewpoint discrimination in violation of the First Amendment,” wrote Judge Parker in yesterday’s ruling. “The Court concludes that Plaintiffs are likely to establish that PA 269 violates the Contract Clause.”

The lawsuit was filed by the Michigan AFL-CIO; International Brotherhood of Electrical Workers, Local 58; Utility Workers Union of America, Local 223; George Horuczi, an employee of DTE Energy, and a member and officer of UWUA Local 223; Michigan State Utility Workers Council; and William D. Chadwick, Jr., an employee of Consumers Energy, and a member of UWUA Local 338.

“We’re very pleased with the Court’s ruling in this case,” said Andy Nickelhoff, attorney for the Michigan AFL-CIO. “This is a big win for working people. The judge’s ruling halts the unfair and unequal treatment of union members under PA 269, and protects the constitutional rights of union members to speak up together and participate in our elections.”

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Michigan AFL-CIO Endorses Candidates for 2016 Election

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:

Hillary Clinton

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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AFL-CIO Endorses Hillary Clinton for President

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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