The public is justifiably outraged over the secrecy surrounding Gov. Snyder’s NERD Fund. Shutting down this slush fund in an attempt to avoid transparency only raises more red flags.
The citizens of Michigan deserve to know who was funding the governor’s top advisor, paying for upgrades to the governor’s house and covering the living expenses for Snyder’s politically appointed bankruptcy expert. Closing the NERD Fund without full disclosure of past donors only begs the question: What is Governor Snyder hiding?
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Whether serving in the Michigan Legislature or as State Treasurer, Andy Dillon never had the best interests of working families at heart. The fact that Gov. Snyder appointed him in the first place shows the administration’s commitment to serving corporate special interests.
The timing of this announcement raises questions. Why would Dillon step down now, just as Governor Snyder’s secretive NERD Fund is beginning to receive serious scrutiny? We respect the Dillon family’s need for privacy, but wonder why it wasn’t an issue months ago.
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The Michigan State AFL-CIO stands in solidarity with the thousands of low-wage workers who are on strike in Detroit, Flint, Lansing, Pontiac and across the nation today. Every worker deserves the right to a living wage and a voice on the job. Our elected representatives must enact federal and state minimum wage standards that reflect the values of this country. People who work every day should be able to support themselves and their families.
Over the past decade, worker productivity has continued to grow but wages have remained stagnant and even declined. If minimum wage had kept up with inflation, it would be around $21 per hour. Raising the minimum wage will ultimately increase the standard of living for all working people and ensure that every family is able to rise out of poverty.
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Scholarship Honors the Legacy of the 50th Anniversary of the March on Washington
(Freemont, MI) – Today the Michigan AFL-CIO congratulated a local winner of the AFL-CIO “Dreams of Jobs and Freedom” Scholarship. Anna Zeerip received a one-time $5,000 award for the academic year beginning in fall 2013 through summer 2014.
To commemorate the 50th anniversary of the March on Washington where Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr., delivered his “I Have a Dream” speech, the AFL-CIO is offering scholarships to help graduating high school seniors realize their dreams of a college education. Zeerip is one of 60 recipients around the country from union households and community groups to receive the scholarship.
These scholarships will further educational dreams for many, but the scholarship will also continue the legacy of the March on Washington. “Dreams of Jobs and Freedom” scholarship recipients will also be acknowledged at the upcoming AFL-CIO convention in Los Angeles this September.
The Michigan AFL-CIO congratulates Anna Zeerip on receiving the “Dreams of Jobs and Freedom” scholarship and wishes her success in future endeavors.
For more information on the Dreams for Jobs and Freedom Scholarship visit: http://www.aflcio.org/About/Member-Benefits/Scholarships/2013-Dreams-of-Jobs-and-Freedom-Scholarship
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