LANSING – The Michigan AFL-CIO issued the following statement today following news reports that Attorney General Jeff Sessions lied under oath:
“Jeff Sessions needs to go,” said Ron Bieber, president of the Michigan AFL-CIO. “Michigan Republicans – including Bill Schuette, Jack Bergman, Tim Walberg, Mike Bishop, and Dave Trott – have a responsibility to hold Sessions accountable for lying under oath to the American people. Each one of these Republican elected officials needs to call on Sessions to resign immediately, demand that he testify under oath again about his contacts with Russian officials, and appoint a special prosecutor to launch a thorough investigation of Donald Trump’s ties to Russia. The American people deserve answers, we deserve the truth, and we deserve elected officials who will put country before party.”
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LANSING – The Michigan AFL-CIO issued the following statement today supporting new legislation introduced by Sen. Jim Ananich (D-Flint), Rep. Stephanie Chang (D-Detroit), and Rep. Erika Geiss (D-Taylor) to allow full- and part-time workers to earn paid sick leave:
“Everyone knows family comes first,” said Ron Bieber, president of the Michigan AFL-CIO. “That’s why this legislation is so important, because powerful corporations have used their influence to cut benefits so working people can’t even meet the basics to sustain their families. This legislation puts working people first by ensuring that no one who works for a living has to choose between their job and taking time off from work due to an illness or a family emergency. I want to thank Senator Ananich and Representatives Chang and Geiss for their leadership. Now it’s time for Governor Snyder and Republicans in the legislature to get onboard and support this important pro-family legislation.”
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LANSING – Michigan AFL-CIO President Ron Bieber issued the following statement today on House Bill 4001, which was defeated on the floor of the Michigan House early this morning. The Republican tax proposal included a massive tax break for millionaires and billionaires, and would have forced drastic cuts to education, roads, and public safety.
“Defeating this bill is a big win for working people. This legislation was bad news for our families, students, and roads. Republicans need to get their priorities straight. Instead of rigging the rules to give even more tax breaks to their corporate campaign donors, they need to start working with Democrats to raise the incomes of working men and women, and build an economy that works for everyone.”
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LANSING – Michigan AFL-CIO President Ron Bieber issued the following statement today commenting on news reports that Andy Puzder is expected to withdraw his nomination as Donald Trump’s Secretary of Labor:
“This is a big win for American workers, who mobilized across the country to defeat Andy Puzder’s confirmation. Puzder was a true enemy to working people, who spent his entire career as a corporate CEO working to deny his own employees fair pay, decent benefits, and a secure retirement. He had no business serving as Secretary of Labor.
“Puzder’s withdrawal should serve as a wake-up call to Donald Trump. He promised to base every decision on what’s best for America’s working families, but since taking office, he’s made it crystal clear that he’s not on our side.
“The president must now choose a new labor nominee who will protect and defend the rights of America’s workers, and hold big corporations accountable when they cut corners, cheat workers, and violate our nation’s labor laws.”
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