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Bieber Celebrates Whitmer Primary Victory

Michigan AFL-CIO President Ron Bieber released the following statement regarding Gretchen Whitmer’s victory in the Democratic Gubernatorial Primary Election:

“Gretchen Whitmer has always stood up to fight for the freedoms of working people. She has the experience it’s going to take to fix the roads, improve our schools and get government working for everyone. Working people will enthusiastically unite behind Whitmer to deliver a solid victory in November. Gretchen will get things done. We can’t risk letting Bill Schuette win the governor’s office. His record as an opportunist who puts corporate greed over the rights of working families shows he will be a disaster for Michigan.”

Kavanaugh Nomination Troubling for Working Families

LANSING – The Michigan AFL-CIO released the following statement from President Ron Bieber regarding the nomination of Judge Brett Kavanaugh to the Supreme Court:

“Judge Kavanaugh has a record of siding with the interests of corporations and employers and siding against the interests of working people and their families. The opinions that have been written by Judge Kavanaugh would undermine the freedoms of working men and women, make the work place less safe and make it harder to earn a fair wage to sustain a family. His nomination comes at a time when wealthy corporate interests continue to attack the freedoms of working people to further rig the rules in favor of the rich and powerful. Now more than ever, it’s important for working people to exercise their freedom to stand together to protect what our families need to build a better Michigan and a better America.

“Working families need a better deal and we need a government that works for everyone in all three branches. We are determined to make our voices heard and to elect leaders who have our back. The Senate should reject this nomination and demand a justice who has a record of supporting the rights of working people.”

Amid increased organizing and rising support for unions, Supreme Court rigs rules against working people

LANSING – The Michigan AFL-CIO issued the following statement today from President Ron Bieber on the Supreme Court decision on Janus v. AFSCME 31.  

“As billionaires and corporate special interests seek to further rig our economy against working people across the country, this is the latest attempt to take away our rights to join together in unions.  It is a shame that these special interests have manipulated the Supreme Court to further their harmful agenda.

This decision comes at a point in time when thousands of Michigan workers are recommitting to join unions and are launching new organizing drives, and as support for labor unions has risen to its highest level in years.  Indeed, Michigan added 52,000 new union members in 2017– the biggest annual jump in union membership in Michigan in over a decade. Even more importantly, it means there are now more union members in Michigan than there were in 2012 — the year Gov. Rick Snyder signed right-to-work legislation into law.

So we have faced these attacks before and we have weathered the storm well.  The labor movement remains a strong and vibrant force for working people and will continue fighting to sustain our families, improve our workplaces and make our communities stronger regardless of the court’s ruling.”

Michigan AFL-CIO Announces Hire of New Communications Director

Lansing – The Michigan AFL-CIO has hired Ryan Sebolt as their new Communications Director. Sebolt has over a decade of experience working in the Michigan legislature, serving in various capacities in both the House and Senate.

“We are happy to have Ryan join our team. He brings an in-depth knowledge of the inner workings of state and local government and has a history of standing up for working men and women,” said Ron Bieber, President of the Michigan AFL-CIO. “Ryan is going to be a great advocate in helping us build an economy that works for everyone and making sure workers earn a wage that can sustain a family.”

During his tenure in the legislature, Sebolt worked in both the House and Senate for lawmakers from the counties of Wayne, Washtenaw, Oakland and Ingham. He also brings a background of working on campaigns at the state and local level.

“I grew up in a union household where my family experienced first-hand the kind of opportunities a living wage can provide a family,” said Sebolt. “Both of my parents worked hard to make sure my siblings and I had the chance to get ahead in life. Unfortunately, we’re living with an economy that is out of balance and CEOs and the wealthy are reaping the benefits. We need to change the rules so that hard working people like my parents can have a shot at living the American Dream.”

Sebolt is a Lansing native and a graduate of Albion College. He also currently serves on the Ingham County Board of Commissioners.

Ryan’s email address is rsebolt@miaflcio.org and his phone is 517-927-3917.

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