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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New Searchable 2016 Executive PayWatch Report: www.PayWatch.org
LANSING – A new report from the AFL-CIO reveals that S&P 500 CEOs in Michigan were paid 318 times more than average Michigan workers in 2015. The annual Executive PayWatch report shows that average compensation for S&P 500 CEOs in Michigan was $13,699,619 in 2015, while average pay for working people was just $43,038.
“There’s something really wrong with this picture,” said Ron Bieber, President of the Michigan AFL-CIO. “America is supposed to be a place where if you work hard and apply yourself, you can earn enough to sustain a family. But that’s not what we’re seeing. CEOs have manipulated the rules in their favor, and the numbers speak for themselves. We need an economy that works for everyone, not just the wealthy. The best way to restore opportunity is by empowering working people to speak up together for fair wages, strong benefits, and a secure retirement.”
The Executive PayWatch website is the most comprehensive searchable online database tracking CEO pay. This year’s report highlights Mondelez International, which represents one of the most egregious examples of CEO-to-worker pay inequality. The company, which makes Nabisco products including Oreos, Chips Ahoy and Ritz Crackers, announced earlier this year that in order to reduce costs, it is sending 600 family-sustaining jobs from Illinois to Mexico, where workers face poor labor and safety standards. Mondelez CEO Irene Rosenfeld made $19.7 million in 2015 – that’s $9,471.15 per hour.
This year’s Executive PayWatch report also found:
– The average S&P 500 CEO in Michigan earns approximately $6,586.35 per hour. At that rate, these CEOs only have to work about 6.5 hours to make as much as an average worker earns in an entire year.
– S&P 500 CEOs in Michigan were paid 771 times more than full-time minimum wage workers, who earn just $8.50 per hour.
– Nationally, the average production and nonsupervisory worker earned approximately $36,900 per year in 2015, a wage that when adjusted for inflation, has remained stagnant for 50 years.
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View Report ‘Death on the Job: The Toll of Neglect’ at aflcio.org/death-on-the-job
LANSING – More Michigan workers died on the job in 2014, according to a new report released today by the AFL-CIO. In total, 143 Michigan workers died as a result of injuries sustained while on the job, an increase from 135 workplace deaths in 2013. Michigan ranked 21st in the nation for its fatality rate in 2014. In addition, the state had 117,400 total cases of workplace injuries and illness in 2014, the seventh most in the country.
“Everyone who works for a living deserves a safe place to work,” said Ron Bieber, President of the Michigan AFL-CIO. “The fact that Michigan ranks in the top half of states for workplace deaths and the top 10 for injuries and illness just shows that our elected leaders in Lansing need to take action and make job safety a priority.”
As of 2016, Michigan has only 62 workplace safety and health inspectors covering 236,461 job sites, which employ 4,090,009 workers across the state. That means there is only one Michigan Occupational Safety and Health Administration (MIOSHA) inspector for every 65,968 employees in Michigan. It would take 58 years for MIOSHA to inspect each Michigan workplace once.
Michigan’s average penalty for workplace health and safety violations was an average of just $612 in 2015, which ranks 48th lowest out of 50 states. The national average for violations of the OSH Act was $1,598.
“When it comes to keeping people safe on the job, Lansing has the wrong priorities,” said Bieber. “The fact that we have one of the highest numbers of workplace injuries in the country, and one of the lowest average penalties for safety violations, shows that the playing field is tilted to protect corporate CEOs over working people. It’s time for Governor Snyder and the Legislature to ensure MIOSHA has the resources it needs to hire more inspectors, hold bad actors accountable, and keep people safe on the job.”
Death on the Job: The Toll of Neglect, marks the 25th year the AFL-CIO has published findings on the state of safety and health protections for working people in the country. Nationally, 4,821 workers were killed on the job in 2014, and 3.8 million suffered workplace injuries and illness.
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