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Michigan AFL-CIO Statement on Withdrawal of Trump’s Labor Nominee

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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Michigan Unions Support Democratic Plan to Fix State Unemployment Agency

LANSING – Michigan AFL-CIO President Ron Bieber issued the following statement today supporting new legislation announced by House and Senate Democrats to fix the Michigan Unemployment Insurance Agency:

“Michigan’s Unemployment Insurance Agency is broken, and it’s time to fix it. Governor Snyder and Lansing Republicans manipulated the state’s unemployment laws to favor their corporate campaign donors, and working people have been taking it on the chin ever since. It’s time to make this right, and start treating jobless workers with the dignity and respect they deserve.

“This legislation offers real solutions to repair the damage done to people’s lives by fully reimbursing those who were falsely accused of fraud, by reducing the outrageous penalties, by helping victims repair their credit, and by cracking down on corporations that refuse to pay their unemployment taxes. Most importantly, this package will help working families by restoring the six weeks of benefits that were cut by Lansing Republicans, and by increasing the maximum weekly benefits.

“The legislature needs to get this done, pronto. No more excuses. No more delays. Republicans need to clean up the mess they created, get their priorities straight, and start working to make Michigan’s economy work for everyone, not just the wealthy and big corporations.”

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State Budget Should Prioritize Good Jobs for Working Families

Snyder’s budget shows Lansing Republicans side with corporate donors over working families

LANSING – Michigan AFL-CIO President Ron Bieber issued the following statement today on Governor Rick Snyder’s budget presentation:

“Today’s budget shows that Governor Snyder and Lansing Republicans care more about helping their wealthy corporate campaign donors than regular working people. It’s time to get our priorities straight and build an economy that works for everyone, including the middle class.

“We need a state budget that will create good-paying jobs for working families by ending tax breaks for corporations that send Michigan jobs overseas. And we need a real plan to fix our crumbling roads and infrastructure that makes corporations and the wealthy pay their fair share.

“But after six years of total control in Lansing, it’s clear that Republicans still don’t get it. They gave corporations a $2 billion tax break, while raising taxes on seniors and working families. And Republicans passed a roads package that raised taxes and fees on regular families, making it more expensive to own a car. Meanwhile, our roads are still falling apart and getting worse every single day.

“This budget should serve as a stark reminder to all working families that Governor Snyder and Lansing Republicans are not on your side.”

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Statement from the Michigan AFL-CIO on Betsy DeVos confirmation vote

“This is a sad day for anyone who cares about public education in America,” said Ron Bieber, president of the Michigan AFL-CIO. “Betsy DeVos is the least qualified cabinet nominee in recent memory. She has spent her entire adult life using her family’s personal fortune to destroy public education as we know it. By confirming Betsy DeVos as the next Secretary of Education, Republicans have made it clear that they are not on the side of America’s students, parents, and educators.”

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