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Michigan AFL-CIO Congratulates Local Recipients of AFL-CIO “Dreams of Jobs and Freedom” Scholarship

 

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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Media Contact: Sara Wallenfang

Medicaid Expansion Statement from President Swift

Michigan State AFL-CIO President Karla Swift on the Passage of Medicaid Expansion

Medicaid expansion is a victory for over 400,000 of Michigan’s most vulnerable families, but the way in which it was passed was plagued with political gamesmanship and months of delays. Today’s vote made it clear that the Tea Party controls some Lansing politicians. While they were busy playing games and negotiating back room deals, the lives of children, veterans, and the working poor were on the line. We urge our representatives in the House to pass the revised bill as soon as possible.  Every second counts in the lives of Michigan’s most vulnerable citizens.

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Media Contact: Elizabeth Battiste

(248)404-7846, ebattiste@miaflcio.org

August 2013: Legislative Update

Medicaid Expansion is Good Public Policy

Sometimes a decision is so simple, so obvious, that it is an outrage when it doesn’t get done. Welcome to the 2013-14 conservative-led State Legislature. Medicaid expansion is one of those decisions; the benefits are there for people, hospitals, business and the state budget, yet ideologues continue to hold it back.

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