LANSING – The Michigan AFL-CIO has endorsed the following candidates in races for the State Board of Education, Michigan State University Board of Trustees, University of Michigan Board of Regents and Wayne State University Board of Governors. The endorsements were voted on by the Michigan AFL-CIO’s Executive Council.
“One of the biggest concerns on the minds of working families across Michigan is making sure their kids have access to a good education. Folks want their children to be able to get good paying jobs, whether that’s through skilled trades training programs or a college degree,” said Ron Bieber, President of the Michigan AFL-CIO. “We’re endorsing these individuals because they know the importance of putting the needs of students over the greed of for-profit charter schools and protecting the wellbeing of all students on campus. We know these individuals will value the hard work and experience of teachers, create pathways to skilled trades training and make college more affordable. We need policy makers at every level who make the concerns of working families their top priority.”
Endorsed Candidates for Michigan State Board of Education:
Judy Pritchett and Tiffany Tilley
Endorsed Candidates for Michigan State University Board of Trustees:
Brianna Scott and Kelly Tebay
Endorsed Candidates for Wayne State Board of Governors:
Anil Kumar and Bryan Barnhill
Endorsed Candidates for University of Michigan Board of Regents:
Paul Brown and Jordan Acker
FLUSHING – The Michigan AFL-CIO formally endorsed Gretchen Whitmer for governor today at a press conference held at UA Local 370’s training center near Flint. The state labor federation represents 42 unions and over one million active and retired union members across Michigan.
“Working people in Michigan need a governor who will be in our corner,” said Ron Bieber, President of the Michigan AFL-CIO. “That’s why we’re endorsing Gretchen, because she’s a strong progressive leader who’s always had the backs of working families, and she’s the only candidate in this race with a real plan to fix the damn roads and create more good-paying jobs for Michigan. Our members are ready to roll up their sleeves, knock on doors, make phone calls, and get out the vote to help elect Gretchen as our next governor.”
As a progressive leader in the Michigan Legislature, Whitmer helped pass the Healthy Michigan law to expand Medicaid and cover 680,000 more Michiganders, including children, seniors, low-income and working-class families. Whitmer also led the fight against Governor Rick Snyder’s cuts to education and attacks on workers’ rights.
“Working people are the backbone of Michigan, and that’s why I’m so proud to have the support of so many hardworking union members in this race,” said Whitmer. “Michiganders have been working harder and harder, but working people aren’t getting any more money in their pockets. When I’m governor, we’re going to make smart investments to fix the roads, expand access to quality, affordable health care, and create jobs so that every hardworking Michigander gets a paycheck that can actually support a family.”
The Michigan AFL-CIO’s endorsement was approved by a unanimous vote of the executive council following an extensive candidate screening process, which included three town hall forums in Warren, Detroit, and Saginaw, featuring all four Democratic candidates for governor.
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Labor federation endorses Sam Bagenstos, Megan Cavanagh for Michigan Supreme Court
LANSING – Today the Michigan AFL-CIO endorsed Pat Miles for Attorney General and Jocelyn Benson for Secretary of State. Miles is a former U.S. Attorney for the Western District of Michigan, where he was the first to bring charges against former Michigan State University Doctor Larry Nassar. Benson is the former Dean of the Wayne State University Law School, where she froze tuition and expanded access to scholarship funds for all students.
“Michigan’s working families need to elect an Attorney General this year who will have our backs,” said Ron Bieber, President of the Michigan AFL-CIO. “As U.S. Attorney, Pat took on powerful interests and won for Michigan families, and as our next Attorney General, Pat will always stand up for working people. This year we also need to elect a Secretary of State who will fight to protect and expand our voting rights to ensure every Michigander has their voice heard in our elections without intimidation or fear of fraud. That’s why we’re proud to endorse Jocelyn in this important race, because she has a real plan to make the Secretary of State’s office faster, more transparent, and more accountable to the people of Michigan.”
The state labor federation also endorsed Sam Bagenstos and Megan Cavanagh today for Michigan Supreme Court. Bagenstos has been a civil rights attorney for more than 20 years. He served as the Principal Deputy Assistant Attorney General for Civil Rights under President Obama, and is now a law professor at the University of Michigan. Cavanagh has over 15 years of experience as one of Michigan’s top appellate attorneys. She is a graduate of the University of Michigan and Wayne State University Law School.
“Under the justices that have been appointed by Governor Snyder, Michigan’s Supreme Court has been tilted to favor wealthy special interests over regular working people, and that needs to change,” said Bieber. “We need to elect Supreme Court candidates this year who will fight to build a justice system in Michigan that is open, fair, and treats everyone equally. Sam and Megan are both outstanding candidates with impeccable credentials, and our members are committed to electing them to the Supreme Court this November.”
The Michigan AFL-CIO is planning to announce its endorsement in the race for Michigan governor later this week.
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Unions endorse candidates for Supreme Court, State Boards, Congress, Legislature
LANSING – The Michigan AFL-CIO announced endorsements in races for the November 2016 general election. The endorsements were voted on by the Michigan AFL-CIO’s Executive Council, and include candidates for Congress, the Michigan Supreme Court, State Board of Education, University of Michigan Board of Regents, Michigan State University Board of Trustees, and Wayne State University Board of Governors.
“Michigan’s labor movement is united and ready to elect candidates up and down the ballot this November who will have the backs of working people,” said Ron Bieber, president of the Michigan AFL-CIO. “We need leaders in Lansing and Washington who have a strong track record of fighting for quality schools, good jobs, and strong wages for Michigan’s working families. That’s why the Michigan AFL-CIO and our affiliates are ready to knock on doors, make phone calls, and mobilize our members across the state to win these important races on November 8.”
Endorsed Candidate for President by the AFL-CIO: Hillary Clinton
Endorsed Candidates for U.S. House of Representatives: Lon Johnson (District 1), Dennis Murphy (District 2), Douglas Smith (District 3), Debra Wirth (District 4), Dan Kildee (District 5), Paul Clements (District 6), Gretchen Driskell (District 7), Suzanna Shkreli (District 8), Sandy Levin (District 9), Frank Accavitti, Jr. (District 10), Dr. Anil Kumar (District 11), Debbie Dingell (District 12), John Conyers (District 13), Brenda Lawrence (District 14)
Endorsed Candidate for Michigan Supreme Court: Deborah Thomas, Frank Szymanski
Endorsed Candidate for Michigan Court of Appeals, District 1: Cynthia Stephens
Endorsed Candidates for State Board of Education: John Austin, Ismael Ahmed
Endorsed Candidates for University of Michigan Board of Regents: Laurence Deitch, Denise Illitch
Endorsed Candidates for Michigan State University Board of Trustees: Dianne Byrum, Diann Woodard
Endorsed Candidate for Wayne State University Board of Governors: Mark Gaffney, Yvette Anderson
Endorsed Candidates for Michigan Senate: Ian Conyers (District 4)
Endorsed Candidates for Michigan House of Representatives: Brian Banks (District 1), Bettie Cook Scott (District 2), Wendell Byrd (District 3), Rose Mary Robinson (District 4), Fred Durhal III (District 5), Stephanie Chang (District 6), La Tanya Garrett (District 7), Sherry Gay-Dagnogo (District 8), Leslie Love (District 10), Jewel Jones (District 11), Erika Geiss (District 12), Frank Liberati (District 13), Cara Clemente (District 14), Abdullah Hammoud (District 15), Robert Kosowski (District 16), Bill Lavoy (District 17), Kevin Hertel (District 18), Colleen Pobur (District 20), Kristy Pagan (District 21), John Chirkun (District 22), Darrin Camilleri (District 23), Dana Camphous-Peterson (District 24), Henry Yanez (District 25), Jim Ellison (District 26), Robert Wittenberg (District 27), Patrick Green (District 28), Tim Greimel (District 29), Michael Notte (District 30), William J. Sowerby (District 31), Jeff Yaroch (District 33), Sheldon Neeley (District 34), Jeremy Moss (District 35), Christine Grieg (District 37), Michael Stack (District 39), Nicole Bedi (District 40), Cyndi Peltonen (District 41), Tim Johnson (District 42), Pam Faris (District 48), Phil Phelps (District 49), Tim Sneller (District 50), Donna Lasinski (District 52), Yousef Rahbi (District 53), Ronnie Peterson (District 54), Adam Zemke (District 55), Tom Redmond (District 56), Harvey Schmidt (District 57), Jon Hoadley (District 60), John Fisher (District 61), Jim Haadsma (District 62), Ronald Brooks (District 64), Bonnie Johnson (District 65), Annie Brown (District 66), Tom Cochran (District 67), Andy Schor (District 68), Sam Singh (District 69), Theresa Abed (District 71), David LaGrand (District 75), Winnie Brinks (District 76), Marletta Seats (District 79), James Wencel (District 84), Anthony Karhoff (District 85), Lynn Mason (District 86), Tim Meyer (District 89), Colleen Lamonte (District 91), Terry Sabo (District 92), Vanessa Guerra (District 95), Brian Elder (District 96), Geoff Malicoat (District 98), Bryan Mielke (District 99), Dan Scripps (District 101), Robert Kennedy (District 106), Scott Celello (District 108), John Kivela (District 109), Scott Dianda (District 110)
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