Michigan AFL-CIO

New Report Names Michigan 22nd Most Dangerous Place for Workers

According to a new report released today by the AFL-CIO, Michigan had the 22nd highest rate of workplace deaths in 2017. This analysis, based on data from the Bureau of Labor Statistics, shows that 153 Michigan workers lost their lives due to on-the-job injuries, resulting in 3.4 deaths per hundred thousand workers.  View Report here: https://aflcio.org/dotj

Nationally, workplace violence is now the second-leading cause of workplace death, accounting for 807 workplace deaths, including 458 homicides. For the 3rd year in a row, workplace violence injuries increased, with nearly 29,000 workers suffering serious violence-related injuries due to assault on the job. Yet, even as violence increases in the workplace, the Trump administration has sidelined developing and issuing an OSHA workplace violence standard.

“This report is a solemn reminder of the dangers facing working people as we prepare to commemorate Workers Memorial Day on April 28th,” said Ron Bieber, President of the Michigan AFL-CIO. “Michigan’s working families deserve better. We have a right to a safe workplace. We deserve leaders in Lansing and Washington who will stand up and protect the freedoms of working people. It’s time for change. It’s time for the safety, economic rights and dignity of the working men and women of Michigan to be made a priority.”

Nationally, 5,147 American workers died on the job in 2017, a small decrease from  deaths the previous year. Another estimated 95,000 died from occupational diseases, meaning approximately 275 workers died each day from preventable, hazardous workplace conditions. Overall, the national job fatality rate was 3.5 per 100,000, workers down slightly from 3.6 in 2016.

The report, titled “Death on the Job. The Toll of Neglect” marks the 28th year the AFL-CIO has produced its findings on the state of safety and health protections for workers within the United States. The report shows the highest workplace fatality rates are in Alaska (10.2 per 100,000 workers), North Dakota (10.1), Wyoming (7.7), West Virginia (7.4) and South Dakota (7.3).

Other report highlights show that Latino workers continue to be at increased risk of job death, and that the number of Latino worker deaths increased in 2017 to 903 from 879. Deaths among older workers also increased; workers 65 or older have nearly three times the risk of dying on the job as workers overall. Construction, transportation and agriculture industries remain among the most dangerous. In 2017, 917  construction workers were killed—the highest total of any sector. Agriculture, forestry, fishing and hunting was the most dangerous industry sector, with a fatality rate of 23.0 per 100,000 workers.

30th Annual Michigan HRDI Golf Outing

Please join us this summer for the Michigan HRDI 30 th Golf Outing which will be held at Eldorado Golf Course, 3750 West Howell Road in Mason, Michigan on Friday, June 14, 2019. Golf will begin with a shotgun start at 9:30 a.m., with lunch at the turn and dinner following the conclusion of golf.

The $150.00 per person donation includes green fees, a golf cart, lunch, dinner, refreshments, great raffle prizes and much more. Starting hole assignments will be issued upon full payment. Individuals wishing to play will be grouped with others to make foursomes.

If you’re not able to spend the day golfing, here’s another opportunity: “Golf Tee Sponsorships” are available at $500 for a large sign and $150 for a small sign.  That is an excellent way to get your name out there!!

The popularity of this event and the number of players possible under the shotgun format limits participation, so to ensure a spot for yourself or your team, please send in the attached registration form and check as soon as possible to the address below.

Michigan HRDI, Golf Outing, 419 S. Washington Ave., Ste. 300, Lansing, MI 48933-2138. Make checkspayable to “Michigan HRDI”.

For more information, call Patty at (517) 388-0261 or email her at patty5farhat@hotmail.com. We hope to see you on the golf course on June 14 th ! The staff of HRDI sincerely appreciates your participation.

Registration form can be found here.

 

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.”

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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