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Michigan Unions: CBO Score Shows ‘Trumpcare’ Bad for Michigan Families

LANSING – The Michigan AFL-CIO issued the following statement today on the Congressional Budget Office Score of the ‘Trumpcare’ legislation:

“This is a broken promise, plain and simple” said Ron Bieber, president of the Michigan AFL-CIO. “Trump promised the American people ‘we’re going to have insurance for everybody,’ but today’s CBO score shows that ‘Trumpcare’ would take health coverage away from 24 million Americans by 2026. That’s bad for families and bad for the whole nation. It means working people will pay more and get less. Michigan’s congressional delegation – including Mike Bishop, Tim Walberg, Dave Trott, and Jack Bergman – should do what’s best for Michigan’s working families and vote to kill this dangerous legislation.”

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Michigan AFL-CIO Statement on Final Presidential Debate

Bieber renews calls for Schuette, Walberg, Bishop, Miller, Bergman to reject Trump

LANSING – Ron Bieber, President of the Michigan AFL-CIO, issued the following statement on tonight’s final presidential debate:

“For the third debate in a row, Hillary Clinton absolutely crushed Donald Trump. Tonight Hillary demonstrated once again that she has the experience and steadiness we need in the White House to bring people together and get real results for Michigan’s working families.

“This debate was Trump’s last chance to prove that he has the judgment and temperament to be President of the United States, and he failed miserably. Instead of bringing Americans together, Trump decided to end his campaign by attacking anyone and everyone who disagrees with him.

“The choice facing Michigan voters couldn’t be any clearer. We can either come together to build an economy that works for everyone, with good jobs for working people and a good education for our kids, or we can keep letting Donald Trump tear us apart with his dangerous ideas.

“Trump’s deeply offensive and divisive rhetoric should have no place in Michigan. Now is the time for Republican politicians like Bill Schuette, Tim Walberg, Mike Bishop, Candice Miller, and Jack Bergman to do the right thing for our great state by forcefully and unequivocally rejecting Donald Trump once and for all.”

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President’s New Overtime Rule Will Benefit 100k Michigan Workers

LANSING – Today the Michigan AFL-CIO released the following statement on President Obama’s new overtime rule, which will benefit 100,000 Michigan workers:

“This new rule will help 100,000 Michigan workers get the overtime pay they deserve,” said Ron Bieber, President of the Michigan AFL-CIO. “Restoring overtime protections and putting more money in working families’ pockets will help boost our entire economy.

“Since 1975, overtime protections have been gutted by inflation without a significant adjustment. By indexing the threshold for overtime pay to inflation, the new rule will help protect wages from being eroded by rising costs going forward.

“Make no mistake, this new rule is an important first step for the Raising Wages Agenda that will help level the playing field for women, African Americans, Hispanics, and younger workers under age 35. But many more workers will still be denied overtime pay by their employer. Moving forward, Michigan’s labor movement will keep fighting to make sure this proposal is fully implemented, until every worker is paid fairly for the work they do.”

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Walberg Votes for Another Bad Trade Deal

Fast Track legislation makes it easier to ship Michigan jobs overseas

LANSING – Michigan AFL-CIO President Ron Bieber issued the following statement today, following U.S. Rep. Tim Walberg’s votes to advance so-called “Fast Track” legislation.

“Tim Walberg has a long record of supporting unfair trade deals and outsourcing, and today’s vote is another reminder that he’s not on the side of working families,” said Bieber. “Bad trade deals like NAFTA have already cost our communities tens of thousands of good-paying manufacturing jobs. Last year alone, Michigan’s trade deficit was $66.8 billion. Fast Tracking the Trans-Pacific Partnership will only make it easier for big corporations to send more Michigan jobs overseas. The people of Michigan deserve better from Tim Walberg.”

Tim Walberg has long defended unfair trade agreements, like NAFTA. Walberg has falsely claimed that NAFTA “has been proven to have supplied more jobs of equal or better pay to our country over the course of time.”

Michigan lost 254,763 manufacturing jobs during the NAFTA-WTO period (1994-2014), according to the Bureau of Labor Statistics.

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