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Michigan AFL-CIO President Reacts to State of the Union

LANSING – Today Michigan AFL-CIO President Ron Bieber released the following statement in response to Trump’s State of the Union address:
“During his time in office, Donald Trump has made lied thousands of times, so his claims in his State of the Union address are worth about as much as one of his 4 am tweets,” said Ron Bieber, Michigan AFL-CIO President. “His failed tariffs have led to layoffs and plant closures hitting Michigan manufacturing workers hard, and we are still waiting for his tax giveaway to the wealthy and well-connected to trickle down to working folks here in Michigan. In contrast, Governor Gretchen Whitmer made us proud tonight with her laser focus on getting things done for Michigan’s working families.”

Michigan AFL-CIO Reacts to Trump Touting USMCA in Warren

WARREN – Today Michigan AFL-CIO President Ron Bieber released the following statement in response to Trump’s visit to Warren, where he touted the new USMCA trade agreement:
“Corporate elites told us it was impossible, but we went to the mat and fought to make NAFTA better,” said Ron Bieber, Michigan AFL-CIO President. “Now for the first time, there will be labor standards that are actually enforceable. Make no mistake, Trump’s first proposal was seriously flawed. Our brothers and sisters in labor, stood in solidarity to bargain for a better deal. We are grateful for Democrats in Congress for fighting for, and delivering, a trade deal that working people can proudly support.”

2019 Local Election CLC Endorsements

The following candidates have been endorsed by their respective Central Labor Councils for the November 5, 2019 municipal elections.

Ingham County

Lansing City Council:

Carol Wood (At-Large), Patricia Spitzley (At-Large), Adam Hussain(Ward 3), Jody Washington (Ward 1)

East Lansing City Council:

Mark Meadows, John Revitte

Jackson County

City of Jackson 

Derek Dobies (Mayor), Laura Beth Stephens (Ward 4), Colleen Sullivan (Ward 6)

Kalamazoo County

City of Kalamazoo:

David Anderson (Mayor), Jake Andrews (City Commission), Chris Praedel (City Commission)

Ballot Proposals:

Career Technical Education Millage – YES

Macomb County

City of Warren:

Lori Barnwell (Treasurer), Patrick Green (City Council At-Large), Melody Magee (City Council Ward 1)

Sterling Heights City Council At-Large:

Michael Radtke, Henry Yanez

Roseville City Council At-Large:

Charles Frontera

St. Clair Shores City Council At-Large:

Pete Accica

Marquette County

Marquette City Commission At-Large

Evan Bonsall, Andrew Lorinser 

Monroe County

Monroe City Council (Ward 4)

Jason Matthews

Oakland County

Southfield City Council At-Large:

Jason Hoskins, Ghana Goodwin-Dye

Royal Oak City Commission At-Large:

Belem Morales, Kyle Dubuc

Farmington Hills:

Vicki Barnett (Mayor), Theresa Rich (City Council Write-In)

Madison Heights:

Brian Hartwell (Mayor), Emily Rohrbach (City Council At-Large)

Troy City Council At-Large:

Theresa Brooks

Hazel Park City Council At-Large:

Mike McFall

St. Joseph County

Ballot Proposals:

Career Technical Education Millage – YES

Washtenaw County

Saline City Council:

Jim Dell’Orco

Ballot Proposals:

Public Schools of the City Of Ann Arbor Proposal 1 – Yes

Wayne County

Westland City Council At-Large:

Michael Londeau, Michael Delph, Andrea Rutkowski, Michael McDermott

Inkster City Council At-Large:

Aaron Simms, Sandra Watley

Livonia Mayor:

Maureen Brosnan

Melvindale Mayor:

Wheeler Marsee Jr.

Trenton City Council At-Large:

Dora Rodriguez

Rushed Budget Hurts Working Families

September 25, 2019

Ron Bieber, President of the Michigan AFL-CIO released the following statement after the GOP-led legislature held a marathon session to quickly pass budgets in the final days of the fiscal year.

“Republican leadership didn’t take their responsibility to pass a budget seriously and chose to take a summer vacation instead. Now, the working families of Michigan have to suffer the consequences of the legislature’s last-minute attempt to get a budget done. Governor Whitmer should use her executive authority to either line-item or out-right veto certain individual budgets and force the legislature to fix their mistakes. The working people of this state deserve better than this rushed, sloppy attempt at a budget.”

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