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Bieber Statement Blasting Republican Vote on Ballot Initiatives

Lansing- Ron Bieber, President of the Michigan AFL-CIO released the following statement in reaction to the state legislature passing citizens initiatives regarding paid sick leave and minimum wage rather than allowing the measures to go to the ballot.

“Lansing Republicans have repeatedly refused to address the issues of minimum wage and paid sick time. Now these same Republicans are publicly conspiring to stick a knife in the heart of these proposals with an unconstitutional ‘adopt and amend’ strategy. If their intent was good, I would applaud today’s actions. But Republican leadership has openly discussed their desire to gut the substance of these voter initiatives in lame duck to please corporate special interests. What these Republicans are doing is disrespectful to the citizens who signed petitions and to the working families who stand to benefit from these changes. The voters should reject these rotten tactics. We need legislators who want working people to succeed, not legislators who are manipulating the rules to benefit corporations and the wealthiest one percent.”

Michigan AFL-CIO Endorsements for State Education, University Boards

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

Bieber Hails Gilchrist as Whitmer Running Mate

Lansing- Ron Bieber, President of the Michigan AFL-CIO released the following statement regarding Democratic Gubernatorial nominee Gretchen Whitmer choosing Garlin Gilchrist II as her running mate:

“Garlin Gilchrist is an excellent choice to join Whitmer on a ticket that will fight for the freedoms of working families. Gilchrist’s time working for the city of Detroit was spent using technology to build a more transparent government, a true benefit to all citizens. His platform for city clerk focused on the essential issue of making voting more accessible, something all levels of government should strive for. Gilchrist will further excite voters who are ready for a new direction in Lansing. The Whitmer/Gilchrist team will get to work and get things done for the working people of Michigan.”

Reaction to Lyons as GOP Lt. Gov. Choice

Lansing- Ron Bieber, President of the Michigan AFL-CIO released the following statement in reaction to Republican Gubernatorial nominee Bill Schuette choosing Kent County Clerk Lisa Lyons as his running mate:

“The Schuette-Lyons ticket sounds like the DeVos dream team for rigging the rules in favor of wealthy corporate special interests. Lisa Lyons spent her time in Lansing attacking the freedoms of working people and their families. She voted to give a massive tax break to corporations and balanced the budget by taxing the pensions of hard working seniors and cutting hundreds of millions of dollars in education funding. She voted for the disastrous right-to-work law which undermines our ability to protect the things we need to sustain our families. Her comparison of teachers to hogs needing to be slaughtered shows she doesn’t value the experience of educators in our classrooms. Lisa Lyons has shown us time and time again where her loyalties lie, and it’s not with the working folks of Michigan.”

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