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Michigan AFL-CIO Endorses Candidates for 2016 Election

LANSING – The Michigan AFL-CIO has endorsed the following candidates in races for the Michigan House of Representatives, Michigan Senate, and U.S. House of Representatives. The endorsements were voted on by the Michigan AFL-CIO’s Executive Council.

“Michigan needs leaders who will wake up every day fighting to make our economy work for everyone,” said Ron Bieber, President of the Michigan AFL-CIO. “That’s why we’re proud to support these candidates for public office in 2016. Each one of them has demonstrated a strong commitment to fighting for good jobs, strong wages, and a quality education for every student in Michigan. The Michigan AFL-CIO and our affiliates are ready to mobilize our members and get to work in every corner of the state to win these important races in November.”

Endorsed Candidate for President by the National AFL-CIO:

Hillary Clinton

Endorsed Candidates for U.S. House of Representatives:

Lon Johnson (District 1), Dennis Murphy (District 2), Dan Kildee (District 5), Paul Clements (District 6), Gretchen Driskell (District 7), 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 Candidates for Michigan House of Representatives:

Brian Banks (District 1), Bettie Cook Scott (District 2), Wendall Byrd (District 3), Rose Mary Robinson (District 4), Fred Durhall III (District 5), Stephanie Chang (District 6), LaTanya Garrett (District 7), Sherry Gay-Dagnogo (District 8), Leslie Love (District 10), Erica Geiss (District 12), Frank Liberati (District 13), Robert Kosowski (District 16), Bill LaVoy (District 17), Kevin Hertel (District 18), Colleen Pobur (District 20), Kristy Pagan (District 21), John Chirkun (District 22), 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), 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), Yousef Rahbi (District 53), Ronnie Peterson (District 54), Adam Zemke (District 55), Tom Redmond (District 56), Harvey Schmidt (District 57), Jon Hoadley (District 60), 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), Lynn Mason (District 86), Tim Meyer (District 89), Collene Lamonte (District 91), Vanessa Guerra (District 95), Geoff Malicoat (District 98), Bryan Mielke (District 99), Dan Scripps (District 101), Erin Scott Celello (District 108), John Kivela (District 109), Scott Dianda (District 110)

Endorsed Candidate for Michigan Senate:

Ian Conyers (District 4)

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HRDI 2016 Golf Outing

Please join us this summer for the Michigan HRDI 27th Golf Outing which will be held at Eldorado Golf Course, 3750 West Howell Road in Mason, Michigan on Friday, August 5, 2016. 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.

Michigan HRDI is a private non-profit employment and training program affiliated with the Michigan State AFL-CIO. HRDI has been operating programs to provide training and job placement for displaced workers throughout Michigan continuously since 1983, and the proceeds from this event will be used to support HRDI’s employment and training programs. HRDI has a 501(c) 3 non-profit designation, and a portion of your donation is deductible as a charitable contribution for federal or state income tax purposes.

A copy of the registration form is available below:

HRDI Golf Outing 2016

AFL-CIO Endorses Hillary Clinton for President

LANSING – Today the General Board of the AFL-CIO voted to endorse Hillary Clinton for President of the United States. Ron Bieber, President of the Michigan State AFL-CIO, issued the following statement on today’s endorsement:

“Working people in Michigan need a tough leader in the White House who shares our values, and that’s why we’re uniting behind Hillary Clinton. Hillary has always been a relentless champion for good jobs, and throughout this campaign she has demonstrated a strong commitment to raising wages for working people. That’s exactly the kind of leadership we need to make America’s economy work for everyone, not just the wealthy and well-connected.

“Donald Trump would be an absolute disaster for Michigan and our auto industry. Trump actually suggested moving auto jobs out of Michigan as a way to cut wages for our auto workers. That kind of thinking is dumb, dangerous, and would destroy Michigan’s economy. Throughout his career, Trump has repeatedly failed to pay his bills on time and routinely denied employees their pay. Make no mistake, Donald Trump is a selfish fraud, and he’s totally unfit to be president.

“Working people across Michigan are ready to roll up our sleeves and work together between now and November to defeat Donald Trump and make Hillary Clinton our next president.”

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Michigan CEOs Paid 318 Times More Than Average Workers in 2015

New Searchable 2016 Executive PayWatch Report: www.PayWatch.org

LANSING – A new report from the AFL-CIO reveals that S&P 500 CEOs in Michigan were paid 318 times more than average Michigan workers in 2015. The annual Executive PayWatch report shows that average compensation for S&P 500 CEOs in Michigan was $13,699,619 in 2015, while average pay for working people was just $43,038.

“There’s something really wrong with this picture,” said Ron Bieber, President of the Michigan AFL-CIO. “America is supposed to be a place where if you work hard and apply yourself, you can earn enough to sustain a family. But that’s not what we’re seeing. CEOs have manipulated the rules in their favor, and the numbers speak for themselves. We need an economy that works for everyone, not just the wealthy. The best way to restore opportunity is by empowering working people to speak up together for fair wages, strong benefits, and a secure retirement.”

The Executive PayWatch website is the most comprehensive searchable online database tracking CEO pay. This year’s report highlights Mondelez International, which represents one of the most egregious examples of CEO-to-worker pay inequality. The company, which makes Nabisco products including Oreos, Chips Ahoy and Ritz Crackers, announced earlier this year that in order to reduce costs, it is sending 600 family-sustaining jobs from Illinois to Mexico, where workers face poor labor and safety standards. Mondelez CEO Irene Rosenfeld made $19.7 million in 2015 – that’s $9,471.15 per hour.

This year’s Executive PayWatch report also found:

– The average S&P 500 CEO in Michigan earns approximately $6,586.35 per hour. At that rate, these CEOs only have to work about 6.5 hours to make as much as an average worker earns in an entire year.

– S&P 500 CEOs in Michigan were paid 771 times more than full-time minimum wage workers, who earn just $8.50 per hour.

– Nationally, the average production and nonsupervisory worker earned approximately $36,900 per year in 2015, a wage that when adjusted for inflation, has remained stagnant for 50 years.

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