LANSING – Tomorrow local workers, officials, and community members will gather for Workers Memorial Day events in Detroit, Escanaba, Negaunee, and Iron Mountain to commemorate workers who have died or suffered illness or injuries while on the job.
“On April 28, union members across Michigan will observe Workers Memorial Day,” said Karla Swift, President of the Michigan AFL-CIO. “This is an opportunity to remember the tens of thousands of working men and women who are killed, injured, and get sick on the job each year. It’s also an opportunity to renew our commitment to ensuring that everyone in America can enjoy a safe workplace.”
According to the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics, Michigan had 100,300 reported cases of workplace illness or injury in 2013, the seventh highest in the country.
Here is the information on tomorrow’s Workers Memorial Day events:
Where: Transcending Labor Legacy Memorial, Hart Plaza, 1 Hart Plaza, Detroit
When: Tomorrow, April 28, 12:00pm
Where: USW Ronn Hall, 1206 Baldwin Street, Negaunee
When: Tomorrow, April 28, 6:30pm
Where: USW Hall, 1201 Sheridan Street, Escanaba
When: Tomorrow, April 28, 6:30pm
Where: Laborers Hall, W-8008 South US Hwy 2, Iron Mountain
When: Tomorrow, April 28, 6:30pm ET / 5:30pm CT
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The nonpartisan Economic Policy Institute has a new report out today on the impact of “Right-to-Work” for less laws. According to the report, titled “Right-to-Work” States Still Have Lower Wages, the negative impact of RTW laws translates to $1,558 less a year in earnings for a typical full-time worker.
“It’s abundantly clear that right to work laws are negatively correlated with workers’ wages,” says economist Elise Gould, co-author of the report. “Our model uses widely-agreed upon variables, and holds up under a series of tests to ensure that the model is sound and not being skewed by the inclusion or exclusion or particular variables or estimate technique.”
“Policymakers who are concerned by the three-and-a-half decades of wage stagnation that have plagued American workers should be trying to strengthen unions,” said researcher Will Kimball. “Collective bargaining is a clear way to raise wages, and right to work laws undercut it.”
LANSING – Michigan AFL-CIO President Karla Swift issued the following statement today in response to the introduction of Trade Promotion Authority legislation in Congress:
“Michigan workers know a bad trade deal when they see one. For decades, we’ve seen how corporate-driven trade deals like NAFTA have devastated our communities through lost jobs and lower wages. Last year alone, Michigan’s trade deficit was $66.8 billion. Michigan simply can’t afford another bad trade deal that ships more American jobs overseas to countries like China and Mexico.
“Trade deals have wide-ranging economic impacts and shouldn’t be negotiated behind closed doors and then rubber-stamped. The current Trans-Pacific Partnership deal under discussion would cover 40 percent of the world’s GDP. A deal this big should be debated in a full and open manner like every other piece of legislation.
“Michigan can’t afford another bad trade deal. That’s why Congress must reject Fast Track and maintain its constitutional authority and leverage to improve trade deals, and protect American workers.”