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Call your legislators & tell them to protect teacher pensions

Republicans in Lansing are getting ready to launch a new round of attacks on working families next week, and we need to start fighting back right now.

These new bills are being pushed by the billionaire DeVos family to destroy pensions for newly-hired teachers, librarians, and bus drivers.

Call your legislator right now at 866-834-6910.

Tell them not to support any legislation that would take away pensions from teachers and school employees.

Destroying pensions would make it even harder to attract and retain the best and the brightest people to careers in public education. That’s bad for educators, bad for students, and bad for families.

Thanks to you, we were able to defeat these bills last December – and if we take action by calling our legislators right now, we can do it again.

Call 866-834-6910.

Tell your legislator to do the right thing.

Tell them to vote NO on any bill that destroys teacher pensions.

28th Annual Michigan HRDI Golf Outing

Please SAVE THE DATE so you can join us this summer for the Michigan HRDI 28th Golf Outing which will be held at Eldorado Golf Course, 3750 West Howell Road in Mason, Michigan on Friday, June 16, 2017. 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.

If you’re not able to spend the day golfing, here’s another opportunity: “Golf Tee Sponsorships” are available at $500 for a large sign and $150 for a small sign. That is an excellent way to get your name out there!

The popularity of this event and the number of players possible under the shotgun format limits participation, so to ensure a spot for yourself or your team, please send in the attached registration form and check as soon as possible to the address below.

Michigan HRDI, Golf Outing, 419 S. Washington Ave., Ste. 300, Lansing, MI 48933-2138. Make checks payable to “Michigan HRDI.”

For more information, call Patty Farhat at (517) 487-5966 or email her at pfarhat@miaflcio.org. We hope to see you on the golf course on June 16th! The staff of HRDI sincerely appreciates your participation.

HRDI Golf Outing Registration Form:

New Report: Michigan CEOs Paid 391 Times More Than Rank-and-File Workers

Searchable Executive PayWatch Report: www.PayWatch.org

LANSING – A new report from the AFL-CIO reveals that S&P 500 CEOs in Michigan were paid 391 times more than rank-and-file workers in 2016. The annual Executive PayWatch report shows that average compensation for S&P 500 CEOs in Michigan was $14,712,548 in 2016, while production and nonsupervisory workers earned an average salary of $37,600.

“Right now the economy is out of balance,” said Ron Bieber, president of the Michigan AFL-CIO. “That’s no accident. It’s because Republicans in Lansing and Washington have manipulated the rules of the economy to favor their corporate donors, while regular working families struggle to get by. We need to build an economy that works for everyone, including the middle class. That means giving workers the right to speak up together for stronger paychecks, the right to earn paid time off, and more time to be with family.”

The Executive PayWatch website is the most comprehensive searchable online database tracking CEO pay. This year’s Executive PayWatch report also found:

– The highest paid executive in Michigan was Dow Chemical CEO Andrew Liveris, who earned $22,963,059 in 2016, which amounts to 610 times more than the average rank-and-file worker’s pay.

– The average S&P 500 CEO in Michigan earns approximately $7,073 per hour. At that rate, these CEOs only have to work about 5 hours and 20 minutes to make as much as an average rank-and-file worker earns in an entire year.

– S&P 500 CEOs in Michigan were paid 795 times more than full-time minimum wage workers, who earn just $8.90 per hour in Michigan.

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Michigan Republicans to Working Families: Drop Dead

Upton, Walberg, Bishop, Trott, Bergman vote to take health care away from 24 million Americans, gut protections for pre-existing conditions

LANSING – The Michigan AFL-CIO issued the following statement commenting on today’s Trumpcare vote, which was supported by Michigan Reps. Fred Upton, Tim Walberg, Mike Bishop, Dave Trott, and Jack Bergman:

“Fred Upton likes to say he’s for all of us, but the truth is, he’s really just looking out for the big insurance companies,” said Ron Bieber, president of the Michigan AFL-CIO. “After grandstanding on pre-existing conditions earlier this week, Upton’s amendment still throws people with pre-existing conditions like cancer under the bus. Even worse, his amendment is just an $8 billion giveaway to the big insurance companies who bankroll Republican campaigns.

“Fred Upton, Tim Walberg, Mike Bishop, Dave Trott, Jack Bergman, and every Republican who voted for this Trumpcare bill should be ashamed of themselves. Taking health care away from 24 million Americans is wrong, it’s bad for families, and it’s bad for Michigan.”

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