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Statement from Michigan AFL-CIO President Karla Swift on Terri Lynn Land’s So-called Plan for Michigan Manufacturing

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE

 
Friday, April 4, 2014 

Contact: Kristopher Banks

313-595-6564 , kbanks@miaflcio.org

 

Statement from Michigan AFL-CIO President Karla Swift on Terri Lynn Land’s So-called Plan for Michigan Manufacturing

 

“Michiganders cannot trust Terri Lynn Land because she supports an anti-middle class agenda that would hurt our workers, undercut Michigan manufacturing, and send good paying jobs overseas. Here’s the truth – Land’s plan would gut worker training programs just to give new tax breaks to companies that ship jobs overseas. If Land had her way, our auto industry would have failed, and if she is elected to the U.S. Senate, she will support policies that make it tougher for our workers and our manufacturers to compete. Land’s anti-middle class agenda may be right for the out of state billionaires boosting her campaign, but it would hurt working families here in Michigan.”

 

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AFT-Michigan Statement: Union Teachers at Detroit’s Largest Charter School Win Unprecedented Settlement While Hundreds of Students, Parents, and Teachers Watch Film About César Chávez

Monday, March 31, 2014

Media Release

 

Union Teachers at Detroit’s Largest Charter School Win Unprecedented Settlement While Hundreds of Students, Parents, and Teachers Watch Film About César Chávez

 

DETROIT – On César Chávez’s Birthday, teachers at César Chávez Academy (CCA), Detroit’s largest charter school won an impressive settlement that  will return educators to the school and provide over $75,000 in back pay.  Representatives from the teachers union, The César Chávez Academy Alliance of Charter Teachers & Staff (CCA ACTS), reached a late deal on Monday evening with The Leona Group—the for-profit company that manages the day-to-day operations of the charter school.

“This win could not have come on a better day,” exclaimed Rose Crowley, a Reading Specialist at CCA High School. “It’s incredible that we were able to celebrate this victory on Cesar Chavez’s birthday, and I’m elated that we were able to share this moment with hundreds of our school’s amazing students and parents.”

CCA ACTS is negotiating a first contract with the CCA Board of Directors and The Leona Group. CCA teachers were joined by over 600 parents, students, alumni, teachers, union leaders, public officials, and community representatives at a screening of the new Diego Luna film, “Cesar Chavez” sponsored by AFT Michigan and  CCA ACTS. The film documents Chavez’s struggle to unionize immigrant farm workers in California. Throughout the organizing campaign and contract negotiations, teachers at CCA have drawn inspiration from Chavez’s work and his legacy as a union organizer.

11.01.13 AFT Santoscoy PicLynne Santoscoy, a social worker from the CCA Middle school will be returning to work as soon as the settlement is finalized by the National Labor Relations Board. “I’m so excited to get back to CCA and work with our wonderful students and families. I have been so supported by my colleagues and the community over these past s

ix months. What was done wrong has been made right and we will continue to work with The Leona Group to reach a fair first contract that will make our school community an even better place to work and learn.”

At the close of the movie, hundreds gathered in the lobby to hear the announcement of Santoscoy’s reinstatement,chanting “si se puede!” in the spirit of Cesar Chavez as they surrounded her in celebration.

“This is a fitting tribute to Cesar Chavez on his birthday,” said David Hecker, AFT Michigan President. “Charter school teachers are a growing part of AFT Michigan and they can accomplish amazing things when they join together with parents and community to reclaim the promise of public education.”

For additional information regarding the history of CCA ACTS visit this link:http://bit.ly/1qwUCSk

Statement by Michigan State AFL-CIO President Karla Swift on Marriage Equality

For Immediate Release

Contact: Sara Wallenfang

swallenfang@aflcio.org

 

Statement by Michigan State AFL-CIO President Karla Swift on Marriage Equality

Today, Attorney General Eric Holder did the right thing by granting same-sex couples married in Michigan federal benefits. It is a disgrace that our state government will not follow suit.

Governor Snyder has shown a shameful lack of leadership and basic human decency on this issue. Loving, committed couples should not have to wait through a costly and politically motivated appeals process in order to receive equal treatment in our state.

Appallingly, it is still legal to fire or discriminate against Michigan workers based sexual orientation or gender identity. Even after same-sex marriage is fully recognized, the labor movement will continue to fight for fairness and equality for all.

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Mark Schauer Accepts the Enthusiastic Endorsement of Michigan Working Families

Mark Schauer Accepts the Enthusiastic Endorsement of Michigan Working Families

Workers and retirees present Schauer with the Michigan State AFL-CIO endorsement

(Detroit, Michigan) Mark Schauer accepted the Michigan State AFL-CIO endorsement for governor directly from a huge crowd of eager workers in Detroit this afternoon. Speakers included an autoworker, a US Postal Service retiree, a teacher, a nurse and a journeyman laborer.

 

“While in Congress, Mark Schauer supported loans to help the auto companies and their suppliers retool and develop new technologies to build the cars of the future in Michigan,” said Jerry King, a member of UAW Local 140 employed at the Chrysler Warren Trunk Assembly Plant. “Without Schauer’s leadership, it is unlikely that my wife and I would have good middle class jobs today.”

The large and animated audience chanted in support of Schauer and waived orange and blue placards highlighting Schauer’s commitment to a fair economy.

“At the age of 55 no one would hire me. Fortunately, I was able to get the training that I needed to learn a new set of skills thanks to the Laborer’s union apprenticeship program,” said Cynthia Stevens.CynthiaStevens

Stevens is the 2013 LIUNA Apprentice of the Year. “I am here today supporting Mark Schauer, because Mark will expand access to the kind of comprehensive job training I benefited from.  He understands that a middle class job is the product of a good education and a lifelong commitment to learning.”

“It’s an honor to have the support of Michigan’s working families,” said Schauer. “I am committed to building an economy that works for the middle class, not just the wealthy and the well-connected. As governor, I’ll make education a top economic priority to help our kids compete for high-wage, high skill jobs, and I’ll fight to get rid of the job-killing Snyder Retirement Tax.”

 

“Mark Schauer is a fierce advocate for the middle class who fought to save Michigan auto jobs while in Congress,” said Michigan AFL-CIO President Karla Swift. “Mark is ready to fight for students and seniors as governor. This is in sharp contrast to Rick Snyder, who cut school funding and taxed seniors in order to give tax cuts to corporations, even if they ship jobs overseas.”

 

Photo: LIUNA Apprentice of the Year 2013 Cynthia Stevens introduces Mark Schauer.

 

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The Michigan State AFL-CIO is the state federation of labor, representing over 1,000,000 active and retired members. The mission of the Michigan State AFL-CIO is to improve the lives of working families—to bring economic justice to the workplace and social justice to our state and the nation.

 

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