Proposal will create good jobs, make Michigan roads safer
LANSING – Today the Michigan AFL-CIO announced that it is formally endorsing the Safe Roads Yes campaign. In a column published in The Detroit News, Michigan AFL-CIO President Karla Swift explained that Proposal 1 “is a critical initiative that will make our roads safer and create thousands of good middle class jobs for Michigan families.”
This afternoon President Swift and John Karebian, Executive Director of the Michigan Nurses Association, met with Governor Snyder about the proposal.
“Today we had a productive meeting with Governor Snyder about why the Michigan AFL-CIO is supporting the the Safe Roads Yes campaign,” said Swift. “While we haven’t always agreed with the governor’s administration, this is an issue where it’s easy to find common ground, because our affiliates believe everyone benefits from safer roads. Moving forward, the Michigan AFL-CIO will work to educate voters across the state about why they should vote Yes on Proposal 1.”
A full copy of President Swift’s column on Proposal 1 can be viewed here.
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Our Brothers and Sisters in Wisconsin are still fighting the good fight. RTW legislation has passed through the Wisconsin Senate, but we continue to stand in solidarity as it now moves on to the Wisconsin Assembly. Assembly Democrats are “Ready for this fight,” and once again, this week we’ll be supporting the efforts of our labor allies by joining fellow activists across the country to place calls to Wisconsin voters around this harmful legislation.
We will be calling Monday and Wednesday from 4pm – 7pm. If you are available for any period of time during those hours, you can RSVP for the Capital Area phone bank by calling or emailing Micheal Davis with dates and times that work for you to support these efforts.
Here is a shareable event link with full logistics: http://miaflcio.org/event/solidarity-with-wisconsin-workers/?instance_id=4197
Report from: Fran Brennan, Michigan AFL-CIO & Mike Smith, Monroe/Lenawee Central Labor Council
FAST TRACK TRANS-PACIFIC PARTNERSHIP (TPP)
New trade deals like the Trans-Pacific Partnership (TPP) are being negotiated in the same failed NAFTA model. The negotiations are focused on padding corporate profits not increasing worker’s paychecks. Before any trade deal comes to a vote, the administration will ask Congress to pass “Fast Track” legislation.