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Betsy DeVos Terrible Choice for America’s Teachers, Students

LANSING – Michigan AFL-CIO President Ron Bieber issued the following statement today commenting on President-Elect Donald Trump’s selection of Betsy DeVos as Education Secretary:

“It’s hard to imagine a worse choice to lead the U.S. Department of Education. Betsy DeVos has spent millions of dollars working to dismantle and destroy public education in Michigan and across the country. By selecting a fellow billionaire who has been so openly hostile to hardworking teachers and public school employees, this should send a strong message to every parent in America that Donald Trump isn’t on the side of working families, and has no interest in improving education for America’s students.”

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Michigan AFL-CIO Statement on Donald Trump’s Speech in Sterling Heights

LANSING – Michigan AFL-CIO President Ron Bieber issued the following statement tonight commenting on Donald Trump’s speech in Sterling Heights, where he said “the unions love me.”

“Michigan union members love Donald Trump about as much as they love getting a root canal without any novocaine. The truth is, Trump has spent his entire life screwing over working people. He makes his clothes in China and Mexico. He said wages are too high. And he said outsourcing creates jobs. In every way imaginable, Donald Trump would be a disaster for Michigan’s working families. That’s why every major union in Michigan has endorsed Hillary Clinton. She’s tough as nails, and she has the strength and steadiness to bring people together to get real results for working people. And that’s why thousands of union members in Michigan are volunteering around the clock between now and 8pm on Election Day to make Hillary our next president.”

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The debate hall is seen empty prior to the final Presidential debate between President Barack Obama and Republican Presidential Candidate Mitt Romney on the campus of Lynn University in Boca Raton, Florida on October 22, 2012. UPI/Kevin Dietsch

Michigan AFL-CIO Statement on Final Presidential Debate

Bieber renews calls for Schuette, Walberg, Bishop, Miller, Bergman to reject Trump

LANSING – Ron Bieber, President of the Michigan AFL-CIO, issued the following statement on tonight’s final presidential debate:

“For the third debate in a row, Hillary Clinton absolutely crushed Donald Trump. Tonight Hillary demonstrated once again that she has the experience and steadiness we need in the White House to bring people together and get real results for Michigan’s working families.

“This debate was Trump’s last chance to prove that he has the judgment and temperament to be President of the United States, and he failed miserably. Instead of bringing Americans together, Trump decided to end his campaign by attacking anyone and everyone who disagrees with him.

“The choice facing Michigan voters couldn’t be any clearer. We can either come together to build an economy that works for everyone, with good jobs for working people and a good education for our kids, or we can keep letting Donald Trump tear us apart with his dangerous ideas.

“Trump’s deeply offensive and divisive rhetoric should have no place in Michigan. Now is the time for Republican politicians like Bill Schuette, Tim Walberg, Mike Bishop, Candice Miller, and Jack Bergman to do the right thing for our great state by forcefully and unequivocally rejecting Donald Trump once and for all.”

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Michigan AFL-CIO Statement on Flint Water Crisis Report

LANSING – The Michigan AFL-CIO issued the following statement on the report released today by the Committee on the Flint Water Emergency:

“Let’s make one thing perfectly clear, the Flint Water Crisis was a direct result of gross incompetence and mismanagement by Governor Rick Snyder, his senior administration officials, and his Emergency Managers,” said Ron Bieber, President of the Michigan AFL-CIO. “While this report contains a number of important bipartisan recommendations that the legislature should implement swiftly, gutting civil service protections should be a non-starter.

“The Civil Service Commission was created to protect state employees from political meddling, and to prevent elected officials from filling crucial state government positions with unqualified political cronies. The current law already includes a process for dismissing civil servants, one that has been frequently used by Governor Snyder.

“Gutting civil service rules will do nothing to hold Governor Snyder or his senior appointees accountable for their failures in Flint, and it will do nothing to prevent another crisis like this from happening again. This recommendation is about covering the governor’s hide, plain and simple, and the legislature would be wise to reject it.”

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