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Statement from Michigan AFL-CIO President Karla Swift on the Resignation of State Treasurer Dillon

Whether serving in the Michigan Legislature or as State Treasurer, Andy Dillon never had the best interests of working families at heart. The fact that Gov. Snyder appointed him in the first place shows the administration’s commitment to serving corporate special interests.

The timing of this announcement raises questions. Why would Dillon step down now, just as Governor Snyder’s secretive NERD Fund is beginning to receive serious scrutiny? We respect the Dillon family’s need for privacy, but wonder why it wasn’t an issue months ago.

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Contact: Sara Wallenfang

269-290-2523; swallenfang@aflcio.org

Western International High School Receives AFL-CIO Adopt-a-School Grant

Metro Detroit AFL-CIO  President Chris Michalakis, Western International High School Principal Rudolpho Diaz, and President of the American Federation of School Administrators Diann Woodard.

Metro Detroit AFL-CIO President Chris Michalakis, Western International High School Principal Rudolpho Diaz, and President of the American Federation of School Administrators Diann Woodard.

This morning the Metro Detroit AFL-CIO announced a $5,000 “Adopt-a-School” grant to be awarded to Western International High School.

The “Adopt-a-School” program is designed to support teaching staff and classrooms to help educate young people on the vital connection between workers’ rights and civil rights, as well as other initiatives that connect union workers to students.

The AFL-CIO Executive Council authorized the “Adopt-a-School” program in February to commemorate the 50th anniversary of the historic March on Washington for Jobs and Freedom.  This grant program is funded by the AFL-CIO’s union affiliates.

“The labor movement has always worked to invest in our local community and this is just another opportunity to make a difference,” said Diann Woodard, President of the American Federation of School Administrators. “We’re extremely proud to present this award to Western International High School and look forward to working with them to ensure that all students have access to quality education and the resources they need to teach our next generation of leaders.”

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Supporting Working Family Candidates

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Jerry Young, member of UFCW Local 876, got the word out about the “Working Family Slate” in Monroe.

On October 5, a dozen activists and candidates assembled at the Monroe / Lenawee Central Labor Council (CLC) in downtown Monroe to go into the community and talk to fellow union members about the upcoming City Council elections.

Michigan AFL-CIO President Karla Swift (left) and Monroe/Lenawee Central Labor Council Lee Sharpe (right) were out on Saturday talking to working families about City Council candidates who will put workers first.

Michigan AFL-CIO President Karla Swift (left) and Monroe/Lenawee Central Labor Council Lee Sharpe (right) were out on Saturday talking to working families about City Council candidates who will put workers first.

After a brief training, folks departed to canvass for the Monroe City Council “Working Families Slate” comprised of candidates who come from a union background and are committed to standing up for working families if elected. The Central Labor Council has endorsed Bronco McKart (UWUA), Jerry McKart (LIUNA), Willie Hall (UAW), Matt Vititoe (UCAN – Community Activist), and Gloria Rafko (MEA/UAW).

Activist and one of the event organizers Jerry Young (UFCW Local 876) had this to say about the day’s events: “It starts here; it starts organizing at the grassroots. This is the way that we can get organized and effect change.”

Monroe / Lenawee Central Labor Council President Lee Sharpe noted how critical the day’s events were, and how organizing is such an important priority, saying, “We are going to show how valuable a CLC endorsement really is and support our union brothers and sisters that are running for office.”

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Michigan AFL-CIO President Karla Swift was also there to knock doors and talk to working families. She spoke about the importance of the organizing drives in Monroe and across Michigan.

For more information or to sign up to volunteer for working family candidates and issues in St. Clair Shores, Kalamazoo, Royal Oak, or Monroe, visit our Volunteer Center at http://miaflcio.org/action-center/volunteer/.

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