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Schuette, Johnson Should Abandon Straight-Ticket Voting Appeal as AG’s Court Deadline Passes

Attorney General’s self-imposed deadline for action by Court of Appeals passed yesterday

LANSING – Yesterday, August 30, marked Attorney General Bill Schuette’s self-imposed deadline for the Court of Appeals to take action on his motion to uphold the Republican law banning straight-ticket voting. Schuette’s deadline passed without any action from the U.S. Sixth Circuit Court of Appeals. Four different federal judges have already ruled against Schuette’s effort to eliminate straight-ticket voting.

“With just over two months to go until Election Day, we need our Attorney General and Secretary of State focused 100 percent on making it easier to vote, not harder,” said Ron Bieber, President of the Michigan AFL-CIO. “Now that Schuette’s own self-imposed deadline for action by the Court of Appeals on straight-ticket voting has come and gone, it’s time for him and Ruth Johnson to abandon this partisan power grab, and get on with the business of preparing for the November election. The last thing we need are more barriers to voting.”

In his August 18 filing, Schuette demanded a response from the full U.S. Sixth Circuit Court of Appeals by August 30, arguing that the partisan portion of the ballot impacted by the lawsuit would start being processed on that date, after certification by canvassers. According to Schuette’s self-imposed deadline, there is now insufficient time to implement the law.

Repealing straight-ticket voting will create longer lines at polling places across the state, making it harder for senior citizens and African Americans to vote.

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Michigan AFL-CIO Endorses Candidates for November 2016 Election

Unions endorse candidates for Supreme Court, State Boards, Congress, Legislature

LANSING – The Michigan AFL-CIO announced endorsements in races for the November 2016 general election. The endorsements were voted on by the Michigan AFL-CIO’s Executive Council, and include candidates for Congress, the Michigan Supreme Court, State Board of Education, University of Michigan Board of Regents, Michigan State University Board of Trustees, and Wayne State University Board of Governors.

“Michigan’s labor movement is united and ready to elect candidates up and down the ballot this November who will have the backs of working people,” said Ron Bieber, president of the Michigan AFL-CIO. “We need leaders in Lansing and Washington who have a strong track record of fighting for quality schools, good jobs, and strong wages for Michigan’s working families. That’s why the Michigan AFL-CIO and our affiliates are ready to knock on doors, make phone calls, and mobilize our members across the state to win these important races on November 8.”

Endorsed Candidate for President by the AFL-CIO: Hillary Clinton

Endorsed Candidates for U.S. House of Representatives: Lon Johnson (District 1), Dennis Murphy (District 2), Douglas Smith (District 3), Debra Wirth (District 4), Dan Kildee (District 5), Paul Clements (District 6), Gretchen Driskell (District 7), Suzanna Shkreli (District 8), Sandy Levin (District 9), Frank Accavitti, Jr. (District 10), Dr. Anil Kumar (District 11), Debbie Dingell (District 12), John Conyers (District 13), Brenda Lawrence (District 14)

Endorsed Candidate for Michigan Supreme Court: Deborah Thomas, Frank Szymanski

Endorsed Candidate for Michigan Court of Appeals, District 1: Cynthia Stephens

Endorsed Candidates for State Board of Education: John Austin, Ismael Ahmed

Endorsed Candidates for University of Michigan Board of Regents: Laurence Deitch, Denise Illitch

Endorsed Candidates for Michigan State University Board of Trustees: Dianne Byrum, Diann Woodard

Endorsed Candidate for Wayne State University Board of Governors: Mark Gaffney, Yvette Anderson

Endorsed Candidates for Michigan Senate: Ian Conyers (District 4)

Endorsed Candidates for Michigan House of Representatives: Brian Banks (District 1), Bettie Cook Scott (District 2), Wendell Byrd (District 3), Rose Mary Robinson (District 4), Fred Durhal III (District 5), Stephanie Chang (District 6), La Tanya Garrett (District 7), Sherry Gay-Dagnogo (District 8), Leslie Love (District 10), Jewel Jones (District 11), Erika Geiss (District 12), Frank Liberati (District 13), Cara Clemente (District 14), Abdullah Hammoud (District 15), Robert Kosowski (District 16), Bill Lavoy (District 17), Kevin Hertel (District 18), Colleen Pobur (District 20), Kristy Pagan (District 21), John Chirkun (District 22), Darrin Camilleri (District 23), Dana Camphous-Peterson (District 24), Henry Yanez (District 25), Jim Ellison (District 26), Robert Wittenberg (District 27), Patrick Green (District 28), Tim Greimel (District 29), Michael Notte (District 30), William J. Sowerby (District 31), Jeff Yaroch (District 33), Sheldon Neeley (District 34), Jeremy Moss (District 35), Christine Grieg (District 37), Michael Stack (District 39), Nicole Bedi (District 40), Cyndi Peltonen (District 41), Tim Johnson (District 42), Pam Faris (District 48), Phil Phelps (District 49), Tim Sneller (District 50), Donna Lasinski (District 52), Yousef Rahbi (District 53), Ronnie Peterson (District 54), Adam Zemke (District 55), Tom Redmond (District 56), Harvey Schmidt (District 57), Jon Hoadley (District 60), John Fisher (District 61), Jim Haadsma (District 62), Ronald Brooks (District 64), Bonnie Johnson (District 65), Annie Brown (District 66), Tom Cochran (District 67), Andy Schor (District 68), Sam Singh (District 69), Theresa Abed (District 71), David LaGrand (District 75), Winnie Brinks (District 76), Marletta Seats (District 79), James Wencel (District 84), Anthony Karhoff (District 85), Lynn Mason (District 86), Tim Meyer (District 89), Colleen Lamonte (District 91), Terry Sabo (District 92), Vanessa Guerra (District 95), Brian Elder (District 96), Geoff Malicoat (District 98), Bryan Mielke (District 99), Dan Scripps (District 101), Robert Kennedy (District 106), Scott Celello (District 108), John Kivela (District 109), Scott Dianda (District 110)

PRINT a copy of our 2016 General Election Endorsements


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Michigan AFL-CIO Statement on Hillary Clinton’s Speech in Warren

LANSING – Michigan AFL-CIO President Ron Bieber issued the following statement today commenting on Hillary Clinton’s speech on the economy in Warren, Michigan:

“Today Hillary Clinton proved why she’s the best candidate for Michigan’s working men and women. She laid out a smart and detailed plan for our economy that will create an estimated 320,000 jobs for working people in Michigan. That’s exactly the kind of bold leadership we need in the White House to build an economy that works for all of us.

“Hillary’s aggressive plan to invest in America’s infrastructure will put thousands of people to work fixing our roads and bridges. And most importantly, she made a forceful argument for why Michigan can’t afford more bad trade deals like the TPP, which will make it easier for big corporations to ship more American jobs overseas.

“That’s why Michigan’s labor movement is united like never before and ready to make Hillary Clinton our next president.”

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Trump’s Dangerous Ideas Will Kill Michigan Jobs

Bieber calls on Michigan GOP leaders to withdraw Trump endorsement

LANSING – Michigan AFL-CIO President Ron Bieber issued the following statement commenting on Donald Trump’s speech in Detroit today:

“All we heard from Donald Trump today was a lot of hot air. Trump doesn’t give a rip about helping working people in Michigan. If he did, he’d hire Michigan workers to make his clothes, instead of producing his ties in China and his suits in Mexico. The truth is, Trump only cares about making more money for himself.

“Donald Trump’s ideas aren’t just bad, they’re downright dangerous. Trump said auto companies should close ‘a couple of plants’ and send Michigan auto jobs to other states as a way to cut the wages of Michigan auto workers. That kind of thinking is just nuts. It would kill thousands of good-paying Michigan jobs, and send our economy right down the drain.

“Michigan can’t afford Trump’s reckless ideas. That’s why I’m calling on Republican leaders like Attorney General Bill Schuette, Lt. Gov. Brian Calley, Congresswoman Candice Miller, Congressman Tim Walberg, and House Speaker Kevin Cotter to do what’s right for Michigan and withdraw their support for Donald Trump.”

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