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Press releases and statements from the Michigan AFL-CIO.

Michigan AFL-CIO Supports CMU Employees, Opposes Job Cuts

LANSING – The Michigan AFL-CIO issued the following statement today to support campus employees at Central Michigan University, and oppose proposed job cuts:

“Laying off employees at CMU is a bad idea,” said Ron Bieber, president of the Michigan AFL-CIO. “Professors, instructors, faculty members, custodians, skilled trades, grounds and warehouse workers, electricians, HVAC and powerhouse workers are the ones who make CMU happen. Laying off workers and outsourcing these vital jobs would be bad for students, bad for faculty, and bad for the entire campus. It’s time for CMU to get serious about controlling spending and come up with real solutions to cut the deficit without cutting jobs that benefit the whole community.”

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Statement on new report that shows Michigan roads rapidly deteriorating

LANSING – The Michigan AFL-CIO issued the following statement commenting on a new report that found that Michigan’s roads and bridges will continue to rapidly deteriorate in coming years:

“If anyone deserves the blame for Michigan’s unsafe roads and bridges, it’s Governor Snyder and Lansing Republicans,” said Ron Bieber, president of the Michigan AFL-CIO. “The roads package they passed two years ago made it more expensive to own a car by raising taxes and fees on working families, but didn’t require corporations to pay a single penny more to fix our crumbling infrastructure. That needs to change. If this report tells us anything, it’s that Michigan needs real solutions to fix our roads, not more gimmicks, and we can’t force regular families to shoulder the burden alone.”

Statement on New GOP Corporate Tax Giveaway

LANSING – The Michigan AFL-CIO issued the following statement from Ron Bieber today commenting on new Republican legislation that would allow corporations to keep up to 100 percent of their employees’ income taxes to pay for new corporate tax breaks:

“This legislation is a raw deal for Michigan. The idea that a worker would pay their income taxes directly to their employer to subsidize their own salary is just nuts. This is really just another example of how Republicans are rigging the economy to favor their corporate donors over regular working people. Instead of giving more handouts to big corporations, we need both parties in Lansing to start working together to invest in education and infrastructure to build an economy that works for everyone, not just the wealthy.”

Michigan Unions: CBO Score Shows ‘Trumpcare’ Bad for Michigan Families

LANSING – The Michigan AFL-CIO issued the following statement today on the Congressional Budget Office Score of the ‘Trumpcare’ legislation:

“This is a broken promise, plain and simple” said Ron Bieber, president of the Michigan AFL-CIO. “Trump promised the American people ‘we’re going to have insurance for everybody,’ but today’s CBO score shows that ‘Trumpcare’ would take health coverage away from 24 million Americans by 2026. That’s bad for families and bad for the whole nation. It means working people will pay more and get less. Michigan’s congressional delegation – including Mike Bishop, Tim Walberg, Dave Trott, and Jack Bergman – should do what’s best for Michigan’s working families and vote to kill this dangerous legislation.”

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