News from theMetro Detroit AFL-CIO
FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE August 27, 2014
Contact: Roger Kerson, email@example.com 734.645.0535
Vice President Joe Biden to Deliver Remarks at Detroit Labor Day Celebration Monday, Sept. 1st
DETROIT – Vice President Joe Biden will visit Detroit to deliver kickoff remarks at the city’s Labor Day parade gathering on September 1st. The annual event, which attracts participants from across southeastern Michigan, celebrates the achievements of Michigan’s working men and women and our unions.
FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
Contact: Kristopher Banks
Michigan AFL-CIO Statement on Senate Passage of Minimum Wage Bill
Working families applaud the bi-partisan support for fair wages despite Gov. Snyder’s indifference.
For Immediate Release
Contact: Sara Wallenfang
Statement from Michigan State AFL-CIO President Karla Swift on Sen. Jones’ Minimum Wage Proposal
Senator Jones’ minimum wage bill is an insult to thousands of Michigan workers who are struggling to get by. This proposal is not adequate to lift families out of poverty, and it is intended to stifle any serious attempt to raise wages.
Women represent nearly two-thirds of minimum wage workers. Raising the minimum wage, especially for tipped workers who are predominantly women, will boost women’s economic security and help close the wage gap. Jones is pandering to the Restaurant Association with a meager tipped wage increase of 10 cents per hour. A fulltime waitress making his “improved” wage of $2.65 per hour would only see an additional $4.00 per week.
Every time momentum builds for lifting wages, conservative like Jones say it will cost jobs. Every time they’ve been dead wrong.
Jobs should lift workers out of poverty, not trap them in a cycle of insecurity and government assistance. Although this bill does not offer any real solutions, it is a reminder that, if they decided to do so, Republicans in the legislature could address the critical issue of wages through the legislative process. Now, in an election year, they decide to offer up legislation that is inadequate for workers in a blatant attempt to appease special interests. Michigan voters won’t buy it.
Media Advisory for Monday, April 28
Contact: Sara Wallenfang
Workers and Community Members to Honor Michigan Workers Who Died on the Job
Community Calls for Good Jobs and Safe Jobs for All Working People
(Lansing, MI)– On Monday, April 28 at noon, working families and local officials will gather at Wentworth Park for a ceremony to commemorate those who have perished or suffered injuries or illness on the job and to call on Congress to create safe jobs for all working people.
Workers will speak to the importance of workplace safety. Participants in this observance will read the names of workers killed on the job in Michigan since the beginning of 2014.
Workers continue to be exposed to toxic chemicals like silica, and serious safety hazards like combustible dust and workplace violence. Injured workers and relatives of workers who have lost their lives on the job will share their stores and renew the fight for stronger protections for all working people. Participants will note the Obama administration’s work to strengthen Occupational Safety and Health Administration protections for workers, including a new proposed silica standard to protect workers from this deadly dust. They will call out Republican legislators and big businesses who are trying to roll back regulations and block new safeguards that are needed to make sure our loved ones are safe at work.
WHO: Workers and community members
Michigan AFL-CIO President Karla Swift
International Association of Fire Fighters Local 421 President Chris Lake
Deb Chester of MI-FACE
Area Director of the U.S. Department of Labor Larry Johnson
WHAT: Workers Memorial Day Observance
WHEN: Monday, April 28 at noon
WHERE: Wentworth Park, on North Grand Avenue between East Michigan and East Ottawa streets
VISUALS: Color Guard