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Statement by Michigan State AFL-CIO President Karla Swift on Marriage Equality

For Immediate Release

Contact: Sara Wallenfang

swallenfang@aflcio.org

 

Statement by Michigan State AFL-CIO President Karla Swift on Marriage Equality

Today, Attorney General Eric Holder did the right thing by granting same-sex couples married in Michigan federal benefits. It is a disgrace that our state government will not follow suit.

Governor Snyder has shown a shameful lack of leadership and basic human decency on this issue. Loving, committed couples should not have to wait through a costly and politically motivated appeals process in order to receive equal treatment in our state.

Appallingly, it is still legal to fire or discriminate against Michigan workers based sexual orientation or gender identity. Even after same-sex marriage is fully recognized, the labor movement will continue to fight for fairness and equality for all.

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Mark Schauer to Accept the Michigan State AFL-CIO Endorsement in Detroit

Mark Schauer to Accept the Michigan State AFL-CIO Endorsement in Detroit

Workers and retirees will be out in force to show their support

Media Advisory for Wednesday, March 19, 2014

Contact: Sara Wallenfang

269-290-2523swallenfang@aflcio.com

 

Mark Schauer to Accept the Michigan State AFL-CIO Endorsement in Detroit

Workers and retirees will be out in force to show their support

(Detroit, Michigan) Following the unanimous vote of the Executive Council and General Board last week, gubernatorial candidate Mark Schauer will accept the Michigan State AFL-CIO endorsement directly from workers in Detroit this Wednesday.

 

“Mark Schauer is a fierce advocate for the middle class who fought to save Michigan auto jobs while in Congress,” said Michigan AFL-CIO President Karla Swift. “Mark is ready to fight for students and seniors as governor. This is in sharp contrast to Rick Snyder, who cut school funding and taxed seniors in order to give tax cuts to corporations, even if they ship jobs overseas.”

 

“It’s an honor to have the support of Michigan’s working families,” said Schauer. “I am committed to building an economy that works for the middle class, not just the wealthy and the well-connected. As governor, I’ll make education a top economic priority to help our kids compete for high-wage, high skill jobs, and I’ll fight to get rid of the job-killing Snyder Retirement Tax.”

 

What:    Mark Schauer Endorsement Rally

 

Who:     Mark Schauer

Karla Swift, Michigan State AFL-CIO President

Michigan working families representing a broad cross section of industries

 

When: Noon on Wednesday, March 19

 

Where: AFSCME Council 25 at 600 W. Lafayette Blvd.; Detroit, MI

 

Visuals: Large crowd with brightly colored signage

 

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The Michigan State AFL-CIO is the state federation of labor, representing over 1,000,000 active and retired members. The mission of the Michigan State AFL-CIO is to improve the lives of working families—to bring economic justice to the workplace and social justice to our state and the

The Michigan State AFL-CIO Endorses Mark Schauer for Governor and Gary Peters for U.S. Senate

The Michigan State AFL-CIO Endorses Mark Schauer for Governor and Gary Peters for U.S. Senate

For Immediate Release: March 13, 2014

Contact: Sara Wallenfang

269-290-2523; swallenfang@aflcio.org

 

The Michigan State AFL-CIO Endorses Mark Schauer for Governor and Gary Peters for U.S. Senate

Endorsements include Jerry Cannon, Dan Kildee, Pam Byrnes, Sandy Levin, and John Conyers for Congress

(Lansing, Michigan) The Michigan State AFL-CIO Executive Council and General Board met in Lansing today and unanimously elected to make the following 2014 election endorsements:

 

  • Mark Schauer, Governor
  • Gary Peters, U.S. Senate
  • Jerry Cannon, U.S. House – CD 1
  • Dan Kildee, U.S. House – CD 5
  • Pam Byrnes, U.S. House – CD 7
  • Sandy Levin, U.S. House – CD 9
  • John Conyers, U.S. House – CD 13

 

“Mark Schauer is a fierce advocate for the middle class who fought to save Michigan auto jobs while in Congress,” said Michigan AFL-CIO President Karla Swift. “Mark is ready to fight for students and seniors as governor. This is in sharp contrast to Rick Snyder, who cut school funding and taxed seniors in order to give tax cuts to corporations, even if they ship jobs overseas.”

 

“The son of a veteran and public school teacher and a nurse’s aide, Gary Peters grew up in a Michigan middle class household. That’s why early on, Gary learned the Michigan values of hard work, service, and integrity, and that’s what he fights for every day,” said President Swift. “Gary’s record as an outspoken champion for ‘Making it in Michigan’ and bringing back good jobs has earned him the support of working people. Whether it’s standing up for Michigan autos and workers or fighting to create good-paying Michigan jobs, Gary is the strong independent voice Michigan’s middle class needs in the U.S. Senate.”

 

“All of the candidates that the Michigan AFL-CIO supports recognize the urgent need to raise our minimum wage. No one who works full time should have to raise their children in poverty,” said Swift. “The Michigan State AFL-CIO endorsements are made democratically and carry with them a commitment from working people. We will talk to our coworkers, make phone calls, knock on doors and get out the vote.”

 

On Wednesday, March 19, Mark Schauer will accept the Michigan State AFL-CIO’s gubernatorial endorsement for from a delegation of Michigan workers.

 

Who:     Mark Schauer

Karla Swift, Michigan State AFL-CIO President

Michigan working families representing a broad cross section of industries

 

When: Noon on Wednesday, March 19

 

Where: 600 West Lafayette (AFSCME) Detroit, MI 

 

“It’s an honor to have the support of Michigan’s working families,” said Schauer. “I am committed to building an economy that works for the middle class, not just the wealthy and the well-connected. As governor, I’ll make education a top economic priority to help our kids compete for high-wage, high skill jobs, and I’ll fight to get rid of the job-killing Snyder Retirement Tax.”

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The Michigan State AFL-CIO is the state federation of labor, representing over 1,000,000 active and retired members. The mission of the Michigan State AFL-CIO is to improve the lives of working families—to bring economic justice to the workplace and social justice to our state and the nation.

 

Bankruptcy Eligibility Reaction from the Michigan State AFL-CIO and the Metro Detroit AFL-CIO

Working people across Michigan are appalled by today’s ruling in the Detroit bankruptcy case.  Taking from retirees who already make do with very little will not fix the city and sets a dangerous precedent for our entire state.

While we are pleased the judge did not rule the city bargained in good faith, we disagree it was impossible for the city to bargain with its creditors.

Make no mistake about it, this ruling sends a clear signal that if you work hard and earn a fair pension, a governor with a radical, right-wing, political agenda can use the federal bankruptcy court as a tool to rob you of everything you earned.

It’s not just happening in Detroit. Snyder and Wall Street are going after workers, retirees and the middle class all over Michigan.  Governor Snyder proved time and again that he cares more about helping wealthy corporations than building an economy that works for everyone.

After giving billions in additional tax breaks to corporations, many of whom were his top campaign contributors, Snyder cut earned income tax credits and instituted a new statewide tax on pensions.  Now he and his politically-appointed bankruptcy experts are putting Wall Street before Woodward Avenue as they restructure Detroit.

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