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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



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.”


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.

President Swift’s Statement on the NERD Fund

The public is justifiably outraged over the secrecy surrounding Gov. Snyder’s NERD Fund.  Shutting down this slush fund in an attempt to avoid transparency only raises more red flags.

The citizens of Michigan deserve to know who was funding the governor’s top advisor, paying for upgrades to the governor’s house and covering the living expenses for Snyder’s politically appointed bankruptcy expert.  Closing the NERD Fund without full disclosure of past donors only begs the question: What is Governor Snyder hiding?


Contact: Sara Wallenfang,

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.


Contact: Sara Wallenfang


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