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Press releases and statements from the Michigan AFL-CIO.

Michigan AFL-CIO Statement on House Passage of Trump-Republican Tax Plan

LANSING – Michigan AFL-CIO President Ron Bieber issued the following statement today commenting on the U.S. House of Representatives voting to approve the Trump-Republican tax plan:

“Working people in Michigan need a better deal on taxes, but the Trump-Republican tax plan ain’t it. This legislation will give a huge tax break to the richest 1 percent – people like Rick Snyder, Bill Schuette, and Betsy DeVos. Even worse, the Trump-Republican tax plan will raise taxes on Michigan’s working families, while slashing funding for Medicare, Medicaid, and education. It’s just plain wrong to give special tax breaks to the wealthy and powerful at the expense of working people, and Mike Bishop, Fred Upton, Tim Walberg, and Jack Bergman ought to be ashamed of themselves. We need to build an economy that works for everyone, not just the wealthy.

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Michigan Unions Support New Legislation to Fight Wage Theft

LANSING – The Michigan AFL-CIO issued the following statement from President Ron Bieber supporting new legislation announced today by Sen. Jim Ananich (D-Flint) and Rep. Sam Singh (D-East Lansing) to fight wage theft in Michigan:

“Working people across Michigan are putting in the hours, going above and beyond to do a good job, and yet far too many are getting stiffed by their employers. It’s about time someone in Lansing stands up for them to make sure everyone who works hard for a living gets the pay they’ve earned. This legislation is long overdue, and Lansing Republicans should do the right thing and pass these bills right away.”

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Snyder’s New Civil Service Rules Attack State Employees

Commission approves rules taking away freedom from 35,000 state employees to negotiate overtime, seniority, grievances

LANSING – Hundreds of working people gathered outside the Capitol Commons building in Lansing today to oppose new civil service rules that take away the freedom from 35,000 state employees to negotiate together for important job protections like overtime pay, seniority, and grievances. The rules were supported by the Snyder administration, and approved by three of the four Civil Service Commissioners appointed by Governor Snyder.

“All working people deserve the freedom to negotiate together for a fair return on their work,” said Ron Bieber, President of the Michigan AFL-CIO. “But once again, Governor Snyder is rigging the rules of our state against working men and women like nurses, social workers, and bridge inspectors. These unfair new rules will make state government less efficient and less accountable by giving the governor more power to dictate working conditions, and by filling vital positions with his unskilled political cronies. That’s bad for families, bad for taxpayers, and bad for Michigan. Working families need leaders who will have our backs, and work together to build an economy that works for everyone, not just the wealthy.”

“This is another sad day for Michigan’s State employees and our economy. Governor Snyder’s Civil Service Commission, in a 3- 1 vote today, passed rule changes that are a direct attack on State employees’ rights and benefits,” said SEIU 517M Executive Director Liza Estlund Olson. “But make no mistake, though these rules have passed, we are ready to fight. SEIU 517M members are ready to stand together and ensure their voice is heard on the job. Our members know that their contracts help to create a more efficient, accountable government and that taxpayers deserve quality, public services not the Governor’s friend and family plan.”

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Schuette on Duty for Wealthy Special Interests, Not Working Families

Schuette voted against Buy American, prevailing wage

LANSING – The Michigan AFL-CIO issued the following statement today on Attorney General Bill Schuette’s expected announcement that he will run for governor:

“Bill Schuette’s record shows he’s on duty for wealthy special interests and political insiders, not working families,” said Ron Bieber, president of the Michigan AFL-CIO. “In Congress, Schuette voted against Buy American provisions for transportation projects, making it easier to use cheap steel made in China to fix our crumbling roads and bridges. And Schuette voted repeatedly to undermine the prevailing wage, which would cut the pay of skilled trades men and women in Michigan, and make it easier to hire unskilled out-of-state workers to build new schools. One thing’s for sure, Bill Schuette has the wrong priorities for Michigan’s working families.”

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