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2019 Local Election CLC Endorsements

The following candidates have been endorsed by their respective Central Labor Councils for the November 5, 2019 municipal elections.

Ingham County

Lansing City Council:

Carol Wood (At-Large), Patricia Spitzley (At-Large), Adam Hussain(Ward 3), Jody Washington (Ward 1)

East Lansing City Council:

Mark Meadows, John Revitte

Jackson County

City of Jackson 

Derek Dobies (Mayor), Laura Beth Stephens (Ward 4), Colleen Sullivan (Ward 6)

Kalamazoo County

City of Kalamazoo:

David Anderson (Mayor), Jake Andrews (City Commission), Chris Praedel (City Commission)

Ballot Proposals:

Career Technical Education Millage – YES

Macomb County

City of Warren:

Lori Barnwell (Treasurer), Patrick Green (City Council At-Large), Melody Magee (City Council Ward 1)

Sterling Heights City Council At-Large:

Michael Radtke, Henry Yanez

Roseville City Council At-Large:

Charles Frontera

St. Clair Shores City Council At-Large:

Pete Accica

Marquette County

Marquette City Commission At-Large

Evan Bonsall, Andrew Lorinser 

Monroe County

Monroe City Council (Ward 4)

Jason Matthews

Oakland County

Southfield City Council At-Large:

Jason Hoskins, Ghana Goodwin-Dye

Royal Oak City Commission At-Large:

Belem Morales, Kyle Dubuc

Farmington Hills:

Vicki Barnett (Mayor), Theresa Rich (City Council Write-In)

Madison Heights:

Brian Hartwell (Mayor), Emily Rohrbach (City Council At-Large)

Troy City Council At-Large:

Theresa Brooks

Hazel Park City Council At-Large:

Mike McFall

St. Joseph County

Ballot Proposals:

Career Technical Education Millage – YES

Washtenaw County

Saline City Council:

Jim Dell’Orco

Ballot Proposals:

Public Schools of the City Of Ann Arbor Proposal 1 – Yes

Wayne County

Westland City Council At-Large:

Michael Londeau, Michael Delph, Andrea Rutkowski, Michael McDermott

Inkster City Council At-Large:

Aaron Simms, Sandra Watley

Livonia Mayor:

Maureen Brosnan

Melvindale Mayor:

Wheeler Marsee Jr.

Trenton City Council At-Large:

Dora Rodriguez

Rushed Budget Hurts Working Families

September 25, 2019

Ron Bieber, President of the Michigan AFL-CIO released the following statement after the GOP-led legislature held a marathon session to quickly pass budgets in the final days of the fiscal year.

“Republican leadership didn’t take their responsibility to pass a budget seriously and chose to take a summer vacation instead. Now, the working families of Michigan have to suffer the consequences of the legislature’s last-minute attempt to get a budget done. Governor Whitmer should use her executive authority to either line-item or out-right veto certain individual budgets and force the legislature to fix their mistakes. The working people of this state deserve better than this rushed, sloppy attempt at a budget.”

Michigan AFL-CIO Stands in Support with Striking UAW Members

President Ron Bieber of the Michigan AFL-CIO released a statement of support for the UAW members striking at GM facilities. The strike began at midnight on September 16th when their contract expired.

“The Michigan AFL-CIO and our one million active and retired members stand in solidarity with the UAW members on strike against GM in Michigan and across the country. It is because of the hard work of these men and women that GM is alive today making record-breaking, multi-billion dollar profits. This strike isn’t only about pay and benefits, it’s about securing American jobs and protecting working families.”

Communities Across Michigan Celebrate June as Pride Month

Communities Across Michigan Celebrate June as Pride Month

Michigan Labor Movement Supports Local Proclamations

Lansing – Approximately two dozen communities across the state of Michigan passed resolutions or signed proclamations declaring June 2019 as LGBTQ Pride Month. The Michigan AFL-CIO reached out to its network of local elected officials to encourage adoption of these resolutions and bolster support for expanding the Elliott-Larsen Civil Rights Act to include protections based on sexual orientation and gender identity.

“We started June by proudly standing with Governor Whitmer and state lawmakers supporting expansion of civil rights protections for all working people. While we continue to fight to include these protections in our workplace contracts, we believe the best solution is to pass legislation to protect the freedoms of working people across not only Michigan, but the entire country,” said Ron Bieber, President of the Michigan AFL-CIO. “We are happy to see so many communities celebrating Pride Month and supporting the LGBTQ Community. Hopefully some reluctant members of the legislature will get the message that the time has come to expand the ELCRA.”

According to local officials, several of the roughly two dozen local governments passed Pride Month resolutions for the first time in 2019, including the City of Eastpointe and Calhoun County. June 28th of this year marks the 50th anniversary since the Stonewall Riot in New York City leading to the modern day Pride Celebrations throughout the month of June. In 1979, the AFL-CIO convention unanimously adopted its first resolution calling for the enactment of federal legislation banning discrimination based on sexual orientation. 

The Michigan AFL-CIO adopted a policy platform at its recent constitutional convention that included amending the Elliott-Larsen Civil Rights Act to include sexual orientation and gender identity.

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