Auditor’s Report on Grand Rapids Vets Home Shows Privatization Doesn’t Work, Hurts Vets

LANSING – The Michigan AFL-CIO issued the following statement today on the Auditor General’s report on the Grand Rapids Home for Veterans. “The tragic lesson from this failed experiment is that privatization simply doesn’t work,” said Ron Bieber, President of the Michigan AFL-CIO. “Rep. Holly Hughes said this report is ‘disturbing,’ and she’s right. But…

Statement on Resignation of Darnell Earley, Legislation Punishing Detroit Teachers

LANSING – The Michigan AFL-CIO issued the following statement today commenting on the resignation of Darnell Earley, and legislation passed by the Senate Education Committee that punishes Detroit teachers for speaking up on behalf of their students. “Darnell Earley was a complete disaster as the Emergency Manager of Detroit Public Schools and the City of…

Statements from Michigan AFL-CIO, Flint Labor Council on Governor’s State of the State

LANSING – The Michigan AFL-CIO and Flint Central Labor Council released the following statements in response to Governor Rick Snyder’s State of the State speech: “The people of Flint deserve answers and accountability, but the governor didn’t provide either tonight,” said Ron Bieber, President of the Michigan AFL-CIO. “Until the governor waives his FOIA exemption…

Michigan AFL-CIO Statement on Gov. Snyder Signing Bill to Make Voting Harder in Michigan

Bill to eliminate straight-party voting “just plain wrong” LANSING – Michigan AFL-CIO President Ron Bieber issued the following statement today commenting on Governor Rick Snyder signing Senate Bill 13, which will make voting harder in Michigan. “This law will make it harder for people to vote in Michigan, and that’s just plain wrong,” said Ron…

Statement from Michigan AFL-CIO President Ron Bieber on Senate Republican vote to eliminate straight-party voting

LANSING – Michigan AFL-CIO President Ron Bieber issued the following statement tonight in response to the Michigan Senate’s vote to eliminate straight-party voting in Michigan. “This bill is an absolute disgrace. It’s another partisan power grab that will mean long lines at the polls next November, making it harder for our seniors and people who…

New Website Sends Coal to Lansing Politicians Who Made Voting Harder in Michigan

LegislatorLump.com holds politicians accountable for passing legislation to repeal straight-party voting LANSING – Today the Michigan AFL-CIO launched a new website to hold lawmakers accountable for passing legislation last night that will make voting harder in Michigan. LegislatorLump.com allows voters to send a letter to their state representative on Senate Bill 13, which will eliminate straight-party…