New Report: Michigan Has Nation’s Third Highest Unemployment Rate for African Americans

At 15.8 percent, Michigan trails only Wisconsin and Nevada LANSING – At 15.8 percent, Michigan had the nation’s third highest unemployment rate for African Americans in 2014, according to a new analysis from Economic Policy Institute economist Valerie Wilson. In Projected Decline in Unemployment in 2015 Won’t Lift Blacks Out of the Recession-carved Crater, Wilson…

Schuitmaker Bill Makes Workplaces Less Safe

Bill eliminates key safety protections following workplace injury, death LANSING – Today the Michigan AFL-CIO strongly condemned new legislation introduced by Republican Sen. Tonya Schuitmaker (R-Lawton) this month that would eliminate key safety protections for employees who are injured or killed on the job. Senate Bill 213 weakens the Michigan Occupational Safety and Health Act…

Michigan AFL-CIO Endorses Safe Roads Yes Campaign

Proposal will create good jobs, make Michigan roads safer LANSING – Today the Michigan AFL-CIO announced that it is formally endorsing the Safe Roads Yes campaign. In a column published in The Detroit News, Michigan AFL-CIO President Karla Swift explained that Proposal 1 “is a critical initiative that will make our roads safer and create…

Michigan AFL-CIO Releases Working Family Values Report Card on Candidates for U.S. Senate

The Michigan AFL-CIO today released the Working Family Values Report Card, which grades candidates for U.S. Senate on issues critical to Michigan’s working families. Candidate Terri Lynn Land earned all ‘F’s on issues ranging from increasing the minimum wage to protecting Social Security and Medicare, whereas Gary Peters earned ‘A’s due to his strong support for pro-working family policies.

Vice President Joe Biden to Deliver Remarks at Detroit Labor Day Celebration Monday, Sept. 1st

News from theMetro Detroit AFL-CIO FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE August 27, 2014 Contact:  Roger Kerson, roger@rkcommunications.net  734.645.0535 MEDIA ADVISORY: Vice President Joe Biden to Deliver Remarks at Detroit Labor Day Celebration Monday, Sept. 1st DETROIT – Vice President Joe Biden will visit Detroit to deliver kickoff remarks at the city’s Labor Day parade gathering on September 1st.  The annual event, which attracts participants from across southeastern…

Statement from Michigan State AFL-CIO President Karla Swift on Sen. Jones’ Minimum Wage Proposal

For Immediate Release Contact: Sara Wallenfang 269-290-2523; swallenfang@aflcio.org   Statement from Michigan State AFL-CIO President Karla Swift on Sen. Jones’ Minimum Wage Proposal   Senator Jones’ minimum wage bill is an insult to thousands of Michigan workers who are struggling to get by. This proposal is not adequate to lift families out of poverty, and it…

Michigan CEOs Paid 171 Times Average Worker, 455 Times Minimum Wage Worker

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE Contact: Sara Wallenfang swallenfang@aflcio.org Michigan CEOs Paid 171 Times Average Worker, 455 Times Minimum Wage Worker   2014 Executive PayWatch exposes high paid CEOs in the low wage economy www.PayWatch.org   (Michigan; April 15, 2014) – According to the AFL-CIO’s 2014 Executive PayWatch website, the average CEO of a company based in Michigan made $7,004,386, which…