Union Backed Candidates Make Big Gains in Michigan

Union Backed Candidates Make Big Gains in Michigan State’s Largest Labor Organization Declares Clear Mandate For Pro-Labor Agenda Lansing – The Michigan AFL-CIO today celebrated a significant increase in labor-endorsed candidates elected to office in Tuesday’s election, and declared a clear mandate for a pro-labor agenda in the coming legislative year. Michigan AFL-CIO endorsed candidates…

Senator O’Brien, Representative Iden Get Failing Grades on Labor Scorecard

Kalamazoo-area lawmakers frequently vote against working families LANSING – State Representative Brandt Iden (R – Oshtemo Township) received a score of just 13% percent in a new legislative scorecard released yesterday by the Michigan AFL-CIO. State Senator Margaret O’Brien (R -Portage) faired only slightly better with a 50% score. The state labor federation analyzed the…

Bieber Hails Gilchrist as Whitmer Running Mate

Lansing- Ron Bieber, President of the Michigan AFL-CIO released the following statement regarding Democratic Gubernatorial nominee Gretchen Whitmer choosing Garlin Gilchrist II as her running mate: “Garlin Gilchrist is an excellent choice to join Whitmer on a ticket that will fight for the freedoms of working families. Gilchrist’s time working for the city of Detroit…

Reaction to Lyons as GOP Lt. Gov. Choice

Lansing- Ron Bieber, President of the Michigan AFL-CIO released the following statement in reaction to Republican Gubernatorial nominee Bill Schuette choosing Kent County Clerk Lisa Lyons as his running mate: “The Schuette-Lyons ticket sounds like the DeVos dream team for rigging the rules in favor of wealthy corporate special interests. Lisa Lyons spent her time…

Kavanaugh Nomination Troubling for Working Families

LANSING – The Michigan AFL-CIO released the following statement from President Ron Bieber regarding the nomination of Judge Brett Kavanaugh to the Supreme Court: “Judge Kavanaugh has a record of siding with the interests of corporations and employers and siding against the interests of working people and their families. The opinions that have been written…