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…