Michigan Unions Support Paid Sick Leave Legislation

LANSING – The Michigan AFL-CIO issued the following statement today supporting new legislation introduced by Sen. Jim Ananich (D-Flint), Rep. Stephanie Chang (D-Detroit), and Rep. Erika Geiss (D-Taylor) to allow full- and part-time workers to earn paid sick leave: “Everyone knows family comes first,” said Ron Bieber, president of the Michigan AFL-CIO. “That’s why this…

Michigan Unions Support Democratic Plan to Fix State Unemployment Agency

LANSING – Michigan AFL-CIO President Ron Bieber issued the following statement today supporting new legislation announced by House and Senate Democrats to fix the Michigan Unemployment Insurance Agency: “Michigan’s Unemployment Insurance Agency is broken, and it’s time to fix it. Governor Snyder and Lansing Republicans manipulated the state’s unemployment laws to favor their corporate campaign…

State Budget Should Prioritize Good Jobs for Working Families

Snyder’s budget shows Lansing Republicans side with corporate donors over working families LANSING – Michigan AFL-CIO President Ron Bieber issued the following statement today on Governor Rick Snyder’s budget presentation: “Today’s budget shows that Governor Snyder and Lansing Republicans care more about helping their wealthy corporate campaign donors than regular working people. It’s time to…

Michigan AFL-CIO hails passage of important veterans home legislation

McBroom amendment on civil service rules helps ensure professional care for Michigan vets LANSING – The Michigan AFL-CIO hailed the passage of important veterans home legislation today by the Michigan Senate. The state labor federation had previously opposed the package of bills, which originally sought to bypass civil service commission rules that ensure a professional,…

Republican voter suppression bills fail to advance during “lame duck”

Labor leader calls on Republicans to focus on expanding access to voting DETROIT – The president of the Metro Detroit AFL-CIO, Rick Blocker, issued the following statement today commenting on news that Senate Majority Leader Arlan Meekhof, R-West Olive, is abandoning voter suppression legislation for the 2016 legislative session. House Bills 6066-6068, sponsored by Rep.…