Schuette on Duty for Wealthy Special Interests, Not Working Families

Schuette voted against Buy American, prevailing wage LANSING – The Michigan AFL-CIO issued the following statement today on Attorney General Bill Schuette’s expected announcement that he will run for governor: “Bill Schuette’s record shows he’s on duty for wealthy special interests and political insiders, not working families,” said Ron Bieber, president of the Michigan AFL-CIO.…

Michigan Unions Support Democratic Bills Protecting Consumers from Skyrocketing Drug Prices

LANSING – The Michigan AFL-CIO issued the following statement supporting legislation introduced by Democrats in the Michigan House and Senate today to protect consumers from excessive prescription drug prices: “All working families should have access to life-saving prescription drugs,” said Ron Bieber, president of the Michigan AFL-CIO. “But for far too long, the big drug companies…

Reckless Pension Proposal Busts the Budget, Hurts Students, Parents, Teachers

Republicans rigging the system to favor corporate donors over hardworking school employees LANSING – The Michigan AFL-CIO issued the following statement today on legislation approved in the Michigan Senate that will gut retirement savings for Michigan’s hardworking teachers and school employees. “Cutting retirement savings for new teachers and school employees isn’t just mean, it’s dumb, and…

New Report: Legislation That Destroys Teacher Pensions Will Cost Michigan Taxpayers $46 Billion

LANSING – A bill that would destroy pensions for newly-hired Michigan teachers and school employees will cost Michigan taxpayers up to $46 BILLION, according to a new report from the nonpartisan House Fiscal Agency. House Bill 4647, sponsored by Rep. Thomas Albert, R-Belding, would increase costs related to providing retirement benefits by a minimum of $410…