LANSING, MI – This morning Michigan State Senator Tom Barrett announced the launch of his campaign for Congress. After receiving a pathetic 13% on the Michigan AFL-CIO 2017-18 Legislative Scorecard during his tenure in the Michigan state House, the Michigan AFL-CIO has released the following statement:
“Tom Barrett is no friend to Michigan’s working families,” said Ron BIEBER, President of the Michigan AFL-CIO. “He has sold out union members time and again by opposing prevailing wage requirements, and voting for legislation that banned communities from passing ordinances to raise the minimum wage and requiring earned family leave time on the local level. Michigan’s working families did not support him in the state Legislature, and we will not support him in his bid for Congress.”
“Michigan does not need another do-nothing congressman in D.C., which is exactly what Barrett will be,” BIEBER continued. “His decision to sit on billions of dollars of American Rescue Plan money that should be spent helping Michigan’s working families is an absolute failure and blatant proof that he’s not willing to do the work he was elected to do.”
The Michigan AFL-CIO, Michigan’s largest labor organization, is a federation representing forty different labor organizations, eighteen different central labor councils, and eight constituency groups representing over 1 million union members and their families.