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October 5, 2023
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Michigan AFL-CIO Honors Angela Rogensues, Other Local Officials for Leadership on Expanding Workers’ Rights
LANSING, Mich. – Warren City Council member At-Large Angela Rogensues was awarded Local Legislator of the Year at the Michigan AFL-CIO’s 35th Constitutional Convention. Each year, the Michigan AFL-CIO selects legislators at the state and local level who have gone above and beyond their peers in service to the labor movement and Michigan’s working people.
“Angela embodies everything that Michigan’s working people deserve in a leader,” said Michigan AFL-CIO President Ron BIEBER, “and she understands just how much important work there is to do on the local level to advance a workers’ rights agenda and deliver results for Michigan families.”
“I am so honored to be named local legislator of the year,” said ROGENSUES. “It is my life’s work to help support working people in my community and uplift everyone’s voices as their elected official.”
Rogensues serves as Chair of the Michigan AFL-CIO’s Municipal Electeds Labor Caucus and has been a leading voice advocating for the repeal of Snyder-era preemption laws that took authority away from local governments to set local labor standards, minimum wage, fair scheduling policies, and adopt project labor agreements.
On Warren City Council, Rogensues has fought to improve public safety, supporting the addition of new police and firefighters; voted to secure $35 million to fix local roads and infrastructure, supporting good jobs; and consistently fought to increase transparency and crack down on corruption.
The Michigan AFL-CIO also presented four additional local elected officials with the Transcending Leader Award. Lansing City Councilmember Jeremy Garza, Berrien County Commissioner Chokwe Pitchford, Mayor of Trenton Steve Rzeppa, and Ingham County Commissioner Ryan Sebolt were honored for their remarkable leadership, bravery, and passion this year as they fight for workers in Lansing and in the communities they serve.
From left: Chokwe Pitchford, Jeremy Garza, Steve Rzeppa, Ron Bieber, Ryan Sebolt
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.