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October 26, 2023
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Michigan Senate Passes First-of-its-Kind Just Transition Legislation Protecting Workers
LANSING, Mich. – Today, the Michigan state Senate passed historic legislation to ensure a just transition for auto and auto supply chain workers, energy sector workers, building and construction trades, and communities impacted by the state’s shift to renewable energy. Senate Bill 519 will create a new Community and Worker Economic Transition Office to ensure workers and communities affected by the transition to clean energy aren’t left behind. The bill is the first of its kind in the nation to include internal combustion engine workers.
“Working people must be front and center in the fight for a greener, cleaner future,” said Michigan AFL-CIO President Ron BIEBER. “As Michigan races to attract new jobs in EV manufacturing and renewable energy, it is absolutely imperative that policymakers prioritize protecting union jobs, ensuring strong labor standards, and investing in retooling Michigan’s workforce to thrive in the growing clean energy industry. Today, our Democratic Senate majority did just that. This landmark legislation should serve as the new standard for how states can simultaneously combat the climate crisis and protect good-paying union jobs.”
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.