Upper Peninsula Regional Labor Federation

 

Gebre was still a boy when he was forced to flee Ethiopia, a country that suffered political turmoil and famine during the 1980s.

A federal district judge in Washington struck down most of the key provisions of three executive orders that

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small group of special interests are threatening our lawmakers if they don’t take steps to slash pay for skilled construction workers by eliminating prevailing wage laws. Michigan lost many skilled trades workers during the last recession and these workers are just starting to get back on their feet.

Common-sense prevailing wage policies mean that the state will have a more skilled and educated workforce, as well as safer local construction jobs for Michigan men and women. Michigan Prevails supports those Michigan construction companies and workers who help keep the state and economy running.

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The U.P. Regional Labor Federation, AFL-CIO is proud to endorse statewide and local candidates who reflect the values and priorities of working people in Michigan. The UPRLF evaluated candidates on their commitment to improve the lives of working families.

The screening/evaluation committee voted to endorse the following:   

2018 primary election endorsements:

GOVERNOR

Gretchen Whitmer

U.S. SENATE

Debbie Stabenow

U.S. HOUSE OF REPRESENTATIVES

1st District, Matt Morgan (Write-In)*

STATE SENATE

38th District, Scott Dianda

STATE HOUSE OF REPRESENTATIVES

108th District, Bob Romps

109th District, Sara Cambensy

110th District, Ken Summers

MARQUETTE CITY COMMISSION

Jenn Hill

Jenna Smith

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Labor has always held electoral power, especially when wielded by women. Former Secretary of Labor Francis Perkins’s lifelong dedication to workers’ rights was sparked by witnessing the Triangle Shirtwaist Factory fire of 1911, in which 146 people — predominantly young Jewish immigrant women — died, most as a result of locked factory doors. Though they shunned the ballot box, legendary political radicals like Lucy Parsons, Emma Goldman, and Elizabeth Gurley Flynn were all labor organizers.

Labor union leaders Liz Shuler and Mary Kay Henry discuss how they rose up through the union ranks and what they’re trying to do to increase the number of women in the labor movement. Shuler, secretary-treasurer of the AFL-CIO, and Henry, president of the Service Employees International Union, also weigh in on recent Supreme Court decisions, Brett Kavanaugh's nomination, and what that all means for the future of the labor movement.

Listen to the full episode.

As Labor Day approached, the movement that created the holiday flexed its muscle in Seattle, where the landscape has been transformed in the last few years by labor-backed measures protecting and compensating people like in few other places across the country.