Upper Peninsula Regional Labor Federation

 

CEO pay for major companies in the United States rose nearly 6% in the past year, as income inequality and the outsourcing of good-paying American jobs have increased. According to the new AFL-CIO Executive Paywatch, the average CEO of an S&P 500 Index company made $13.94 million in 2017—361 times more money than the average U.S. rank-and-file worker.

Tefere Gebre came to the United States in 1984 as a teenager. He and four friends had left their home in war-torn Ethiopia and walked nearly 500 miles across the desert to a refugee camp in Sudan.

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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.

You can make a difference. Send a letter telling your Representative to support Michigan workers by supporting Michigan’s Prevailing Wage law.

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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

Download 2018 Endorsement List here

Maddin won his case, but it’s Gorsuch’s world we’re living in. According to an AFL-CIO report, 5,190 workers died on the job in the United States in 2016. Another 50,000 to 60,000 die annually of occupational diseases, and nearly 4 million experienced work-related injuries or illnesses.

A law to free nonunion workers from paying union dues has been undone by Missouri voters, a victory for labor organizers who spent millions of dollars to organize a “no” campaign.

“It’s a clear message that they want to go a different way,” said AFL-CIO president Richard Trumka. “They want workers to have a bigger say.”

The Trump administration is considering bypassing Congress to grant a $100 billion tax cut mainly to the wealthy, a legally tenuous maneuver that would cut capital gains taxation and fulfill a long-held ambition of many investors and conservatives.