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With Gov. Snyder Failing to Fix the Problem, Working People Step Up in Flint Water Crisis

With Gov. Snyder Failing to Fix the Problem, Working People Step Up in Flint Water Crisis

Union members have been helping vulnerable Flint, Michigan, residents during its water crisis.

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Keep the TPP Off the Fast Track

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In a guest column in the Detroit News , Michigan AFL-CIO President Karla Swift outlines the flaws in the Trans-Pacific Partnership TPP trade agreement and the “fast track” authority President Obama is seeking for approval of the deal.

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Orr Takes Immediate Aim at Pensions After Judge OKs Detroit Bankruptcy


A federal bankruptcy judge today ruled that the city of Detroit is eligible for bankruptcy protection and may cut pension benefits for retired city workers despite a provision in the state’s Constitution banning such pension cuts. Attorneys for city workers, firefighters and police officers say they will appeal the judge’s ruling.

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AFSCME and Michigan Working Families Respond to Detroit Bankruptcy Filing

From the Michigan Governor's Office.

Michigan Gov. Rick Snyder (R) authorized a bankruptcy filing yesterday for the city of Detroit  based on recommendations  from financial manager Kevyn Orr, making it the largest city in the United States to ever take that step. AFSCME members and other public-sector workers  were not consulted  for input before the filing. 

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Working Families Rally for Immigration Reform with Path to Citizenship

In rallies across the country, working families made their voices heard this week and let Congress know that they want comprehensive immigration reform that includes a pathway to citizenship for the nation's 11 million aspiring Americans.

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Coalition of Michigan Lawmakers, Unions and Citizen Journalist File Lawsuit to Block 'Right to Work' for Less

[Photo credit: Anne C. Savage | Eclectablog]

Chris Savage is a Michigan-based political writer and owner of  Eclectablog . You also can follow him on  Facebook  and  Twitter .

On Dec. 6, 2012, Republicans in the Michigan legislature passed bills that eventually led to Michigan becoming the 24th "right to work" for less state. With their majorities in both the House and the Senate and encouragement from Republican Gov. Rick Snyder, this was a pretty straightforward accomplishment. However, it was done with a crowd of thousands of protesters surrounding the Capitol building and filling its corridors. 

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Suit Seeks to Strike Down Michigan 'Right to Work' Law

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A coalition of Michigan labor unions—including the  UAW —and the American Civil Liberties Union (ACLU)  asked a judge  Thursday to strike down the recently passed "right to work" for less law because it was enacted while the public was locked out of the Capitol, which is a violation of the Open Meetings Act, the First Amendment and the Michigan Constitution.

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Follow Live Updates from Michigan on Twitter

Michigan State AFL-CIO is live-tweeting developments on the "right-to-work" for less legislation all weekend. Follow its live Twitter stream on the  AFL-CIO Now blog

If you're in Michigan, find an action near you:

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NFLPA: 'Workers Don't Deserve This'

While thousands of Michiganders are protesting the "right to work" legislation being rammed through the state legislature by Republicans without any public input, more and more voices from all over the country are speaking out against the proposed bills. 

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10 Things to Know About What Happened in Michigan on Thursday

10 Things to Know About What Happened in Michigan on Thursday

" 10 Things to Know About What Happened in Michigan On Thursday " is a cross-post from the  Working America Main Street blog

1.) The Michigan House and Senate yesterday passed so-called “right to work” bills.  “Right to work”  laws effectively defund the ability of workers to have a voice at their workplace.  In 23 other states , these laws have lowered wages, weakened benefits, raised the poverty rate and led to increased workplace injuries and deaths. The House passed one such bill and the Senate passed two.

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