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Michigan Says, 'Sorry We Slapped Your Wrist Too Hard': Winners and Losers of the Week

Photo courtesy Dave Cooksey on Flickr

In our regular weekly feature, we'll be taking a look at the winners and losers of the week in the struggle for the rights of working families. The winners will be the persons or organizations that go above and beyond to expand or protect the rights of working families, while the losers will be whoever went above and beyond to limit or deny those rights.

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5 Reasons Why Rick Snyder Is One of the Worst Candidates for Working Families in the 2014 Elections

Photo courtesy Michigan Municipal League on Flickr

It's an election year and we are quickly approaching the time when working families will have the opportunity to go to the polls and vote against a whole host of extreme candidates who support policies that limit rights, make it even harder to afford a middle-class life and pad the pockets of their corporate buddies. One of the "Worst Candidates for Working Families in the 2014 Elections" is Michigan Governor Rick Snyder. Here are five reasons why Snyder has been bad for working people.

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If You're in Michigan's 14th Congressional District, Don't Forget to Vote Aug. 5 for Rudy Hobbs

Rudy Hobbs

Primary season is upon us already and if you're in the 14th Congressional District in Michigan, Aug. 5 is when you get to cast your ballot for the person you best think represents working families. 

Candidate Rudy Hobbs is that kind of person. Hobbs worked his way through college, taught first grade in the Detroit Public Schools and serves in the Michigan House of Representatives, where he was awarded the Legislator of the Year by the Michigan Municipal League. 

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Ruffalo and a Cast of 1,000 Look to Smash Back Against Republican Attacks on Poor in Detroit

Photo courtesy of National Nurses United

Actor Mark Ruffalo, most famous for playing the Incredible Hulk in the Marvel Comics movie "The Avengers," led a crowd of 1,000 through the streets of Detroit in protest of Republican policies that have led to water being shut off for thousands of the city's residents. National Nurses United (NNU) organized the rally. The United Nations and others have called the city's actions a violation of human rights, and demands that the water be turned back on have come from across the political landscape. Hundreds of different organizations and their members showed up at the march, which began outside Detroit's Cobo Center, where the annual Netroots Nation convention is being held. Protesters marched passed the city's Water and Sewerage offices before ending at Hart Plaza.

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Teachers at Chávez Academy Bargain First Contract

CCA ACTS photo

The more than 130 education professionals who work at the César Chávez Academy (CCA), the largest charter school in Detroit, reached their first collective bargaining agreement last week. The teachers, counselors and social workers are members of The César Chávez Academy Alliance of Charter Teachers & Staff (CCA ACTS).

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Rand Paul’s 'Right to Work' Fantasy Busted by the Facts

Photo by Berry Craig

It looks like Sen. Rand Paul, a serial plagiarizer, is at it again or maybe now he’s just making stuff up.

“Did you know that 'right to work' states have created jobs at a rate three times greater than Kentucky over the past decade?” the Kentucky Republican recently wrote in a letter touting a "right to work" for less law for the Bluegrass State.

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Orr Takes Immediate Aim at Pensions After Judge OKs Detroit Bankruptcy

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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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The Real Reason Detroit Went Bankrupt

The Real Reason Detroit Went Bankrupt

As the story goes, the city of Detroit went bankrupt because of $18 billion in long-term debt, in large part caused by pension and health care benefitsA new report, written by Wallace Turbeville and released today from Demos, says that narrative is inflated, inaccurate and irrelevant to explaining the city's bankruptcy.

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Does Detroit Matter?

In its latest video, AFSCME resoundingly says "Yes!" As part of the Stand with Detroit campaign, the video talks to the working families of Detroit and learns that not only do they believe their city can make a comeback, they know who is holding them back. They aren't giving up and they don't think anyone else should give up on them, either.

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Union Members Build Accessibility Ramp for a Teenager in Michigan

Union Members Build Accessibility Ramp for a Teenager in Michigan

On the Saturday morning of Oct. 12, an unusually bright and warm fall day, 24 union volunteers gathered in Pinconning, Mich. Their goal was to build a handicap accessible ramp at the home of Ron Rulapaugh, whose 13-year-old grandson became a quadriplegic after a diving accident in August. The teenager went through surgery during the summer, but a ramp had to be in place before he could be released from the facility where he is currently undergoing therapy.

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