In addition to the slow process of repairing Flint's water system, Whitmer pointed out, ruling Republican state lawmakers also aren't doing much to fix the state's awful roads, save the state's prevailing wage law, or give any type of break to the state's working people.
"We can elect a governor this year who has the right priorities," AFL-CIO President Ron Bieber told a group of assembled media, union leaders
The Michigan AFL-CIO’s endorsement was approved by a unanimous vote of its executive council following an extensive candidate screening process, which included three town hall forums in Warren, Detroit, and Saginaw, featuring all four Democratic candidates for governor. The labor federation represents more than 1 million active and retired members of 42 unions in Michigan.
At its convention last August, the Michigan Building and Construction Trades Council became the first major labor organization in the state to endorse Whitmer.
A six-year member of the state House of Representatives and a former Senate minority leader in Lansing, Whitmer, 46, will be on the Aug. 6 Democratic primary ballot, and try to earn the right to take on the Republican candidate, either Brian Calley or William Schuette, on the November general election ballot to replace term-limited Gov. Rick Snyder.
“Working people are the backbone of Michigan, and that’s why I’m so proud to have the support of so many
The choice of the Local 370 union hall/training center to make the AFL-CIO's endorsement of Whitmer highlighted the awful
"Our local has a proud tradition of providing highly skilled and trained plumbers, pipefitters, and service technicians to Flint for over 110 years," Local 370 Business Manager Harold Harrington told the Whitmer assembly. "Our members are the ones who helped build this great city. And that’s why
'That’s why it’s so important that we elect a governor this year who’s gonna be in our corner for a change. Fighting to protect prevailing wage. Getting more kids into careers in the skilled trades. And putting people to work now to fix our crumbling infrastructure. That’s what today is all about."
The state AFL-CIO's Bieber said while in the state Legislature, Whitmer led the fight against Snyder's cuts to education, attacks
"She fought Republicans when they were wrong," Bieber said, "But more importantly, she wasn’t afraid to work with them to get important things done.
Like when she helped raise the minimum wage. And when she helped pass the Healthy Michigan law to expand Medicaid and cover over 680,000 more Michiganders.
"As governor, Gretchen will work to expand access to health care and make it more affordable for families. That's the kind of leadership we need in Lansing."
Among the speakers was Queandric Thornton, a Flint native who enrolled in the UA’s Veterans in Piping program while he was stationed at Ft. Campbell, Kentucky. Now he's a first-year apprentice at Local 370. "I know that if I work hard and put in the time, I can make a good living for my wife and our seven-month-old daughter right here in Michigan," Thornton said. "But my fellow apprentices and
"We need to elect a governor who will fight to protect prevailing
MICHIGAN Democratic gubernatorial candidate Gretchen Whitmer acknowledges the endorsement of the Michigan AFL-CIO on April 11. With her are host Local 370 Business Manager Harold Harrington (in the tie and jacket), state AFL-CIO President Ron Bieber (in the blue shirt behind her), and a host of apprentices.