AFSCME Michigan 925

From the desk of Gino Carbenia, Executive Director of AFSCME Michigan

Federal money for programs and services that help millions of vulnerable Americans and employ many AFSCME members could be in jeopardy next year.

When Stephanie Suppa, LPN was elected President of Local 301, My Michigan Sault St. Marie, she knew that growing her unit was the best way to gain power.

“Hey, hey, ho, ho, corporate greed has got to go,” chanted over 200 McLaren Flint nurses, family members, and other union members showing their support during a solidarity march on June 14, 2024.

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Working a non-union job quickly taught Johnathan Young the importance of union representation. One day at his non-union job, within fifteen minutes he had a $3 per hour pay cut without a single conversation, just a mandate from the employer. After this incident, he became anxious to find more secure employment and found a position with the City of Battle Creek as Airport Operation.

When he started with the city, it was before Right to Work and the Janus Decision,so he was a union member on his first day of employment.

The last few years have seen a rise in worker momentum, with unionized workers raising their voices to demand higher pay, safer working conditions and more.

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