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Community Advocacy Organization

Governor Whitmer and Lieutenant Governor Gilchrist Celebrate Labor Day With Michigan Workers

Updated: Sep 26, 2022


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Governor Whitmer and Lieutenant Governor Gilchrist honored the Michigan workers who built the middle class and celebrated Labor Day in Detroit with unions including IBEW, IUOE, LIUNA, AFT, and SEIU. The Governor and Lieutenant Governor heard from members and discussed their commitment to supporting Michigan’s working families. Whitmer and Gilchrist touted their progress reinstating prevailing wage for state contracts so workers are paid fairly and infrastructure is built right, putting tens of thousands of Michiganders on a path to affordable skills training with programs like Going Pro and Michigan Reconnect, and making historic investments to strengthen Michigan’s infrastructure, while supporting more than 80,000 good-paying jobs. Governor Whitmer and Lieutenant Governor Gilchrist also highlighted their fight to fully restore collective bargaining and repeal the retirement tax.

“Governor Gretchen Whitmer and Lieutenant Governor Garlin Gilchrist are fierce advocates for our members and all of Michigan’s working families,” said Tom Lutz, Executive Secretary-Treasurer of the Michigan Regional Council of Carpenters and Millwrights. “By strengthening infrastructure in our state, they are supporting thousands of good-paying jobs, and Whitmer and Gilchrist are creating opportunities for more workers with expanded skills training to enjoy lasting careers right here at home.”

“Our members are proud to stand with Governor Whitmer as we build on the historic progress she has secured for working families,” said Brandice Mullen, Vice President of SEIU Michigan and State Director for SEIU Local 1. “The Governor and Lieutenant Governor are committed to taking care of the kitchen table issues that matter most to Michiganders. And we look forward to fighting alongside them to repeal the retirement tax, fully restore collective bargaining, and continue to invest in training and recruiting highly-skilled workers.” "Governor Whitmer is a tough and tested leader, who has delivered big wins for our members and all working Michiganders, including expanded affordable skills training, reinstated the practical portion of the plumbing exam, and made record investments in water infrastructure that are supporting tens of thousands of good-paying jobs,” said Price Dobernick, President of the Michigan Pipe Trades Association. “We know that Governor Whitmer will continue to be a voice for our members, and we look forward to working with her to build on this momentum.” “Gretchen Whitmer is a pro-worker governor to the core,” said Michigan Nurses Association President Jamie Brown, RN. “Whitmer has fought for living wages and fair benefits, investments to develop our workforce, and protections to keep our members safe on the job. She cracked down on employers trying to misclassify and shortchange workers – she has our back, and we are proud to support the Governor for another four years of delivering for working families.”


Our mailing address is: Gretchen Whitmer for Governor

PO Box 15282 Lansing, MI 48901-5282


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