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Lansing Labor News
Established 1945
February 20, 2019
Financial Secretary Rose Van Schoick
Updated On: Sep 21, 2018

September 2018

We are up against many anti-worker, anti-family and anti-union groups who are making life extremely difficult for many citizens in our state.  In the past, Supreme Court decisions were made to “allow corporations to spend an unlimited amount of money in the political process”.  The people, on the other hand, don’t have unlimited funding for elaborate television commercials, advertising, fundraising events, etc.  What we do have though is an opportunity to band together and have our voices collectively heard through strength in numbers.  We can make a difference!

Across the nation, legislation is being passed attacking the rights of workers to bargain collectively.  Anti-worker legislators are working to pass bills to reduce wages and benefits for workers (union or non-union).  National interest groups are determined to increase business profits while destroying unions, cutting our wages and benefits. You may ask yourself, “How did this happen?”  I believe too many middle class residents and workers stayed home on Election Day which kept their voices silent. 

How do we fix the mess we are in?  We educate ourselves with the facts and help to educate those around us.  We begin by talking to our families, our co-workers, our friends, our neighbors.  We inspire each other and share inspirational stories of people who are standing up for a change in our society.  We all have stories and opportunities which can motivate us to get involved for social change.

I believe we, as voting citizens, now realize exactly how we all have contributed to our own demise.  Therefore, we all have a responsibility to our families, our fellow workers and our society in general to be motivated to vote in the upcoming elections and help “the people” reclaim our country.  We cannot afford to let our union voices be silent any longer.  The middle class has been under attack long enough—this fight is not just about your future, Your family’s future is at stake and it is now up to us to step up to the plate and do our part.  Some politicians are counting on you to not pay attention and not go to the polls again this year.  Let’s prove them wrong this year and all go to the polls to VOTE!

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