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Celebrate Labor Day with AFT Michigan – Monday, September 5

While there’s no Metro Detroit AFL-CIO Labor Day Parade this year, we invite AFT Michigan members and families to join us for a fun and informal Labor Day BBQ at our office in Detroit.

Lincoln Consolidated Transportation Union Ratifies New Contract

Congratulations to the members of the Lincoln Consolidated Transportation Union, AFT Local 6740, who unanimously ratified their first contract as an AFT local last week. Among other improvements, the contract includes a $3/hour raise and increased paid snow days. Great job by President Kaki Prater and the entire LCTU leadership team.

EMU AAUP-AFT Rallies for a Fair Contract

EMU AAUP-AFT Local 6759 members picketed two University dorms as students were moving in Friday to highlight the fact that tenured and tenure-track faculty do not have a contract as the start of school arrives. The administration’s current proposal includes sharp increases in healthcare costs and low annual raises, and they have rejected union proposals that advance diversity, equity and inclusion, improve workload and assure shared governance.

AFT & White House to Host School Safety Webinar Thursday

The AFT is partnering with the White House to hold a webinar answering your questions. On Sept. 1 at 6:30 p.m., Randi Weingarten will be joining Education Secretary Miguel Cardona, Centers for Disease Control and Prevention Director Rochelle Walensky, White House Coronavirus Response Coordinator Ashish Jha, National Education Association Vice President Princess Moss, and other Biden-Harris administration officials to talk about school safety, mental health and what kids need this school year to thrive. 

To register, please click here. If registrations are full, you can watch the program in its entirety on Twitter (@WHCOVIDResponse) and YouTube (The White House ).

Chipotle Workers Organize

Workers at a Chipotle Mexican Grill in Lansing, Mich., voted 11 – 3 to unionize on Thursday, establishing the first union at the fast food chain nationwide.  These workers are now members of the Teamsters. These workers join those at Amazon, Starbucks, Trader Joe’s, and Apple that have voted union.  Like with so many of these companies, Chipotle strongly opposed the union, using the tired old line that a union is a third party, refusing to admit that the union is the workers.

Register for the Latina/o Worker Leadership Institute @ UM-Dearborn – September 16-18, 2022 

The UM-Dearborn Labor Studies Latina/o Workers Leadership Institute invites all workers, from all cultural or ethnic backgrounds, union or non-union, and activists from allied organizations to share ideas and grow skills for responding to the challenges facing working people.

Contribute to the AFT Michigan PAC Today

AFT Michigan fights for our members, students and communities all year round and we need your help. Can you donate $1 a week to aid us in this fight? Please visit the AFT Michigan website to contribute and make a big difference in protecting public education and building a better Michigan future! 

In solidarity,

David Hecker, President

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