In AFT MI Update

Residents at DMC Vote to Join the Alliance of Resident Physicians

On June 4, resident physicians and fellows employed by Detroit Education & Research and working at Detroit Medical Center hospitals voted 508-8 to join the Alliance of Resident Physicians (ARP), AFT Local 5155. This group joins residents employed by Wayne State University (WSU), who unionized with ARP last year, and the Resident and Fellow Alliance at the WMU Homer Stryker School of Medicine, AFT Local 5157. According to available data from the NLRB, this is the largest private sector union victory in Detroit since at least 2000. It’s      encouraging to see the growing number of resident physicians coming together to push for meaningful changes in the workplace. We also work closely with the House Officers Association at the University of Michigan, which led the way in organizing this sector and has been a huge support to these new unions. By building power to win fair pay and better working conditions, the quality of care that resident physicians can provide will improve, ensuring that outcomes are better for patients, workers, and our healthcare system alike.

AFT Michigan Represents at MDP Legacy Dinner

It was great to see so many AFT Michigan activists at the Legacy Dinner Saturday evening in Detroit hosted by the Michigan Democratic Party. Events like this are a great chance to build relationships with potential coalition partners and elected officials and I was happy to see so many of our local leaders taking advantage of the opportunity.

Contribute to the AFT Michigan PAC Today

AFT Michigan fights for our members, students, patients 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! 

 Stand with the Bird Union Workers

Workers at the National Audubon Society are fighting for a first contract, and battling pay inequity and toxicity at their workplace.

The National Audubon Society was certified as a union more than two years ago, but Audubon management has been trying to weaken the union and dragging their feet on settling a fair first contract.  Management has even denied discretionary raises to union members while giving them to other staff. This follows a pattern of pay inequity and a well-documented toxic culture for women and people of color at Audubon. 

Workers fight hard every day to protect birds and the places they need. Their work is integral to bird conservation, science, advocacy, and education. Workers deserve a fair contract that provides good living standards and ensures the nonprofit’s enormous assets do not flow to top executives at the expense of workers and the birds that they protect.

Sign the petition to stand with National Audubon Society workers in their fight for a fair contract!

In solidarity,

Terrence Martin


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