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Progress Michigan Responds to Aramark-Prompted Prison Kitchen Bill

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE News from Progress Michigan June 24, 2015 Contact: Sam Inglot, 616-916-0574, sam@progressmichigan.org Progress Michigan Responds to Aramark-Prompted Prison Kitchen Bill LANSING — Progress Michigan released the following statement regarding proposed legislation to require prison kitchens to undergo health inspections in the wake of maggots being found in an Aramark kitchen. The bipartisan package of bills includes…

Senate Committee Votes to Pay Young Adults Poverty Wages

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE News from Progress Michigan June 17, 2015 Contact: Sam Inglot, 616-916-0574, sam@progressmichigan.org Senate Committee Votes to Pay Young Adults Poverty Wages SB250 would lower wages for Michiganders under 20 years old  LANSING — Continuing their trend of attacking workers’ wages, conservatives on a Senate committee voted this morning to lower the wages of young…

Not Cutting It: Aramark Employees Left Knife Unsecured Before Going Home

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE News from Progress Michigan June 15, 2015 Contact: Sam Inglot, 616-916-0574, sam@progressmichigan.org Not Cutting It: Aramark Employees Left Knife Unsecured Before Going Home Similar negligence by private contractor led to prison break in New York MICHIGAN — According to emails obtained by Progress Michigan, Aramark workers at the Charles Egeler Reception and Guidance Center…

SEIU 517M: Labor Relations Representative

LABOR RELATIONS REPRESENTATIVE Purpose: The Labor Relations Specialist is responsible for building our Union in the workplace by identifying, recruiting, and mobilizing union members in local union programs, worksite campaigns, member sign-up, collective bargaining, and grievances. Primary Responsibilities: Oversee assigned contract administration including grievances, hearings, arbitrations, and related activities; Recruit and train worksite leaders to…

Progress Michigan Calls on Gov. Snyder to Veto Death Star Bill

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE News from Progress Michigan June 11, 2015 Contact: Sam Inglot, 616-916-0574, sam@progressmichigan.org Progress Michigan Calls on Gov. Snyder to Veto Death Star Bill HB4052 is undemocratic, unnecessary and only helps corporations LANSING — Following passage of HB4052 in the Senate, also known as the Death Star Bill, Progress Michigan is calling on Gov. Rick…

Gov. Snyder Signs Indiana-Style Adoption RFRA Bill

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE News from Progress Michigan June 11, 2015 Contact: Sam Inglot, 616-916-0574, sam@progressmichigan.org Gov. Snyder Signs Indiana-Style Adoption RFRA Bill MICHIGAN — Gov. Snyder has signed a package of bills that will allow adoption agencies to discriminate based on religious beliefs. Progress Michigan released the following statement in response: “Gov. Snyder has a history of…

Progress Michigan Applauds Report Calling for Criminal Justice Reform

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE News from Progress Michigan June 11, 2015 Contact: Sam Inglot, 616-916-0574, sam@progressmichigan.org Progress Michigan Applauds Report Calling for Criminal Justice Reform Report calls for 10,000 fewer Michigan prisoners LANSING — Today, Progress Michigan praised a report released by the Citizens Alliance on Prisons and Public Spending calling for 10,000 fewer prisoners in the next…

Senate Committee Sides with Corporate Lobbyists Over Michigan Citizens

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE News from Progress Michigan June 11, 2015 Contact: Sam Inglot, 616-916-0574, sam@progressmichigan.org Senate Committee Sides with Corporate Lobbyists Over Michigan Citizens Death Star bill moves one step closer to stripping local governments of power to protect citizens MICHIGAN — Today, the Senate Michigan Competitiveness Committee passed House Bill 4052, also known as the Death…

It’s Not Just The Police

Until white America renounces police brutality, the violence will continue unabated By Matthew Kovac Police in McKinney, Texas are facing national outrage after one of their officers was caught on video assaulting and threatening to shoot unarmed black teenagers at a pool party. But the video does not simply show another case of excessive force,…

Progress Michigan Statement on Passage of House Fantasy Roads Solution

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE News from Progress Michigan June 10, 2015 Contact: Sam Inglot, 616-916-0574, sam@progressmichigan.org Progress Michigan Statement on Passage of House Fantasy Roads Solution LANSING — The following statement can be attributed to Lonnie Scott, executive director of Progress Michigan: “The only thing more irresponsible than this legislation is the sophomoric Speaker who introduced it. This plan…