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Kent-Ionia Labor welcomes AFL-CIO President Trumka for GOTV

GRAND RAPDIS October 31, 2014– Union volunteers packed into the Kent-Ionia Labor Center this morning to kick off the final weekend of political canvassing ahead of the November 4 state-wide elections. But before they hit the streets, they 4met with some very special labor leaders.

AFL-CIO President Richard Trumka was on-hand to greet the canvassers, as were Michigan AFL-CIO President Karla Swift and Kent-Ionia Labor Council President Sean Egan.

Pres. Trumka stressed the importance of defeating Rick Snyder at the polls on Tuesday, and electing Mark Schauer the next governor of Michigan.

“When you’re out talking with voters about this election,” Trumka told the union members in the room. “You need to ask them ‘Who’s more likely to side with corporate interests, and who’s more likely to stand with the middle class?’ ”

The answer is clear, said Pres. Trumka: Mark Schauer is ready to stand with labor, and Rick Snyder has proven he just  doesn’t care about middle class families.

From L-R: AFL-CIO President Richard Trumka, Kent-Ionia Labor Council President Sean Egan, Michigan AFL-CIO President Karla Swift

From L-R: AFL-CIO President Richard Trumka, Kent-Ionia Labor Council President Sean Egan, Michigan AFL-CIO President Karla Swift

In 2011, Gov. Snyder signed legislation that forces seniors to pay taxes on their pensions. He also pushed right-to-work legislation in December 2012.

“Rick Snyder’s been engaged in class warfare for four years, and we don’t need four more,” Pres. Trumka said.

Even before he was elected governor, Snyder proved to be an enemy of labor; he made millions of dollars in the private sector by out-sourcing jobs to China.

Grand Rapids was the first stop on Pres. Trumka’s tour of Michigan on the final weekend of campaigning.
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