We’re Making History in Lansing on Tuesday, And You’re Invited

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Last week, we saw an unprecedented attack on our working rights by Governor Snyder and Republican lawmakers in Lansing.

The Michigan State House and State Senate have already passed “right to work” legislation, and it could get to Governor Snyder’s desk as soon as tomorrow.

But we can’t go quietly.

Tomorrow, Tuesday, December 11, thousands of working people from across the Great Lakes State will gather at the Capitol in Lansing to tell lawmakers that unions built Michigan’s middle class, and all workers benefit from unions’ gains.

Will you be part of the rally tomorrow in Lansing?

What: Workers Rally Against “Right to Work”

When: Tuesday, December 11, 8 a.m.-3 p.m.

Where: Lansing Center, 333 E. Michigan Ave., Lansing, MI

We’re meeting at the Lansing Center at 8:00 a.m., and then marching to the Michigan Capitol at 9:00 a.m. If you can’t meet us at 8:00 a.m., join us at the Capitol!

Will you join me in Lansing tomorrow to speak up for the middle class?

Governor Snyder has made it clear that he’ll sign this legislation when it reaches his desk. And that may be true, but we need to let him know that Michiganders elected him to create jobs and protect the middle class, not to attack us.

This is really it. We need to get as many people to Lansing tomorrow as possible, and we’re counting on you to make it.

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We Have a Second Chance to Protect Michigan Public Schools

Working America Michigan State Director Fran Brennan discusses our second chance on cyber schools on First Shift with Tony Trupiano

Last Thursday, the Michigan House passed SB 619, the cyber schools bill, by a narrow 56-54 margin. This week, we might have another chance to defeat it.

The Michigan House has the opportunity to bring SB 619 back up again for reconsideration, where a simple majority can trigger a “do-over” vote on a previously-passed bill. If the reconsideration vote passes, we have a second shot to defeat SB 619 and protect Michigan public schools.

The bill, strongly pushed by the ALEC member corporation K12, Inc., would lift the cap on the expansion of for-profit online charter schools in Michigan. Not only would this siphon $7.2 billion from funding for our kids’ public schools, but it would provide an inferior education; studies of cyber schools in Pennsylvania and Colorado definitively show they are below par.

SB 619 is not about providing a better education for our kids. It’s about padding the profit margin of unaccountable for-profit education companies like K12, Inc. with our taxpayer dollars.

State Representative Dale Zorn (R-Ida Township), told me and many of his constituents that he was a “no” vote on SB 619. However, when the day of the vote came, Zorn cast the deciding “yes” vote to back the bill. Why the change? Governor Rick Snyder reached out to him at the last minute and cut a deal.

It’s typical of what we’ve come to expect from some of our politicians in Lansing, where all too often backroom deals and corporate cash trump the voices of working families. But we’re hoping that given another chance, Rep. Zorn will do the right thing and protect our kids’ public schools from unaccountable corporate encroachment.

Call Rep. Zorn’s office today using our call tool, or just dial (517) 373-2617. Tell him to vote YES on reconsideration, and then NO on SB 619. You can also sign our petition to the Michigan legislature and Gov. Snyder.

We don’t often get second chances to do the right thing, but Rep. Zorn has that chance. Call him today.