We Stand with the UAW
HCDP News for September 19th, 2023
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HCDP News for September 19 2023
We Stand with the UAW
It’s Action Week for the Keep the UP Wild Campaign
Meet & Greet with Callie Barr
Second Highway Clean-Up
Meme of the Week
More Good Things Happening in Lansing
Save the Date - Upcoming HCDP Events
The Houghton County Democrats stand with the United Auto Workers in their strike against Detroit’s Big Three.
As President Biden said on Friday, record profits should mean record contracts for laborers, and provide strong middle class jobs on which to raise a family. Unions are critical for an economy that builds opportunity from the bottom up and the middle out.
A targeted strike is now underway. Workers are fighting for - among other things - an end to tiered pay; a secure future for auto workers in the transition to EVs; a return of benefits that they willingly gave up during the 2007 financial crisis to help the then struggling automakers return from the brink of bankruptcy; and pay increases in line with those received by the Big Three’s top management.
As UAW President Shawn Fain said when the targeted strike was called: “This is our generation’s defining moment. The money is there. The cause is righteous. The world is watching, and the UAW is ready to stand up.”
The Houghton County Dems have joined with the Keep the UP Wild Campaign - a coalition of nearly 400 Michigan environmental, business, recreation, political, faith, and veterans’ organizations - to advance new Wilderness areas in the UP.
The UP is an area like no other, and its most pristine places—including the Ehlco area, the Trap Hills, Norwich Plains, and the Sturgeon River Gorge—deserve our nation’s greatest protection. These four areas deserve Wilderness protection because they are essential parts of what makes the UP the gem we know, and of what makes the UP such a unique place to call home.
Over the past three years, Congress has designated new national Wilderness areas in several states across the country. Now it’s Michigan’s turn. The coalition is activating citizens this week across Michigan to send in emails of support to Senator Stabenow, Senator Peters, and our MI Representatives to encourage the introduction and passage of a Wilderness designation for the U.P.
The Callie Barr meet and greet was well attended. Thanks to Callie for stopping in Houghton to talk about why she’s running to replace Rep. Bergman, and to listen to our concerns.
Come join us for our second clean up effort on our adopted section of M-26. Clean up is scheduled for Tuesday, September 26th at 5:30 PM. (The Rain Date is Thursday, September 28th.)
Our stretch of highway runs from just past Goat Hill Rd (heading out of Ripley) on through Dollar Bay. Parking is available at the Adopt-A-Highway sign just past Goat Hill Rd. We provide gloves, safety vests and bags.
Join us in continuing this very worthwhile community service. We hope to see you there!
This week’s meme comes from Reuters’ Facebook account. This video clip got a lot of attention across social media yesterday and was commented on and shared in a number of formats.
In the clip a reporter asks President Biden for his reaction to the Republican impeachment inquiry. The President then smiles and responds “Lots of luck.”
Most of those sharing the video noted that the Republican inquiry is based on exactly zero evidence of any wrongdoing on the President’s part. The exchange with the reporter follows a comment the President made earlier that, as far as he can tell, the Republicans seem to want to impeach him so that they can shut down the government. It’s doubtful whether either effort - impeachment or government shutdown - is going to go over well with the American public.
US President Joe Biden wishes House Republicans “lots of luck” on their impeachment inquiry as White House says the probe is a political stunt that is not backed by facts.
Several bills are advancing through the state legislature, as the news out of Lansing continues to heat up during the Fall session.
Lawmakers in the House held hearings on their 11-bill package of abortion reforms, now collectively being called The Reproductive Health Act. MORE: Michigan Radio
Meanwhile, the Senate’s Civil Rights, Judiciary and Public Safety Committee began hearings on the proposed eight year ban on having, using, transporting or selling a gun, as well as possessing ammunition for someone convicted of a misdemeanor involving domestic violence. More: MLive
On Tuesday Senate Democrats introduced a package of four bills aimed at creating a Prescription Drug Affordability Board - an independent body that will set upper payment limits on prescription drug costs. If passed, Michigan would join a handful of other states with Prescription Drug Affordability boards, whose laws also allow them to set upper price limits on high-cost drugs. MORE: Michigan Advance
Governor Whitmer made a brief two day trip to Taiwan last week, becoming the first sitting Michigan governor to visit the country. The Governor tweeted about the trip, "In 2021, Michigan's automotive assembly lines came to a halt because overseas manufacturers couldn't produce semiconductor chips. That's why I went to Taiwan -- a major semiconductor chip hub in the world -- to bring manufacturing back to Michigan so that never happens again." MORE: Focus Taiwan
Many Michigan Democrats and Democratic organizations issued statements in support of the striking UAW workers, while Republican lawmakers mostly remained silent, or criticized the push for EVs. On Friday President Biden urged the Big Three to "go further" in their offers to the United Auto Workers. MORE: Detroit Metro Times
AG Dana Nessel’s office has sued the Grand Rapids Gerald R Ford Airport Authority over PFAS contamination. “The airport authority has had ample opportunity, over several years now, to step up and do the right thing,” Nessel said in a prepared statement. “But as they’ve shown a refusal to accept responsibility for their actions or meaningfully attempt to clean up the messes they have made, we must compel them to act responsibly. Under Michigan law, if you caused the contamination, you must remediate it. We will continue to pursue our claims against the authority until a satisfactory result is reached that protects the public and the environment.” MORE: Michigan Advance
On a topic that’s not so good (perhaps depending on your viewpoint), the dysfunction within the Michigan GOP continues to make headlines.