Navigating the Week: GLB’s Weekly Roundup 09/11
U of M grad employees on strike. Graduate employees at the University of Michigan are striking to protest the school’s reopening and demand a contract that prioritizes their safety. Union members rejected the university’s most recent proposal and continues to strike. More on their demands here.
Hundreds of thousands in Michigan may not be able to afford housing. Six months into the coronavirus pandemic, 242,000 Michigan children are in families that have fallen behind on rent or not been able to afford food, and experts expect 430,000 to experience unaffordable housing costs during this recession. More on the growing rent crisis here.
Nessel proving herself an advocate for workers. Throughout her first two years, AG Dana Nessel has consistently used her office to protect and advocate for working people. More on her efforts here.
Whitmer calls Trump the “biggest threat to the American people.” In response to Trump’s failure to handle COVID-19 and the recent release of tapes in which the president admits to downplaying the pandemic, Gov. Gretchen Whitmer emphasized the threat his failures post to the American people. More on her comments here.
Michigan AFL-CIO president highlights workers’ rights in light of COVID-19. In an op ed for the Michigan Advance, Michigan AFL-CIO President Ron Bieber highlights the struggles of working families during this pandemic and discusses the need to make workers’ rights a priority. Read his full take here.
Absentee ballots available on request. Absentee ballots are available now, and every Michigan voter has the right to request one. Ballots can be requested online, by mail, or in person at your clerk’s office, and voters can return completed ballots by mail or in person at a clerk’s office or dropbox. Check out michiganvoting.org for more information.
Tweet of the Week: On Tuesday, the Graduate Employees Union at University of Michigan began a general strike over concerns over safety and policing on campus in the Beacon’s Tweet of the Week. Read more about their strike in Freep and here.