Michigan AFSCME Supports Eastpointe Living Wage Ordinance

Apr 26, 2001, 01:00 ET from Michigan AFSCME Council 25, AFL-CIO

    EASTPOINTE, Mich., April 26 /PRNewswire/ -- Albert Garrett, President of
 Michigan Council 25 of the American Federation of State, County and Municipal
 Employees (AFSCME), AFL-CIO, issued the following statement regarding efforts
 to secure a referendum on Eastpointe's living wage ordinance:
 
     "Eastpointe's living wage ordinance is a source of pride to the citizens
 and taxpayers of the city," stated Garrett.  "With this ordinance, we are
 telling companies that want to do business with the city that they must pay a
 decent living wage if they want our tax dollars.
     "Our city government should not be in the business of fostering poverty by
 using contractors who pay poverty and sub-poverty level wages," continued
 Garrett.  "No company is required to do business with the City.  But those
 companies which are unwilling to pay a living wage shouldn't expect to make
 their profits from our tax dollars.
     "We are proud of our community," concluded Garrett.  "The jobs created
 with our taxes, to provide public services, or with City tax incentives,
 should be good jobs that strengthen our families and our community.  Our city
 needs the living wage ordinance, and AFSCME urges the voters and taxpayers of
 Eastpointe to support and retain this law."
     Albert Garrett also serves as Vice President of AFSCME International.
 Michigan AFSCME Council 25 represents more than 65,000 public workers across
 Michigan.  AFSCME International represents 1.4 million public workers
 nationwide.
 
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    EASTPOINTE, Mich., April 26 /PRNewswire/ -- Albert Garrett, President of
 Michigan Council 25 of the American Federation of State, County and Municipal
 Employees (AFSCME), AFL-CIO, issued the following statement regarding efforts
 to secure a referendum on Eastpointe's living wage ordinance:
 
     "Eastpointe's living wage ordinance is a source of pride to the citizens
 and taxpayers of the city," stated Garrett.  "With this ordinance, we are
 telling companies that want to do business with the city that they must pay a
 decent living wage if they want our tax dollars.
     "Our city government should not be in the business of fostering poverty by
 using contractors who pay poverty and sub-poverty level wages," continued
 Garrett.  "No company is required to do business with the City.  But those
 companies which are unwilling to pay a living wage shouldn't expect to make
 their profits from our tax dollars.
     "We are proud of our community," concluded Garrett.  "The jobs created
 with our taxes, to provide public services, or with City tax incentives,
 should be good jobs that strengthen our families and our community.  Our city
 needs the living wage ordinance, and AFSCME urges the voters and taxpayers of
 Eastpointe to support and retain this law."
     Albert Garrett also serves as Vice President of AFSCME International.
 Michigan AFSCME Council 25 represents more than 65,000 public workers across
 Michigan.  AFSCME International represents 1.4 million public workers
 nationwide.
 
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