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Michigan Legislative Black Caucus on Labor Protests in Downtown Lansing

LANSING, Mich., Feb. 17, 2022 — Today, members of the Michigan Legislative Black Caucus joined a coalition of labor voices in downtown Lansing in support of the United Six — a group of electricians formerly employed by United Electric Contractors. In a lawsuit filed last month, the group alleges that UEC maintained a retaliatory and hostile work environment where racial slurs and discrimination against Black and brown workers were commonplace. They held the demonstration in front of the Associated Builders and Contractors of Michigan’s Lansing office — the trade association affiliated with UEC. In support of the United Six and the protests, theMichigan Legislative Black Caucus issued the following statement: 

“We are profoundly disturbed by these allegations. Those who engaged in these appalling behaviors, encouraged them or just sat by and allowed them to happen must face severe consequences. These protests are a reminder of just how far we have to go in protecting the rights of workers. We are going to continue to fight in the Legislature to end workplace discrimination and protect the rights of workers, including those who courageously speak out.”