Michigan workers back jobs plan
LANSING – Michigan workers continue to show support for the ballot campaign boosting Michigan’s renewable energy standard to 25 percent by 2025 as the Michigan American Federation of State, County and Municipal Employees Council 25 has formally endorsed the Michigan Energy Michigan Jobs initiative.
Michigan AFSCME Council 25 represents more than 60,000 public workers across the state.
Signatures are being collected to place the 25 by 2025 energy plan before voters this November. According to the Michigan Public Service Commission, Michigan is on its way to achieving a 10 percent standard, but nearly 30 other states already have higher renewable energy standards than Michigan.
“Workers are 100 percent behind this renewable energy campaign because it’s a jobs plan for our state,” said Albert Garrett, president for Michigan AFSCME Council 25. “Michigan’s talented workforce is well-positioned to manufacture products to collect renewable energy and use that to power our homes and businesses.”
By requiring that more electricity come from wind, solar, biomass and hydropower, the Michigan Energy Michigan Jobs proposal will attract more than $10 billion in new investment and create more than 44,000 new jobs in Michigan.
“This proposal will bring jobs that can’t be outsourced, which is why we are so proud to see AFSCME workers join this campaign,” said Mark Fisk, spokesman for Michigan Energy Michigan Jobs. “The clean energy sector really has a unique opportunity to grow in Michigan with the passage of a stronger renewable energy standard.”
The Michigan Energy Michigan Jobs campaign provides active updates through @MIEnergyMIJobs on Twitter and www.facebook.com/MIEnergyMIJobs. More information can also be found on the website at www.mienergymijobs.com.
President Albert Garrett and Secretary-Treasurer Lawrence A. Roehrig are also Michigan vice presidents for AFSCME International. Michigan AFSCME Council 25 represents more than 60,000 public workers across Michigan. AFSCME International represents 1.6 million public workers nationwide.