News of the Week

June 6 - UAW Meeting

While I was talking with UAW members today, Michigan repealed our prevailing wage law. Working-class Americans are suffering every day at the hands of corporations driven by no incentive other than ever-greater profits. Our political system has been compromised by corporate lobbyists who purchase access and influence to legislators who take that money and create laws that strip away workers' rights.

I have been a union member my entire working life, I have been an elected union representative for five years, I have walked with the members of five different unions in labor actions, and I have, and I will continue to, stand with labor.

I will sponsor legislation to require every publicly traded corporation make transparent the pay discrepancy between executives and employees, I will work to restore the labor protections of the Wagner Act, and I will work to rid our political system of the crony capitalism that serves the wealthy at the expense of workers. #UnionStrong #CantBeBought

June 9 - Kalamazoo Pride Festival

Yesterday made me PROUD of #TeamBenac. We had representatives at events all over the district, with Bridgefest 2018 in Allegan, Kalamazoo Pride 2018, and a meet and greet hosted by Matt & Renae of Lush Lighting as our highlights.

Our team at Bridge Fest in Allegan ended up getting rained out, but before they did they set up a great table, met a few voters, and had some fun.

OutFront Kalamazoo put on another wonderful Pride Festival and I was honored to have our team there all day. I will work in Congress to make sexual orientation and gender identity Federally protected classes and to be an ally for the LGBTQ+ movement every day.