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Ron Bieber

Ron Bieber

Ron Bieber is president of the Michigan AFL-CIO. Ron is a third-generation UAW member, and the son of former UAW President Owen Bieber. Prior to his election as President of the Michigan AFL-CIO, he served as Director of the UAW’s Community Action Program.

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Ron Bieber: Mean-spirited GOP attacks on unemployed workers must stop

By: - May 21, 2021

Over the last several weeks, the dated, racist myth of the “welfare queen” has taken on a new form as corporations and Republican politicians have worked together to advance a false narrative that unemployment benefits are incentivizing people not to work.  Let’s get a couple things straight: First, the last president oversaw four years of […]

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Ron Bieber: Pass the PRO Act to level the playing field for working people 

By: - April 28, 2021

Since the Occupational Safety and Health Act (OSHA) passed 51 years ago, we’ve made great strides in making workplaces safer. Because of the organizing fights and wins of working people, labor unions, and our allies, fewer people are being killed and injured on the job.  But our fight is not over. In 2019, the most […]

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Ron Bieber: Congress and Biden should act on an agenda for working people

By: - February 4, 2021

It was quite a relief to see President Joe Biden assume office and immediately take essential, decisive steps to make our country stronger, kinder and fairer. America has long offered an unfulfilled promise of inclusion and opportunity, and President Biden’s actions to raise standards to protect all workers, correct injustices and recognize the status of […]

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Ron Bieber: The pandemic shows why we need to put workers 1st

By: - September 7, 2020

Labor Day is obviously a big deal for Michigan’s labor movement. Were this a typical year, today we’d be marching in Detroit and many other locations across our state with thousands of our brothers and sisters. We’d be joined by clergy, community leaders, and many worker friendly elected officials like Gov. Gretchen Whitmer; U.S. Sens. […]

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Ron Bieber: Labor looks ahead after big wins in 2018

By: - January 11, 2019

The 2018 midterm election was an important one for the labor movement — and not just nationally, but also at the state level here in Michigan. The last eight years in our state have been marked by a legislative agenda set on manipulating the rules to benefit the wealthy and corporations with a governor who […]