Worker organizations merge

MARQUETTE – According to a recent release the Marquette County Labor Council and the Delta County Trades and Labor Council have adopted a unification pact after voting by their respective members.

The votes have completed the procedural steps needed to unite with the jurisdictions of three other bodies: The Dickinson-Iron Counties Labor Council, the Eastern Upper Peninsula Central labor Council and the Northwest Upper Peninsula Labor Council. The groups now form a united and region-wide organization called the Upper Peninsula Regional Labor Federation.

The new unit includes over 13,000 active union members who belong to over 400 local unions and will focus on the needs of working people, according to the release.

Interim President Mike Thibault said in the release working families are under attack and the principles, not the issues, are what need focusing on.

“Our unity agreement emphasized that goal, so we can build grassroots power, coordinate work on common campaigns, and maximize our movement’s effectiveness,” Thibault said in the release.

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