Education, Michigan Democrats — August 6, 2012 at 12:44 pm

UAW pulls endorsement for Rep. Maureen Stapleton, gives support to Rashida Tlaib


The Students First kiss of death

State Representative Maureen Stapleton had received the UAW endorsement for the newly drawn 6th House district seat as a Democrat. However, thanks to a “kiss of death” endorsement by Michelle Rhee’s anti-teacher, pro-charter schools group Students First, they have withdrawn their endorsement and are throwing their full and exclusive support behind Rashida Tlaib, instead.

On Aug. 3, 2012 UAW National CAP in conjunction with UAW Region 1 and UAW Region 1A made a decision to retract State Representative Maureen Stapleton’s endorsement for the newly redistricted State House District 6 seat and wholeheartedly endorse State Representative Rashida Tlaib.

As a native-born Southwest Detroiter, UAW Region 1A Director Rory L. Gamble said, “Rashida has shown support to all unions in her voting record in Lansing for the past two years. I have never had to call on her to see where her support was.”

Tlaib has a 100 percent pro-labor voting record. She continues to show her support for working families over and over again.

UAW Region 1 Director Charles Hall said, “Rashida has been a true friend to the UAW, always making the right choice on the tough votes for her constituents and community.”

Stapleton has been endorsed by Students First, a super PAC that supports eroding our public school system by taking away collective bargaining rights of teachers, ultimately hurting our children’s education, and so the UAW can no longer support Stapleton.

The UAW represents approximately 4,000 active and retired members in District 6. Between now and Election Day the UAW will be implementing a strong member communication program. This will include calls and canvasses to express its full support of Rashida Tlaib.

This sort of thing gives me hope. It lets us know that groups like the UAW are willing to adapt as they learn more about which candidates have their interests in mind and which are working against progressive Democratic interests. Anyone who aligns themselves with Students First is decidedly NOT on the side of Democrats when it comes to saving our education system and supporting our labor brothers and sisters.