LANSING, Mich., Feb. 17, 2022 — Today, members of the Michigan House Democratic Caucus joined a coalition of labor voices in downtown Lansing in support of the United Six — a group of electricians formerly employed by United Electric Contractors. In a lawsuit filed last month, the group alleges that UEC maintained a retaliatory and hostile work environment where racial slurs and discrimination against Black and brown workers were commonplace. They held the demonstration in front of the Associated Builders and Contractors of Michigan’s Lansing office — the trade association affiliated with UEC. In support of the United Six and the protests, state Rep. Tyrone Carter (D-Detroit) issued the following statement: 

“We need to continue the fight to make sure our workplaces are free of discrimination. We all have the right to go to work without worrying about what kind of harassment we might face and what retaliation might await us if we speak out. I will continue to work with my colleagues on both sides of the aisle to protect Michigan’s workers from this kind of reprehensible behavior.”