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, state Rep. Jim Haadsma (D-Battle Creek) issued the following statement: 

“People have the right to show up at work without receiving racially motivated verbal abuse from their employer or co-workers. The United Six have bravely taken a stand against the racism they experienced on the job, and I’m proud to support them. We’ve come a long way as a country in eliminating hate, but there is clearly work that still needs to be done to create an equitable world for all.”