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, House Democratic Leader Donna Lasinski (D-Scio Township) issued the following statement:

“I am proud to stand with The United Six and our partners from organized labor in strong condemnation of the racial abuse these men faced and the atmosphere of racism and hatred that was allowed to thrive in this workplace. The hostility they have endured is unacceptable in Michigan or anywhere else, and I thank our allies in the union for standing up for these and all workers, union or not, for their dignity and respect at the job site.”