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. Cherry (D-Flint) issued the following statement:
“At the end of the day, this boils down to one issue-how people should be treated. No matter your race, your gender, your sexuality, no matter where you come from or who you know-you deserve to be treated with dignity and respect. I support the United 6 in their pursuit of fair and equal treatment in the workplace.”