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. Julie M. Rogers (D-Kalamazoo) issued the following statement: 

“I support the United Six bravely calling out the racism they experienced while on the job. The hard-working people in our state should be protected from harassment and verbal abuse, especially from their employers and co-workers. The United Six’s stories demonstrate the need for us in the Legislature to continue fighting for and protecting workers from employers who create a toxic workplace culture where racist behavior is acceptable.”