LANSING, Mich., Feb. 18, 2022 — Yesterday, 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. Samantha Steckloff (D-Farmington Hills) issued the following statement: 

“Racial discrimination is unacceptable. Hardworking Michiganders deserve to feel protected and treated fairly by their employer and co-workers. The racist behavior the United Six and other Black and brown employees experienced while on the job is horrendous. I am committed to using my position as a legislator to fight for laws that provide workers protection from similar treatment in the future and hold racists in the workplace accountable for their offensive behavior.”