The Upper Peninsula Regional Labor Federation (UPRLF) President Mike Thibault released the following statement on Rep. Beau LaFave (108th Dist.) and Republican legislature’s vote to repeal the prevailing wage law:

“Rep. Beau LaFave’s vote to repeal prevailing wage puts greed and corporate profit over the livelihoods and paychecks of our skilled trade workers. Prevailing wage laws act to level the playing field on wages, incentivize competition through productivity, adherence to budgets and schedules, safety, efficiency and reputation rather than a race to the bottom on wage. The overwhelming consensus among economists is that they have done just that, with no impact on overall project costs, but additional public benefits such as less poverty, higher economic activity and more workers with money to spend in their local communities.

Perhaps most importantly, prevailing wages help support the largest system of privately financed vocational training in the country — skilled trade apprenticeship programs — enabling those interested in construction to acquire the training they need to build a career in the industry.

Now more than ever we need to protect Michigan workers and provide ample opportunity for people to pursue a successful career in the skilled trades. LaFave put his political interests over the welfare of his constituents. He says he wants to fill the growing demand for skilled labor and keep jobs in the U.P., but talk is cheap, and his vote is proof.“

Thanks to our U.P. Reps and Senator who voted against repealing prevailing wage today: State Representative Sara Cambensy, Scott Dianda, Senator Casperson



Please join us for a screening of the documentary

Do It For Daniel

You and your family are invited to attend the viewing on either evening:

Date: June 6th, 2018

Location: Ishpeming High School Auditorium

Time: 6:30 pm


Date: June 20th, 2018

Location: Forest Roberts Theatre on the NMU campus

Time: 6:30 pm

Be sure to register at the event for the giveaways and in addition receive 10 Wellness points.


The Wellness Event brought to you courtesy of Cleveland Cliffs


Caring for your mind is as important and crucial as caring for your body.  In fact, one cannot be healthy without the other.

Rep. Cambensy Improves U.P. Mining Bill video.


State Rep. Sara Cambensy (D-Marquette) testified in the House Natural Resources Committee today on a package of Senate bills to streamline the permitting process for U.P. mines. Her amendment to Senate Bill 839, addressing the Department of Environmental Quality’s response to permit requests and approval of modifications to underground workings of a mine, was adopted.

This is a big deal.

Sara Cambensy introduces House Resolution 303 video.


House Resolution 303 is a resolution to endorse continued investment in Michigan’s Upper Peninsula by Cleveland-Cliffs Inc. and to encourage a partnership between the state of Michigan and Cleveland-Cliffs to support Cliffs’ reinvestment in the Empire Mine in Richmond Township.


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Ryan Underwood: 126


Tricia Anderson: 146

Brad Soloman: 98


John Tasson: 137

Dan Rader: 106


Dan Johnson: 70

Jack Jarvi: 180

Steve Narhi: 138

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Mike Swanson: 107


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Mike Gregory: 182

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