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Michigan AFSCME Members Protest Snyder Commencement Address

May 02, 2011

Protest at the University of Michigan
Students, community members and union activists protested at a University of Michigan commencement address given by Gov. Rick Snyder.

As Michigan Gov. Rick Snyder told graduating seniors that the future is theirs to build at the University of Michigan, more than 1,000 students, community and union activists surrounded the commencement exercises to remind Snyder that he is doing everything to take that future away — through cuts to higher education and K-12 schools, taxes on seniors, and efforts to take away basic union rights.

"We cannot accept having corporations and greedy CEO's getting tax deals" said school custodian William Copeland, "while students suffer, while seniors face taxes on their retirement, while public workers' rights are taken away, while the very core of our democracy, elected representation, is undermined by local dictators, and all to make those who are rich even richer while the middle class takes the hits."

AFSCME Council 25 Secretary-Treasurer Larry Roehrig added, "We know what needs to be done and we will do it. We are the people!" Added Herb Sanders, Legal Director of Council 25, "We are ready to do what it takes, together we are going to do what it takes."

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