Rep. Levin Travels to Mexico to Press for Real NAFTA Reform

Rep. Levin Travels to Mexico to Press for Real NAFTA Reform

Last week, Rep. Levin traveled to Mexico to discuss labor rights with workers, businesses, researchers, and government officials. Rep. Levin visited the cities of San Luis Potosí, a growing industrial hub for a number of automotive-related products, and Mexico City. In San Luis Potosí, he met with two groups of auto-parts workers who are subject to pre-negotiated labor agreements before any workers are hired. Rep. Levin also attended swearing-in events for the newly elected Mexican Senate and meet with Mexican officials in Mexico City.

During Rep. Levin’s visit, the Trump Administration announced a preliminary agreement on terms for a new NAFTA with Mexico. He issued a statement on the Administration’s announcement, highlighting that there are still major questions about the specific rights of workers to overturn the thousands of unfair ‘protection’ contracts now in place in Mexico. Rep. Levin will continue to actively engage on the details of any new trade deal with Mexico and advocate for changes that will help stop the outsourcing of U.S. jobs to low-wage Mexico.

September is Suicide Prevention Month

According to the National Alliance on Mental Illness, more than 41,000 individuals die by suicide every year. This staggering number is an indication this can affect anyone regardless of their economic, societal, and familial background. Education is key in destigmatizing this mental health issue so that those who are struggling can get the help they need. It is important to remember that there are resources available. If you or someone you know is in crisis or experiencing suicidal thoughts, call the National Suicide Hotline at 1-800-273-TALK (8255).

Labor Day 2018 Observed

On Monday, September 3rd, millions of working Americans throughout the country celebrated Labor Day. This important holiday is not only a chance to spend time with family and friends, but also an opportunity to reflect on the hard-fought reforms that unions have helped win for all American workers. Thanks in no small part to the courageous efforts of the labor movement: workers are guaranteed a minimum wage and overtime pay; weekends and the 40-hour workweek are universal; and children may no longer be employed in abusive and dangerous conditions. Labor Day is an important reminder that the labor movement continues to be crucial to rebuilding the middle class and ensuring that Americans have a voice in the workplace.

Rep. Levin Announces DHS Grants to District Fire Departments

Rep. Levin has announced that the U.S. Department of Homeland Security (DHS) has awarded multiple communities in the 9th district the Assistance to Firefighters Grant (AFG) and the Staffing for Adequate Fire and Emergency Response grant (SAFER). In a statement, Rep. Levin said, “The SAFER grants will provide new equipment and personnel for our first responders. These grants help support firefighters in their daily mission, where they often risk their lives, to help keep our communities safe”.  The following 9th district communities have been selected for either the AFG or SAFER grant: Franklin, Fraser, Madison Heights, Roseville, Sterling Heights.  Rep. Levin continues to appreciate their dedication and service to keeping our communities safe.

This Week on the House Floor:

This week, the House will consider legislation that expands student loan counseling so that students receive more substantive information and counseling on student financial aid on an ongoing basis (H.R. 1635). The House will also consider legislation that would codify a Department of Energy rule finalized over the summer that automatically approves applications for small-scale exports of liquified natural gas (H.R. 4606). Finally, the House will take up legislation changing the definition of crime of violence, which could have broad consequences, but was not considered by the House Judiciary Committee (H.R. 6691).