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Taking Pride In A Job Well Done


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Taking Pride In A Job Well Done


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Hard work. Determination. Earning a living. Making the most of one’s talents. Providing for one’s family. Taking pride in a job well done.

This is the Michigan work ethic. It has been a common theme in Michigan economic success stories for generations, from the storefront to the boardroom, from the farm to the factory floor.

Fairness. Equality. Justice.

This is Michigan’s civil rights legacy. Long before the Elliott-Larsen Civil Rights Act (ELCRA) was enacted in 1976, Michigan was at the forefront of the civil rights movement, protecting its citizens and working to treat all people equally and fairly under the law. This is a legacy of which all Michiganders can be proud.

Together, our Michigan work ethic and our adherence to ideas of basic fairness and equality have been a cornerstone for our economy, creating jobs, opening opportunities, encouraging investment and supporting families. 

Updating ELCRA to include the sexual orientation and gender identity of Michigan residents strengthens that cornerstone at the very time Michigan is pushing hardest toward economic recovery.

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The Coalition


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The Coalition


The Michigan Competitive Workforce Coalition is a partnership of business leaders representing companies large and small, associations and chambers of commerce who have come together around the goal of updating Michigan’s Elliott-Larsen Civil Rights Act (ELCRA) to include sexual orientation and gender identity.

Who is the Michigan Competitive Workforce Coalition?

Ann Arbor/Ypsilanti Regional Chamber of Commerce

AT&T*

Battle Creek Area Chamber of Commerce

Blue Cross Blue Shield of Michigan*

Chrysler Group LLC

Clark Hill PLC

Consumers Energy*

Delta Airlines

Detroit Medical Center

Detroit Regional Chamber

Detroit Venture Partners, LLC

The Dow Chemical Company*

Dow Corning Corporation

Eastern Floral

Flint & Genesee Chamber of Commerce

Google*

Grand Rapids Area Chamber of Commerce

Great Lakes Bay Regional Alliance

Henry Ford Health Systems

Herman Miller*

Honigman

Infinity and Ovation Yacht Charters

Irwin Seating Company

Issue Media Group

Kellogg Company

Lake Superior Community Partnership

Lansing Regional Chamber of Commerce

Mayotte Group Architects

Michigan Association of Intermediate School Administrators

Michigan Association of School Boards

Michigan Black Chamber of Commerce

Michigan Community College Association

Northern Michigan Chamber Alliance

Nuspire Networks

PADNOS*

Pepper Hamilton LLC

Petoskey Chamber of Commerce

Pfizer

President's Council, State Universities of Michigan

Professional Property Management

Public Policy Associates

Quicken Loans

The Right Place

Saginaw County Chamber of Commerce

Sam Bernstein Law Firm

Slow’s Bar BQ

Southwest Michigan First

Steelcase*

Strategic Staffing Solutions*

Talent 2025

Troppo

WW Group, Inc.

Whirlpool Corporation*

Wood Temporary Staffing

Zingerman’s

Coalition Co-Chairs

Jim Murray, President
AT&T Michigan

Kary Moss, Exec. Director
ACLU of Michigan

Brian Walker, CEO
Herman Miller

Coalition Partners

Episcopal Diocese of Northern Michigan

Equality Michigan

Jewish Community Council of Metro Detroit

Jewish Federation of Ann Arbor

Lakeshore Ethnic Diversity Alliance

LA SED

Michigan Department of Civil Rights

Michigan League for Public Policy

Plymouth United Church of Christ

SER-Metro Detroit

 

* Founding member


In order for our state to continue to compete in the global marketplace and attract talent, it’s time for Michigan to catch up. Michigan has a tremendous opportunity to join business leaders in saying we value diversity and want to help attract and retain the best talent in this state.
— Jeff Noel, Vice President of Whirlpool Corporation
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Why Now?


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Why Now?


Leaders of businesses large and small, along with a large and growing bipartisan majority of Michigan residents agree: updating the Elliott-Larsen Civil Rights Act is the right thing to do, it is the smart thing to do, and now is the right time to do it. 

It is right because everyone in Michigan, whatever race, gender, religion, physical characteristics, sexual orientation or gender identity deserves to be treated fairly and equally under the law.

It is smart because Michigan’s continued economic growth relies on keeping and attracting talented, hard working, determined people… Michiganders who take pride in their contributions and invest their time and talents in their work and their communities.

It is the time because we have already waited too long. Gay, lesbian, bisexual and transgender Michiganders know this. Voters understand this. Economic growth needs this. And simple fairness requires this.


Inclusiveness and diversity—words we’ve had at Herman Miller for years and ideas we’ve honored here for decades—have become the best way we know how to build a lasting and resilient community. Inclusiveness and diversity aren’t guaranteed. We will advocate for them and use them to take advantage of the human potential in each one of us.
— Brian Walker, CEO of Herman Miller, Inc.
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Get The Facts


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Get The Facts


Q:  What is the Elliott-Larsen Civil Rights Act? 

A:  The Elliott-Larsen Civil Rights Act (ELCRA) is Michigan’s version of the federal Civil Rights Act.

Under ELCRA, it’s illegal to subject people to differential treatment based on religion, race, color, national origin, age, sex, height, weight, familial status or marital status.  The ELCRA prohibits employers from discriminating in hiring, compensation or the terms, conditions or privileges of employment.


Q:  Why does ELCRA need to be updated?

A:  Contrary to what an overwhelming majority of business owners and residents think, it is currently legal in Michigan to fire or refuse to hire someone because they are gay or lesbian. First, this is simply unfair.  Second, it is bad for business and bad for Michigan as we compete with other states for talented, well-educated and hard working employees to help drive Michigan’s economic comeback.


Q:  What do residents and job providers think about updating ELCRA?

A:  Research shows an overwhelming majority of Michigan residents support updating ELCRA, and many communities across Michigan have already acted to update their civil rights ordinances on this issue. In addition, surveys of small business owners show that a strong majority support striking this important balance.

As leaders in Michigan and leaders in business, updating ELCRA is the right thing to do, it is the smart thing to do for our economy, and now is the right time to do it.


Q:  What is the Michigan Competitive Workforce Coalition and what is its goal?

A:  The Michigan Competitive Workforce Coalition is coalition of business leaders from Michigan companies, associations and chambers of commerce who have come together around the goal of working with public policy makers to update the ELCRA to include sexual orientation and gender identity.


Q:  Why do business leaders care about this? 

A:  Together, our Michigan work ethic and our adherence to ideas of basic fairness and equality have been a cornerstone for our economy, creating jobs, opening opportunities, encouraging investment and supporting families.  Updating ELCRA to include the sexual orientation and gender identity of Michigan residents strengthens that cornerstone at the very time Michigan is pushing hardest toward economic recovery.

Put plainly, Michigan’s continued economic growth relies on keeping and attracting talented, hard working, determined people.  Updating ELCRA will help do that.


Rebuilding Michigan’s economy means building Michigan’s reputation as a state known for treating all people fairly, recognizing talent, rewarding hard work and a shared commitment to doing what it takes to strengthen our economy and attract jobs.
— Jim Murray, President of AT&T Michigan
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