Lake Superior Community Partnership Joins Michigan Competitive Workforce Coalition
Marquette, MI – Support for updating Michigan’s Elliott-Larsen Civil Rights Act (ELCRA) to include sexual orientation and gender identity continues to gain strength today, as Lake Superior Community Partnership (LSCP) announces that it has officially signed on to become a member of the Michigan Competitive Workforce Coalition. This follows last month’s announcement of ten new members of the coalition, including the Grand Rapids Area Chamber of Commerce and Detroit Regional Chamber.
“We are very proud to join these efforts and very passionate about protecting equal rights for all in Michigan,” said Lake Superior Community Partnership CEO Amy Clickner. “Our business leaders and citizens across the Upper Peninsula are looking to work together to create a Michigan where everyone is free and welcome to contribute to our economic comeback.”
The Lake Superior Community Partnership is the Marquette County region’s leading resource for economic development. The LSCP helps its partners make connections between businesses, organizations, leaders and legislators, providing a legislative voice for programs and policies that strengthen its regional economy.
Under ELCRA, it is currently illegal to subject people to differential treatment based on religion, race, color, national origin, age, sex, height, weight, familial status or marital status, and the ELCRA prohibits employers from discriminating in hiring, compensation or the terms, conditions or privileges of employment. Sexual orientation and gender identity are not included under the ELCRA, however, and many Michigan job providers see this as a barrier to attracting new skilled workers to the state’s economy.
“Michigan is in an economic battle for talent,” said Jim Murray, one of the coalition co-chairs and President of AT&T Michigan. “If Michigan is going to compete in today’s knowledge economy, we need the best and brightest workforce we can build. We need to send a clear message that sexual orientation and gender identity don’t matter in Michigan. It’s not just the smart thing to do, it’s the right thing to do.”
Research shows an overwhelming majority (75 percent) of Michigan residents support updating ELCRA, and many communities across Michigan have already acted to update their civil rights ordinances on this issue. Surveys of small business owners across the state also show that a strong majority support striking this important balance.
The Michigan Competitive Workforce Coalition was announced in early May and its current membership includes
Ann Arbor/Ypsilanti Regional Chamber
Blue Cross Blue Shield
Chrysler Group LLC
Clark Hill PLC
Detroit Regional Chamber
The Dow Chemical Company
Grand Rapids Area Chamber of Commerce
Irwin Seating Company
Issue Media Group
Professional Property Management
Slow’s Bar BQ
Southwest Michigan First
Strategic Staffing Solutions
Lake Superior Community Partnership