The members of the Michigan Competitive Workforce Coalition, representing companies, associations, and chambers of commerce, stand in opposition to efforts that interfere with our shared values of diversity and fairness.
Michigan is engaged in a global battle for talent. Our state’s work ethic and adherence to ideas of basic fairness and equality have been cornerstones for our economy, creating jobs, opening opportunities, encouraging investment and supporting families.
And as we work to build a vibrant economy, it’s disappointing to see our lawmakers suggest we adopt regressive policies that harm those efforts. Anti-LGBT policies, such as one recently announced by Senator Casperson that would target vulnerable LGBT students, particularly transgender students, have a detrimental economic impact. Across the nation, most recently in North Carolina which is facing a business and legal backlash to similar legislation, the business community’s response has been swift and unwavering in its opposition. Similarly, the MCWC has consistently communicated to Michigan lawmakers that such laws are bad for our employees and bad for business.
Simply put, these proposals are the wrong direction for a state seeking to provide successful, thriving hubs for business and economic development. Instead, Michigan lawmakers should continue leading the way in helping to create a world class business climate.
We call on the legislature to update Michigan’s Elliott-Larsen Civil Rights Act to include protections for sexual orientation and gender identity in housing, employment and public accommodations, and guarantee that all students, including gay and transgender students, have a safe and nurturing educational environment.
Anything less, only serves to place barriers between people, stifle creativity and inclusion, and smother the kind of open and transparent society that is necessary to create the jobs of the future.
Ann Arbor/Ypsilanti Regional Chamber
Bernstein Law Firm
Detroit LGBT Chamber of Commerce
Fuel Leadership, LLC
Henry Ford Health Systems
Irwin Seating Company
Issue Media Group
Michigan League for Public Policy
Pepper Hamilton LLP
Professional Property Management
The Dow Chemical Co.
The WW Group