News From Rep. Wittenberg

Wednesday, February 17, 2016

LANSING — State Representative Robert Wittenberg (D-Oak Park) introduced a resolution, with bipartisan support, urging Gov. Rick Snyder to veto a request from the city of Waukesha, Wis., to remove 10.1 million gallons of water per day from Lake Michigan, a request that has earned international attention.

Waukesha’s application was reviewed by the Wisconsin Department of Natural Resources (WDNR), and was granted a favorable ruling for the diversion on Jan. 7, 2016. Now, all eight...

Thursday, February 4, 2016

LANSING — State Rep. Robert Wittenberg (D-Oak Park) and state Sen. David Knezek (D-Dearborn Heights) introduced legislation today that would ensure that all employees, whether paid or working for an educational purpose, would be protected from discrimination and harassment in the state of Michigan.

“The current exclusion of unpaid interns from standard employee protections leaves thousands of people vulnerable to any kind of harassment and discrimination,” said Wittenberg. “Unpaid interns are valuable parts of every...

Monday, February 1, 2016

LANSING — State Representative Robert Wittenberg (D-Oak Park) and Rep. David Maturen (R-Vicksburg) are introducing legislation that would help spouses of military personnel stationed in Michigan to resume their careers here. The bills would allow spouses of military personnel who are attorneys admitted to a bar in other states or U.S. territories to be admitted to the Michigan Bar without taking the state bar examination.

“Military families make enormous sacrifices to serve our country, and...

Wednesday, December 16, 2015

LANSING — State Representative Robert Wittenberg (D-Oak Park) and Sen. Steve Bieda (D-Warren) are introducing legislation that will help people who work irregular shifts — such as low-wage retail and food service jobs, or workers who have more than one part-time job — to request more predictable work schedules. The plan would grant workers with certain scheduling needs the right to a predictable schedule, unless an employer can demonstrate a business reason for denying the...

Tuesday, November 3, 2015

LANSING — State Representative Robert Wittenberg (D-Oak Park) introduced a resolution today that called for Congress to create a national Election Day holiday. The holiday would strengthen our democracy by giving people who work long hours, night jobs or multiple jobs the time they need to get to their polling location and cast a vote.

“We have many national holidays that commemorate events from past, but this one would be a first national holiday to...

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