Business + Labor

On this day in 1964: LBJ lifts up ‘Great Society’ policies during U of M commencement 

BY: - May 22, 2022

On May 22, 1964, President Lyndon Johnson called on the American government to implement policy ideas that would come to be known as the “Great Society” during spring commencement at the University of Michigan. He delivered the address before 90,000 people at Michigan Stadium in Ann Arbor. Gov. George Romney, who was later considered a […]

Under fire from Congress, FDA chief says baby formula shortage will improve soon

BY: - May 20, 2022

WASHINGTON — U.S. Food and Drug Commissioner Robert Califf told Congress Thursday that the infant formula shortage will likely begin to improve in the coming days, though he declined to explain to unhappy lawmakers why his agency didn’t act sooner on a whistleblower report that detailed safety issues at an Abbott Laboratories facility in Michigan. […]

Congress, White House scramble to ease baby formula shortage

BY: and - May 19, 2022

WASHINGTON — Both the Biden administration and Congress moved Wednesday to try to relieve a national infant formula shortage, as the White House invoked the Defense Production Act and the U.S. House approved $28 million for the Food and Drug Administration. President Joe Biden said he would use the law to address the formula shortage, requiring suppliers […]

Poor People’s Campaign rallies for social and economic justice on Capitol steps

BY: - May 18, 2022

A small group gathered outside the state Capitol on a rainy Wednesday afternoon for the Michigan Poor People’s Campaign “Moral Witness Wednesday” rally to demand that the state’s elected officials support basic human needs from minimum wage increases to reproductive freedom to prison reform.  “Whether you are working on foreclosures, whether you are working on […]

‘They don’t care if you live or die, but they want you to make them coffee’

BY: - May 18, 2022

KC Laskey can count the number of students who usually wear masks in her son’s kindergarten classroom in West Michigan on one hand — and the number of COVID-19 cases in his classroom last week on two. “He is one of two wearing masks at school; since omicron quieted down, there have been two wearing […]

U.S. House to vote on $28 million for FDA to relieve infant formula shortage

BY: - May 17, 2022

WASHINGTON — Democratic appropriators in the U.S. House unveiled a $28 million emergency spending bill Tuesday intended to address a nationwide infant formula shortage that has left parents and caregivers struggling to find food for babies. The U.S. House is expected to vote this week on the bill, which would provide funding to the U.S. Food […]

Grand Rapids Starbucks unionizes, 10 more Michigan stores slated for June votes

BY: - May 17, 2022

A Grand Rapids store has become the first Starbucks location in Michigan to successfully unionize. The 15-3 vote last week from workers at 2480 Burton St. SE in Grand Rapids comes as a first major victory for state organizers, who have been fighting for the vote as part of a nationwide movement that began in […]

U.S. House panel weighs labor law amendment to protect workers from wage theft

BY: - May 17, 2022

WASHINGTON — U.S. House lawmakers questioned several labor experts last week before a House Education and Labor panel about how a new bill to amend the Fair Labor Standards Act of 1938 would protect workers from wage theft. House Appropriations Chair Rosa DeLauro introduced the bill, H.R. 3712, known as the “Wage Theft Prevention and Wage […]

Biden administration looks for ways to alleviate infant formula shortage

BY: - May 13, 2022

WASHINGTON — The Biden administration sought to assuage parents’ concerns over an ongoing infant formula shortage Thursday, though officials couldn’t offer a timeline for when store shelves would be fully stocked again. White House press secretary Jen Psaki said the administration is working to “cut red tape,” increase imports of formula and broaden what types […]

Nessel, families blast Oxford Schools for rejecting investigation

BY: - May 12, 2022

State leaders and families criticized Oxford Community Schools Wednesday for refusing an attorney general investigation into the events that led up to a deadly school shooting in November.  “My goal is not to assign blame, but to help identify ways to improve school safety for Oxford and all schools in Michigan. The school board’s unwillingness […]

City of Detroit to provide free legal representation for residents facing eviction

BY: - May 12, 2022

The Detroit City Council this week approved “a historic” measure that will provide lower-income residents with free legal representation when facing eviction. The right-to-counsel ordinance passed 9-0 on Tuesday, and Mayor Mike Duggan’s administration endorsed it. “I believe this is about stabilizing our neighborhoods, it’s about protecting our most vulnerable,” Council President Mary Sheffield, who […]

Janitors rally in Detroit for higher wages

BY: - May 11, 2022

Service Employees International Union (SEIU) janitors and city and county elected officials rallied Wednesday at Hart Plaza in Detroit in an effort to secure a new employment contract.  There, they chanted about their demand for a wage increase: “If we don’t get it, shut it down!”  Currently, janitors in downtown Detroit buildings work on hourly […]