Labor

Judge delays minimum wage, paid sick leave ruling from taking effect until February

BY: - August 2, 2022

Minimum wage workers in Michigan will have to wait until next year before they see a court-ordered hike in their pay. Court of Claims Judge Douglas Shapiro last week issued a stay of his July 19 ruling that rejected 2018 changes made by Republicans in the Michigan Legislature to weaken minimum wage and sick leave […]

Michigan’s minimum wage could increase after judge’s ruling

BY: - July 21, 2022

Minimum wage workers in Michigan could see a pay raise following a judicial ruling this week. On Tuesday, a Michigan Court of Claims judge rejected 2018 changes made by Republicans in the Michigan Legislature to weaken minimum wage and sick leave laws, declaring them as unconstitutional. At issue were petitions turned in by advocates to […]

More than 1,000 University of Michigan nurses set to picket as they fight for new contract

BY: - July 15, 2022

Renee Curtis has seen a lot in her two decades working as an emergency department nurse at the University of Michigan’s hospital in Ann Arbor.  But she never expected to be where she is now: fighting for Michigan Medicine to address what she called a staffing crisis that has prompted an exodus of both longtime […]

Lansing-area Chipotle files for union recognition

BY: - July 14, 2022

It has been a historic year for union activity in the United States, with workers at Kellogg, Starbucks and more embracing the continuing movement in Michigan and beyond. The most recent company to see these efforts from workers is Chipotle Mexican Grill. A store in Michigan’s Delta Township near Lansing filed on July 5 with […]

On this day in 1943: Detroit leader renews call for hiring Black women defense workers amid strife

BY: - July 6, 2022

After white workers at Detroit’s Packard Motor Co. plant were suspended after leading a strike — which centered on their refusal to work with Blacks — Rosa Slade Gragg on July 6, 1943, renewed her call to businesses to hire Black women to help support the World War II defense effort.  Gragg, an African-American Detroit […]

For Battle Creek, cereal is ‘in our DNA.’ But the city is changing.

BY: - June 23, 2022

For more than a century, the smell of cereal has wafted through Battle Creek. Residents in the south central Michigan city can often pinpoint the exact scents: This smell means Frosted Flakes are being made. This one is Fruity Pebbles.  They are smells rooted in history: Will Keith (W.K.) Kellogg created what was then called […]

Facing ‘staffing crisis,’ Michigan Medicine nurses call for change

BY: - June 20, 2022

After two years of working in a pandemic that has left health care workers across the state and country burnt out and leaving the profession, thousands of unionized Michigan Medicine nurses are calling on their employer, the University of Michigan in Ann Arbor, to address what they called a “staffing crisis” and provide fairer wages […]

4 Starbucks stores in Ann Arbor vote to unionize, and a 5th votes against it

BY: - June 8, 2022

Baristas at four Starbucks stores in Ann Arbor overwhelmingly voted to form a union Tuesday, and employees at a fifth store voted against it. On Thursday, five Starbucks stores in Clinton Township, East Lansing, Flint, Grand Blanc, and Lansing are set to vote on unionizing. Since December, 135 Starbucks stores in 28 states have voted […]

Whitmer, White House tout Michigan electric vehicle efforts 

BY: - May 25, 2022

Efforts to advance Michigan’s automotive sector in a “pro-climate” direction was the focus of an online discussion Tuesday hosted by the Center for American Progress (CAP) featuring Gov. Gretchen Whitmer. “The Future of Mobility, From the Midwest to Beyond,” was hosted by CAP President and CEO Patrick Gaspard and featured what was billed as “a […]

Bills call for ending state’s nearly decade-long oversight of Detroit

BY: - May 24, 2022

State Sen. Sylvia Santana (D-Detroit) introduced legislation last week that would end nearly a decade of state oversight of Detroit. The bills introduced on May 17 call for repealing conditions of the “Grand Bargain,” a controversial plan that used funds from foundations, corporations, unions and the state to protect the Detroit Institute of Arts and […]

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 […]