Labor

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 […]

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 […]

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 […]

Bernie Sanders at U.S. Senate hearing rips Amazon over union opposition

BY: - May 6, 2022

WASHINGTON — U.S. Sen. Bernie Sanders (I-Vt.) took Amazon to task Thursday at a congressional hearing, bashing the online giant’s leadership for fighting union drives and questioning whether the federal government should continue contracting with the multibillion-dollar company. Amazon executives didn’t attend the hearing but U.S. senators did hear from labor unions and the U.S. […]

COMMENTARY

Ron Bieber: Every worker has the right to a safe job. That fight isn’t over.

BY: - April 28, 2022

Fifty-two years ago, Congress passed the Occupational Safety and Health Act (OSHA), promising every worker in America the right to a safe job. Since then, workers, labor unions and our allies have fought hard to win protections making jobs safer and saving thousands of lives. But this fight is nowhere near over. In 2020 more […]

COMMENTARY

David Hecker: We must fight back against the DeVos education agenda

BY: - April 13, 2022

Michiganders have known for a long time that the DeVos family is a threat to public education.  Over the years, Betsy DeVos has been extremely active in the conservative movement to undermine public education and funnel taxpayer dollars into non-public schools, including her track record as former President Trump’s secretary of Education advancing this reckless […]