Susan J. Demas: The kids are not all right. Denying omicron’s impacts won’t make it better.

BY: - January 10, 2022

Less than an hour after my youngest left for high school Friday, I got the text. Less than a third of the kids in his class were there for first period. There was another substitute. And there were 10 more reported COVID cases in the school (on top of many more earlier that week). He’s […]

Would Whitmer have run for governor in 2018 if she knew COVID and an assassination plot lay ahead?

BY: - January 3, 2022

As the last two tumultuous years of Gov. Gretchen Whitmer’s term came to a close, she talked with the Advance about bipartisan business incentives, the future of Roe v. Wade, the 2022 election and more. But first, the Advance asked the Democratic governor if she knew what she knows now about a global pandemic, the […]

Kellogg workers approve new contract, ending 11-week strike

BY: - December 21, 2021

Updated, 4:59 p.m., 12/21/21 with comments from Gov. Gretchen Whitmer’s office Unionized Kellogg’s workers from four states, including a cereal plant in Battle Creek, voted to approve a new five-year contract that increases wages and expands health care, ending one of the country’s longest strikes this year, union and company officials announced Tuesday. About 1,400 […]

Could your kids’ bus driver be their new substitute teacher?

BY: - December 21, 2021

Cafeteria workers, secretaries and bus drivers could serve as substitute teachers in their district under legislation that awaits a decision from Gov. Gretchen Whitmer. The legislation would allow school districts to temporarily use school support staff to fill in as substitutes without any college credits. The law applies to support staff already working in a […]

As Sanders rallies striking Kellogg workers, some are skeptical of company’s latest offer

BY: - December 18, 2021

Following a workers’ solidarity rally in Battle Creek Friday featuring U.S. Sen. Bernie Sanders (I-Vt.), Kellogg employee Dijon Lucius and his wife flip through pages of the cereal giant’s newest contract proposal back at the union hall, highlighting and making note of problematic sections. Across the street, a group of Lucius’ fellow Bakery, Confectionery, Tobacco […]

New: Kellogg offer gives ‘no gain overall’ for workers, per plant manager’s leaked email

BY: - December 17, 2021

Updated, 9:40 p.m., 12/17/21 with comment from Kellogg Publicly, cereal giant Kellogg has insisted that it has “made every effort to reach a fair agreement” with its 1,400 striking union employees, boasting each time that the tentative agreements include “no concessions or takeaways” from the union. But a leaked email obtained by the Advance Friday […]

Sparrow Hospital caregivers approve new contract that boosts wages, guarantees N95 respirators

BY: - December 13, 2021

Unionized health care workers at Sparrow Hospital in Lansing voted to ratify a new three-year contract late last week, averting a recently authorized strike, ending months of tense negotiations, and creating incentives needed to attract and retain health care workers during the COVID-19 pandemic, union officials said Monday.  Ninety-six percent of the caregivers in the […]

Kellogg faces pushback from Biden, Redditors as union strike continues

BY: - December 13, 2021

On top of the ongoing pressure from union employees and several Democratic lawmakers, cereal giant Kellogg can now count President Joe Biden and thousands of Redditors as opponents of its union-busting actions. More than two months have passed since union workers at four Kellogg plants around the country, including 325 workers in Battle Creek, began […]


Column: Detroit takes big step forward on workers’ conditions

BY: - December 9, 2021

When people come to Detroit, they count the impressive GM Renaissance Center on their list of top places to explore.  From the lawyers, insurance agents, and businesspeople who work there, to couples getting married in the Wintergarden, to the out of town visitors, the Ren Center means something to a lot of people. And keeping […]

Union workers ‘overwhelmingly’ reject latest Kellogg deal

BY: - December 7, 2021

The nine week-long workers’ strike against cereal giant Kellogg is set to continue, following a weekend vote in which 1,400 Bakery, Confectionery, Tobacco Workers and Grain Millers International Union (BCTGM) employees “overwhelmingly” rejected the company’s latest proposal. That tentative deal reached on Wednesday had proposed 3% raises, enhanced benefits and an “accelerated” path for new […]

Sparrow, union caregivers reach tentative contract deal

BY: - December 3, 2021

A tentative agreement has been reached between Lansing-based Sparrow Hospital and contract negotiations with its 2,300 Professional Employee Council of Sparrow Hospital (PECSH) caregivers, averting a possible strike that had been authorized last month. Bargainers at PESCH, a local subset of the Michigan Nurses Association (MNA), said Friday that they met with the Sparrow administration […]

Kellogg, union workers reach tentative deal after 2-month strike

BY: and - December 2, 2021

Updated 12/2/2021, 10:21 p.m., with comments from state Sen. Sean McCann. Eight weeks of striking against a two-tier pay system may culminate in a weekend agreement between 1,400 union workers and cereal giant Kellogg, as the parties announced Thursday morning a tentative deal has been reached. The Bakery, Confectionery, Tobacco Workers and Grain Millers International […]