Labor

Nursing homes were hit hard by COVID. But only half of Michigan staff has been vaccinated.

BY: - July 25, 2021

Every day Tamara Blue was out of work and battling her own case of COVID-19, she would get a call: Another person she loved had died. Someone else was being rushed to the hospital.  While Blue, a certified nursing assistant at a nursing home in Detroit, was spending her days at home struggling to breathe […]

Bills you may have missed, from retail worker schedules to banning nooses as an intimidation tactic

BY: - July 6, 2021

Using nooses as an intimidation tactic would be banned and third-party sales of appointments at Secretary of State offices would be banned under bills recently introduced in the Michigan Legislature. Those are just two of the bills members of the House and Senate introduced before going on summer vacation on topics ranging from workers’ rights […]

COMMENTARY

Rick Haglund: How COVID-19 was a ‘giant sledgehammer’ to the labor market

BY: - June 29, 2021

Twenty-six states, all run by Republican governors, are trying to force workers laid off in the devastating COVID-19 pandemic back to work by cutting off the $300 per week in enhanced federal jobless benefits they’ve been receiving. Pushed by employers who contend the extra cash makes it more lucrative for workers to stay home than […]

Michigan gets $3.8M in federal cash to help unemployed

BY: - June 28, 2021

Gov. Gretchen Whitmer and the Michigan Department of Labor and Economic Opportunity (LEO) have announced $3.8 million in federal funds have been awarded to the state’s Michigan Works! network to provide reemployment services to help eligible unemployed Michigan residents return to work amid the COVID-19 pandemic. “This $3.8 million investment is yet another boost to […]

Whitmer calls for $1.4 billion spending on Michigan childcare

BY: - June 14, 2021

Gov. Gretchen Whitmer on Monday announced a proposal to invest $1.4 billion in federal child care funding to expand access to high-quality child care, make child care more affordable, and support child care professionals as part of her administration’s Economic Jumpstart Plan. “All families deserve access to quality child care that meets their needs and […]

COMMENTARY

David Hecker: Public education must continue to fight ugly truth of racism

BY: - June 11, 2021

Michigan can and should be a place where every child, regardless of race or ZIP code, has the opportunity to get a quality public education that will set them on a path to success. But we’re not there yet, and it is incumbent on all of us to do the work necessary to strengthen public […]

Earmarks list for states in U.S. House infrastructure bill tops $5.7B

BY: - June 9, 2021

WASHINGTON — U.S. House Democrats’ highway funding bill is poised to include roughly three out of five transportation projects submitted by members, as legislators vie for their share of federal dollars through the resurrected congressional earmarks process. The 1,473 projects that made the cut were out of 2,383 that Democratic and Republican legislators requested for […]

On this day in 1963: Detroit NAACP calls on city schools to hire more Blacks, support teachers 

BY: - May 28, 2021

On May 28, 1963 the Detroit branch NAACP demanded that the Detroit Board of Education adopt an aggressive plan to increase race integration within the Detroit Public Schools (DPS) staff ranks.  The branch, the largest in the national civil rights organization, also called on the district to hold an election for teacher union representation. The […]

Tlaib, advocates say $10T green energy plan would help cities like Highland Park

BY: - May 26, 2021

Juan Shannon believes that the federal government can help communities of color grow just like his green peppers are doing each day in Highland Park.  His Parker Village project is a community-based, solar-powered center where vegetables are grown. At one time, the site was an abandoned elementary school and a source of blight in the […]

COMMENTARY

Ron Bieber: Mean-spirited GOP attacks on unemployed workers must stop

BY: - May 21, 2021

Over the last several weeks, the dated, racist myth of the “welfare queen” has taken on a new form as corporations and Republican politicians have worked together to advance a false narrative that unemployment benefits are incentivizing people not to work.  Let’s get a couple things straight: First, the last president oversaw four years of […]

As many Michiganders continue to struggle, Republicans call for an end to emergency jobless benefits

BY: - May 19, 2021

Updated, 2:17 p.m., 5/19/21 Yolanda Murray, a laid-off Westin Book Cadillac Hotel food service worker, has been receiving unemployment insurance during much of the COVID-19 pandemic. “I’m just trying to maintain,” she said. “Trying to maintain what I can maintain.” About 75% of Murray’s Unite Here Local 24 hospitality-industry colleagues remain unemployed, according to Nia […]

Workgroup: Here’s how to reopen offices safely

BY: - April 30, 2021

The state’s Return-to-Office Workgroup has provided Gov. Gretchen Whitmer with recommendations on how employers can begin to plan for a safe, phased reopening of offices. The effort is designed to address effects of the COVID-19 pandemic, now headed into its 14th month. The group, which is composed of business, labor and public health experts, was […]