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 […]


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 […]


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 […]

Whitmer, Michigan AFL-CIO mark Workers Memorial Day, encourage U.S. Senate to pass PRO Act

BY: - April 28, 2021

Gov. Gretchen Whitmer and Michigan AFL-CIO President Ron Bieber during a virtual press event on Wednesday observed Workers Memorial Day and urged the U.S. Senate to pass pro-union legislation.  Workers Memorial Day is held each April 28 to remember those who have died or been disabled on the job over the past year. Whitmer thanked […]

GOP-led Senate committee to reconsider state dept. funding over ‘how to form a union’ webinar

BY: - April 28, 2021

After the Department of Labor and Economic Opportunity hosted a webinar on how to form a union, the GOP-led Senate Appropriations subcommittee held a meeting Tuesday to discuss the reconsideration of the department’s budget recommendation, saying the webinar was “strictly outside the mission of the department.” Senate Appropriations Subcommittee on Labor and Economic Opportunity and […]


Ron Bieber: Pass the PRO Act to level the playing field for working people 

BY: - April 28, 2021

Since the Occupational Safety and Health Act (OSHA) passed 51 years ago, we’ve made great strides in making workplaces safer. Because of the organizing fights and wins of working people, labor unions, and our allies, fewer people are being killed and injured on the job.  But our fight is not over. In 2019, the most […]

Whitmer announces steps to fight payroll fraud 

BY: - April 15, 2021

Gov. Gretchen Whitmer on Thursday announced rule changes for state contract bids. The protections, in connection to her 2019 executive directive, are designed to “level the playing field for companies that play by the rules” and allow them to compete fairly “while protecting workers’ wages and health care.”  “We want Michigan to be a home […]