Stevens delivers weekly Democratic address after 2 bills clear U.S. House

BY: - July 27, 2019

Freshman U.S. Rep. Haley Stevens (D-Rochester) was tapped to deliver the Democratic Party’s weekly address Friday, and took the opportunity to point out the party’s legislative efforts in their first 200 days in power. Stevens discussed bills passed by the Democratic-controlled U.S. House on retirement benefits, prescription drug costs and a $15 an hour minimum […]

Rust belt leaders rip Trump for ‘selling out’ workers

BY: - July 25, 2019

Labor allies from Michigan, Pennsylvania and Wisconsin on Thursday pushed back hours ahead of against President Donald Trump’s afternoon event celebrating the one-year anniversary of his executive order establishing the National Council for the American Worker. U.S. Rep. Dan Kildee (D-Flint ); U.S. Sen. Tammy Baldwin (D-Wisc.); Sylvia Wilson, executive vice President of the Allegheny […]

Most Michigan reps. vote to protect union pensions

BY: - July 25, 2019

The U.S. House on Wednesday passed a bill aimed at salvaging union pensions, an issue close to the hearts of many Michigan lawmakers. Known as the “Butch Lewis Act” in honor of a retired Ohio Teamster, H.R. 397, sponsored by U.S. Rep. Richard Neal (D-Mass.), would impact roughly 43,000 workers in Michigan and 1.3 million […]

Kamala Harris at SEIU rally: ‘Detroit was built by workers’

BY: - July 24, 2019

U.S. Sen. Kamala Harris (D-Calif.) on Wednesday became the first presidential candidate to rally with Detroit security officers who are trying to unionize.  Several presidential candidates – including Harris, former Vice President Joe Biden, U.S. Sen. Cory Booker (D-N.J.) and U.S. Sen. Bernie Sanders (I-Vt.) – tweeted their support of the security officers in June, […]

Harris to attend SEIU Detroit rally Wednesday

BY: - July 23, 2019

Updated, 5:11 a.m., 6/24/19 with new location for the rally U.S. Sen. Kamala Harris (D-Calif.) is slated to be at a Wednesday rally in Detroit to support security officers trying to unionize. Officers have walked off the job to protest low pay. The SEIU Local 1 event for the One Detroit Security Campaign is at […]

Education advocates grapple with ‘disturbing’ higher ed budget

BY: - July 22, 2019

As Republican legislators and Gov. Gretchen Whitmer continue to battle over the Fiscal Year 2020 budget, key interest groups want to see a paradigm shift in how Michigan prioritizes higher education funding.  A generation ago, Michigan, like other states, funded the vast majority of its state universities as a means of keeping college affordable. Now […]

Michigan U.S. House Dems vote to boost minimum wage to $15 per hour

BY: and - July 18, 2019

WASHINGTON — The U.S. House on Thursday voted to hike the federal minimum wage to $15 per hour by 2025 — which could mean a pay raise for 1.5 million Michigan workers.  The measure has little chance of being enacted by the GOP-led Senate, but will be widely touted by Democrats heading into the 2020 […]

Nessel joins other AGs in pushing feds for fairer labor practices

BY: - July 18, 2019

Michigan Attorney General Dana Nessel has joined attorneys general from around the country in urging the federal government “to protect workers from harmful anti-competitive labor practices.” Nessel was a signatory to a letter — along with 17 other attorneys general — that pushes the U.S. Federal Trade Commission (FTC) to explore a variety of practices […]

Attorneys spar over Legislature’s ‘adopt and amend’ move on minimum wage, paid sick leave initiatives

BY: - July 17, 2019

For almost two hours on Wednesday, competing factions made their cases to the Michigan Supreme Court on the constitutionality of Legislature “adopting and amending” citizen-led ballot initiatives.  At issue was the GOP-led Legislature’s 2018 decision to buck 50 years of Michigan legal precedent, which had held that lawmakers can’t adopt a citizen-driven ballot question and […]

Whitmer wants to close ‘skills gap,’ but some experts call it ‘a lie’

BY: - July 1, 2019

Gov. Gretchen Whitmer has been vocal about wanting to “close the damn skills gap.” The Democratic governor tends to use the line almost immediately after her signature campaign slogan of “fixing the damn roads.” Since taking office, Whitmer has overhauled the existing state workforce development department and advocated for more K-12 and community college funding […]


Michigan AFL-CIO backs LGBTQ rights push in local governments

BY: - June 27, 2019

Updated, 12:03 p.m. 6/29/19 with additional communities that passed measures One of the state’s largest labor unions has encouraged local governments to formally recognize Pride Month during June. The Michigan AFL-CIO said in a statement that it backed efforts in almost two dozen communities around the state to pass resolutions or sign proclamations officially declaring […]

Levin, Slotkin, Tlaib say USMCA must be rebooted

BY: - June 26, 2019

Three members of Michigan’s congressional delegation are among the signatories to a letter urging the rewrite of a North American trade agreement.  Freshmen U.S. Reps. Andy Levin (D-Bloomfield Twp.), Elissa Slotkin (D-Holly) and Rashida Tlaib (D-Detroit) joined more than two dozen of their freshman colleagues in pushing U.S. Trade Representative Robert Lighthizer to reopen negotiations […]