Lisa Canada: Lawmakers should act quickly to stop payroll, tax fraud hurting workers

BY: - April 24, 2019

The Michigan Regional Council of Carpenters and Millwrights represents more than 14,000 men and women who build our state from the ground up. From the bridges we drive across, to the schools, hospitals and factories we depend upon, our members work hard for good, Michigan contractors and build the infrastructure our state needs. But not […]

Pence to talk NAFTA replacement in Southeast Michigan Wednesday

BY: - April 23, 2019

U.S. Vice President Mike Pence will visit Michigan on Wednesday to push a North American Free Trade Agreement (NAFTA) replacement plan, according to his office. Pence is set to speak at an event in Romulus for President Donald Trump’s 2020 re-election campaign and then tour a Dearborn Ford Motor Co truck plant. Afterward, he will […]

AG plans clampdown on ‘payroll fraud’

BY: - April 22, 2019

Updated, 3:58 p.m. and 5:01 p.m. with comments from Charles Owens and legislative Republicans. Michigan Attorney General Dana Nessel and Democratic legislators want to crack down on businesses that misclassify workers in an effort to dodge paying payroll taxes, overtime and other benefits. Such practices cost Michigan workers about $429 million in lost wages between […]

Breaking: Presidential hopeful Tim Ryan coming to Grand Rapids

BY: - April 18, 2019

Another presidential contender is heading to Michigan, with U.S. Rep. Tim Ryan (D-Ohio) slated to headline a Kent County Democrats’ fundraiser next month. Ryan was announced as the keynote speaker for the 2019 Spring Gala on May 4 before he declared for president, county party Chair Gary Stark told the Advance on Thursday. “He’s always […]

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Bipartisan lawmakers sponsor Whitmer scholarship, skills training programs

BY: - April 18, 2019

Gov. Gretchen Whitmer appeared alongside more than a dozen representatives of business, labor, and education organizations, as well as legislators from both parties, at Lansing Community College on Thursday to voice their support for legislation aimed at bolstering the state’s workforce. Senate Bills 267 and 268, along with their corresponding House Bills 4464 and 4456, […]

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MSU grad student union says new contract hurts foreign students

BY: - April 5, 2019

Michigan State University’s graduate student employee union is crying foul over the university’s rejection of its latest contract re-negotiation, which it says will negatively impact international employees. Members of the union filled an MSU building lobby Thursday to grade papers in protest of the latest contract and the university nixing several union proposals. Those would […]

Ojeda is looking for ‘Real Democrats’ in Michigan — and across the country

BY: - March 29, 2019

Richard Ojeda is angry. Actually, he’s “pissed off,” and he thinks you should be, too. The retired Army major and former West Virginia state senator — as well as, for a fleeting moment, Democratic presidential candidate — is in Grand Rapids this week to headline the Democratic counter-programming to President Donald Trump’s rally Thursday. And […]

AG, high court could still weigh minimum wage, sick leave laws

BY: - March 27, 2019

Attorney General Dana Nessel and the state’s highest court could still weigh whether Lame Duck laws that dramatically scaled back ballot proposals regarding paid sick leave and the minimum wage are constitutional. But Nessel won’t do so before Friday, when they are slated to take effect, according to spokeswoman Kelly Rossman-McKinney. Another request for the […]

O’Rourke: Shrinking middle class tied to attacks on unions

BY: - March 18, 2019

Democratic presidential hopeful Beto O’Rourke barnstormed through Southeast Michigan on Monday, making a play for union workers who could be decisive in both the 2020 Democratic presidential primary and the general election. “When I talked about this economy that has the greatest level of wealth and income inequality of our lifetimes, [that’s] totally correlated with […]

Slideshow: Beto O’Rourke at Michigan carpenters training center

BY: - March 18, 2019

Former U.S. Rep. Beto O’ Rourke (D-Texas) made three stops in Michigan Monday after announcing his presidential bid last week. His swing came just after his campaign announced he raised $6.1 million on his first day — the most of any Democratic presidential contender so far. O’Rourke said that Michigan would be a key state […]

On this day in 1932: 4 killed during Ford Hunger March

BY: - March 7, 2019

The Ford Hunger March was carried out on March 7, 1932, during the Great Depression. It’s sometimes called the Ford Massacre, as five people eventually died. At least 5,000 unemployed metro Detroiters protested joblessness, hunger and poor living conditions. The march, which began in Detroit and ended at Dearborn’s Ford Motor Company’s Rouge Plant, was […]