Labor

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 […]

COMMENTARY

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 […]

COMMENTARY

Column: Right to Work has failed to live up to conservative hype

BY: - April 13, 2021

Nearly a decade ago — Dec. 11, 2012, to be exact — then-Gov. Rick Snyder landed a savage right hook to Michigan’s vaunted labor movement when he signed contentious Right to Work legislation. Hours before Snyder signed bills that outlawed requiring workers to pay union dues as a condition of employment, 12,000 pro-union demonstrators descended […]

Metro Detroit Teamsters-7 Up strike ends after 21 days

BY: - April 2, 2021

The Teamsters Local 337 strike against Keurig Dr Pepper (KDP) that owns 7 Up has ended after 21 days. The metro Detroit union and the Texas-based company agreed to several terms that had placed production at the Redford Township 7 Up plant at a standstill since March 11. The two sides had battled over a […]

On this day in 1941: UAW levels strike against Ford Motor Co.

BY: - April 1, 2021

In 1941, Ford Motor Co. became the last Detroit Three automaker to recognize the United Automobile Workers (UAW) as a full contract partner.  On April 1 of that year, Harry Bennett, head of Ford’s Service Department, fired eight union members. His action set off a massive sit-down strike by workers at Ford’s Dearborn Rouge Plant. […]

Longtime Detroit Tigers vendor won’t be at opening day game, but some workers and fans will 

BY: - April 1, 2021

Amzie Griffin worked as a vendor at Detroit Tigers opening day games every year between 1960 and 2019. However, the COVID-19 pandemic ended his streak of 60 consecutive seasons last year. And Griffin, 86, will not be at the game as a vendor Thursday when the Tigers take on the Cleveland Indians. Naturally, a part […]

Dingell sponsors $10T, 10-year green energy plan  

BY: - March 30, 2021

U.S. Rep. Debbie Dingell (D-Dearborn) and U.S. Sen. Edward Markey (D-Mass.) have introduced a Herculean $10 trillion federal infrastructure plan they say is aimed at improving the lives of underserved populations with emphasis on Black, Brown and Indigenous communities. Called Transform, Heal, and Renew by Investing in a Vibrant Economy (THRIVE), the plan would be […]

COMMENTARY

Rick Haglund: Can Biden help reignite the labor movement?

BY: - March 27, 2021

President Joe Biden has promised to be “the most pro-union president you’ve ever seen.” And Michigan AFL-CIO President Ron Bieber couldn’t be happier. Bieber said he was stunned by a remarkable White House YouTube video in which Biden, without naming the company, strongly warned giant online retailer Amazon not to interfere with a union organizing […]

7 Up workers strike over tiered pay, MLK holiday 

BY: - March 23, 2021

As a metro Detroit labor-management impasse involving wages and observance of the Martin Luther King Jr. holiday approaches the two-week mark, a settlement does not appear to be in sight. Teamsters Local 337 workers and union officials have rallied at the 7 Up plant in Redford Twp. since March 11. The local is fighting a […]

Collapsing union pension plans win long-sought help from rescue package

BY: - March 23, 2021

WASHINGTON — Tucked in the Democrats’ massive coronavirus stimulus package was a long-awaited solution for a financial ticking time bomb: private pension funds on the brink of collapse, jeopardizing the retirement plans of millions of union members. The $1.9 trillion pandemic relief measure included $86 billion that will be used for grants to help shore […]