Michigan House Dems introduce worker protections during Labor Month, UAW strike

BY: - September 23, 2019

A group of Michigan House Democrats on Monday gathered to announce a package of bills focused on improving the compensation, protection and support of Michigan workers. “It’s about stability and opportunity,” said state Rep. Kara Hope (D-Holt), the lead sponsor of the legislation.  Hope said the series of reforms will, among other things, provide guarantees […]

Slotkin joins UAW members in Lansing as strike hits 8th day

BY: - September 23, 2019

As dozens gathered on street corners around the gates to General Motors’ Lansing Grand River Assembly plant to continue the eighth day of striking on Monday, freshman U.S. Rep. Elissa Slotkin (D-Holly) joined United Auto Workers (UAW) strikers to share her support.  The strike, which began on Sept. 16, includes more than 45,000 GM employees […]

AFL-CIO Secretary-Treasurer Shuler on UAW strike: ‘We’re ready to fight’

BY: - September 23, 2019

A couple hours after presidential hopeful U.S. Sen. Elizabeth Warren (D-Mass.) greeted United Auto Workers (UAW) members outside General Motors’ Detroit-Hamtramck assembly plant on Sunday, workers got a visit from the secretary-treasurer of the AFL-CIO. “I told them, ‘I’m the other Liz,’” Liz Shuler told the Advance with a laugh during a phone interview Sunday […]

Warren joins UAW workers in Detroit on ‘Solidarity Sunday’

BY: - September 22, 2019

As the United Auto Workers (UAW) strike extended into its seventh day, U.S. Sen. Elizabeth Warren (D-Mass.) joined striking workers at General Motors’ Detroit-Hamtramck assembly plant. More than 45,000 GM employees began striking on Sept. 15 and are fighting for higher wages and a path to permanent jobs for temporary employees. The strike is estimated […]


Rick Haglund: Path to self-driving vehicles could be bumpier than a Michigan road

BY: - September 21, 2019

Electric self-driving cars and trucks promise to transform an auto industry that has relied almost exclusively on gasoline-powered vehicles for more than a century to produce jobs and profits. “I have no doubt that the automotive industry will change more in the next five to 10 years than it has in the last 50,” General […]

Updated: Warren, Sanders to do UAW strike support in Detroit

BY: - September 20, 2019

Updated, 5:24 a.m. 9/21/19 with Sanders’ visit Presidential hopeful U.S. Sen. Elizabeth Warren (D-Mass.) announced on Friday that she will visit striking UAW workers in Detroit on Sunday. Later Friday evening, U.S. Sen. Bernie Sanders said he also would do so on Wednesday.* Almost 50,000 General Motors auto workers have been on strike since Monday. […]

U.S. House passes bill to end forced arbitration

BY: - September 20, 2019

WASHINGTON — The U.S. House on Friday passed legislation that would eliminate forced arbitration clauses in employment, consumer and civil rights cases. If enacted, the bill would empower more workers and consumers to challenge employers and corporations in court. Forced arbitration clauses — often found in the fine print of agreements — can bar employees […]

UAW reports progress, even after GM cut off health care for striking workers

BY: - September 20, 2019

Union officials with the United Auto Workers (UAW) say they’re making progress on contract talks as more than 40,000 General Motors workers wind down their first week of a national strike.  “I can report to you that as of today, some progress has been made, but there are still many of our Memberships’ issues that […]

Trump labor secretary pick Scalia questioned gay rights in 1985 article

BY: - September 19, 2019

WASHINGTON — When Eugene Scalia was a fourth-year English major at the University of Virginia in 1985, he penned an article for the student paper about gay rights.  In it, he referred to a lesbian couple that had visited the university, “the proud parents of a daughter fathered by a homosexual acquaintance.” He went on, […]

UAW strike against GM reaches Day 2 as Trump could side with union

BY: - September 17, 2019

Almost 48 hours after the UAW kicked off a strike against General Motors, other unions walked the picket line to support their union brothers and sisters.  On Tuesday, GM Detroit-Hamtramck Assembly Plant union workers were joined on the picket line by the Detroit Federation of Teachers members.  “Companies like GM would not be the flagship […]

UAW wants GM jobs returned to Michigan from overseas, ready for long strike

BY: - September 16, 2019

Randy Freeman, president of United Auto Workers (UAW) Local 652 in Lansing, says the union is ready for a prolonged strike if necessary.  Freeman pointed to three issues that he says need to be addressed before the strike that began Monday morning can be resolved.  Long-term temporary workers need to be made permanent employees More […]

Dem presidential hopefuls back UAW workers in strike

BY: - September 16, 2019

As about 46,000 UAW workers went on strike at General Motors at midnight, presidential candidates and other Democratic officials lined up to support them. This is the first strike since 2007. Amid a wave of layoffs, the UAW said it’s fighting to secure fair wages, affordable health care, increased profit sharing, job security and a […]