Business + Labor

Could your kids’ bus driver be their new substitute teacher?

BY: - December 21, 2021

Cafeteria workers, secretaries and bus drivers could serve as substitute teachers in their district under legislation that awaits a decision from Gov. Gretchen Whitmer. The legislation would allow school districts to temporarily use school support staff to fill in as substitutes without any college credits. The law applies to support staff already working in a […]

Schumer vows U.S. Senate action on voting rights and social policy, as Manchin rift deepens

BY: - December 20, 2021

U.S. Senate Majority Leader Chuck Schumer said Monday he plans to force votes on voting rights, a sweeping social policy bill and a change to Senate rules early next year — even as members of his caucus have made clear in recent days Democrats lack the support to pass those proposals. In a letter to […]

Whitmer signs $1.5B business incentive plan alongside GOP leaders

BY: and - December 20, 2021

Gov. Gretchen Whitmer on Monday signed a bipartisan set of bills creating new business incentives aimed at attracting jobs from companies like General Motors that flew through the Legislature in its final days of the year. The signing for the Strategic Outreach and Attraction Reserve (SOAR) package was held at Wayne County Community College District’s […]

On this day in 1948: High court affirms Michigan ban on women bartenders  

BY: - December 20, 2021

On Dec. 20, 1948, the U.S. Supreme Court upheld a ban on female bartenders in Michigan. Goesaert v. Cleary was a case in which the high court upheld a Michigan law prohibiting women from being licensed as a bartender in all cities having a population of 50,000 or more unless their father or husband owned […]


Rick Haglund: Will Michigan’s big tax incentive bet pay off in new auto jobs?

BY: - December 19, 2021

Michigan’s new economic development incentives, mostly designed to help Michigan better compete with other states for new electric vehicle assembly and battery plans, remind me of a hilarious scene in the 1996 hit movie, “Jerry McGuire.” McGuire, a sports agent played by Tom Cruise, is desperate to keep pro football client Rod Tidwell, portrayed by […]

As Sanders rallies striking Kellogg workers, some are skeptical of company’s latest offer

BY: - December 18, 2021

Following a workers’ solidarity rally in Battle Creek Friday featuring U.S. Sen. Bernie Sanders (I-Vt.), Kellogg employee Dijon Lucius and his wife flip through pages of the cereal giant’s newest contract proposal back at the union hall, highlighting and making note of problematic sections. Across the street, a group of Lucius’ fellow Bakery, Confectionery, Tobacco […]

New: Kellogg offer gives ‘no gain overall’ for workers, per plant manager’s leaked email

BY: - December 17, 2021

Updated, 9:40 p.m., 12/17/21 with comment from Kellogg Publicly, cereal giant Kellogg has insisted that it has “made every effort to reach a fair agreement” with its 1,400 striking union employees, boasting each time that the tentative agreements include “no concessions or takeaways” from the union. But a leaked email obtained by the Advance Friday […]

Biden’s big social spending bill caught in snags in the Senate

BY: - December 17, 2021

WASHINGTON — President Joe Biden’s giant social and climate spending bill on Thursday night appeared stalled in the U.S. Senate for some time to come, a deep frustration for congressional Democrats who aimed to pass the ambitious package by the Christmas recess. At risk also is a temporary expansion of the child tax credit, the […]

Legislature sends $842M spending bill for COVID testing, airports and more to Whitmer

BY: and - December 15, 2021

A long-delayed $842.6 million spending bill using federal stimulus money for COVID-19 testing — as well as wide-ranging items like mental health programs, airport projects and snowmobile trail and maintenance — is heading to Gov. Gretchen Whitmer’s desk after a marathon Tuesday session. On what was expected to be the last day of action in […]

While bipartisan leaders toast $1.5B business incentives plan, critics blast it as a ‘bribe’

BY: - December 15, 2021

The last scheduled day of votes for the Michigan Legislature was a long and pricey one, with state lawmakers finalizing a slate of economic incentive bills to the tune of about $1.5 billion after more than 12 hours of session. The chunk of funds for new taxpayer-funded subsidies comes from a pot of unused discretionary […]

Infrastructure law fixes Amtrak funding woes, House panel hears

BY: - December 14, 2021

WASHINGTON — The leader of Amtrak told a U.S. House panel Thursday that the recently enacted infrastructure law made great strides to solving the passenger rail system’s financial woes and placed it on equal footing with other modes of transportation. Democrats on the House Transportation and Infrastructure Committee’s rail subcommittee and Amtrak Executive Director Stephen Gardner […]

Activists target corporate campaign cash in battle against voting restrictions

BY: - December 14, 2021

Updated, 5:59 p.m., 12/14/21 Members of the Defend Black Voters Coalition chose Detroit’s Huntington Center as their backdrop earlier this month when they issued a warning about the dangers of “voter suppression legislation” backed by Republican state lawmakers. The building behind them, formerly known as the TCF Center, was a powerful symbol of what could happen if […]