Business + Labor

MSU board pulls voter suppression resolution following GOP defunding threat

BY: - September 12, 2022

The Michigan State University Board of Trustees postponed Friday voting on a resolution seeking to restrain the activities of university vendors connected to “voter suppression” efforts. The resolution in question, sponsored by Democratic trustees Rema Vassar and Kelly Tebay, was in response to the Secure MI Vote initiative, which would require mandatory identification for both […]

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Nessel files bypass application for Michigan Supreme Court to hear insulin case

BY: - September 10, 2022

Attorney General Dana Nessel filed a motion this week asking the Michigan Supreme Court to take up her challenge of past decisions by the court that her office says have limited enforcement of the Michigan Consumer Protection Act.  The Democrat filed the bypass application on Tuesday because she says the Michigan Supreme Court’s former rulings […]

Washtenaw Co. Circuit Court rejects EMU request for restraining order against striking employees

BY: - September 9, 2022

On Friday, Washtenaw County Circuit Court Judge Carol Kuhnke denied a request from Eastern Michigan University for a temporary restraining order that would force striking faculty to return to work.  Members of the Eastern Michigan University Chapter of the American Association of University Professors (EMU-AAUP) voted in favor of a strike on Tuesday, after working […]

Judge rules for tribe in Line 5 suit, says Enbridge is trespassing and must pay damages

BY: - September 9, 2022

Short of an order to decommission the Line 5 pipeline, an Ojibwe tribe on the south shore of Lake Superior secured a different legal victory Thursday in its federal lawsuit against Canadian pipeline company Enbridge. The Bad River Band of the Lake Superior Tribe of Chippewa Indians has been locked in a legal battle with […]

U.S. Treasury Secretary Yellen in Dearborn: ‘We cannot just return to the old normal’

BY: - September 9, 2022

U.S. Treasury Secretary Janet Yellen during an address in Dearborn on Thursday touted President Joe Biden signing the Inflation Reduction Act during a 25-minute address, which she called “historic” legislation.  “We cannot just return to the old normal,” she said, referring to Biden’s predecessor GOP former President Donald Trump. She used terms and phrases like […]

EMU faculty strike continues as university tries to force professors back to work

BY: - September 8, 2022

A union representing Eastern Michigan University faculty announced on Wednesday that it will file a “forceful response” opposing a request by the university administration for an injunction forcing school professors back to work after hitting the picket line that morning. The declaration came after the university administration filed suit in Washtenaw County Circuit Court earlier […]

U.S. education secretary urges boost in teacher pay, touts college debt relief

BY: - September 8, 2022

WASHINGTON — Amid K-12 teacher shortages, book bans and attacks over critical race theory, U.S. Education Secretary Miguel Cardona at a meeting with reporters on Wednesday stressed the need for higher salaries to attract prospective educators to the profession. Cardona also touted the Biden administration’s recent student debt relief announcement in late August. The White House said President Joe Biden […]

EMU faculty votes overwhelmingly to authorize strike

BY: - September 7, 2022

Members of the Eastern Michigan University Chapter of the American Association of University Professors (EMU-AAUP) voted overwhelmingly Tuesday in favor of authorizing a strike. In the vote, 91% of the more than 500 tenured and tenure track faculty approved the strike action, which will begin Wednesday morning. Matt Kirkpatrick, associate professor of English language and […]

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Rick Haglund: Student loan forgiveness will aid millions, but college affordability problems remain

BY: - September 7, 2022

President Joe Biden’s plan to cancel as much as $20,000 per borrower in college federal student loan debt will help millions burdened by skyrocketing costs of higher education over the past several decades. In Michigan, 1.4 million residents will benefit from the loan forgiveness program, Gov. Gretchen Whitmer said. As many as half could see […]

U of M nurses overwhelmingly vote to OK a strike, EMU professors to decide Tuesday

BY: - September 6, 2022

Updated, 10:28 a.m., 9/6/22 Labor disputes at two state universities have resulted in a strike authorization by one union, and a planned vote to seek such an authorization by another. At the University of Michigan’s hospital in Ann Arbor, nurses voted to authorize their union’s bargaining team to call for a strike, while just several […]

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Alex Rossman: On Labor Day, big wins for workers, new hopes and unfinished business

BY: - September 5, 2022

For Michigan workers and those who advocate on their behalf, there’s a lot to be happy about this Labor Day (and it’s not just because it happens to be my birthday this year).  The state has continued to make important investments in a variety of programs and services to help workers. A longstanding fight for […]

Vilsack: America’s voluntary approach to agriculture is better than Europe’s mandates

BY: - September 2, 2022

BOONE, Iowa — The more than $1 billion the federal government is devoting to voluntary efforts to reduce agriculture’s adverse effects on the environment is a better long-term strategy than mandating new rules for farmers, U.S. Secretary of Agriculture Tom Vilsack said Tuesday. While state and federal officials in the United States have tended to […]