Business + Labor

Starbucks workers hit the picket line during company’s annual ‘Red Cup Day’

BY: - November 18, 2022

As Starbucks hosts one of its most profitable days of the year, workers stood on the picket line to demand contract negotiations. Workers at the Starbucks at 1141 E Grand River Ave. in East Lansing picketed outside the store on Thursday over issues of safety, staffing and workplace conditions.  According to a report from CNBC, […]


David Hecker: After the election, let’s celebrate, analyze and build a better Michigan

BY: - November 17, 2022

Last week’s election results were astounding.  For the first time in my 39 years in Michigan, stalwart allies of public education and working people are the majority in both the Michigan Senate and House and Gretchen Whitmer will be our governor for four more years.  Moreover, Secretary of State Jocelyn Benson and Attorney General Dana […]

Study: Childhood hunger in Michigan has worsened since federal child tax credit ended

BY: and - November 16, 2022

A Journal of the American Medical Association (JAMA) article in October confirmed previous research that food insecurity increased substantially after the expiration of federal monthly advanced child tax credits on Jan. 15. The study looked at the period between January and July of this year in a series of national surveys, and found a nearly […]

Coal plant operators shirking responsibilities on ash cleanup, report contends

BY: - November 15, 2022

In the wake of major coal ash spills from power plant containment ponds in Tennessee and into the Dan River along the North Carolina and Virginia border, the federal Environmental Protection Agency in 2015 laid out the first federal rules for managing the ash, one of the nation’s largest waste streams, and the toxins it […]

Amid major federal investment in electric cars, it’s time for states to step up, advocates say

BY: - November 15, 2022

For years, electric vehicles posed something of a chicken-and-egg problem.  Mass adoption, seen as critical to cutting the largest single source of U.S. carbon emissions, couldn’t happen until the infrastructure to allow drivers to recharge wherever they were heading was in place. And those charging stations weren’t coming until more drivers switched to plug-in electric […]

Recreational marijuana use will be legal in 21 states after ballot measures pass

BY: - November 10, 2022

Advocates for marijuana liberalization saw mixed results as legalization ballot measures were counted Tuesday, with Maryland and Missouri voters approving recreational use for adults but Arkansas, South Dakota and North Dakota rejecting the proposal. Maryland and Missouri will bring the list of states where recreational marijuana use is legal to 21. Michigan voters legalized marijuana […]

NextGen president: Climate and economic justice are at stake for young people this election

BY: - November 8, 2022

“A lot of young people in Michigan understand what’s on the line,” Cristina Tzintzún Ramirez said while sitting on a bench in the University of Michigan Rackham Auditorium lobby on Saturday after U.S. Sen. Bernie Sanders (I-Vt.) filled it to max capacity. Ramirez, the president of NextGen America, was in Ann Arbor for one of […]


Rick Haglund: Self-driving cars aren’t coming anytime soon

BY: - November 8, 2022

Updated, 12:19 p.m., 11/8/22 They promised us self-driving cars. Nearly a decade ago, automakers predicted that by now driving your own car or truck would be akin to riding a horse — something you do for recreation on weekends. During the week, you’d be ferried to the office, grocery store and hair salon, either by […]


Column: Reproductive freedom has always been an economic issue

BY: - November 7, 2022

New research from the Michigan League for Public Policy illustrates that the economic costs to women of restricting abortion access are great. The U.S. Supreme Court’s July decision in Dobbs v. Jackson Women’s Health Organization upended nearly 50 years of protection under Roe ensuring the right to access abortion care. This right was immediately threatened […]

Sanders energizes young crowd in Ann Arbor, urges them to defeat GOP candidates

BY: - November 6, 2022

Despite rain and high winds outside, a University of Michigan auditorium was packed to capacity Saturday night for U.S. Sen. Bernie Sanders (I-Vt.) as he urged young Michiganders to vote for progressive candidates on Tuesday. “We’re taking on enormously powerful people with unlimited resources … more money than you can possibly dream of,” Sanders told […]

Buttigieg and Pence, former Indiana leaders, offer rivaling messages in Michigan

BY: - November 5, 2022

U.S. Transportation Secretary Pete Buttigieg addressed Vice President Mike Pence’s simultaneous appearance on the campaign trail in Michigan on Friday during the final stretch before Election Day. Pence, who campaigned in Portage for U.S. Rep. Bill Huizenga (R-Zeeland) and in Charlotte for state Sen. Tom Barrett (R-Charlotte), was governor of Indiana while Buttigieg was mayor […]

Pence stumps for Barrett, stresses inflation, border security and military support

BY: - November 4, 2022

Former Vice President Mike Pence joined Republican state Sen. Tom Barrett (R-Charlotte) on Friday for a “Flip the House” event in his hometown.  Barrett is in a heated race against U.S. Rep. Elissa Slotkin (D-Holly) in the 7th Congressional District, which includes Clinton, Ingham, Livingston and Shiawassee counties, most of Eaton County and parts of […]