Business

Judge delays minimum wage, paid sick leave ruling from taking effect until February

BY: - August 2, 2022

Minimum wage workers in Michigan will have to wait until next year before they see a court-ordered hike in their pay. Court of Claims Judge Douglas Shapiro last week issued a stay of his July 19 ruling that rejected 2018 changes made by Republicans in the Michigan Legislature to weaken minimum wage and sick leave […]

Michigan CEOs make more than employees by factors of hundreds, new report says

BY: - July 27, 2022

Updated, 4:16 p.m., 7/28/22 with comments from Whirlpool At least nine Michigan companies pay their CEO more than 100 times what their median worker earns, according to a recent report.  The report was compiled by the American Federation of Labor and Congress of Industrial Organizations (AFL-CIO), a federation of 57 national and international labor unions […]

Michigan adds restrictions requiring online marketplaces to verify sellers

BY: - July 25, 2022

Michigan is tightening restrictions on online marketplaces with a new set of laws that could help consumers avoid bad faith sellers.  Known as the Integrity Notification and Fairness in Online Retail Marketplaces (INFORM) Act, this new package requires online sellers to verify high-volume third-party sellers and provide their contact information to consumers. The bipartisan act, […]

Michigan’s minimum wage could increase after judge’s ruling

BY: - July 21, 2022

Minimum wage workers in Michigan could see a pay raise following a judicial ruling this week. On Tuesday, a Michigan Court of Claims judge rejected 2018 changes made by Republicans in the Michigan Legislature to weaken minimum wage and sick leave laws, declaring them as unconstitutional. At issue were petitions turned in by advocates to […]

COMMENTARY

David Hecker: Corporations should stop funding politicians who back voter suppression

BY: - July 20, 2022

Sometimes it is hard to live our values. We try hard to do so, and I for one, know that at times I falter.   But while slipping at times is understandable, there are lines we must strive never to cross. Voting rights is not a complicated issue. It’s a question of fundamental values — justice, […]

More than 1,000 University of Michigan nurses set to picket as they fight for new contract

BY: - July 15, 2022

Renee Curtis has seen a lot in her two decades working as an emergency department nurse at the University of Michigan’s hospital in Ann Arbor.  But she never expected to be where she is now: fighting for Michigan Medicine to address what she called a staffing crisis that has prompted an exodus of both longtime […]

‘Delete your period-tracking apps,’ reproductive rights experts say

BY: - July 13, 2022

When the U.S. Supreme Court overturned Roe v. Wade last month, it put an end to safe and legal abortions in many states across the country.  But experts say the ruling also will lead to safe and legal access to reproductive health information being limited in many areas.  Robin Marty, operations director of the West […]

U.S. Supreme Court curbs federal power to regulate greenhouse gases

BY: - June 30, 2022

The U.S. Supreme Court ruled Thursday the Environmental Protection Agency does not have the authority to regulate greenhouse gases as pollutants, siding with a group of Republican attorneys general and coal companies in a major blow to the executive branch’s power to curb climate change. The opinion was a victory for the Republican-led states that […]

For Battle Creek, cereal is ‘in our DNA.’ But the city is changing.

BY: - June 23, 2022

For more than a century, the smell of cereal has wafted through Battle Creek. Residents in the south central Michigan city can often pinpoint the exact scents: This smell means Frosted Flakes are being made. This one is Fruity Pebbles.  They are smells rooted in history: Will Keith (W.K.) Kellogg created what was then called […]

Biden pitches a summer gas tax holiday as price hovers around $5 a gallon

BY: - June 23, 2022

WASHINGTON — President Joe Biden on Wednesday called on Congress and state legislatures to provide a temporary reprieve from gas taxes — but members of his own party and Republicans appeared opposed, making it look unlikely on the federal level. In addition, many state legislatures are out of session for the year and aren’t expected […]

Michigan turns to history, art to celebrate Juneteenth

BY: - June 20, 2022

Michigan residents around the state celebrated Juneteenth over the long holiday weekend with music, readings and historical displays. In Detroit, Michigan’s largest city, more than a dozen events were held. Erica Hill, Detroit’s deputy director of the Civil Rights, Inclusion and Opportunity Department, said that the Juneteenth recognition has vital importance for city residents. It […]

Black voters coalition calls out GM, Blue Cross Blue Shield for supporting ‘voter suppression’

BY: - June 14, 2022

About three dozen activists from the Defend Black Voters Coalition rallied on Detroit’s riverfront on Monday to criticize what they described as voter suppression efforts backed by corporate entities, while General Motors’ Board of Directors met in the nearby Renaissance Center. It was the second public demonstration in the last two weeks for a coalition […]