Labor

Grand Rapids Starbucks unionizes, 10 more Michigan stores slated for June votes

BY: - May 17, 2022

A Grand Rapids store has become the first Starbucks location in Michigan to successfully unionize. The 15-3 vote last week from workers at 2480 Burton St. SE in Grand Rapids comes as a first major victory for state organizers, who have been fighting for the vote as part of a nationwide movement that began in […]

U.S. House panel weighs labor law amendment to protect workers from wage theft

BY: - May 17, 2022

WASHINGTON — U.S. House lawmakers questioned several labor experts last week before a House Education and Labor panel about how a new bill to amend the Fair Labor Standards Act of 1938 would protect workers from wage theft. House Appropriations Chair Rosa DeLauro introduced the bill, H.R. 3712, known as the “Wage Theft Prevention and Wage […]

Nessel, families blast Oxford Schools for rejecting investigation

BY: - May 12, 2022

State leaders and families criticized Oxford Community Schools Wednesday for refusing an attorney general investigation into the events that led up to a deadly school shooting in November.  “My goal is not to assign blame, but to help identify ways to improve school safety for Oxford and all schools in Michigan. The school board’s unwillingness […]

Janitors rally in Detroit for higher wages

BY: - May 11, 2022

Service Employees International Union (SEIU) janitors and city and county elected officials rallied Wednesday at Hart Plaza in Detroit in an effort to secure a new employment contract.  There, they chanted about their demand for a wage increase: “If we don’t get it, shut it down!”  Currently, janitors in downtown Detroit buildings work on hourly […]

Bernie Sanders at U.S. Senate hearing rips Amazon over union opposition

BY: - May 6, 2022

WASHINGTON — U.S. Sen. Bernie Sanders (I-Vt.) took Amazon to task Thursday at a congressional hearing, bashing the online giant’s leadership for fighting union drives and questioning whether the federal government should continue contracting with the multibillion-dollar company. Amazon executives didn’t attend the hearing but U.S. senators did hear from labor unions and the U.S. […]

COMMENTARY

Ron Bieber: Every worker has the right to a safe job. That fight isn’t over.

BY: - April 28, 2022

Fifty-two years ago, Congress passed the Occupational Safety and Health Act (OSHA), promising every worker in America the right to a safe job. Since then, workers, labor unions and our allies have fought hard to win protections making jobs safer and saving thousands of lives. But this fight is nowhere near over. In 2020 more […]

COMMENTARY

David Hecker: We must fight back against the DeVos education agenda

BY: - April 13, 2022

Michiganders have known for a long time that the DeVos family is a threat to public education.  Over the years, Betsy DeVos has been extremely active in the conservative movement to undermine public education and funnel taxpayer dollars into non-public schools, including her track record as former President Trump’s secretary of Education advancing this reckless […]

Michigan auto jobs, COVID vaccine funding highlighted on White House panel 

BY: - March 11, 2022

As President Joe Biden continues to push for his stalled “Build Back Better” legislation, White House and Michigan officials spoke Friday on a virtual panel highlighting the ways in which the administration’s policies have impacted Michigan directly in the runup to the midterm elections. White House administration officials hosted the panel. Speakers included state Rep. […]

8 Michigan Starbucks await unionization ruling, while 3 more file to start process

BY: - March 10, 2022

The unionization movement in Starbucks stores across the country has now reached 11 stores in Michigan, with three more signing onto the fight this week and eight awaiting a final decision from the National Labor Relations Board (NLRB) after days of hearings. The effort that began in Buffalo, N.Y., in November had first prompted four […]

On this day in 1952: Coleman A. Young tells congressional committee he’s no ‘stool pigeon’

BY: - February 28, 2022

On Feb. 28, 1952, union activist Coleman A. Young testified before the U.S. House Un-American Activities Committee (HUAC), a highly criticized congressional panel dedicated to identifying and rooting out communist sympathizers in America during the Cold War Era. The hearing was held in Detroit. “I understood from your statement you would like to help us,” […]

House Dems rally to support electricians’ discrimination claims

BY: - February 18, 2022

Members of the Michigan House Democratic Caucus on Thursday joined a coalition of labor voices in downtown Lansing to rally in support of the United Six — a group of electricians formerly employed by United Electric Contractors (UEC) who allege that they were discriminated against.  In a federal lawsuit filed in January, the group alleged […]

Starbucks workers organize in Lansing, Southeast Michigan

BY: - February 17, 2022

The nationwide labor uprising that began in “Striketober” of 2021 is continuing into the new year, with several Michigan Starbucks stores adding onto the growing list of the popular coffee chain locations that are gearing up to unionize. Most recently, that includes a Starbucks store in Lansing and three in Ann Arbor. Scott Screws, a […]