As Kellogg strike stretches past 3 weeks, workers say they’ve noted lack of GOP lawmaker support
On a chilly October afternoon in Battle Creek, also known as the “cereal capital of the world,” a large crowd of union workers and supporters gathered Wednesday across from the Kellogg headquarters to show solidarity with strikers as they’ve spent more than three weeks on the picket line. National labor leaders and union members from […]
‘A long time coming’: Michigan workers join ‘Striketober’ for fairer pay, better hours
In the Michigan city emblazoned with their employer’s name — as ubiquitous on city business and school names as it is on cereal shelves — Kellogg workers in Battle Creek are taking a stand. “Kellogg’s doesn’t know what they created,” says Jim Aikens, 55, a self-described fourth-generation cereal maker, as he gestures toward the lively […]
On this day in 1944: Lillian Hatcher becomes UAW’s first Black female union rep.
Lillian Hatcher, the first Black woman to serve as a United Auto Workers (UAW) representative, was appointed to the Women’s Division of War Policy on Oct. 21, 1944, according to multiple news sources, including the Michigan Chronicle, the state’s largest Black-owned newspaper. In the role, the resident of Detroit’s Boston-Edison neighborhood worked directly with Walter […]
Battle Creek Kellogg workers picketing against contract givebacks are part of ‘Striketober’
Almost 1,400 union workers at four Kellogg plants, including Battle Creek, have been on strike since last week — and they’re part of a growing national movement that supporters like U.S. Rep. Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez (D-N.Y.) have dubbed “Striketober.” “After years of being underserved and taken for granted – & doubly so during the pandemic – […]
Rick Haglund: Biden says clean energy will create union jobs. But companies may have other ideas.
During a visit to a union training center in Howell on Tuesday, President Joe Biden touted his ambitious vision for a clean energy future. Biden is pushing for multi-trillion dollar government investments in, among many other things, a massive shift from gasoline-powered cars to electric vehicles. “I want those jobs here in Michigan, not halfway […]
Once lauded as heroes, health care workers are now spit on and ‘threatened every day at work’
When Tom Kelsch heads to his job as a registered nurse in Mercy Health Muskegon’s emergency department, he knows, almost without a doubt, that he’ll be threatened by a patient or their family that day. He knows he may see someone’s fist in his face, as has happened in the past, or have to endure […]
Column: Michigan lawmakers must prioritize underpaid essential workers
When my mother and grandmother got sick and I started taking care of them, I knew right away that helping others was what I was made to do. That passion has sustained me over the last 20 years working as a dietary aide in the nursing home industry. Every day, I work hard to ensure […]
Column: I’ve worked at McDonald’s for 11 years. We deserve better working conditions.
In Detroit, the average temperature last month was 80 degrees. Now add the heat radiating from a hot stove, humidity, wearing a face mask for safety during the pandemic and physical exertion. It feels like I’m in an oven at the Detroit McDonald’s where I work. I have worked at as a crew member for […]
Oxfam: Michigan falls to 29th best state for workers in 2021
The Boston-based nonprofit Oxfam has ranked Michigan as the 29th best state for workers overall in its most recent annual report on working policies and conditions. Michigan’s 2021 ranking is a far cry from what it was in 2020 — then 13th in the country overall, nearly cracking the top 10 best states to work […]
David Hecker: Anti-worker policies from the Snyder era are holding Michigan back
Labor Day is a time to reflect on the hard-fought victories unions have won for all working people and consider our path forward as we continue our work to defend and uplift workers everywhere. Usually, union members would be marching together down Michigan Avenue today — but while COVID prevents us from gathering for a […]
Column: I was a journalist from Coal Country. This is the Rich Trumka I knew.
It was quite a journey for Richard Trumka, who was born in the coal fields of Pennsylvania and made his way to the halls of power in our nation’s capital. The son of a coal miner, Trumka grew up in Nemacolin, an isolated, rural hamlet in southwestern Pennsylvania with about 1,000 people. From those humble […]
Biden mandates vaccines in nursing homes, admonishes GOP govs on school masks
Updated, 6:50 a.m., 12:12 p.m. 8/19/21, with comments from SEIU Healthcare Michigan, DHHS WASHINGTON — Nursing homes will be required to ensure their staffers are vaccinated against COVID-19, or risk losing federal Medicare and Medicaid dollars, the Biden administration announced Wednesday in a major move on vaccinations as the delta variant sweeps many states. President […]