Labor

UAW set to go on strike Sunday night

BY: - September 15, 2019

Updated, 2:52 on 9/15/2019 to reflect that the UAW last went on a national strike in 2007 The United Auto Workers (UAW) will go on a national strike at midnight on Sunday, its first since 2007.* The Detroit-based auto workers union with about 400,000 members announced the strike on Sunday morning. In a statement, the […]

Feds again order back pay for Beaumont workers

BY: - September 14, 2019

The U.S. Department of Labor has determined that a metro Detroit health care provider must pay about $400,000 in back pay to almost 500 employees.  Beaumont Health has again violated the Fair Labor Standards Act (FLSA) for overtime and record-keeping provisions, according to a DOL statement on Thursday. The DOL investigation found that employees at […]

Castro, Booker only candidates to bring up Michigan at 3rd Dem presidential debate

BY: - September 13, 2019

Michigan was a big topic at the last round of Democratic debates in July — just as you’d expect for events held in Detroit. During the third debate in Houston on Thursday night, however, our state’s stock definitely fell, with only former U.S. House and Urban Development Secretary Julián Castro and U.S. Sen. Cory Booker […]

Ex-NYT labor reporter: Trump has ‘not made America great again’ for workers

BY: - September 9, 2019

WASHINGTON — President Donald Trump has “not made America great again for American workers,” a former longtime New York Times labor reporter told an audience here on Monday.  Steven Greenhouse, who covered the labor movement for the Times for almost two decades, recently released a book titled, “Beaten Down, Worked Up: The Past, Present, and […]

Why Is Gogebic County an island of blue in a sea of red in the U.P.?

BY: - September 8, 2019

Gogebic County is a small, rural county of 15,342 people located in the southwestern corner of the Upper Peninsula.  Among the things you’ll find there is Copper Peak in Ironwood — the only ski flying hill in the Western Hemisphere — vestiges of Michigan’s iron industry, and, perhaps, a cougar, as the Michigan Department of […]

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Brian Elder: On Labor Day, here’s why Michigan needs a working-class agenda

BY: - September 2, 2019

Organized labor didn’t just give rise to the auto industry; it gave birth to the American middle class.   These jobs set the standard around the country and allowed for the American dream to be made possible for all — regardless of their gender, race, religion or class. And because of that, there is no group […]

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Column: Worker-protection laws aren’t ready for an automated future

BY: - September 2, 2019

Science fiction has long imagined a future in which humans constantly interact with robots and intelligent machines. This future is already happening in warehouses and manufacturing businesses. Other workers use virtual or augmented reality as part of their employment training, to assist them in performing their job or to interact with clients. And lots of […]

Oxfam report: Michigan lands in the bottom half of states for workers

BY: - September 1, 2019

Michigan is known the world over as the birthplace of the United Auto Workers and has long been synonymous with organized labor. But after decades of GOP-led attacks on labor rights — most notably the 2012 Right to Work law — Michigan now belongs to the bottom half of states for workers, according to a […]

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Rick Haglund: Warning light is flashing for Michigan’s auto industry

BY: - September 1, 2019

It’s been a great decade for Michigan’s critically important auto industry, which almost died 10 years ago during the Great Recession. Annual U.S. sales for all automakers jumped from 10.4 million in 2009 — the lowest since 1982 — to an almost-record 17.2 million last year, a 65% increase.  Automakers and their parts suppliers in […]

Dingell hits Trump on trade on Fox News, so he obviously responds

BY: - September 1, 2019

U.S. Rep. Debbie Dingell (D-Dearborn) has long been critical of the impacts of China and U.S. trade policy on workers — and she said this weekend that President Donald Trump’s “chaotic” strategy isn’t helping. “The problem is that the president’s trade strategy is chaotic. It’s more for headlines than for a strategic steady trade strategy,” […]

Court filing: Inman sought contributions from electrical workers union

BY: - August 2, 2019

Updated, 3:43 p.m. 8/2/19 New text messages unveiled in a court filing on Thursday show indicted state Rep. Larry Inman (R-Williamsburg) asking a union official for “a ton of campaign money” as he pondered a vote last year over the repeal of prevailing wage.  Inman, who ultimately voted last summer with most Republicans to repeal […]

Operating engineers strike for ‘fair treatment’ by construction company

BY: - August 1, 2019

Operating engineers working for Indiana-based Rieth-Riley Construction Co. are on strike, calling for “fair treatment.” They have been working without a new contract since June 2018. Rieth-Riley operates several construction crews in Michigan and 13 facilities that produce asphalt. Union members operate heavy machinery for the company. Rieth-Riley said in a press release that this […]