Biden praises Tlaib, previews Ford F-150 Lightning and touts jobs plan in Dearborn

BY: - May 18, 2021

President Joe Biden praised U.S. Rep. Rashida Tlaib (D-Detroit) for her passion relating to Palestine during a stop in Dearborn on Tuesday. “I want to say to you that I admire your intellect, I admire your passion and I admire your concern for so many other people,” Biden told Tlaib. “And from my heart, I […]

Biden to make 2nd visit to Michigan as president

BY: - May 11, 2021

President Joe Biden is slated to make his second visit to Michigan since taking office in January, the White House announced Tuesday morning. He is scheduled to tour the Ford Rouge Electric Vehicle Center in Dearborn on May 18. That will be before Ford plans to launch of the electric version of the F-150 pickup […]

On this day in 1941: UAW levels strike against Ford Motor Co.

BY: - April 1, 2021

In 1941, Ford Motor Co. became the last Detroit Three automaker to recognize the United Automobile Workers (UAW) as a full contract partner.  On April 1 of that year, Harry Bennett, head of Ford’s Service Department, fired eight union members. His action set off a massive sit-down strike by workers at Ford’s Dearborn Rouge Plant. […]

Whitmer, Ford CEO announce 4 million free masks for vulnerable Michiganders

BY: - August 14, 2020

Gov. Gretchen Whitmer on Friday rolled out a major new initiative to provide 4 million free protective face masks to Michigan residents. The “MI Mask Aid” effort — a partnership between the state, Ford Motor Company and the Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) — will primarily target Michigan’s most vulnerable populations, including low-income residents, seniors, […]

After attacking Whitmer and Benson, Trump turns Twitter fire to Nessel

BY: - May 22, 2020

President Donald Trump has now gone after all three of the top female officeholders in Michigan, adding Attorney General Dana Nessel to the list late Thursday night after his visit to a Ford plant in Ypsilanti. The GOP president has frequently attacked Democratic Gov. Gretchen Whitmer on Twitter and in press conferences, most famously referring […]

Trump spends most of Ypsilanti Ford facility visit maskless, OKs Midland emergency declaration

BY: - May 21, 2020

President Donald Trump toured the Ford Rawsonville plant in Ypsilanti Thursday afternoon without wearing a mask for most of the time, despite a requirement under Gov. Gretchen Whitmer’s executive order and Ford’s safety policy. Trump, who has frequently attacked the media, said he did not want to give reporters “the pleasure” of seeing him with […]

Trump heading to Ypsilanti Thursday

BY: - May 18, 2020

President Donald Trump will be coming to Michigan on Thursday to tour the Ford Motor Co. Rawsonville Components Plant in Ypsilanti. The plant currently produces ventilators, and the tour is meant to highlight the importance of companies producing personal protection equipment (PPE) and other medical equipment during the pandemic, according to a report from the […]

Whitmer extends stay-home order until May 28, clears manufacturing to reopen 

BY: - May 7, 2020

Michiganders are ordered to stay home for another three weeks, but manufacturers will be able to go back to work Monday.  “Manufacturing is an important part of our economy, there’s no question,” Gov. Gretchen Whitmer said.  “And as we’ve done the risk assessment, we feel comfortable that with these safety protocols we can safely re-engage.” […]


Rick Haglund: Automakers face huge losses, hit pause on electric vehicles

BY: - May 2, 2020

Way back in January 2020 B.C. (Before Coronavirus), automakers were enjoying healthy sales and working feverishly to transform themselves into major producers of electric and self-driving vehicles. “It seems like three months ago, I couldn’t go to an external presentation that wasn’t focused on electrification,” said Joe Zaciek, research and industry analysis manager at the […]

Trump reluctantly invoked an obscure wartime power. Here’s what it means.  

BY: and - April 3, 2020

WASHINGTON — As his administration came under fire for its handling of the COVID-19 outbreak, President Donald Trump last week invoked an obscure Korean War-era law to force General Motors to manufacture ventilators that could save patients’ lives. But the company had already been in talks to produce the equipment. And Trump waited weeks to […]

Longtime labor activist Liz Jackson dies at 102

BY: - March 28, 2020

Described as a fighter with no quit in her, Elizabeth Jackson was a force in Detroit’s labor, political and civil rights communities for many decades. She died on March 2 in Columbia, S.C. She was 102 years old. Her death was not COVID-19-related, according to her niece, Judy Battiste.  “I am one of the many […]


Rick Haglund: Big 3 automakers could enlist to produce COVID-19 medical equipment

BY: - March 20, 2020

Detroit became known as “the arsenal of democracy” almost 80 years ago as automakers transitioned from civilian to military production, a crucial element in the Allies’ victory over Germany and Japan in World War II. As the deadly coronavirus grips the nation, could Michigan become “the arsenal of health,” helping to defeat a virus that […]