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COMMENTARY

Column: Right to Work has failed to live up to conservative hype

BY: - April 13, 2021

Nearly a decade ago — Dec. 11, 2012, to be exact — then-Gov. Rick Snyder landed a savage right hook to Michigan’s vaunted labor movement when he signed contentious Right to Work legislation. Hours before Snyder signed bills that outlawed requiring workers to pay union dues as a condition of employment, 12,000 pro-union demonstrators descended […]

‘This could set women back generations’

BY: - April 7, 2021

When the COVID-19 pandemic began driving women from their jobs en masse a little more than one year ago, West Michigan Works employees were ready to help them return to the labor force. But they’re not returning. “Women are actually dropping out of the workforce; it’s not just an issue of they’re looking for work […]

U.S. Senate confirms Granholm as Energy secretary

BY: - February 25, 2021

Updated, 6:02 p.m., 2/25/21 WASHINGTON — The U.S. Senate on Thursday in a 64-35 vote confirmed former Michigan Gov. Jennifer Granholm to run the Department of Energy. She is the second woman to lead the $35 billion agency. Vice President Kamala Harris swore in Granholm several hours after the Senate confirmation vote. Her husband, daughter […]

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Rick Haglund: GM’s road to the future of electric vehicles could be bumpy

BY: - February 13, 2021

Brett Smith has long thrown shade on automakers’ predictions about how soon Americans will be driving cars and trucks powered by something other than fossil fuels. “For 20 years I’ve been a realist,” said Smith, technology director at the Center for Automotive Research in Ann Arbor. “Some say I’m a pessimist. But we’ve been right […]

Gov., lawmakers announce jobs legislation for troops, veterans and their families

BY: - November 11, 2020

Before Veterans Day, Gov. Gretchen Whitmer, senior state department officials and members of the Michigan Legislature on Tuesday announced the introduction of bipartisan legislation that aims to make employment for military personnel, veterans, and their families easier.   State Rep. Andrea Schroeder (R-Independence Twp.), Rep. Sarah Anthony (D-Lansing), Sen. John Bizon (R-Battle Creek) and Sen. Adam […]

Immigration agency cuts of 800 jobs expected to trigger backlogs, delays

BY: - September 21, 2020

WASHINGTON — Some members of Congress scored a victory last month when a federal immigration agency backed off plans that would have led to thousands of layoffs of government employees. But their relief was short lived, as the agency now intends to furlough some 800 of its local private contractors instead — a move expected […]

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Rick Haglund: Blacks have lost ground in Michigan — and it’s dragging down the economy

BY: - September 12, 2020

In his long career as a University of Michigan labor economist, Don Grimes never focused his research on race-based income inequality. “I’ve always believed in the power of markets,” Grimes told me.  “I figured the markets would sort this out.”  But a new study he, and U of M colleagues Gabriel Ehrlich and Michael McWilliams […]

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Jeff Timmer: Welcome back to Michigan, President Trump!

BY: - September 10, 2020

Dear President Trump, It’s been a while since you’ve physically darkened our doorstep. Yet, your ample shadow has managed to darken so much here in the Mitten during your four-month absence. The last time you dropped by on May 21, you pointedly refused to wear a mask on that visit, at least when reporters could […]

Biden says Trump ‘failed to do his job on purpose’ in handling COVID-19

BY: - September 9, 2020

Democratic presidential nominee Joe Biden argued that President Donald Trump is responsible for thousands of American deaths and lost jobs during a speech in Warren on Wednesday. Trump told Washington Post columnist Bob Woodward, who helped break the Watergate scandal during the Richard Nixon era, that he understood the severity of COVID-19 in a taped […]

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Rick Haglund: Why does Michigan still lag in the race to attract and keep talent?

BY: - August 22, 2020

Local officials cheered Amazon’s recent announcement that it would build a $400 million distribution center, promising 1,200 jobs at the long-vacant Michigan State Fairgrounds in Detroit.  “We need good-paying jobs and jobs of the future,” Mayor Mike Duggan said about the positions, which are expected to pay about $15 an hour, plus benefits. State Sen. […]

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Rep. Kildee: Unemployment benefits are a lifeline for millions and they must be extended

BY: - August 7, 2020

COVID-19 continues to sweep across the nation, and Michigan is being hit especially hard.  So far, over 6,000 people across our state have tragically lost their lives and over two million fellow Michiganders have lost their jobs from this terrible virus. The pandemic is a public health crisis that has also created an economic crisis […]

Survey: Michigan women of color harmed economically by COVID-19, 78% back stay-home order

BY: - August 6, 2020

Two-thirds of women of color in Michigan have either lost their jobs or faced reduced work hours because of COVID-19, according to a survey released this week by Mothering Justice, a Michigan-based nonprofit advocacy group, and the Washington, D.C.-based National Women’s Law Center. “COVID-19 has exposed just how broken the system is,” said Danielle Atkinson, […]