Rick Haglund: Research shows trade, not automation, is killing manufacturing jobs

BY: - December 8, 2019

More than 5 million manufacturing jobs — almost 300,000 of them in Michigan — have been lost since the most recent employment peak in 1998. Many economists have attributed the huge loss of good-paying manufacturing jobs mostly to booming productivity, enabled by the increasing use of robots and other automated processes in factories. But Susan […]


Rick Haglund: UAW-GM deal will likely boost workers, economy

BY: - October 19, 2019

President Donald Trump could take a lesson in the art of the deal from the United Auto Workers and General Motors Co. A tentative four-year contract between the UAW and GM appears to be a big financial win for workers while giving the automaker the flexibility it needs to profitably navigate what are likely to […]

Impact of UAW strike being felt far and wide

BY: - October 9, 2019

The lingering United Auto Workers (UAW) strike at General Motors, now in its fourth week, is starting to have far-reaching impacts — and there’s no clear end in sight.  While almost 50,000 unionized GM workers stand on the picket lines earning just $250 per week in strike pay, the economic ripple effects appear to be […]


Rick Haglund: People aren’t moving from Michigan — but that’s not the good news you might think

BY: - October 5, 2019

Michigan’s auto industry was built, in part, on the backs of hundreds of thousands of poor workers from the South who moved here in search of good jobs and better lives. Detroit’s population swelled by some 400,000 residents between 1930 and the early 1950s, as people from the South and other countries moved to the […]


Rick Haglund: Path to self-driving vehicles could be bumpier than a Michigan road

BY: - September 21, 2019

Electric self-driving cars and trucks promise to transform an auto industry that has relied almost exclusively on gasoline-powered vehicles for more than a century to produce jobs and profits. “I have no doubt that the automotive industry will change more in the next five to 10 years than it has in the last 50,” General […]