labor

Biden signs bill that staves off railroad workers strike

BY: - December 2, 2022

WASHINGTON — President Joe Biden on Friday signed into law a resolution intended to avert a freight rail strike, based on an agreement reached between some rail unions and freight rail companies. Several unions did not agree with the deal passed by Congress because it lacked paid sick leave, but Democrats have said the alternative was […]

U.S. Senate averts freight rail strike, but bid to include worker sick leave fails

BY: - December 2, 2022

WASHINGTON — The U.S. Senate on Thursday voted to codify an agreement the White House brokered between rail unions and freight companies in order to avoid a catastrophic rail strike, but fell short of enough votes to include paid sick leave for workers. The Senate backed the rail deal on an 80-15 vote and rejected […]

Starbucks workers hit the picket line during company’s annual ‘Red Cup Day’

BY: - November 18, 2022

As Starbucks hosts one of its most profitable days of the year, workers stood on the picket line to demand contract negotiations. Workers at the Starbucks at 1141 E Grand River Ave. in East Lansing picketed outside the store on Thursday over issues of safety, staffing and workplace conditions.  According to a report from CNBC, […]

COMMENTARY

David Hecker: After the election, let’s celebrate, analyze and build a better Michigan

BY: - November 17, 2022

Last week’s election results were astounding.  For the first time in my 39 years in Michigan, stalwart allies of public education and working people are the majority in both the Michigan Senate and House and Gretchen Whitmer will be our governor for four more years.  Moreover, Secretary of State Jocelyn Benson and Attorney General Dana […]

U of M nurses approve new four-year contract

BY: - October 3, 2022

After working without a contract since July 1, approximately 6,200 University of Michigan nurses have voted to ratify a tentative agreement. The Michigan Nurses Association-University of Michigan Professional Nurse Council (MNA-UMPNC) said its members had “overwhelmingly” approved the deal in voting that concluded Saturday.  The new contract, which runs through March 31, 2026, is effective […]

EMU faculty overwhelmingly approves new four-year contract after strike

BY: - September 26, 2022

Updated, 2:36 p.m., 9/26/22 A new labor agreement including major increases in salary and retirement compensation, as well as protections for health care coverage, has been overwhelmingly approved by members of the Eastern Michigan University chapter of the American Association of University Professors (EMU-AAUP). Following an email vote that began Tuesday and concluded Friday, 96% […]

Nurses reach tentative contract agreement with University of Michigan

BY: - September 22, 2022

The union representing about 6,200 Michigan Medicine nurses who have been working without a contract since July announced Thursday the group has reached a tentative agreement with the University of Michigan, which would avert a potential strike, end mandatory overtime and boost wages to recruit and retain workers. Members of the Michigan Nurses Association-University of […]

Ratification vote set to begin Tuesday for EMU faculty on proposed contract

BY: - September 19, 2022

Increases in salary and retirement compensation are among the terms in a proposed new labor contract for tenured and tenure track faculty at Eastern Michigan University (EMU). The EMU chapter of the American Association of University Professors (EMU-AAUP) said Friday that the tentative deal also includes protection for health care coverage. A ratification meeting of […]

At Detroit auto show, Biden praises American workers, progress on climate crisis 

BY: - September 14, 2022

President Joe Biden touted the emerging electric vehicle market during a nearly three-hour visit to the North American International Auto Show on Wednesday at Huntington Place.  Biden’s visit included a tour of the showroom floor and 30-minute rally that was packed with area union workers and elected officials. “We’re choosing to build a better America, […]

EMU faculty back in class after tentative contract deal reached

BY: - September 12, 2022

A tentative agreement has been reached between Eastern Michigan University (EMU) and striking faculty members. The EMU Chapter of the American Association of University Professors (EMU-AAUP) announced Sunday that negotiators had reached a tentative deal on a new contract covering more than 500 tenured and tenure-track faculty. “After three days on strike and four days […]

Washtenaw Co. Circuit Court rejects EMU request for restraining order against striking employees

BY: - September 9, 2022

On Friday, Washtenaw County Circuit Court Judge Carol Kuhnke denied a request from Eastern Michigan University for a temporary restraining order that would force striking faculty to return to work.  Members of the Eastern Michigan University Chapter of the American Association of University Professors (EMU-AAUP) voted in favor of a strike on Tuesday, after working […]

EMU faculty strike continues as university tries to force professors back to work

BY: - September 8, 2022

A union representing Eastern Michigan University faculty announced on Wednesday that it will file a “forceful response” opposing a request by the university administration for an injunction forcing school professors back to work after hitting the picket line that morning. The declaration came after the university administration filed suit in Washtenaw County Circuit Court earlier […]