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 […]

Metro Detroit Teamsters-7 Up strike ends after 21 days

BY: - April 2, 2021

The Teamsters Local 337 strike against Keurig Dr Pepper (KDP) that owns 7 Up has ended after 21 days. The metro Detroit union and the Texas-based company agreed to several terms that had placed production at the Redford Township 7 Up plant at a standstill since March 11. The two sides had battled over a […]

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. […]

Longtime Detroit Tigers vendor won’t be at opening day game, but some workers and fans will 

BY: - April 1, 2021

Amzie Griffin worked as a vendor at Detroit Tigers opening day games every year between 1960 and 2019. However, the COVID-19 pandemic ended his streak of 60 consecutive seasons last year. And Griffin, 86, will not be at the game as a vendor Thursday when the Tigers take on the Cleveland Indians. Naturally, a part […]

Dingell sponsors $10T, 10-year green energy plan  

BY: - March 30, 2021

U.S. Rep. Debbie Dingell (D-Dearborn) and U.S. Sen. Edward Markey (D-Mass.) have introduced a Herculean $10 trillion federal infrastructure plan they say is aimed at improving the lives of underserved populations with emphasis on Black, Brown and Indigenous communities. Called Transform, Heal, and Renew by Investing in a Vibrant Economy (THRIVE), the plan would be […]


Rick Haglund: Can Biden help reignite the labor movement?

BY: - March 27, 2021

President Joe Biden has promised to be “the most pro-union president you’ve ever seen.” And Michigan AFL-CIO President Ron Bieber couldn’t be happier. Bieber said he was stunned by a remarkable White House YouTube video in which Biden, without naming the company, strongly warned giant online retailer Amazon not to interfere with a union organizing […]

7 Up workers strike over tiered pay, MLK holiday 

BY: - March 23, 2021

As a metro Detroit labor-management impasse involving wages and observance of the Martin Luther King Jr. holiday approaches the two-week mark, a settlement does not appear to be in sight. Teamsters Local 337 workers and union officials have rallied at the 7 Up plant in Redford Twp. since March 11. The local is fighting a […]

Collapsing union pension plans win long-sought help from rescue package

BY: - March 23, 2021

WASHINGTON — Tucked in the Democrats’ massive coronavirus stimulus package was a long-awaited solution for a financial ticking time bomb: private pension funds on the brink of collapse, jeopardizing the retirement plans of millions of union members. The $1.9 trillion pandemic relief measure included $86 billion that will be used for grants to help shore […]

State announces work group on reopening offices safely

BY: - March 15, 2021

The state has established a new Return-to-Office Workgroup consisting of business, labor and public health experts that is scheduled to meet for the first time on Thursday. The panel will provide recommendations to Gov. Gretchen Whitmer that will be used to inform Michigan Department of Health and Human Services (DHHS) orders, Michigan Occupational Safety and […]

Senate adopts bigger $2.3B COVID plan laced with ‘political poison pill’ for Whitmer

BY: and - March 2, 2021

The Michigan Senate passed on Tuesday a new $2.3 billion supplemental funding bill for COVID-19 relief that also contains what Democrats referred to as a “political poison pill.” Last week, the Senate passed a smaller $727 million plan, Senate Bill 114. In December, Congress passed another $5.6 billion in COVID relief that has not been […]


Ron Bieber: Congress and Biden should act on an agenda for working people

BY: - February 4, 2021

It was quite a relief to see President Joe Biden assume office and immediately take essential, decisive steps to make our country stronger, kinder and fairer. America has long offered an unfulfilled promise of inclusion and opportunity, and President Biden’s actions to raise standards to protect all workers, correct injustices and recognize the status of […]

Nessel took more than 200 legal actions in the Trump era. Here’s a look at where they stand.

BY: - February 1, 2021

Since the first week Attorney General Dana Nessel took office in January 2019, the Democrat has been busy joining multi-state lawsuits and other legal actions against now-former President Donald Trump’s administration. With a new Democratic administration now in charge, and President Joe Biden already reversing a number of Trump-era policies, the Advance took a look […]