labor

EMU faculty votes overwhelmingly to authorize strike

BY: - September 7, 2022

Members of the Eastern Michigan University Chapter of the American Association of University Professors (EMU-AAUP) voted overwhelmingly Tuesday in favor of authorizing a strike. In the vote, 91% of the more than 500 tenured and tenure track faculty approved the strike action, which will begin Wednesday morning. Matt Kirkpatrick, associate professor of English language and […]

U of M nurses overwhelmingly vote to OK a strike, EMU professors to decide Tuesday

BY: - September 6, 2022

Updated, 10:28 a.m., 9/6/22 Labor disputes at two state universities have resulted in a strike authorization by one union, and a planned vote to seek such an authorization by another. At the University of Michigan’s hospital in Ann Arbor, nurses voted to authorize their union’s bargaining team to call for a strike, while just several […]

Lansing-area Chipotle becomes chain’s first location to unionize in the U.S.

BY: - August 26, 2022

The Chipotle restaurant in Delta Township, near Lansing, has become the chain’s first location across the country to unionize. By a vote of 11-3, workers at the store on Thursday approved joining the International Brotherhood of Teamsters. If Chipotle doesn’t file an objection within five business days, the National Labor Relations Board’s regional director can […]

University of Michigan nurses set to vote on strike authorization

BY: - August 19, 2022

Updated 3:36 p.m., 8/19/22 with comments from the University of Michigan About 6,200 nurses at the University of Michigan’s hospital in Ann Arbor will vote later this month on whether or not to authorize a strike over what union leaders and workers describe as “unfair labor practices” that are leaving nurses exhausted, burnt out and […]

Michigan Nurses Association sues University of Michigan over ‘staffing crisis’

BY: - August 17, 2022

Every day, nurses at the University of Michigan’s hospital in Ann Arbor go to their union president to make reports. They are overworked. Exhausted. Burnt out. After two and a half years of working during the COVID-19 pandemic, Michigan Medicine nurses are feeling crushed under the weight of what union officials said is an increasingly […]

Whitmer calls U.S. Senate passage of chips shortage measure a win for Michigan

BY: - July 27, 2022

After the U.S. Senate on Wednesday passed legislation tackling the semiconductor chips shortage, Gov. Gretchen Whitmer shared her support and called the bipartisan decision “a win for Michigan’s workers, manufacturers, and consumers.” “This game-changing bill will make once-in-a-generation investments to set up the United States for decades of economic growth by bringing this vital supply […]

Michigan CEOs make more than employees by factors of hundreds, new report says

BY: - July 27, 2022

Updated, 4:16 p.m., 7/28/22 with comments from Whirlpool At least nine Michigan companies pay their CEO more than 100 times what their median worker earns, according to a recent report.  The report was compiled by the American Federation of Labor and Congress of Industrial Organizations (AFL-CIO), a federation of 57 national and international labor unions […]

Michigan’s minimum wage could increase after judge’s ruling

BY: - July 21, 2022

Minimum wage workers in Michigan could see a pay raise following a judicial ruling this week. On Tuesday, a Michigan Court of Claims judge rejected 2018 changes made by Republicans in the Michigan Legislature to weaken minimum wage and sick leave laws, declaring them as unconstitutional. At issue were petitions turned in by advocates to […]

Lansing-area Chipotle files for union recognition

BY: - July 14, 2022

It has been a historic year for union activity in the United States, with workers at Kellogg, Starbucks and more embracing the continuing movement in Michigan and beyond. The most recent company to see these efforts from workers is Chipotle Mexican Grill. A store in Michigan’s Delta Township near Lansing filed on July 5 with […]

Facing ‘staffing crisis,’ Michigan Medicine nurses call for change

BY: - June 20, 2022

After two years of working in a pandemic that has left health care workers across the state and country burnt out and leaving the profession, thousands of unionized Michigan Medicine nurses are calling on their employer, the University of Michigan in Ann Arbor, to address what they called a “staffing crisis” and provide fairer wages […]

4 Starbucks stores in Ann Arbor vote to unionize, and a 5th votes against it

BY: - June 8, 2022

Baristas at four Starbucks stores in Ann Arbor overwhelmingly voted to form a union Tuesday, and employees at a fifth store voted against it. On Thursday, five Starbucks stores in Clinton Township, East Lansing, Flint, Grand Blanc, and Lansing are set to vote on unionizing. Since December, 135 Starbucks stores in 28 states have voted […]

Whitmer, White House tout Michigan electric vehicle efforts 

BY: - May 25, 2022

Efforts to advance Michigan’s automotive sector in a “pro-climate” direction was the focus of an online discussion Tuesday hosted by the Center for American Progress (CAP) featuring Gov. Gretchen Whitmer. “The Future of Mobility, From the Midwest to Beyond,” was hosted by CAP President and CEO Patrick Gaspard and featured what was billed as “a […]