Michigan’s unionization rate grew in 2020, as fewer unionized workers lost jobs during pandemic

BY: - January 26, 2021

Unionization rates grew in Michigan in 2020, reflecting a trend that also happened across the nation, according to a summary data report released Jan. 22 by the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics (BLS). In 2019, 10.3% of U.S. workers were in a union. That percentage rose slightly to 10.8% in 2020, according to the report. […]

Education Secretary DeVos heads for the exits, leaving a legacy of turmoil

BY: - December 16, 2020

Updated, 7:06 a.m., 12/16/20 WASHINGTON — In four years in office, U.S. Education Secretary Betsy DeVos failed to broaden her appeal beyond the moment she won a wild Senate confirmation fight by the closest of margins. She didn’t even try. Instead, the billionaire Michigan native and Republican megadonor championed private and charter schools, often trying […]

Which Michigan businesses got $10M from PPP?

BY: - December 8, 2020

Updated, 11:39 a.m., 12/8/20 Nearly 130,000 Michigan entities ranging from small businesses to global firms have received federal COVID-19 relief, according to a detailed database compiled by the nonpartisan watchdog group Accountable.US. Previously, data released by the U.S. the Department of Treasury only showed ranges of funds received via Paycheck Protection Program (PPP) loans. The […]

Union leaders eye Rep. Levin for Biden labor secretary 

BY: - November 11, 2020

Updated, 8:56 a.m., 11/12/20 U.S. Rep. Andy Levin (D-Bloomfield Twp.) is garnering support from union leaders for President-elect Joe Biden’s pick for labor secretary.  Levin has experience as a former union organizer for the Service Employees International Union and the AFL-CIO and as the acting director of the Michigan Department of Energy, Labor and Economic […]

6 inducted into Michigan Women’s Hall of Fame 

BY: - October 22, 2020

Michigan Women Forward (MWF) inducted six women into the Women’s Hall of Fame during a ceremony held on Oct.15 in Lansing. They are: Najah Bazzy, founder and CEO of Zaman International, a nonprofit that supports impoverished women and children of all backgrounds in the Detroit area.  Glenda Price, former Detroit Public Schools Foundation president, Detroit […]

Revamped COVID-19 biz immunity bills move from House committee

BY: - September 17, 2020

A package of GOP bills to shield companies from liability during COVID-19 passed out of a House panel Wednesday, after incorporating feedback from opponents who had ripped into the bills the day before. The legislation has been a major priority for business groups, led by the Michigan Chamber of Commerce, which have opposed many of […]

U of M grad student union ends strike, but safety concerns still loom

BY: - September 17, 2020

After nine days of striking, University of Michigan’s Graduate Employees Organization (GEO) voted Wednesday to end the strike and accept the university’s offer. The strike began after the university denied their request for transparent and robust testing, contact tracing, and safety plans for campus, support for graduate student instructors (GSIs) working remotely and an option […]

Rough conditions for students in ‘bare bones’ U of M quarantine housing 

BY: - September 11, 2020

Matt Lujan, a University of Michigan senior, had only one hour to pack up everything he may need for two weeks before moving into the university isolation housing after testing positive for COVID-19. But upon arrival, he quickly found out that the university didn’t provide students with very much during this stressful time. The university […]

State rolls out free tuition program for essential workers

BY: - September 10, 2020

Gov. Whitmer on Thursday announced a major $24 million investment to give better educational opportunities to frontline workers during the COVID-19 pandemic. She was joined by Lt. Gov. Garlin Gilchrist, Michigan Department of Labor and Economic Opportunity (LEO) Director Jeff Donofrio, Michigan Manufacturers Association, SEIU Healthcare Michigan President Andrea Acevedo, Kroger Corporate Affairs Manager Rachel Hurst […]

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 […]

Union holds strike protesting U of M reopening plans

BY: - September 8, 2020

Over Labor Day weekend, members of the Graduate Employees’ Organization (GEO), a labor union that represents University of Michigan graduate student instructors (GSI) and graduate student staff assistants, approved a four-day strike until the university issues an offer that meets the group’s demands.  In the last 14 days, 36 students and 22 non-students at U […]


Ron Bieber: The pandemic shows why we need to put workers 1st

BY: - September 7, 2020

Labor Day is obviously a big deal for Michigan’s labor movement. Were this a typical year, today we’d be marching in Detroit and many other locations across our state with thousands of our brothers and sisters. We’d be joined by clergy, community leaders, and many worker friendly elected officials like Gov. Gretchen Whitmer; U.S. Sens. […]