organized labor

Civil rights leader on GOP-sponsored voter reform bills: ‘They have placed democracy on a ventilator’

BY: - April 13, 2021

A few hundred people rallied at the state Capitol on Tuesday to protest a set of GOP bills that significantly roll back voter reforms laws designed to create ease in casting ballots. The Rev. Wendell Anthony, Detroit Branch NAACP president, Detroit Mayor Mike Duggan and Democratic members of the House and Senate joined union members […]

Longtime UAW President Owen Bieber, who fought apartheid, dies at age 90

BY: - February 17, 2020

Owen Bieber, who served as UAW president from 1983 to 1995, died on Monday at age 90. He was perhaps best known for taking a stand against South African apartheid. His son, Ron Bieber, currently serves as Michigan AFL-CIO president.  “My father was born into hard work and trade unionism, and through his mentorship he […]

Auto workers ratify contract with GM, end six-week strike

BY: - October 25, 2019

The six-week United Auto Workers strike of General Motors ended Friday afternoon as about 49,000 workers voted to ratify a four-year contract. The union will now have to reach similar deals at Ford and Fiat-Chrysler, with the next round of negotiations reportedly set to occur at Ford. The contract includes a pathway to full-time work […]