Column: Michigan lawmakers must prioritize underpaid essential workers

BY: - October 4, 2021

When my mother and grandmother got sick and I started taking care of them, I knew right away that helping others was what I was made to do. That passion has sustained me over the last 20 years working as a dietary aide in the nursing home industry. Every day, I work hard to ensure […]


Column: I’ve worked at McDonald’s for 11 years. We deserve better working conditions.

BY: - September 14, 2021

In Detroit, the average temperature last month was 80 degrees. Now add the heat radiating from a hot stove, humidity, wearing a face mask for safety during the pandemic and physical exertion. It feels like I’m in an oven at the Detroit McDonald’s where I work.  I have worked at as a crew member for […]

Nursing homes labor dispute continues amid pandemic 

BY: - August 24, 2020

More than a week after Gov. Gretchen Whitmer stepped in to help resolve an ongoing labor dispute between 1,600 nursing home workers and 18 employers located throughout the state, she said she looks forward to an agreement.  “I’m hopeful that we can avoid a strike,” Whitmer said on Monday in Detroit. “Nursing homes are an […]

‘Strike for Black Lives’: Nursing home workers rally amid COVID-19 crisis

BY: - July 19, 2020

Union workers at several metro Detroit nursing homes plan to strike Monday as they face significant health risk during the COVID-19 pandemic, SEIU members said.  “Here in Detroit, us nursing home workers are at the center of the COVID-19 crisis,” said Trece Andrews, who works at Regency at St. Clair Shores, a long-term care facility. […]

Detroit nursing homes have 100+ COVID-19 deaths, state taking new actions

BY: - April 21, 2020

Detroit Mayor Mike Duggan said Tuesday there have been 124 COVID-19 deaths recorded among residents and staff in city nursing homes — and added it’s likely the final number will be dramatically higher. The city also is two-thirds of the way through testing residents at each of the city’s 26 nursing homes, Duggan said during […]

New: Detroit nursing home shaken by 3 COVID-19 deaths

BY: - April 8, 2020

Updated, 1:05 p.m. 4/13/20 with a clarification from Villa Healthcare. One staff member and two residents have died of COVID-19 at Ambassador Nursing and Rehabilitation Center in Detroit. That’s according to Service Employees International Union (SEIU) Healthcare Michigan spokesman Kevin Lignell. He also told the Advance that SEIU filed complaints against the nursing home with […]

Fear and exhaustion in Detroit, state’s COVID-19 ‘epicenter’ 

BY: - April 1, 2020

WASHINGTON — Tinae Moore, an emergency department technician at Detroit Medical Center, couldn’t finish her shift last Tuesday.  She was experiencing shortness of breath and a fever — which are among the COVID-19 symptoms — so she stopped work early and was tested for coronavirus.  She’s been in quarantine, but still doesn’t know her test […]

Nursing homes see spike in COVID-19 cases, Whitmer asked to take action 

BY: - March 31, 2020

Updated, 1:06 p.m. 4/13/20 The spread of COVID-19 often hits older people the hardest. Reports coming from nursing homes around the state are showing that those living in these facilities could be in a particularly dangerous situation.  A number of residents and employees working in metro Detroit have tested positive for COVID-19, the new coronavirus, […]

Working through a pandemic: Many health care workers face health risks, can’t take time off

BY: - March 24, 2020

Doctors, physicians, nurses, certified nurses’ aides (CNAs), medical technicians and medical assistants are just some of the people working on the front lines when it comes to helping sick patients and seniors. A statewide coronavirus hotline is open 7 days a week from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. at 1-888-535-6136. Information can be found on […]

Union rallies to secure $15 wage for Detroit airport workers

BY: - March 5, 2020

Gerald Scruggs, a cabin cleaner at Detroit Metro Airport (DTW), says that he hasn’t been treated well by his employer, Prospect Airport Services. “I’m coming together with my coworkers to win at least $15 [an hour] and a union because we need to be able to support our families,” Scruggs said. Chanting “When we stand, […]