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 […]

COVID-19 vaccines or weekly tests to be mandated for millions of U.S. workers

BY: - September 9, 2021

WASHINGTON — More than 80 million employees of private businesses in the U.S. will be required to get vaccinated against COVID-19 or undergo weekly testing as part of the Biden administration’s latest strategy for combating the still-surging coronavirus pandemic. The upcoming vaccine rule for companies with at least 100 employees is one plank of an increasingly […]

Employees works at Ford Motor Plant

Oxfam: Michigan falls to 29th best state for workers in 2021

BY: - September 8, 2021

The Boston-based nonprofit Oxfam has ranked Michigan as the 29th best state for workers overall in its most recent annual report on working policies and conditions. Michigan’s 2021 ranking is a far cry from what it was in 2020 — then 13th in the country overall, nearly cracking the top 10 best states to work […]


Rick Haglund: Census shows Michigan is still losing the race to attract young talent

BY: - August 30, 2021

Alarm bells should be ringing in the heads of state policymakers over Michigan’s latest census figures. Why, you ask? At first glance, the numbers look pretty good. The 2020 census, released earlier this month, shows Michigan has 10,077,331 residents. That’s the first time the state has cracked the 10 million mark since 2008. Many of […]

Nursing homes were hit hard by COVID. But only half of Michigan staff has been vaccinated.

BY: - July 25, 2021

Every day Tamara Blue was out of work and battling her own case of COVID-19, she would get a call: Another person she loved had died. Someone else was being rushed to the hospital.  While Blue, a certified nursing assistant at a nursing home in Detroit, was spending her days at home struggling to breathe […]

Bills you may have missed, from retail worker schedules to banning nooses as an intimidation tactic

BY: - July 6, 2021

Using nooses as an intimidation tactic would be banned and third-party sales of appointments at Secretary of State offices would be banned under bills recently introduced in the Michigan Legislature. Those are just two of the bills members of the House and Senate introduced before going on summer vacation on topics ranging from workers’ rights […]


Column: There are 1.4 billion reasons for a bipartisan investment in childcare

BY: - July 2, 2021

After years of restrictive policies that prevented most families from receiving any assistance with their childcare costs, coupled with very low wages for childcare workers, COVID-19 lifted the veil on the underlying reality that without childcare, businesses can’t attract and keep talent, and Michiganders can’t get back to work to support their families.  It is […]


Rick Haglund: How COVID-19 was a ‘giant sledgehammer’ to the labor market

BY: - June 29, 2021

Twenty-six states, all run by Republican governors, are trying to force workers laid off in the devastating COVID-19 pandemic back to work by cutting off the $300 per week in enhanced federal jobless benefits they’ve been receiving. Pushed by employers who contend the extra cash makes it more lucrative for workers to stay home than […]


Ron Bieber: Mean-spirited GOP attacks on unemployed workers must stop

BY: - May 21, 2021

Over the last several weeks, the dated, racist myth of the “welfare queen” has taken on a new form as corporations and Republican politicians have worked together to advance a false narrative that unemployment benefits are incentivizing people not to work.  Let’s get a couple things straight: First, the last president oversaw four years of […]


Ron Bieber: Pass the PRO Act to level the playing field for working people 

BY: - April 28, 2021

Since the Occupational Safety and Health Act (OSHA) passed 51 years ago, we’ve made great strides in making workplaces safer. Because of the organizing fights and wins of working people, labor unions, and our allies, fewer people are being killed and injured on the job.  But our fight is not over. In 2019, the most […]

Whitmer announces steps to fight payroll fraud 

BY: - April 15, 2021

Gov. Gretchen Whitmer on Thursday announced rule changes for state contract bids. The protections, in connection to her 2019 executive directive, are designed to “level the playing field for companies that play by the rules” and allow them to compete fairly “while protecting workers’ wages and health care.”  “We want Michigan to be a home […]

MIOSHA extends emergency worker rules

BY: - April 14, 2021

The Michigan Occupational Safety and Health Administration (MIOSHA) this week extended its emergency rules, originally issued Oct. 14, 2020, aimed at protecting Michigan workers, businesses, customers and communities from the spread of COVID-19. The emergency rules have been extended until Oct. 14, 2021, but can be modified or withdrawn at any time in response to […]