Archive for the ‘MICHIGAN’ Category

Feb
2014
11

Judge: Emergency Financial Manager Will Face Constitutionality Case in Michigan

Judge: Emergency Financial Manager Will Face Constitutionality Case in Michigan
  A judge for the United States District Court for the Eastern District of Michigan has ruled that a challenge to the constitutionality of the state’s controversial Emergency Manager law can move forward.  The news eliminates a major hurdle in the legal process for Public Act 436 opponents. All lawsuits against the city had been ...
Jan
2014
17

REPORT: Dow Chemical Funneled $2M Into Michigan “Right-to-Work” Fight

REPORT: Dow Chemical Funneled $2M Into Michigan
  The release of a new investigation by The Center for Public Integrity shows that the flow of corporate cash to politicians is not as direct as predicted following 2010’s Citizens United vs. FEC decision.  Onlookers believed corporations would simply bankroll candidates but they have instead at times used loopholes in the legal system to ...
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Dec
2013
10

Construction Owner Defends Michigan’s Prevailing Wage in Response to Mounting Misinformation

  Michigan’s anti-worker factions are ramping up their attacks on the prevailing wage, and the owner of Detroit area company Cowhy Hayes Construction, James Cowhy, has something to say about it. In an op-ep in The Detroit News, Cowhy does his part to prevent an unnecessary wedge issue from developing. The prevailing wage benefits...
Nov
2013
26

One Year Later, Impact of “Right-to-Work” On MI’s Private Sector Construction Unions Is Minimal

One Year Later, Impact of
  For Michigan unions, the one year anniversary of the implementation of “Right-to-Work” is fast approaching, yet for many shops the effects have been minimal.  A recent piece on MiBiz.com reveals how recruiting methods have allowed some unions to bring in younger workers, most of whom are happy to enter the union, to replace outgoing ...
Oct
2013
1

Michigan Construction Co. President: “Prevailing Wages Work For Us.”

Michigan Construction Co. President:
  As the Michigan legislature looks into providing much-needed funding for roads, the prevailing wage is being used as a divisive tool by the same people who made the state “Right-to-Work.”  With an agenda of lowering wages to appease big business and ideology, Michigan Republicans are painting an unflattering portrait of the prevailing...
Sep
2013
13

MI Court Upholds Project Labor Agreement Ban, Bolsters Anti-Worker Snyder Era

MI Court Upholds Project Labor Agreement Ban, Bolsters Anti-Worker Snyder Era
  The 6th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals struck down an injunction against Michigan’s Fair and Open Competition in Governmental Construction Act, clearing the way for the anti-Project Labor Agreement (PLA) law to take full effect.  The law bans the use of PLAs on state and local public works projects.   Originally passed in 2011, ...
Aug
2013
1

Michigan Attorney General Says He’ll Fight for Detroit’s Pensions: “It’s What I Have to Do.”

  Michigan Attorney General Bill Schuette has stepped over the party line and announced that he will be fighting to defend the pensions of Detroit retirees during the city’s bankruptcy.  Schuette called the case “crystal clear” and noted that pension plans are a contractual obligation that may not be impaired.  He has filed on...
Jul
2013
26

Right-to-Work at Work! Unemployment Rises in All 17 of Michigan’s Regions!

  Sorry, we’re not sorry. We’re not sorry for protesting. We’re not sorry for petitioning. We’re not sorry for suing. Michigan shouldn’t be a “Right-to-Work” state. But it is, I’m sorry to say. Via MLive: Michigan says seasonally unadjusted unemployment rates have increased in all 17 of the...
Jul
2013
25

Latest Research Shows 117 ALEC Model Bills, Many Anti-Worker and Wage, Have Been Introduced in Statehouses During 2013

  New research from the Center for Media and Democracy shows that in 2013 at least 117 bills have been introduced that resemble model bills from the American Legislative Exchange Council (ALEC).  These bills help fuel a “race to the bottom” approach to American wages that greatly favor ALEC’s corporate membership at the expense of ...
Jul
2013
9

MI Supreme Court Refuses Gov. Snyder’s Request for Reinforcement of Potentially Unconstitutional “Right-to-Work” Law

  In the days after Michigan legislators made the Wolverine state the 24th to implement a “Right-to-Work” law, lawsuits challenging its constitutionality began piling up like dead crustaceans on the shores of the Great Lakes.  On January 28th, Gov. Rick Snyder countered by asking the state’s Supreme Court for an advisory opinion on the...
Apr
2013
17

Overlooked U.S.-to-Canada Bridge Approved by Obama, Expected to Create 20,000 Jobs

Overlooked U.S.-to-Canada Bridge Approved by Obama, Expected to Create 20,000 Jobs
Another crucial step has been taken in the quest to build a bridge from Detroit to Windsor, Canada. The U.S. State Department has announced a presidential permit to the state of Michigan to accomplish this, signaling the final go-ahead before construction can begin. Construction of the long desired bridge has largely been held hostage by ...
Apr
2013
12

Emails Reveal Top MI Officials are Undermining Unemployment Insurance Fraud Enforcement

Emails Reveal Top MI Officials are Undermining Unemployment Insurance Fraud Enforcement
In 2011, in order to get tough on residents who were abusing Unemployment Insurance in Michigan, Governor Rick Snyder lowered the monetary threshold for fraud from $25,000 to $3,500. However, since UIA, the agency in charge of monitoring such activity, faced the layoff of 300 workers last year it has been a struggle to keep ...