Archive for the ‘MICHIGAN’ Category

Dec
2014
11

MI GOP Rep. Introduces Bill to Stifle Cities’ Rights to Hire Locally, Set Minimum Wages

MI GOP Rep. Introduces Bill to Stifle Cities' Rights to Hire Locally, Set Minimum Wages
  While many experts predicted the Michigan GOP would use this month’s lame duck session to repeal the state’s prevailing wage laws, another anti-worker piece of legislation emerged somewhat unexpectedly.  House Bill 5977, currently under consideration, would ban municipalities from creating ordinances that require developers to...
Dec
2014
4

Michigan Rep. Introduces Bill to Prevent the State’s College Athletes from Unionizing

Michigan Rep. Introduces Bill to Prevent the State's College Athletes from Unionizing
  A bill introduced by Rep. Al Pscholka (R) would disallow student athletes at Michigan public universities from being recognized as employees of the university or unionizing under the state’s collective bargaining laws.  The move is a response to the national movement of college athletes looking to unionize.   In March, a regional NLRB...
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Dec
2014
3

In Survey, MI’s Biz Community Speaks: Yes to Infrastructure, No to Wage-Slashing

  A survey of 300 business owners and executives taken by Crain’s Detroit Business in mid-November shows that the top priorities of business players are not lower taxes but infrastructure spending, education, and job training.  The Michigan GOP made major gains at the state and federal level during the 2014 elections, but the pro-business...
Nov
2014
13

Speculation on High in MI: Far-Right May Try to Trade the Prevailing Wage for Road Funding

Speculation on High in MI: Far-Right May Try to Trade the Prevailing Wage for Road Funding
  The Michigan GOP enters the upcoming lame duck session knowing they will have a supermajority next year after the pickup of four house seats and one senate seat in the general election. 35 legislators will have one more chance to make a mark on the state before they return to civilian life due to [&hellip...
Nov
2014
12

ACLU, Coalition of Unions File New Lawsuit Against Michigan “Right-to-Work” Law

  A new lawsuit brought forward by the American Civil Liberties Union (ACLU) and a coalition of labor unions claims that Michigan officials violated the Open Meetings Act when they locked the public out of the Capitol building while “Right-to-Work” was debated and then passed in December of 2012.  The coalition filed a motion on [&hellip...
Nov
2014
3

In MI Gov Race, It’s Labor’s Taste for Change vs. the GOP’s Four-Year-Old Flavor

In MI Gov Race, It's Labor's Taste for Change vs. the GOP's Four-Year-Old Flavor
  In the Michigan gubernatorial race, incumbent Rick Snyder has enjoyed a slight lead in the polls, but labor is making a strong last-second push for his opponent, former state senator and U.S. Congressman Mark Schauer. 9 percent of voters remain undecided as the candidates come down the home stretch with very well-funded war chests. [&hellip...
Oct
2014
15

Tender Crony: MI AG’s Former Firm Has Landed $2M in Gov’t Contracts Since He Took Office

Tender Crony: MI AG's Former Firm Has Landed $2M in Gov't Contracts Since He Took Office
  The administration of Michigan Governor Rick Snyder has become synonymous with a certain level of cronyism, and a new peek into the affairs of his Attorney General, Bill Schuette, supports the reputational deterioration. Schuette’s former law firm, it seems, has benefited from this ‘inside basbeall’ to the tune of nearly...
Sep
2014
30

Control of Detroit Handed Back to Mayor, Council; Maligned Emergency Manager Will Retain Some Duties

Control of Detroit Handed Back to Mayor, Council; Maligned Emergency Manager Will Retain Some Duties
  The Detroit City Council has unanimously approved a plan to remove emergency manager Kevyn Orr from office and hand day-to-day operational power back to the city council and Mayor Mike Duggan.  Orr will be retained in his current position to oversee the final aspects of the city’s bankruptcy.  Following the vote, Orr signed his [&hellip...
Sep
2014
26

Despite Lack of Evidence, Michigan Dems Fear Lame Duck Session Could be Hotbed for Bad Bills Again

  Democrats in Michigan are preparing for the possibility of legislation that would repeal prevailing wages and change the electoral college system during the upcoming lame duck session.  Last year the state GOP made a successful push to enact “Right-to-Work” legislation during the same time period. WLNS 6 News Capitol correspondent Tim...
Sep
2014
15

Good for Workers: Scandal-Plagued MI Gov. Snyder in Dead Heat with Low-Profile Dem Challenger

Good for Workers: Scandal-Plagued MI Gov. Snyder in Dead Heat with Low-Profile Dem Challenger
  Polls show a tossup between Michigan Republican Gov. Rick Snyder and his Democratic challenger Mark Schauer in what may end up being the surprise horse race of the election season. What once was an eight point lead over a relatively unknown opponent has dwindled according to USA Today which actually has Schauer ahead by [&hellip...
Sep
2014
4

“You People”: Gov. Snyder Advisor Threatens MI AFL-CIO Pres. with Suit Following Op-Ed

  Things are getting tense for the Rick Snyder administration ahead of the Michigan gubernatorial election home stretch. So tense, in fact, that one member of his cabinet has been leaving threatening voicemails to members of the AFL-CIO. The reason for the threats? They expressed their opinions.   At the center of the controversy is [&hellip...
Aug
2014
29

Prevailing Wage Repeal Gets a Proper Ribbing in the Pages of the Detroit Free Press

Prevailing Wage Repeal Gets a Proper Ribbing in the Pages of the Detroit Free Press
  Last month, Alfredo Ortiz of the Job Creators Network (the who?) published a guest column in the Detroit Free Presscalling for the repeal of Michigan’s prevailing wage law. It is “a waste of your tax dollars,” he said. In response, advocates for and against this careless claim entered the public debate with op-eds of their [&hellip...