Archive for the ‘MICHIGAN’ Category

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...
Aug
2014
22

Detroit, Where Emergency Is In Air Quotes.

Detroit, Where Emergency Is In Air Quotes.
  Given the “emergency” that is Detroit’s finances, one would assume the city’s Emergency Manager, Kevyn Orr, would have a schedule packed with meetings to discuss creative ways to make necessary budget decisions while simultaneously meeting the needs of the people.  Unfortunately, his schedule, published by the Detroit Metro Times...
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Aug
2014
21

From the Front Lines of Michigan’s Totally Failed Attempt to Get People to Hate Unions

From the Front Lines of Michigan's Totally Failed Attempt to Get People to Hate Unions
  As we have touched on this summer, the anti-union Mackinac Center for Public Policy is asking Michigan teachers to opt-out of their union via misleading spam email and propaganda disguised as journalism.  Most of the details of this unfortunate campaign have been relayed by Eclectablog, which this week highlighted Mackinac’s...
Aug
2014
15

Michigan County Votes to Cut Construction Worker Wages…As Often As It’s Allowed To.

  In Michigan, members of the Livingston County Board of Commissioners voted to eliminate prevailing wage requirements for some future construction projects.  The resolution means the prevailing wage will be paid by the county if and only if state or federal funding requires it to.  The resolution was narrowly passed by a 5-4 margin.  ...
Jul
2014
28

United Way, GOP Gov and Dem Mayor All on Hand as MI’s “Access for All” Graduates First Class

  In the City of Detroit, the first class of the pre-apprenticeship program “Access For All” graduated last week, prepared to enter apprenticeships in the Building and Construction Trades.  The program enjoys bipartisan support from both Republican Governor Rick Snyder and the Mayor of Detroit, Democrat Mike Duggan.   The...
Jun
2014
25

Corporate Education Lobby Launches Pro-Charter School PR Blitz Following Damning MI Report

Corporate Education Lobby Launches Pro-Charter School PR Blitz Following Damning MI Report
  A new investigative report from the Detroit Free Press reveals a problem in Michigan found in many other states: Charter schools with little oversight and nearly no regulation underperforming to the detriment of students.  The report’s findings led the Michigan Association of Public School Academies (MAPSA), a lobby group focusing on...
Jun
2014
18

Going Postal: Mackinac Center’s Anti-Union Teacher Coercion Campaign Hits Michigan Mailboxes

Going Postal: Mackinac Center's Anti-Union Teacher Coercion Campaign Hits Michigan Mailboxes
  Teachers across the state of Michigan this week are receiving postcards from the anti-union Mackinac Center suggesting they use their summer vacation to opt out of the Michigan Education Association (MEA).  The move comes a week after the Mackinac Center sent emails to teachers in over 50 Michigan school districts informing them of their...
Jun
2014
2

MI Court Rules Against Associated Builders and Contractors’ Attempt to Gut Construction Wages

MI Court Rules Against Associated Builders and Contractors' Attempt to Gut Construction Wages
  A Michigan Court of Appeals has ruled against the Associated Builders and Contractors in a lawsuit against the City of Lansing which aimed to nullify the city’s prevailing wage law.  In a 2-1 decision, the judges ruled that the Michigan constitution, “grants cities broad powers to enact ordinances relating to its municipal concerns and...
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 [&hellip...
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...
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...