Archive for the ‘MICHIGAN’ Category

Aug
2015
24

MI Legislature Adjourns Without Road Funding Deal; GOP House Holding Construction Wages Hostage

  The Michigan legislature has adjourned through Labor Day without reaching consensus on how to fund a road reconstruction deal. A day of closed-door talks last week did not solve the problem.  While both the House and Senate have passed separate funding plans, they have yet to hammer out their differences.  The Senate’s $1.5 billion...
Aug
2015
19

MIsinformation: Corporate Front Group Lying to Prevailing Wage Repeal Petition Signers

MIsinformation: Corporate Front Group Lying to Prevailing Wage Repeal Petition Signers
  A corporate front group called Protecting Michigan Taxpayers is collecting signatures for a petition that will put a referendum on the 2016 ballot calling for a repeal of the state’s prevailing wage law.  If they are successful, the legislature will be allowed to vote on the matter without interference from Governor Rick Snyder, who...
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Aug
2015
12

Op-Ed Slams MI Rep. Glenn, Associated Builders & Contractors for Prevailing Wage Repeal Efforts

Op-Ed Slams MI Rep. Glenn, Associated Builders & Contractors for Prevailing Wage Repeal Efforts
  In an op-ed for The Daily News, Midland resident Eric Anders uses the childhood nursery rhyme “The House That Jack Built” to describe the impact prevailing wage repeal would have on the state of Michigan.  His insightful piece targets State Rep. Gary Glenn, who recently pledged to fight the prevailing wage at an Associated [&hellip...
Jul
2015
30

U.S. Sen. Peters on Prevailing Wages: “Getting rid of them makes no sense.”

U.S. Sen. Peters on Prevailing Wages:
  With prevailing wage repeal still a hot-button topic in Michigan, some political leaders are taking their message to the masses in hopes of keeping the law on the books.  Since taking control of the Senate, Republicans have made prevailing wage repeal a top priority, spearheaded by Arlan Meekhof and against GOP governor Rick Snyder’s...
Jul
2015
6

Mayor, Building Trades, Private Investors Open Window to Construction Careers for Detroit Youth

Mayor, Building Trades, Private Investors Open Window to Construction Careers for Detroit Youth
  In Detroit, a creative solution to city blight will create nearly 150 summer jobs for the city’s youth. These jumpstars could lead to careers in the building and construction trades.  The program is a collaboration between Detroit’s workforce training agency, Detroit Employment Solutions Corp. (DESC), the Detroit Building...
Jul
2015
1

STUDY: Repealing MI Prevailing Wage Would Cut 11,000 Jobs, $1.7B from GDP, $700M of Investments

STUDY: Repealing MI Prevailing Wage Would Cut 11,000 Jobs, $1.7B from GDP, $700M of Investments
  A new study titled The Cost of Repealing Michigan’s Prevailing Wage Policy provides new data about the law’s true impact on total construction costs and economic activity.  As we wrote earlier this month, despite the incredibly strong voter support for the current prevailing wage law, the state GOP is pushing a repeal agenda.  The...
Jun
2015
17

POLL: Likely Michigan Voters Support the Prevailing Wage by More Than 2-to-1

POLL: Likely Michigan Voters Support the Prevailing Wage by More Than 2-to-1
  The results of a new Michigan poll support labor movement claims that the prevailing wage is vital to a strong workforce and quality of life. It is bad news for extremists in the legislature who wish to move forward with repeal of the age-old law despite Republican governor Rick Snyder’s support of skilled tradespeople.  [&hellip...
Jun
2015
11

New MI GOP Bill Would Thwart Local Control Over Wage, Apprenticeship, Paid Leave Laws

New MI GOP Bill Would Thwart Local Control Over Wage, Apprenticeship, Paid Leave Laws
  A Michigan bill proposed in January and passed by the state house on a 57-52 last month would “improve business conditions,” according to its supporters, and “thwart the ability of local governments to exercise local control,” according to its opponents.  HB 4052 now awaits action from the Michigan Competitiveness Committee along...
May
2015
27

Right-Wing Associated Builders and Contractors Begin Push for Prevailing Wage Ballot Initiative

Right-Wing Associated Builders and Contractors Begin Push for Prevailing Wage Ballot Initiative
  As their quest to repeal the state’s prevailing wage law faces intra-party roadblocks, Michigan’s conservative right-wing is shifting its efforts to putting the issue on a voting ballot.  If successful, the move would effectively circumvent Gov. Rick Snyder, a vocal opponent of repeal.   The ballot initiative is being organized by the...
May
2015
18

Michigan Senate Passes Prevailing Wage Repeal Package Despite Several GOP Defectors

Michigan Senate Passes Prevailing Wage Repeal Package Despite Several GOP Defectors
  Late last week the Michigan State Senate passed the bills that make up the Republican party’s attempt to repeal the prevailing wage law.  The package of bills will now move to the House where it is unclear whether there are enough votes to advance the legislation. Repeal is ostensibly opposed by Republican Gov. Rick [&hellip...
May
2015
13

Despite Gov’s Veto Threat, Michigan Begins Latest Round of Prevailing Wage Repeal Hearings

Despite Gov's Veto Threat, Michigan Begins Latest Round of Prevailing Wage Repeal Hearings
  In Michigan, the Senate Competitiveness Committee will hear Senate Bills 1,2, and 3 today, which together would repeal the prevailing wage in the state.  The long-rumored move had been pushed to the backburner after what many believed was an agreement between the two parties to hold off on repeal in exchange for Democratic support [&hellip...
Mar
2015
27

REPORT: Coordinated Effort to Destroy the Prevailing Wage Being Lead by None Other than ALEC

REPORT: Coordinated Effort to Destroy the Prevailing Wage Being Lead by None Other than ALEC
  Across the country, Republican legislators (and West Virginia’s governor) are pushing legislation to repeal or drastically alter prevailing wage requirements for construction projects. The effort has felt uncharacteristically coordinated since November’s elections, considering how long-standing many of these laws are. The...