Archive for the ‘MICHIGAN’ Category

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...
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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...
Mar
2015
20

Prop 1 to be Voted on May 5th, Would Bring Needed Infrastructure Funding Changes to Michigan

Prop 1 to be Voted on May 5th, Would Bring Needed Infrastructure Funding Changes to Michigan
  In May, Michigan will have an opportunity to vote on a ballot proposition which would eventually pump $1.25 billion into the budget to improve crumbling roads while paying off debt from past infrastructure projects.  Proposition 1 would raise the sales tax in Michigan by one percent while removing the sales tax from fuel sales [&hellip...
Mar
2015
3

Beyond Wisconsin: “Right-to-Work” Laid to Rest in WV; MI Rep. Hopes to Expand It to Public Safety Unions

Beyond Wisconsin:
  Last week’s events in Wisconsin largely dominated the “Right-to-Work” news cycle, but Republicans in West Virginia and Michigan have been hard at work on the issue as well, with varying results. In West Virginia, Senate Majority Leader Mitch Carmichael told the Associated Press he believes the “Right-to-Work” bill he...
Feb
2015
26

Quarter-Million Dollar OSHA Fines Levied on Wreckless, Repeat Violator in MI

Quarter-Million Dollar OSHA Fines Levied on Wreckless, Repeat Violator in MI
  The Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) has announced that an August 2014 inspection of Escanaba, Michigan-based Basic Marine Inc. resulted in 18 federal citations which could lead to a total of $242,940 in penalties.  The Michigan shipbuilder was cited for three willful, five repeat, and 10 serious violations and will be...
Jan
2015
21

Snyder Will Veto Prevailing Wage Repeal; Mackinac, Assoc. Builders & Contractors Double Down

Snyder Will Veto Prevailing Wage Repeal; Mackinac, Assoc. Builders & Contractors Double Down
  As Republicans in the Michigan legislature prepare to introduce a package of bills that would repeal the prevailing wage for school and government facility construction, they have encountered an immovable force: Republican Governor Rick Snyder.  On Thursday, Snyder came out in support of the prevailing wage saying that he opposed the...