Archive for the ‘MICHIGAN’ Category

Jun
2016
1

Third Time’s the Harm? ABC’s Petition Drive to Repeal MI’s Prevailing Wage Fails AGAIN

Third Time's the Harm? ABC's Petition Drive to Repeal MI's Prevailing Wage Fails AGAIN
  Without revealing whether or not they had enough signatures to press on (read: they probably didn’t), the anti-worker group attempting to repeal Michigan’s prevailing wage announced it will not move forward with a petition to force the state legislature to vote on the issue or have it become a ballot initiative in the November...
May
2016
19

Local Pay Protected: Anti-Worker Contractors’ Group, ABC, Loses MI Prevailing Wage Case

Local Pay Protected: Anti-Worker Contractors' Group, ABC, Loses MI Prevailing Wage Case
  The Michigan Supreme Court has ruled against the Associated Builders and Contractors (ABC) in the organization’s attempt to prevent local prevailing wage laws in cities like Lansing. Their request was ruled unconstitutional. Citing a court case from 1923, the Supreme Court ruled unanimously in favor of local prevailing wage laws and...
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Apr
2016
13

Dangerous Michigan Bill Would Triple the Number of Less-Skilled Electricians on Worksites

Dangerous Michigan Bill Would Triple the Number of Less-Skilled Electricians on Worksites
  A bill that would drastically change the journeyman-to-apprentice ratio on Michigan construction sites in the electrical profession has passed the State Senate and awaits the signature of Gov. Rick Snyder.  In January, the House version of the bill, HB 4813, passed by a 58-48 margin.  HB 4813, opposed by the Michigan Building and...
Feb
2016
3

Union Plumbers Converge on Flint, Volunteer to Install Faucets Amid Water Crisis

Union Plumbers Converge on Flint, Volunteer to Install Faucets Amid Water Crisis
  On Saturday, 300 union plumbers from across the country met in Flint, Michigan to install donated faucets and fix other plumbing problems in homes that have been affected by the city’s water crisis.  The plumbers, along with members of Plumbing Manufacturers International (PMI), met at the United Association (UA) Local 370 union hall...
Feb
2016
1

2015 DATA: WI is a Union Membership Cesspool, but Numbers Remained Flat in OH, Rose in MI

2015 DATA: WI is a Union Membership Cesspool, but Numbers Remained Flat in OH, Rose in MI
  While union membership rates remained unchanged nationally from 2014 to 2015, they dropped significantly in the state of Wisconsin. For the first time in its history, the state fell below the national average.  In 2015, only 8.3 percent of Wisconsin’s workforce paid dues to unions, or a total of 223,000 workers.  In 2014, roughly...
Jan
2016
13

MI GOP Passes 11th-Hour Measure Limiting Union Political Activities Despite Admitting It Was Rushed

MI GOP Passes 11th-Hour Measure Limiting Union Political Activities Despite Admitting It Was Rushed
  Added at the last minute to the 53 pages of Michigan’s Senate Bill 571 — and buried, at that — was a provision that prohibits corporations from collecting contributions to a union’s political action committee.  Labor advocates have a term for this type of legislation: paycheck deception. The Republicans who snuck it in use...
Nov
2015
10

MI Gov. Finally Set to Sign Road Funding Deal After Years of Political Infighting

MI Gov. Finally Set to Sign Road Funding Deal After Years of Political Infighting
  After years of negotiations and political infighting, Michigan Gov. Rick Snyder will sign a bill to provide $1.2 billion in funding for roads.  Late last week the Republican-controlled Senate voted 20-18 in favor of key pieces of the legislation, which the House eventually passed.  The $1.2 billion in funding will be made up of [&hellip...
Nov
2015
3

Death of a Salesman: MI Prevailing Wage Repeal Kaput After Fake, Duplicate Signatures Confirmed

Death of a Salesman: MI Prevailing Wage Repeal Kaput After Fake, Duplicate Signatures Confirmed
  Protect Michigan Taxpayers, the dark money group led by the Associated Builders and Contractors and the DeVos Family, has pulled their petition to have a prevailing wage repeal initiative appear on the 2016 ballot after their own analysis showed that many of the signatures they gathered were duplicates.  The likelihood of illegal...
Oct
2015
30

Ann Arbor IBEW Local Champions the Intersection of Apprenticeship, Green Energy Progress

Ann Arbor IBEW Local Champions the Intersection of Apprenticeship, Green Energy Progress
  In Ann Arbor, two 30-foot wind turbines and a bank of 60 solar panels line the entrance of the International Brotherhood of Electrical Workers (IBEW) Local 252 training center, where apprentices learn skills that keep the union on the forefront of green energy while lowering their electrical bills.  A recent open house, featured in...
Oct
2015
27

Sigmund Fraud: More Than 100,000 Prevailing Wage Repeal Signatures Appear Invalid in MI

Sigmund Fraud: More Than 100,000 Prevailing Wage Repeal Signatures Appear Invalid in MI
  The effort to repeal the prevailing wage in Michigan via ballot initiative has hit a major stumbling block. A sample taken by the state Board of Elections found that many of the signatures turned in by anti-wage front group, Protect Michigan Taxpayers, were invalid.  The labor-backed group working to fight repeal, Protect Michigan Jobs,...
Oct
2015
26

MI Vets Oppose Prevailing Wage Repeal: “It’s gonna be impossible to have a truly professional experienced workforce”

MI Vets Oppose Prevailing Wage Repeal:
  In Michigan, a group of veterans have come out in support of the prevailing wage, arguing that construction jobs can create solid careers for those who have served their country.  As we have extensively covered, a group called Protect Michigan Taxpayers collected signatures to put a prevailing wage repeal on the ballot in 2016, [&hellip...
Oct
2015
14

Boom Times: Michigan’s MUST Program Aims to Add More Than 1,000 Apprentices This Year

Boom Times: Michigan's MUST Program Aims to Add More Than 1,000 Apprentices This Year
  Building trades leaders spoke on CBS 62’s Michigan Matters touting the MUST Michigan program and its goal of creating awareness about apprenticeship.  Patrick Devlin, Secretary-Treasurer of the Michigan Building & Construction Trades Council, and Donna Pardonnet, Executive Director of ACT Michigan, serve as MUST Careers Labor...