Archive for the ‘MICHIGAN’ Category

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...
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Jan
2015
20

MI Rep Seeks to Ban Community Benefits Agreements, Kill Wage Standards and Local Hiring

MI Rep Seeks to Ban Community Benefits Agreements, Kill Wage Standards and Local Hiring
  Republicans in the Michigan legislature are considering a bill that would ban Community Benefits Agreements (CBAs) on a statewide basis.  The bill was first introduced in the December “lame duck session” where it passed its House committee but never came up for a vote.  Rep. Earl Poleski, who proposed last year’s bill, plans to...
Jan
2015
9

HEARTLESS: Associated Builders & Contractors Suing City of Lansing So Workers Can Be Paid Less

HEARTLESS: Associated Builders & Contractors Suing City of Lansing So Workers Can Be Paid Less
  The Michigan Supreme Court has agreed to hear a case brought forward by the Associated Builders and Contractors (ABC) which questions the constitutionality of the City of Lansing’s prevailing wage ordinance.  The ruling could have a far reaching effect in the state as Michigan has more than two dozen counties, cities, and townships with...
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...
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...