Posts Tagged ‘Michigan’

Dec
2016
13

MI House Passes Anti-Union Bills to Prevent Picketing and Facilitate Hiring of Scabs

MI House Passes Anti-Union Bills to Prevent Picketing and Facilitate Hiring of Scabs
  Elections have consequences, and Michigan workers are about to find that out the hard way. The state House of Representatives has passed two bills that will make it harder for employees to picket and easier for employers to replace striking workers. Both bills passed along party lines, with Republicans supporting the anti-union efforts and...
Dec
2016
9

MI House Jams “Democracy-proof” Voter Suppression Bill Into Lame Duck Session

MI House Jams
  Michigan Republicans are working overtime to ram home very troubling legislation during the final days of the lame duck session. Despite swirling controversy around the election results, the legislature had the gall this week to move voter suppression legislation – in the form of HB 6066, HB 6067, and HB6068 – through the House:...
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Aug
2016
23

MI GOP’s Pathetic Attempt to Suppress Minority Voting Squashed by Fed Appeals Court

MI GOP's Pathetic Attempt to Suppress Minority Voting Squashed by Fed Appeals Court
  Michigan Republicans lost another battle last week in their undying fight to inhibit minority voting. A Federal Appeals Court upheld an injunction blocking a law that would eliminate straight-ticket, or “straight-party,” ballots this November: A three-judge panel of the 6th Circuit Court of Appeals issued an opinion Wednesday...
Jul
2016
22

Federal Judge Issues Injunction Blocking MI’s Paycheck Deception Law, Public Act 269

Federal Judge Issues Injunction Blocking MI's Paycheck Deception Law, Public Act 269
  A federal judge in Michigan has issued a preliminary injunction blocking a new state law designed to hamper political fundraising for organized labor. Public Act 269, introduced by Republicans late last year, prevents the deduction of union dues from company payrolls. Judge Linda Parker called the law, which labor advocates view as...
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...
Apr
2016
27

Coalition of AFL-CIO, Building Trades Locals Sue Michigan Over Anti-Union Campaign Finance Law

Coalition of AFL-CIO, Building Trades Locals Sue Michigan Over Anti-Union Campaign Finance Law
  A group of Michigan unions have filed a lawsuit against a law that allows corporations, but not unions, to use payroll deductions for contributions to political action committees.  The sweeping election law also banned elected officials in local governments from talking about ballot proposals or millage issues in the 60 days before an...
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
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...