Archive for the ‘MICHIGAN’ Category

Dec
2012
13

Building Trades President: Michigan Law Exacerbates the “Race to the Bottom”

Building Trades President: Michigan Law Exacerbates the
Yesterday, the President of the Building and Construction Trades Department (BCTD) of the AFL-CIO, released a statement concerning Michigan’s anti-democratic ramming through of a “Right-to-Work” law. He labels those who forced its passage “extremists,” laments the drawbacks of such laws including take home pay that…
Dec
2012
11

VIDEO: President Obama Admonishes Michigan GOP for Pursuing “Right-to-Work”

VIDEO: President Obama Admonishes Michigan GOP for Pursuing
Yesterday, during his “fiscal cliff” speech in Detroit, President Obama took the opportunity to attack the malevolence du jour that is the pending passage of “Right-to-Work” in Michigan. Given lackluster participation from O’Barry on labor issues thus far during his presidency, this address represents a welcome,…
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Dec
2012
10

MICHIGAN: Obama Expected to Criticize RTW in Speech; GOP Slips Abortion Bill In; List of Actions

MICHIGAN: Obama Expected to Criticize RTW in Speech; GOP Slips Abortion Bill In; List of Actions
For the labor community, all eyes are on Michigan this week. We Are Michigan provides a list of actions for today (Monday), while the big “Day of Action” at the Michigan state capitol is planned for tomorrow with thousands committing to attend already via the online event page. To that end, hundreds of people gathered …
Dec
2012
7

The Only Video You Need to Watch About “Right-to-Work” in Michigan

Articles are being written. Tweets are being sent. Press releases are going out. But you only need to watch this video of Michigan State Rep. Brandon Dillon (D-Grand Rapids) on the floor yesterday to understand just how sick, twisted, anti-democratic, anti-worker and unAmerican “Right-to-Work,” or what Dillon calls…
Dec
2012
6

MI “Right-to-Work” DAY1: Dems Stave off Zombie Law By, Get This, Following the State Constitution

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In Michigan, “Right-to-Work” — the anti-worker law that has already left 23 states with crap education systems and zero workers’ rights among other sadnesses — was shot like a canon into the Capitol when the Governor and the Chamber of Commerce changed their positions on the matter in the past week. Without…
Dec
2012
5

New Comments by Gov. Snyder Give Credence to the Suggestion that RTW Vote-Trading is Going On in Michigan

Yesterday we published a short piece outlining the Chamber of Commerce’s change of heart on “Right-to-Work” legislation in Michigan. They, like Governor Rick Snyder, had previously vocalized disinterest in pursuing the divisive, anti-worker law, but recently came out in favor of it with a groundswell of looney GOP support…
Dec
2012
4

“Flip-Flop-For-Less”: Chamber of Commerce Switches RTW Position, Anonymous Sources Say GOP is Vote-Trading to Protect EFM Laws

Yesterday, the Michigan Chamber of Commerce (CoC) reversed its previously suggested position on “Right-to-Work” (RTW) legislation and threw its political weight behind House Republican desires to use the “lame duck” session to attempt to pass the controversial law. Recently, video circulated of CoC representatives opposing…
Nov
2012
29

The Michigan GOP is Talking “Right-to-Work,” but One Big Voice May Not be Heard

An interesting battle is about to play out during Michigan’s “lame duck” session. “Right-to-Work” legislation is being pushed despite the objections of Republican Gov. Rick Snyder and one other unlikely voice of dissent: the state’s Chamber of Commerce (CoC). Throughout his tenure, Snyder has stated that…
Nov
2012
21

Massive Davis-Bacon/Prevailing Wage Settlement at Nissan Plant Reaches 124 Workers, Contractors in Four States

Massive Davis-Bacon/Prevailing Wage Settlement at Nissan Plant Reaches 124 Workers, Contractors in Four States
The U.S. Department of Labor has announced the recovery a total of $787,000 in back wages for 124 workers who performed work on the Nissan Plant in Smyrna, TN. Five separate contractors were found to not abide by Davis-Bacon standards on the federally funded project which renovated an existing plant to enable them to build …
Nov
2012
19

Michigan Judge: Project Labor Agreement Ban is Unconstitutional…Still.

In Michigan, a Judge in the U.S. District Court has placed a preliminary injunction on a state law that prohibits public sector Project Labor Agreements (PLAs). This ruling halts a law that was previously passed by state legislature in what has been an ongoing, see-saw battle over the use of PLAs in the Great Lakes …
Oct
2012
8

In the Midwest, Downballot Races and Ballot Measures are Arguably as Important as the Presidential Election

In the Midwest, Downballot Races and Ballot Measures are Arguably as Important as the Presidential Election
With the election quickly approaching, all eyes on are the Obamney campaigns, but organized labor is looking to regain its voice in Midwest swing states like Michigan, Ohio, and Wisconsin through a host of other races and issues. The rise and fall of the middle class is contingent upon the rise and fall of workers’ …
Apr
2012
20

Package of Voter Suppression Bills in Michigan Includes Uncommon Proof of Citizenship Legislation

Package of Voter Suppression Bills in Michigan Includes Uncommon Proof of Citizenship Legislation
In Michigan’s Presidential primary this past February, voters had to prove their U.S. citizenship before obtaining a ballot. The uncommon arrangement has been dubbed necessary by Secretary of State Ruth Johnson who fears illegal immigrants are trying to participate in the state’s elections. However, Johnson’s detractors, such as…