Archive for the ‘MICHIGAN’ Category

Apr
2012
18

Michigan Unions Say Taxpayer Dollars Are Creating Jobs for Korean Nationals in the State

Michigan Unions Say Taxpayer Dollars Are Creating Jobs for Korean Nationals in the State
When President Obama and Vice President Biden broke ground at two Michigan electric car battery plants in 2010 — both built with $300 million of stimulus money — unemployed workers in the region rejoiced. Two years later, though, it turns out that the two Korean companies in charge of the plants, LG Chem and Dow …
Mar
2012
15

Michigan Gov Rick Snyder Signs Bill Prohibiting Graduate Student Research Assistants from Organizing

Michigan Governor Rick Snyder has signed a new bill that prevents university graduate student research assistants from joining unions. Republican supporters say that the law helps protect the student-teacher relationship in academia. Perhaps most interesting in this scenario is the reversal of talking points between the parties involved. The GOP…
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Mar
2012
9

MI Workers Collect Signatures to Protect Collective Bargaining, GOPers Taking PLA Ban to Court, Gary Peters Gathers Union Endorsements for his House Campaign

MI Workers Collect Signatures to Protect Collective Bargaining, GOPers Taking PLA Ban to Court, Gary Peters Gathers Union Endorsements for his House Campaign
Michigan is still clawing its way back from the depravity of the end of the last decade. The state’s major cities are a shell of their former selves and although one of their major industries is experiencing a resurgence, others are still treading water. The uncertainty that becomes commonplace in downtrodden communities allows for…
Mar
2012
2

MASSIVE! Federal Judge Rules Michigan’s Ban of Project Labor Agreements is Unconstitutional

MASSIVE! Federal Judge Rules Michigan’s Ban of Project Labor Agreements is Unconstitutional
In a decision that will have massively positive implications for the state, its workers and construction owners alike, a Federal judge has ruled that Michigan’s recent ban of Project Labor Agreements is unconstitutional: U.S. District Judge Victoria A. Roberts of the Eastern District of Michigan ruled in favor of the Michigan Building and…
Feb
2012
20

MI Organizers Have Enough Signatures to Put the Emergency Financial Manager Law on the Ballot

MI Organizers Have Enough Signatures to Put the Emergency Financial Manager Law on the Ballot
Over 200,000 signatures have been collected in Michigan by organizers looking to repeal the state’s “Emergency Financial Manager Law” (PA4) in November. The law, which critics say gives too much power to unelected officials, has drawn ire from those already seeing its sweeping effects. Appointed emergency managers have the…
Feb
2012
18

Michigan IBEW Volunteers Rebuild a Veteran’s Memorial Park

A story of union members volunteering in their community comes out of Michigan, where a once beautiful Veterans’ park in dire need of some care was recently restored by International Brotherhood of Electrical Workers (IBEW) Local 275 from Muskegon: A spacious expanse of land once called “Michigan’s Most Beautiful Mile”…
Dec
2011
2

Don’t You Just Love When Bloggers Get On TV?

Don’t You Just Love When Bloggers Get On TV?
A proud moment for a blogger-turned-policy influencer yesterday in Michigan, as fellow blogger and e-pal @Eclectablog (aka Chris Savage) appeared alongside a Mayor, a policy wonk, a legal analyst and a host on Detroit’s FOX affiliate. The discussion focused on the unpopular Emergency Financial Manager law which hands a city’s finances…
Nov
2011
28

THAT’S COLD, TURKEY: Michigan GOP Sneaks Anti-Workers’ Comp Hearing Into Thanksgiving Madness

  Michigan’s HB 5002 is a bill that looks to reform how insurance companies deal with injured workers. In this instance, “reform” is used in the bastardized, Tea Party sense where the definition more closely resembles what most would label “destruction of.”  A public hearing before the Senate Reforms, Restructuring…
Nov
2011
14

In Lansing, Candidates Bucked the Chamber of Commerce in Support of Labor-Backed Positions

In Lansing, Candidates Bucked the Chamber of Commerce in Support of Labor-Backed Positions
Election night came and went this year with many triumphs for progressives, not the least of which was a resounding, working class defeat of Ohio’s anti-collective bargaining bill, SB5. North of Ohio, in similarly contentious Michigan, there was no recall of the Governor’s first extremist stroke of the pen, the Emergency Financial…
Nov
2011
4

Michigan Activists Try to Protect Workers Compensation from Corporate Power Grab

Michigan Activists Try to Protect Workers Compensation from Corporate Power Grab
The Michigan action group We Are the People are…
Oct
2011
19

Job-Creating Bridge Between Detroit and Canada Faces Republican Opposition

Job-Creating Bridge Between Detroit and Canada Faces Republican Opposition
The proposed new bridge that will connect Detroit, Michigan and Windsor, Canada is going to be test voted today by a Michigan state committee. The project, fully supported by Governor Rick Snyder, is being opposed by many fellow Republicans who want a guarantee that no taxpayer money will be spent on the project. The project, …
Oct
2011
5

Flip-Flop Tax: MI Gov Rick Snyder Revokes Tax Incentive For Low-Income Earners

Michigan Governor Rick Snyder has made some new enemies in Muskegon among those who moved in to the area based on tax incentives created by former Gov. Jennifer Granholm. The breaks allowed certain developing areas of the city to be virtually tax free until 2014. Now, Snyder’s overhaul of the Michigan tax system will force …