Category: Labor

Labor’s lame duck victories in Michigan offer a blueprint for the battles ahead

Labor’s lame duck victories in Michigan offer a blueprint for the battles ahead

The following guest post was written by Ron Bieber, president of the Michigan AFL-CIO. You can sign up to receive legislative action alerts from the Michigan AFL-CIO HERE. You can also follow them at facebook.com/miaflcio, twitter.com/miaflcio, and twitter.com/ronbiebermi. Enjoy. Lame duck sessions are when bad bills happen to good people. That’s been true in Michigan after every major election since […]

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BOOM! Part 2 – Michigan Republicans back down from voter suppression bills and other terrible legislation

BOOM! Part 2 – Michigan Republicans back down from voter suppression bills and other terrible legislation

What started out as a typical lame duck session where legislative Republicans ram through scads of laws aimed at harming workers, restricting voting access, and benefitting corporations has started to calm down in the waning three days of the current session in Michigan. After backing down from diminishing the retirement benefits of first responders and teachers, it appears that other […]

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The First Amendment is under attack in Michigan

The First Amendment is under attack in Michigan

We all know President-Elect Donald Trump is not a big fan of the First Amendment. During the campaign, the Republican complained it has “too much protection” for free speech. He’s routinely targeted journalists at rallies and on Twitter as an intimidation tactic. After winning the election, Trump’s first tweet took aim at people protesting against him, which he whined was “unfair.” A […]

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LAME DUCK ALERT: Michigan GOP-led House passes voter suppression bill and bill to punish labor protesters & unions

LAME DUCK ALERT: Michigan GOP-led House passes voter suppression bill and bill to punish labor protesters & unions

The worst of the worst during Michigan’s lame duck – or as I like to call it: inflamed duck – sessions and this year is no exception. Last night, House Republicans rammed through two particularly heinous packages bills. The first is one I have talked about before HERE and HERE. This three-bill package – House Bills 6066, 6067, and 6068 […]

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BOOM! Facing withering backlash, Michigan Republicans back down from attacks on first responders

BOOM! Facing withering backlash, Michigan Republicans back down from attacks on first responders

As I wrote about earlier this week, one of the more outrageous things being pushed through during the Michigan legislature’s lame duck session is a 13-bill package that would “end post-retirement health care for new local government workers and generally force existing workers and retirees to pay 20% of their post-retirement health care costs”. This was the first time that […]

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Get on the right side of Proposal A in Detroit, Vote NO on Proposal B

Get on the right side of Proposal A in Detroit, Vote NO on Proposal B

In her recent write-up, lifelong activist and community journalist Shea Howell very clearly articulated the benefits of Proposal A and the lengths schemers will go through in order to get community members to vote it down in favor of Proposal B. Howell said, “… Detroiters are being flooded with high priced, deceptive appeals for our vote.  Expensive TV and radio commercials, slick […]

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House passes GOP Rep. Tim Walberg’s bill to delay low-wage workers getting overtime pay

House passes GOP Rep. Tim Walberg’s bill to delay low-wage workers getting overtime pay

Last week I wrote about Michigan Republican Attorney General Bill Schuette’s federal lawsuit to deny you being paid overtime if you are a low-paid salaried worker. However, Schuette isn’t the only Michigan Republican who wants to stop the new federal law from taking effect. MI-07 Republican Congressman Tim Walberg is also getting in on the act. Last week he introduced […]

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Part 4: Earned Paid Sick Time, Faces of the Fight – Robbi Sellers

Part 4: Earned Paid Sick Time, Faces of the Fight – Robbi Sellers

This is the fourth and final installment of a four part series about workers who are directly impacted by the crucial fight to make earned paid sick time required by law. (Part 1 is HERE, Part 2 is HERE, and Part 3 is HERE.) Last year, the group MI Time to Care launched a petition drive to put earned sick […]

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Part 3: Earned Paid Sick Time, Faces of the Fight – Julia Coneo

Part 3: Earned Paid Sick Time, Faces of the Fight – Julia Coneo

This is the third of a four part series about workers who are directly impacted by the crucial fight to make earned paid sick time required by law. (Part 1 is HERE, Part 2 is HERE and Part 4 is HERE.) Last year, the group MI Time to Care launched a petition drive to put earned sick time on the […]

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Part 2: Earned Paid Sick Time, Faces of the Fight – Greg Posey

Part 2: Earned Paid Sick Time, Faces of the Fight – Greg Posey

This is the second of a four part series about workers who are directly impacted by the crucial fight to make earned paid sick time required by law. (Part 1 is HERE, Part 3 is HERE, and Part 4 is HERE.) Last year, the group MI Time to Care launched a petition drive to put earned sick time on the […]

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Part 1: Earned Paid Sick Time, Faces of the Fight – Nicole Banks

Part 1: Earned Paid Sick Time, Faces of the Fight – Nicole Banks

This is the first of a four part series about workers who are directly impacted by the crucial fight to make earned paid sick time required by law. (Part 2 is HERE, Part 3 is HERE, and Part 4 is HERE.) Last year, the group MI Time to Care launched a petition drive to put earned sick time on the […]

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