Tag: Labor

Republicans move to exempt 93.5% of Michigan companies from paid sick leave law. What will be Gov. Snyder’s legacy?

Republicans move to exempt 93.5% of Michigan companies from paid sick leave law. What will be Gov. Snyder’s legacy?

As Republicans in Wisconsin and Michigan work to cement their anti-worker agenda into our states’ laws during their petulant, sore loser session before they lose significant political power in 2019, perhaps the most outrageous is the effort to take away sick time pay for workers in over 93% of Michigan’s firms. This is because they changed the threshold for exemption […]

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Anti-labor hypocrisy is clear as day in lame duck bill to kneecap (some) unions in Michigan. Again.

Anti-labor hypocrisy is clear as day in lame duck bill to kneecap (some) unions in Michigan. Again.

This week marks the painful beginning of the lame duck (or, as I call it, “enflamed duck”) session in the Michigan State legislature. With a Democratic governor about to take the reins, Republicans are hell-bent to pass as much regressive legislation into law as they can before Gov. Gretchen Whitmer moves into her new office. One of the worst is […]

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The Fight isn’t over: We need to protect Michigan’s paid sick time law

The Fight isn’t over: We need to protect Michigan’s paid sick time law

The following essay was written by my friend Danielle Atkinson. Danielle is Chair of MI Time to Care and the Founding Director of Mothering Justice, a statewide organization working to improve the lives of Michigan families by equipping the next generation of mother activists. Enjoy. Six years ago, I founded Mothering Justice to fill a void for mothers across the […]

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Trump holds a “Pledge to Workers” event with no workers and LOTS of anti-labor shills and corporate lobbyists

Trump holds a “Pledge to Workers” event with no workers and LOTS of anti-labor shills and corporate lobbyists

In 2016, Donald Trump got around 37% of the vote from members of labor unions. He actually out-performed Mitt Romney in this regard suggesting that his faux pro-worker rhetoric hit its mark. Since then, he’s continued his attempts to appease union workers and convince them — despite a preponderance of evidence to the contrary — that he is on THEIR […]

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Corporations want you to work even when you’re sick. They’re so desperate that they’re starting to panic.

Corporations want you to work even when you’re sick. They’re so desperate that they’re starting to panic.

In Michigan, you have no right to paid time off if you or a loved one is sick. The result is that many of us go to work sick because we simply can’t afford NOT to. The impacts of this, which we highlighted in a four-part series HERE, are devastating to workers and their families. Not only that, it all […]

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INDEPENDENCE: You keep using that word. I do not think it means what you think it means. Signed, Labor Unions.

INDEPENDENCE: You keep using that word. I do not think it means what you think it means. Signed, Labor Unions.

This past week, corporatists ticked off a major agenda when the United States Supreme Court decided in their favor in the Janus v. AFSCME case. With this decision, SCOTUS has turned America into a “Right to Freeload” country. Will Swaim, president of the California Policy Center, an affiliate of the Koch brothers State Policy Network (SPN), celebrated the decision to […]

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When labor unions and environmentalists work together, we ALL win with more & better jobs and a cleaner planet

When labor unions and environmentalists work together, we ALL win with more & better jobs and a cleaner planet

The following post was contributed by my good friend Frank Houston. Frank is the Michigan Regional Program Manager of the BlueGreen Alliance, a group that encompasses a variety of progressive values: labor, environmental, and political action. For this reason, it’s a group that I’m happy to share this platform with. The gains made in federal environmental policy under the Obama […]

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Marquette nurses on strike to protest understaffing, unsafe patient & nursing conditions, and no contract

Marquette nurses on strike to protest understaffing, unsafe patient & nursing conditions, and no contract

Nurses at UP Health System in Marquette, Michigan – run by Duke LifePoint – went on strike today to protest understaffing that has led to unsafe conditions for patients at the facility as well as the nurses who work there. In addition, they are demanding that the administrators of the facility begin bargaining with them in good faith on a […]

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Episode 48 – This movement is about the soul of our country wsg SEIU Pres. Mary Kay Henry & MI-11 candidate Haley Stevens

Episode 48 – This movement is about the soul of our country wsg SEIU Pres. Mary Kay Henry & MI-11 candidate Haley Stevens

The show notes for Episode 48 are at http://www.eclectablog.com/2017/09/episode-48-this-movement-is-about-the-soul-of-our-country-wsg-seiu-pres-mary-kay-henry-mi-11-candidate-haley-stevens.html Last week we let you know that Friends of the Pod Dawn and Mike Wagner were worried they would lose their home to flooding from Hurricane Harvey. Mike is the composer of “Unclaimed”, our intro music into the Flint Water Crisis update each week. We are happy to report that they […]

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Michigan Nurses Association scores major labor victory, 1000+ Munson Medical Center nurses form union

Michigan Nurses Association scores major labor victory, 1000+ Munson Medical Center nurses form union

In one of the major labor victories since Republicans made the birthplace of organized labor in America a so-called “right to work” state, 1000+ nurses at Traverse City’s Munson Medical Center will now be represented by a union for the first time: A vote to unionize registered nurses at Munson Medical Center will soon be certified. The two-day election took […]

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American workers left behind: Trump’s trade stances will lead to even more “robots taking our jobs”

American workers left behind: Trump’s trade stances will lead to even more “robots taking our jobs”

In a recent op-ed in Composites World, a trade magazine for the advanced composites industry, North Thin Ply Technology (NTPT) CEO James Austin presents his view on what the protectionist approach to trade led by Donald Trump will likely lead to. His piece is titled “Process automation: A model response to Trumponomics and Brexit” and, in it, he contends that […]

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