Tag: Labor

A few things to remember about a day to never forget: the day the birthplace of the labor movement became right to work

A few things to remember about a day to never forget: the day the birthplace of the labor movement became right to work

Never, ever forget Eclectagraphic by Anne C. Savage, special to Eclectablog A year ago today, Michigan, the birthplace of the modern labor movement, became the country’s 24th right to work state. Though it has failed to kill the labor movement in the way its corporatist proponents had hoped it would, neither has it done anything that could even remotely be […]

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ACTION: Panera Bread uses Natl. Labor Relations Review Board dysfunction to exploit bakers trying to unionize

ACTION: Panera Bread uses Natl. Labor Relations Review Board dysfunction to exploit bakers trying to unionize

Solidarity

Over a year ago, Panera Bread bakers along the I-94 corridor Michigan voted to form a union. The parent company refused to recognize the union, forcing the workers to file a complaint with the National Labor Relations Board (NLRB) demanding that the company recognize and bargain with their union, the Bakery, Confectionery, Tobacco Workers, and Grain Millers International Union (BCTGM). The NLRB ruled for the workers. However, due to a decision in Noel Canning v. NLRB overturning President Obama’s recess appointments to the NLRB, Panera Bread has refused to comply.

Click through for more details and information about June 21st rally to support the Panera Bread bakers.

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Detroit teachers ratify new contract, join 40 other schools and 5 universities facing punishment from Michigan GOP

Detroit teachers ratify new contract, join 40 other schools and 5 universities facing punishment from Michigan GOP

Republicans punishing schools for 100% legal union contracts

This week, Detroit Public School teachers ratified a new union contract that staves off the impact of a new Right to Work law that goes into effect tomorrow. While the contract doesn’t give much to the teachers, it at least provides them with continued collective bargaining rights into the future.

With this action, the DPS now joins at least 40 other schools and five universities that face punitive action from Michigan Republicans who seek to deny them and some cities critical funding in a childish act of retribution.

Details and commentary after the jump.

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AFL-CIO enthusiastically endorses President Obama for his full-throated support of labor

AFL-CIO enthusiastically endorses President Obama for his full-throated support of labor

“I’ll place my bet on the American worker any day of the week” Yesterday, Richard L. Trumka, the president of the AFL-CIO, sent out this statement: This afternoon, the AFL-CIO’s General Board voted unanimously to endorse President Obama for re-election. For many reasons, we are pledging to work with President Obama throughout the elections and in a second term. The […]

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Michigan Republicans move to make illegal strikes illegal(er)

It’s a good thing we don’t have any real problems in the state of Michigan. The fantastic shape we’re in and the abundance of jobs gives Republicans the opportunity to work on things like THIS. A package of Republican bills in the state Legislature would boost penalties for public workers who go on strike. The legislation would also let employers […]

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ICYMI: Why the Michigan GOP took the “Financial” out of “Emergency Financial Manager”

With Detroit facing an imminent takeover by an Emergency Manager, I thought now might be a good time to remind everyone about a subtle but incredibly important change that occurred when Public Act 4 — the Emergency Manager Law — was passed. This was first published in June. Please share widely if you care about this issue. When Michigan Republicans […]

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Interactive panoramic image from President Obama’s speech in Detroit, Labor Day 2011

You can use your mouse to spin the image around and you can also zoom in and out using the scroll button on your mouse. Enjoy. [This image is by Anne C. Savage. Please do not use without permission. Visit her blog for many more photos.]

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President Obama in Detroit on Labor Day defies the laughable myth that his “base” has deserted him

President Obama in Detroit on Labor Day defies the laughable myth that his “base” has deserted him

Detroit’s a special place. On Labor Day, it doesn’t just have one labor union parade. It has two. Yes, in Detroit both the building trades union and the AFL-CIO both held simultaneous parades to celebrate workers in general and union membership specifically. The theme of the day was “Labor and Community: We are One”. Thousands of union members walked along […]

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Mich GOP “identity theft” robocalls idea stolen from shameful California labor group initiative

A couple of weeks ago, I reported on a series of robocalls being conducted on the west side of the state warning people not to sign petitions because of the threat of identity theft. It’s a particularly odious tactic to suppress petition signature rates in the myriad recall and repeal efforts against Republicans across the state. Turns out the idea […]

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Using the Emergency Manager Law as a cudgel to bash unions into submission

Last month, I wrote about how the Northville School District was using the threat of an Emergency Manager to strong arm concessions from teachers in their contract negotiations. Snyder’s budget strips away money from the schools. The schools are forced into a bankruptcy situation. They turn to their employees and teachers for drastic concessions (a nearly 10% pay cut and […]

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Why the Michigan GOP took the “Financial” out of “Emergency Financial Manager”

When Michigan Republicans passed the legislation that became Michigan Public Act 4 of 2011 or P.A. 4 or the “Emergency Manager Act” or “local government and school district fiscal accountability act” or, as I call it, the Financial Martial Law Act, they took a subtle step that few noticed. They changed the name of “Emergency Financial Manager” to simply “Emergency […]

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