The ORR’s recommendations fit hand in hand with the strategy of state Republican lawmakers and Gov. Rick Snyder, who have made it a state policy to help the business community grow at the expense of workers. Living up to its name, what the ORR is recommending would, in fact, reinvent MIOSHA. ..
On March 14, House Bill 4601 was voted out of the Senate Reforms Committee and will be taken up soon by the full Senate. The bill would limit the liability of certain “successor companies” in the sale or use of asbestos-related products. ..
LANSING – Organized labor leaders have high expectations that they have the right cards in hand to conduct a successful petition drive and then win a pro-worker ballot proposal on the Nov. 6 general election. ..
That’s the word from the Associated General Contractors of America, which reported March 20 that construction employment fell during that period in nearly a third of the nation’s 337 metro areas. The employment numbers jibe with the slow rate of construction spending (see Short Cuts article). ..
The labor coalition, called Protect Our Jobs, on March 6 kicked off the effort with an announcement at the Michigan Capitol Building of a drive to collect 322,609 petition signatures – the number needed to put pro-worker language permanently into the state constitution via the statewide Nov. 6 ballot. Michigan AFL-CIO President Karla Swift said in order to provide a “cushion” against invalid signatures, the effort would seek to obtain about 500,000 voter signatures. ..
LANSING – The 53rd Michigan Building and Construction Trades Council Legislative Conference arrived at a time that was likely the most depressing point in the history of organized labor in the state. ..
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