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Snyder asks Supremes if RTW is Constitutional

Date Posted: January 25 2013

LANSING – Gov. Rick Snyder did an end-around on any potential for labor unions to win a lower-court injunction against the state’s new right-to-work law. On Jan. 28, Snyder went...

So, boycott Koch Bros. products? Not so fast…

Date Posted: January 25 2013

(By Jon Geenen, International Vice President, United Steelworkers) By now anyone who had not yet heard of the Koch brothers has been introduced to them. Every major newspaper and magazine...

Survey predicts better year for U.S. construction

Date Posted: January 25 2013

A ‘generally optimistic’ outlook for U.S. construction in 2013 as a whole is tempered by some foreboding survey results of Michigan-specific contractors. Significantly more construction firms are planning to add...

Big money drove the RTW bus in Michigan

Date Posted: January 11 2013

(By James P. Hoffa, General President, International Brotherhood of Teamsters) Extremist billionaires have achieved what seemed unthinkable only a few years ago. They rapidly forced through union-busting laws in Michigan,...

Consumers Energy plans $750M gas-fired Genesee plant

Date Posted: January 11 2013

Consumers Energy announced Dec. 17 that it plans to build a major new natural gas-fired power plant in Genesee County.  The company estimates it will invest about $750 million in...

Labor no admirer of fiscal cliff settlement

Date Posted: January 11 2013

WASHINGTON –The federal government’s brief dive with the “fiscal cliff” settlement hit with a resounding thud with the labor movement – and was just as unpopular with about everyone else....

NEWS BRIEFS

Date Posted: January 11 2013

Construction sees healthier spending Construction spending dipped from October to November , but resolution of the uncertainty regarding federal taxes for 2013 should unleash more private construction investment, according to...

Patient tower at St. Joseph-Pontiac creates more room for everybody

Date Posted: January 11 2013

PONTIAC – The delivery of health care has changed just a bit since the first building on the campus of St. Joseph Mercy Oakland was erected in 1927. “Well, it’s...

Union brand should point to shared value as trades plan our future

Date Posted: January 11 2013

This is the time of year when we take the occasion to pause and reflect upon the year that was; the year to come; and to resolve to find ways...

A bare-knuckle blast from One Brutal Nerd

Date Posted: December 21 2012

He’s the definition of a wolf in sheep’s clothing. Republican Gov. Rick Snyder came onto the scene in Michigan two years ago, portraying himself as a moderate who was willing...

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