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Another big check for asbestos research

Date Posted: January 6 2012

DETROIT – The Heat and Frost Insulators and their contractors are showing that when it comes to finding a cure or improved treatments for asbestos-related diseases, they’re in the effort...

Labor gets ready to rumble over GOP’s anticipated right-to-work plans

Date Posted: January 6 2012

LANSING – Organized labor has little to show for its battles with state Republican lawmakers in 2011, in the effort to stop the GOP’s steady stream of anti-worker legislation. The...

Labor helps soften some of the sharpest workers’ comp changes

Date Posted: January 6 2012

By J. Timothy Esper LANSING – Michigan Republicans granted the Christmas wishes of HB 5002’s business backers by enacting their phantom wages workers’ comp bill, signed by Gov. Snyder on Dec. 19. ...


Date Posted: January 6 2012

State’s jobs picture a bit brighter Michigan’s construction industry didn’t have too much to brag about during much of the fourth quarter of 2011, but compared to other states, it...

NLRB cracks open door to more union organizing

Date Posted: January 6 2012

WASHINGTON – The nation’s union movement achieved a rare victory on Dec. 21, when new rules were adopted by the National Labor Relations Board that will make it tougher for...

Snyder signs anti-worker reforms to unemployment, workers comp programs

Date Posted: January 6 2012

LANSING – The end of the 2011 legislative session was as bad as the beginning, and the middle, for the state’s working class. On Dec. 19, Gov. Rick Snyder signed...

Trades transform Cobo Center

Date Posted: January 6 2012

By Marty Mulcahy Managing Editor DETROIT – For years, city leaders have wrangled over how to expand and renovate the Cobo Conference and Exhibition Center. Built in 1960 and expanded...

Consumers Energy cancels construction of $2 billion coal plant

Date Posted: December 16 2011

JACKSON – Consumers Energy announced Dec. 2 that is has canceled plans to construct a new baseload coal-burning power plant on the grounds of its existing Karn-Weadock plant near Bay...

Delays, denials: NLRB seeks a faster lane for union organizing

Date Posted: December 16 2011

WASHINGTON D.C. – The anti-union fervor that permeates the vast majority of the Republican Party and the big business community has been brought front and center in a case that’s...

Economic woes lead back to broken bargain

Date Posted: December 16 2011

For most of the last century, the basic bargain at the heart of the American economy was that employers paid their workers enough to buy what American employers were selling....

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