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GOP’s ‘absurd’ workers’ comp reforms nearly set

Date Posted: December 16 2011

LANSING – Anti-worker workers’ compensation reform measures pushed by state Republicans have separately passed both the Michigan House and Senate – but at press time, differences in the two bills...

New life for Chrysler Sterling brings new jobs for the trades

Date Posted: December 16 2011

STERLING HEIGHTS – In mid-2009, the Chrysler Sterling Heights Assembly Plant (SHAP) was given a death sentence by its parent company – which itself was alive only through financial help...

NEWS BRIEFS

Date Posted: December 16 2011

Young Joey would appreciate a card While you’re sending out Christmas cards this year, putting an extra one in the mail with a personal get-well wish would put a smile...

Capturing coal dust makes for cleaner Presque Isle plant

Date Posted: December 2 2011

MARQUETTE – Wisconsin Energies imports about 1.6 million tons of coal every year at its Presque Isle Power Plant – but not quite all of it has made it to...

IBEW-NECA energize restoration at Veterans Park

Date Posted: December 2 2011

MUSKEGON – Veteran’s Memorial Park has a long and rich history since it was first established Nov. 11, 1934 as a major landmark.  When the park was created it was...

Michigan’s construction employment takes a big hit

Date Posted: December 2 2011

The fickle finger pointing out trends in construction employment gave a thumbs down to Michigan in October, as our state was among the biggest month-to-month losers in jobs. But solid...

NEWS BRIEFS

Date Posted: December 2 2011

Workers comp bill on GOP fast track LANSING – Union members packed a Nov. 22 Senate subcommittee hearing on House Bill 5002, which would make it much more difficult for...

State Supreme Court OK’s new pension tax; pays for business tax cuts

Date Posted: December 2 2011

LANSING – Gov. Rick Snyder’s new plan to tax the pensions of private and public workers does not violate the state constitution and may proceed, according to a Nov. 18...

Tepid outlook for construction, rest of economy in ‘12

Date Posted: December 2 2011

ANN ARBOR – Painstakingly “moderate” employment and economic growth will take place in Michigan and across the nation in 2012 and 2013, as the emergence from the Great Recession will...

Workers comp revision doesn’t work for Michigan’s workers

Date Posted: December 2 2011

A Michigan Senate subcommittee heard testimony on Nov. 22 about House Bill 5002, which was adopted last month by the state House and would severely restrict the ability of injured...

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