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Dual pipeline lawsuits bring to a head the fate of Line 5 Tunnel

Date Posted: July 12 2019

LANSING  - Michigan Attorney General Dana Nessel and Enbridge Energy have formally entered a legal battle that will determine the fate of the proposed Line 5 tunnel under the Straits...

News Briefs

Date Posted: July 12 2019

New website set up for jobless agency LANSING - The Michigan Unemployment Insurance Agency has launched a "new and improved" website to provide a more user-friendly experience for customers, the...

U.S. Supreme Court declines to change rules on redistricting

Date Posted: July 12 2019

The U.S. Supreme Court won't get involved in the process of political redistricting, leaving intact Michigan's current "gerrymandered" system and those in other states through 2020, and disappointing proponents of...

AFL-CIO chief pushes 'New NAFTA' - with worker protections

Date Posted: June 28 2019

TAYLOR - A three-city, three-night "Trade Tour" by AFL-CIO President Rich Trumka brought to three Midwest locations a working class perspective regarding NAFTA. At his final stop on June 19...

'Cadillac Tax' may finally meet its demise

Date Posted: June 28 2019

Nobody in organized labor much cares for the Cadillac Tax. It's not terribly popular in Congress, either. Now there's legislation in place that would permanently rid the specter of the...

Marine Memorial complete; table set for the 'Fallen 22'

Date Posted: June 28 2019

CHESTERFIELD TWP. - The table has been set. The memorial to the "Fallen 22" of the First Battalion, 24th Marines (1-24) Memorial is now complete. A May 26 ceremony dedicating...

News Briefs

Date Posted: June 28 2019

Federal minimum wage gets rusty  Michigan ($9.45 per hour minimum wage) and a number of other states require employers to pay more than the federal $7.25 per hour minimum wage. If...

Top 400 contractors are feeling no pain, ENR report says

Date Posted: June 28 2019

The nation's construction contractors are generally doing quite well, thank you. The Engineering News Record's list of Top 400 U.S. contractors based on revenue was released last month, and it...

'Undo and screw' case for minimum wage and leave time in Supreme Court's lap

Date Posted: June 28 2019

LANSING - The legal ability of Republican lawmakers to change the language in a citizens-backed petition drive is a matter that's being presented to the Michigan Supreme Court. The court...

Pipe trades apprenticeship contest also a learning experience

Date Posted: June 27 2019

TROY - The top plumbing, pipe fitting and sprinkler fitter apprentices from six states descended on two union training centers during the week of June 3, displaying their knowledge and...

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