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News Briefs

Date Posted: April 6 2018

Teachers lose RTW appeal LANSING - There is still legal fallout from passage of the state's right-to-work laws in 2012. On March 21 the Michigan Supreme Court declined to hear...

State review continues of petitions aimed at repealing prevailing wage

Date Posted: April 6 2018

LANSING - No news is good news as the Michigan Bureau of Elections staff continues a weeks-long effort to verify the validity of 4,443 signatures on petition sheets intended to...

Act of Congress keeps workers' tips safe from bosses

Date Posted: April 4 2018

By Marck Gruenberg PAI Staff Writer  WASHINGTON (PAI)—In an apparent big win for lower-income workers, the giant spending bill for the government for the rest of this fiscal year bans...

Awful Michigan infrastructure earns state D+

Date Posted: March 23 2018

Michigan earned a D+ grade earlier this month with the release of the 2018 "Report Card for Michigan's Infrastructure." To a lot of people replacing bent rims and flat tires...

Going up: new student residential tower at U-M

Date Posted: March 23 2018

ANN ARBOR - Things are looking up in the city's South University District. Traditionally known for its low-rise buildings, Ann Arborites and University of Michigan students are watching as 12-...

News Briefs

Date Posted: March 23 2018

Asbestos bill gets better LANSING – Lobbying by building trades union reps has, for now, helped successfully water down a state bill that would have imposed greater time and paperwork...

Prevailing wage, politics, potholes key to building trades conference

Date Posted: March 23 2018

LANSING - Save Michigan's prevailing wage law? Check. Rebuild our crumbling infrastructure? Check. Elect a labor-friendly state Legislature? Check.  Those three subjects were atop the to-do list by nearly every...

State eyeballs prevailing wage repeal signatures

Date Posted: March 23 2018

LANSING - The initial fate of the Michigan Prevailing Wage Act will be determined in the next few days with the issuance of two key state rulings on an effort...

Time for labor to start taking offense, stays state AFL-CIO president

Date Posted: March 23 2018

LANSING - "It's time to drop our shield, pick up our sword and go on offense for a while." That's not an original quote from Michigan AFL-CIO President Ron Bieber,...

Whitmer: 'We have to start treating unions with respect'

Date Posted: March 23 2018

LANSING - Democratic gubernatorial candidate Gretchen Whitmer certainly knew her audience: labor union representatives who live in a state with horrible roads and under a government whose majority strongly dislikes...

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