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Enhanced state reviews take second look at 'false' unemployment claims

Date Posted: January 20 2017

LANSING - The Michigan Unemployment Agency has been finding fraudulent claims where there isn't any fraud. Late last year the agency, in conjunction with the U.S. Department of Labor, re-reviewed...

Feds OK first pension benefit cuts by financially troubled multi-employer plan

Date Posted: January 20 2017

By Mark Gruenberg PAI Staff Writer CLEVELAND (PAI)—The U.S. Treasury Department, acting under a controversial law approved in a lame-duck congressional session in 2014, has approved the first benefit cuts...

News Briefs

Date Posted: January 20 2017

New year, higher minimum wage Happy New Year, minimum wage-earners. On Jan. 1, 19 states increased their minimum wage, lifting the pay of more than 4.3 million &U.S. workers. "This is...

No Zamboni yet, but soon: Trades excavate base of Little Caesars Arena

Date Posted: January 20 2017

DETROIT - Here's hoping the ice surface at Little Caesars Arena will be as good as it is at Joe Louis Arena for the Red Wings and their opponents. The...

Prevailing wage repeal: we've heard this bad song before

Date Posted: January 20 2017

LANSING  - A push to overturn Michigan's Prevailing Wage Act of 1965 died in 2016, when a petition drive's sponsors likely pulled a rug out from under the expensive drive...

State adopts new energy package that, surprisingly, is well-liked by everybody

Date Posted: January 6 2017

By Marty Mulcahy Editor LANSING - It took until the wee hours of the morning of the last legislative session of the year, but state lawmakers finally came up with...

Trades drive auto show setup

Date Posted: January 6 2017

By Marty Mulcahy Editor DETROIT - Every year in early January, the North American International Auto Show (NAIAS) gives the world a look at the latest in automotive design and...

A lame, lame duck session... But 2017 offers GOP a fresh start for attacking labor unions

Date Posted: January 6 2017

By Marty Mulcahy Editor LANSING - As it has been for the past six years of total Republican control in our state's capitol, the state of organized labor in Michigan...

Happily, end of year lawmaking ignores unions

Date Posted: January 6 2017

By Ron Beiber President, Michigan AFL-CIO Lame duck sessions are when bad bills happen to good people. That’s been true in Michigan after every major election since Rick Snyder took...

Trades expand St. Mary's cement plant

Date Posted: January 6 2017

CHARLEVOIX - The cement market is solid - so St. Mary's Cement in Charlevoix is in the process of expanding their plant's annual capacity from 1.4 million tons to 2...

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