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Unions have one of our own at state labor agency

Date Posted: March 20 2020

LANSING - Like the country song goes, it's good to have friends in low places. But it's good to have them in higher places, too. For organized labor in Michigan,...

Whitmer to building trades: ‘We put labor back where it belongs with a real seat at the table’

Date Posted: March 20 2020

LANSING - Following are a selection of remarks made by Gov. Gretchen Whitmer to Michigan Building and Construction Trades Council Legislative Conference delegates on March 3 in Lansing. The building...

A classic, restored: WSU's Chatsworth Tower readied for next generation

Date Posted: March 6 2020

DETROIT - All college campuses should have at least one Chatsworth Tower. An historic building that's imposing, makes an architectural statement, and provides a sense of generational permanence to residents...

Big pension challenges remain on Capitol Hill

Date Posted: March 6 2020

By Jim Kolb The Association of Union Constructors (TAUC) The first session of the 116th Congress ended with a flurry of activity in December.  While much of the focus was...

Hello? State UIA is lousy at detecting fraud, and answering calls

Date Posted: March 6 2020

LANSING —The Michigan Unemployment Insurance Agency (UIA) falsely accused up to 40,000 unemployed workers of making fraudulent claims from 2013 to 2015, a mess that's still being addressed in  the...

Michigan utilities speed up plans for carbon elimination

Date Posted: March 6 2020

Michigan's two largest utilities are accelerating plans to completely stop the burning of fossil fuels at their power plants. On Feb. 20, Consumers Energy announced a goal to achieve net...

Minimum wage laws, at least, are pushing pay higher

Date Posted: March 6 2020

Median hourly wage growth for the American worker grew a paltry 1.0 percent in 2019, adjusted for inflation, although the highest (top 5 percentile) of wage earners continue to pull...

Trump seeks end to collective bargaining for Defense workers

Date Posted: March 6 2020

By Jake Johnson  President Donald Trump on Feb. 20 quietly issued a memo granting Defense Secretary Mark Esper the power to abolish collective bargaining rights for the Defense Department's 750,000...

False unemployment fraud resolution delayed, again

Date Posted: February 21 2020

LANSING - For wrongly accused victims of state Unemployment Insurance fraud, what the Michigan Court of Appeals giveth, the state attorney general's office is seeking to taketh away.  Or at...

New medical center, new daytime vigor in Royal Oak

Date Posted: February 21 2020

ROYAL OAK - The city's downtown is popular for its nightlife. Later this year a major development in the city's Civic Center will make it a magnet for a lot...

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