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Masonry work restores state's only aquarium

Date Posted: October 10 2014

DETROIT – A modest but important renovation this summer to the exterior of Michigan’s oldest (and only) public aquarium went, shall we say, swimmingly. Contractor Grunwell Cashero on Sept. 2...

News Briefs

Date Posted: October 10 2014

U.S. construction rises 5% this year U.S. construction spending climbed to $961 billion from $915.3 billion between August 2013 and August 2014, a 5 percent increase, according to federal data also...

'This election really is about organized people vs. organized money'

Date Posted: October 10 2014

LANSING – Michigan AFL-CIO President Karla Swift provided MIRS News Service with some of organized labor’s perspective concerning the Nov. 4 election. Following is a sampling of her comments: On...

News Briefs

Date Posted: September 26 2014

RTW push claims 5,000 in MEA The Michigan Education Association (MEA) announced Sept. 4 that fewer than 5,000 of its members opted out of the union during August. The MEA’s rules...

OSHA tightens injury/fatality reporting rules

Date Posted: September 26 2014

WASHINGTON — The U.S. Department of Labor’s Occupational Safety and Health Administration on Sept. 11 announced a final rule requiring employers to notify OSHA when an employee is killed on...

Poll, perhaps, delivers RTW surprise for Michigan labor

Date Posted: September 26 2014

Maybe the shock of Michigan becoming a right-to-work state has worn off. Maybe the law that allows free-riders to decline to pay union dues but enjoy the higher pay and...

Snyder's pension tax hike, right-to-work support lead to lift in polling for Schauer

Date Posted: September 26 2014

Four years ago, a pair of candidates who were largely unknown to most of Michigan ran for governor. The Democratic candidate, Lansing Mayor Virg Bernero, was trounced by Republican Rick...

Trades rehabilitate old bridge to open Camp Liberty to vets

Date Posted: September 26 2014

BROOKLYN, MI – The Raisin River isn’t very wide or deep as it meanders through farmland a few miles northeast of this town in the Irish Hills in Jackson County....

'Turnout is a problem': Peters seeks to overcome voter apathy in Senate bid

Date Posted: September 26 2014

Michigan’s open U.S. Senate seat was seen earlier this year by Republicans as a good, potential pickup for their party, with Terry Lynn Land seen as a solid candidate who...

A stronger middle class requires stronger unions

Date Posted: September 12 2014

On Labor Day, families gather, politicians pay tribute to values of hard work, and some workers even get an extra day off. But this Labor Day arrives with working families...

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