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Biden to labor: 'this is not your father's Republican Party'

Date Posted: September 12 2014

DETROIT – Politics is often in lockstep with the parades and picnics that take place here every year on Labor Day, and this year’s event was no different. Vice President...

Labor Day, 2014: Workers urged not to 'stand still' on Election Day

Date Posted: September 12 2014

DETROIT – The city’s Labor Day Parade, one of the largest in the country, once again assumed its traditional role as a stop for local and national politicos as the...

News Briefs

Date Posted: September 12 2014

Trying times on Labor Day We’ve had occasional rain on our Labor Day celebrations in Detroit, and we’ve had the occasional visit from presidents and vice presidents over the years. The...

Peters for Senate: 'We need to fight for union rights'

Date Posted: September 12 2014

DETROIT – It’s not difficult to see how Washington D.C. becomes like Lansing. Currently, Republicans comfortably control the U.S. House, and Democrats hold a 55-45 lead in the Senate, but...

Schauer for governor: When labor votes, 'we take back our state'

Date Posted: September 12 2014

DETROIT – Mark Schauer told the Labor Day audience that he’s running for governor to “make a difference,” while pointing out the differences between himself and his opponent, Gov. Rick...

Union busters want to get a grip on Labor Day

Date Posted: September 12 2014

Don’t look now, but the union haters are muscling in on Labor Day. On Labor Day, 2012, then-Republican U.S. House Majority Leader Eric Cantor paid tribute to the American worker...

For all the marble: trades restore historic lighthouse's exterior

Date Posted: August 29 2014

DETROIT – There are at least 115 lighthouses in the State of Michigan, many of them continuing to provide a visible navigational aid to Great Lakes mariners, and in many...

Livingston County bans prevailing wage on its building work

Date Posted: August 29 2014

The Livingston County Board of Commissioners voted 5-4 on Aug. 4 to “not require prevailing wage” on county-funded construction projects. Not allowing prevailing wage requirements allows the county to hire...

'Monster labor festival' suggested, came to pass at 1st Labor Day celebration

Date Posted: August 29 2014

How did Labor Day begin? The Labor Day holiday is interesting because it evolved over a period of years. In 19th century America, there was already a tradition of having...

More of the same, with slow growth for construction

Date Posted: August 29 2014

Michigan gained 4,300 construction jobs from July 2013 to July 2014, another ho-hum increase that reflects a national trend of painfully slow but generally steady upward monthly increases in employment....

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