Tesoro Logistics — the company whose pipeline spilled more than 800,000 gallons of fracked Bakken Shale oil in rural North Dakota in September — has hired infamous contractor Witt O’Brien’s to oversee its clean-up of the biggest oil spill in U.S. history.
|By: Steve Horn Wednesday November 27, 2013 3:25 pm|
|By: Jon Walker Monday June 10, 2013 4:24 pm|
Despite the decision by Sen. Carl Levin (D) to retire, Democrats are still in a good position to hold onto his seat.
|By: Jon Walker Thursday June 6, 2013 7:47 am|
Despite the decision by Sen. Carl Levin (D) to retire Democrats are still in a good position to hold on to his seat. New polling by PPP finds Democrat Gary Peters with at least a five point lead over all the possible Republican candidates.
|By: Steve Horn Sunday April 14, 2013 7:00 am|
Arkansas’ Attorney General Dustin McDaniel has contracted out the “independent analysis of the cleanup” of the ExxonMobil Pegasus tar sands pipeline spill to Witt O’Brien’s, a firm with a history of oil spill cover-ups, a DeSmogBlog investigation reveals.
|By: Jon Walker Friday February 8, 2013 12:40 pm|
Medical marijuana dispensaries are not allowed in Michigan. The Michigan Supreme Court upheld a lower court ruling that the medical marijuana initiative approved by voters in 2008 does not allow registered patients to sell medical marijuana to other registered patients. Patients are still allowed to grow their own medical marijuana
|By: cal222 Sunday December 23, 2012 5:20 pm|
Some people have been saying recently that the deal in Michigan is unique in that it leaves out police and firefighters from RTW, but the recent Wisconsin law limiting the rights of public sector unions “mostly left alone police officers and firefighters, and the unions representing Milwaukee cops and Milwaukee firefighters renewed their support for [Scott Walker] Monday.”
|By: Michelle Chen Saturday December 22, 2012 5:00 pm|
Michigan’s new right-to-work law has has struck a savage blow to America’s labor movement in its heartland. Unions across the state have thronged to Lansing to oppose the attack, which makes union membership optional and thus reduces labor’s bargaining clout. But tucked into the legislation are subtle exemptions for particular workers—police and firefighters, who have historically played by a different set of rules, creating political divides in the labor movement.
But in this case, it seems that many members of Michigan’s police and firefighters unions—about 1,700 bargaining units altogether—are standing in solidarity with other public-sector unions to oppose the law.
|By: David Dayen Wednesday December 12, 2012 10:30 am|
Labor has not really attempted to overturn the Indiana “right to work” law, where they had less options at their disposal. But there are tools available in Michigan, as well as a relatively dense unionized labor force ready to fight back.
|By: David Dayen Tuesday December 11, 2012 2:40 pm|
Labor unions believe they have found a way to challenge these bills at the ballot box, even if they would be allowed to remain in place for a while in the interim. As first reported by NBC News, an analysis by the Citizens Research Council of Michigan shows that labor would have recourse to put the right to work laws up for a citizen initiative.
|By: David Dayen Tuesday December 11, 2012 11:28 am|
Despite large protests and thousands of demonstrators, lawmakers in Michigan, as expected, granted final approval to right to work legislation, which will ban closed shop unions and allow workers to opt out of union dues despite having their employment covered by a collective bargaining agreement.