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 Wednesday December 12, 2012 10:30 am|
|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.
|By: David Dayen Monday December 10, 2012 11:07 am|
Senator Carl Levin and most of the Democratic delegation in the House, including John Dingell, John Conyers, Sandy Levin, Gary Peters, Hansen Clark, Dave Curson and Congressman-elect Dan Kildee attended the meeting. Snyder said he would “take seriously” their concerns.
|By: Steve Horn Friday December 7, 2012 3:56 pm|
Weeks after SUNY Buffalo’s upper-level administration gave the Shale Resources and Society Institute (SRSI) the boot due to its gas industry public relations effort masked as a “study,” University of Texas-Austin’s (UT-Austin) administration has somewhat followed suit for its own “frackademia” study.
The decision comes in the aftermath of an independent review of a controversial study completed under UT-Austin’s auspices.
|By: David Dayen Thursday December 6, 2012 5:51 pm|
Within a matter of hours, both houses of the Michigan legislature passed right to work legislation, while arrests and lockdowns occurred inside and outside the chamber. In the end, Michigan Democrats staged a walkout to protest the closed Capitol. But eventually, the votes were taken, through a gut-and-amend process with a substitute bill that was supposed to create a commission to deal with labor disputes. The main bill then passed the House by a 58-52 vote, and the Senate 22-16.
|By: David Dayen Thursday December 6, 2012 12:24 pm|
|By: Jon Walker Wednesday October 31, 2012 2:30 pm|
The news for Mitt Romney in Ohio seems to get darker by the day. Not only does Obama lead in most polls of the state but his superior ground game has managed to rack up a big lead with the early vote.
|By: Jon Walker Monday October 29, 2012 1:45 pm|
Most of the media attention regarding marijuana reform this election has been focused on the state wide ballot initiatives in Colorado, Oregon and Washington State that would legalize marijuana, but there are also several important local initiatives on the ballot in Michigan. Voters in four Michigan municipalities, including the state’s most populous cities, will be deciding the fate of local marijuana reform measures.
|By: Jon Walker Thursday September 13, 2012 8:15 am|
Earlier in the year the Republicans thought they had a decent chance of winning Michigan, in part because it was one of Romney’s home states. While a few political watchers may still consider it a swing state the odds of Romney actually winning it grow more and more remote.