Despite Exemptions, Police and Firefighters Show Labor Solidarity in Michigan Right-to-Work Battle

By: 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.


Michigan Passes Right to Work; What Are Labor’s Next Options?

By: 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.

Labor Can Put Right to Work on the Ballot in Michigan in 2014

By: 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.

Michigan House Gives Final Approval on Right to Work

By: 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.

Democratic Congressional Delegation Meets With Governor Snyder in Michigan

By: 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.

UT-Austin Administration Distances Itself From “Frackademia” Study

By: 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.

Right To Work Passes Both Houses in Michigan Quickly

By: 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.

As Right To Work Push Begins in Michigan, Police Arrest Protesters, Use Pepper Spray, Lock Down Capitol

By: Thursday December 6, 2012 12:24 pm

As expected, Michigan Republicans rolled out right to work legislation today, which Governor Rick Snyder, previously seen trying to court a moderate pose, said he would sign into law.

Romney Makes Late Move to Expand the Map

By: 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.

Michigan’s Two Largest Cities to Vote on Marijuana Decriminalization This November

By: 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.

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