globalization http://michiganradio.org en Mardi Gras beads may present a health hazard http://michiganradio.org/post/mardi-gras-beads-may-present-health-hazard <p><a href="http://www.nola.com/paradecam/">It’s Mardi Gras time</a>. But there’s a warning for people who want to ‘Let the Good Times Roll’.</p><p></p><p>People will go to great lengths to grab a necklace of Mardi Gras beads. But <a href="http://www.healthystuff.org/release.12052013.beads.php">the Ecology Center</a>’s Jeff Gearhart says they should think twice.</p><p></p><p>The Ann Arbor environmental group tested beads from different sources and found many contained high amounts of highly toxic substances,</p><p></p> Sat, 01 Mar 2014 20:14:00 +0000 Steve Carmody 16662 at http://michiganradio.org Mardi Gras beads may present a health hazard How has NAFTA affected Michigan? http://michiganradio.org/post/how-has-nafta-affected-michigan <p>It’s been 20 years since the North American Free Trade Agreement went into effect. It drastically changed the economic relationship between Canada, the U.S. and Mexico.</p><p>While signing the bill into law, then-President Clinton said, “NAFTA means jobs. American jobs, and good-paying American jobs.”</p><p>So, let’s spend the next little while taking stock of NAFTA, and what it’s meant particularly to Michigan, it’s economy, the auto industry, and the state’s workers.</p><p>Patrick Anderson, the CEO of the Michigan-based Anderson Economic Group, and Harley Shaiken, a professor at the University of California Berkeley who specializes in labor and the global economy joined us today.&nbsp;</p><p> Mon, 03 Feb 2014 22:55:47 +0000 Stateside Staff 16294 at http://michiganradio.org How has NAFTA affected Michigan? Steelcase to close three North American manufacturing plants http://michiganradio.org/post/steelcase-close-three-north-american-manufacturing-plants <p>Grand Rapids office furniture maker <a href="http://www.steelcase.com/en/pages/homepage.aspx">Steelcase </a>says it will <a href="http://www.steelcase.com/en/Company/press/2010/Pages/steelcase-announces-additional-consolidation-of-north-american-manufacturing-facilities.aspx">close three manufacturing plants in North America.</a> 400 workers will be laid off at a plant in the Grand Rapids suburb of Kentwood.</p> Wed, 12 Jan 2011 18:15:54 +0000 Lindsey Smith 849 at http://michiganradio.org Steelcase to close three North American manufacturing plants