Labor Day en Despite major setbacks, 'The Dream Continues' at Detroit Labor Day parade <p><span style="line-height: 1.5;">&nbsp;</span>Machinists, teachers, police were among the many unionized workers to hit the streets of downtown Detroit Monday morning.</p><p>The city’s annual Labor Day parade draws thousands of union members from across southeast Michigan each year.</p><p>It’s typically a time for union workers to flex some muscle. But this year’s parade was as much about re-grouping after a year of setbacks.</p> Mon, 02 Sep 2013 19:06:02 +0000 Sarah Cwiek 14231 at Despite major setbacks, 'The Dream Continues' at Detroit Labor Day parade Calls to raise minimum wage return with Labor Day <p>DETROIT (AP) - A call to raise the minimum wage has returned in the run-up to Labor Day.<br><br>It's come in the form of worker rallies and a report finding Michigan ranks second-to-worst among states for wage growth during the past 30 years.<br><br>Fast-food workers in Detroit, Flint, Lansing and elsewhere protested Thursday demanding higher wages. They seek $15 an hour - more than double the federal minimum wage of $7.25.<br> Sun, 01 Sep 2013 21:11:00 +0000 The Associated Press 14226 at Calls to raise minimum wage return with Labor Day Michigan motorists are paying less at the pump this Labor Day weekend than last year <p>AAA predicts that 1.2 million Michiganders will travel this Labor Day weekend.&nbsp;&nbsp;</p><p></p><p>More than 90 percent will be driving.&nbsp;</p><p></p><p>Gasoline prices took their usual pre-holiday weekend jump earlier this week in Michigan.&nbsp;&nbsp; The statewide average is about $3.75.</p><p></p><p>But Patrick DeHaan with says that’s not too bad.</p><p></p><p>“Keep in mind last year…prices were north of four dollars a gallon,” says DeHaan, “So prices this year are about 30 cents per gallon than where they were last year at this time.”</p><p></p> Fri, 30 Aug 2013 16:51:39 +0000 Steve Carmody 14211 at Michigan motorists are paying less at the pump this Labor Day weekend than last year The 'last weekend of summer' could include a risk of wildfires <p>This has been a below-average summer for wildfires in Michigan.&nbsp; Though parts of the Lower and Upper Peninsulas have been under a ‘high fire danger’ warning for much of August.</p><p></p><p>Jim Fisher is with the Department of Natural Resources. &nbsp;He says three-day weekends can add to the problem.</p><p></p><p></p><p>“Usually on three-day weekends there’s many more people out and about in the woods doing things, including having campfires…it does usually cause more fires on those weekends when its drier,” says Fisher.</p><p></p> Fri, 30 Aug 2013 14:00:00 +0000 Steve Carmody 14205 at Roots of Labor Day in Detroit reach back to before the Civil War <p>As we prepare to mark the end of summer with Monday's Labor Day holiday, we wanted to take a look back at this holiday because its roots -- at least in Detroit -- reach all the way back to before the Civil War.</p><p>Joining us is our favorite source for these moments when we look back in time - writer Bill Loomis.</p><p>Listen to the audio above.</p><p> Thu, 29 Aug 2013 21:50:13 +0000 Stateside Staff 14200 at Roots of Labor Day in Detroit reach back to before the Civil War Which is greener? A gas grill or charcoal? <p><em>(Editor's note: This story was originally published in <a href="">July 2009</a>)</em></p><p>Neal Fisher thinks he’s an environmentally friendly kind of guy. He and his wife recycle, they use compact fluorescent light bulbs in the house, they walk most places and hardly ever use their car.</p><p>But when it comes to outdoor grilling... it’s charcoal all the way.</p><p>“It may be a little decadent when you’re taking the environment into consideration, but I do it.”</p> Thu, 23 Aug 2012 13:40:31 +0000 Jennifer Guerra 8776 at Which is greener? A gas grill or charcoal? The President Speaks <p>Once upon a time, it was an enormous deal whenever a President came to town. I know a woman who was a little girl of six in Pontiac sixty-three years ago, when President Harry Truman came to make a Labor Day speech in Detroit. There was a motorcade along Woodward, and she still has a vivid memory of standing along the curb and hoping for a glimpse of the President on his car.</p><p>Incidentally, her parents were Republicans. They didn&rsquo;t vote for Truman that fall, when he won re-election in a stunning upset. But that didn&rsquo;t matter. He was the President of the United States, and if you had a chance to see him, you took it.</p><p>These days, however, presidents are always on the move. Mr. Obama visited a battery factory in Ottawa County barely three weeks ago. True, an estimated 12,000 people braved crowds and traffic to pack into a parking lot on Detroit&rsquo;s riverfront to see President Obama yesterday. But 42,000 had come downtown the night before, to pay money see the Detroit Tigers annihilate Obama&rsquo;s Chicago White Sox.</p><p>The comparison isn&rsquo;t fair, in a way. These days, almost everybody had the ability to watch the President on TV or the internet, which certainly wasn&rsquo;t true in the days of Harry Truman.</p><p>However, Truman started something that Labor Day long ago that still continues today: The tradition that Democrats running for election or reelection as President kick off their campaigns with a Labor Day speech in Detroit. Campaigns start a lot earlier these days, and that was part of what was going on here. Tue, 06 Sep 2011 14:00:43 +0000 Jack Lessenberry 4035 at The President Speaks In Detroit, President Obama says unions can help "fully restore the middle class" <p><a href="">Speaking to union members and supporters</a> at a Labor Day rally in Detroit, President Obama says his biggest concern is to &ldquo;fully restore&rdquo; the country&rsquo;s middle class.</p><p>The President will outline a jobs agenda to Congress on Thursday. He drew a disbelieving groan from the crowd when he said he still believes &ldquo;both parties can work together.&rdquo;</p> Mon, 05 Sep 2011 21:50:46 +0000 Sarah Cwiek 4031 at In Detroit, President Obama says unions can help "fully restore the middle class" Labor Day <p><span style="font-size:medium">I hope you are out on a boat listening to this. Or getting ready for a barbecue, or working in the garden, or doing something you feel like doing. Depending on the weather, I may be playing soccer with my Australian Shepherd right now.</span></p><p><span style="font-size: medium;">He, by the way, will win easily. But while I hope you are relaxing, I hope even more that you have a job to go back to tomorrow. Far too many people don&rsquo;t.</span></p><p><span style="font-size: medium;">True, the unemployment rate is down from last year, but it is still over ten percent in Michigan, which is far too high. And there&rsquo;s something that worries me more than the numbers.</span></p><p><span style="font-size: medium;">And that&rsquo;s the number of adults in the prime of life who have been unemployed for a long time -- six months or more. That&rsquo;s the most on record, according to the Michigan League for Human Services, and they should know. They&rsquo;ve been trying to help folks in difficult circumstances for almost a century.</span></p><p> Mon, 05 Sep 2011 14:30:00 +0000 Jack Lessenberry 4017 at Labor Day Obama travels to Detroit today <p><a href="">President Obama</a> travels to Detroit today to <a href="">attend Detroit&#39;s annual Labor Day parade</a>. He&#39;ll address thousands of labor union members about his ideas to create jobs and help grow the economy, the Associated Press reports. From the AP:</p><blockquote><p>Obama&#39;s speech at a rally sponsored by the Metropolitan Detroit AFL-CIO may serve as a dry run for the jobs speech he&#39;ll deliver before a joint session of Congress Thursday night...In the speech to Congress, Obama is expected to outline a mix of tax credits and public works spending and press lawmakers to act quickly on the proposals.</p></blockquote><p>Michigan Radio&#39;s Detroit reporter Sarah Cwiek will be at the President&#39;s speech. As she notes:</p><blockquote><p>The President is looking to shore up support among organized labor, a key part of his base...</p><p>Speaking in the shadow of General Motors headquarters, it&#39;s likely the President will tout his administration&#39;s role in reviving the American auto industry. Publicly, Michigan&#39;s union leaders have generally praised Mr. Obama for rescuing U.S. automakers.</p><p>But, there are signs the President&#39;s support among union members has eroded, especially as unemployment remains high, and collective bargaining rights for public employees are under attack in many states.</p></blockquote><p>This will be the President&#39;s second visit to Michigan in the past month. Mr. Obama<a href=""> toured an advanced battery plant in Holland</a> in August.</p><p> Mon, 05 Sep 2011 10:43:01 +0000 Zoe Clark 4028 at Obama travels to Detroit today Why we celebrate Labor Day <p>This Friday many of us head into a three day weekend that marks the unofficial end of summer. We might mark Labor Day with a family picnic, one last summer visit to the beach, or maybe with a mad scramble to get that last bit of school preparation done. But what is Labor Day really for? Joining us to take a look is Michigan Radio&rsquo;s Political Analyst, Jack Lessenberry.</p> Fri, 02 Sep 2011 21:07:37 +0000 Mercedes Mejia & Jennifer White 4019 at Why we celebrate Labor Day State officials warn of fire danger ahead of Labor Day weekend <p>Want to roast some marshmallows this weekend?&nbsp;</p><p>Natural resource officials in the state have a message for you - &quot;<em>with the romance, comes responsibility</em>&quot;:</p><p></p><p>The Associated Press reports that campfires account for about one in 10 wildfires. From the AP:</p><blockquote><p>The Michigan Department of Natural Resources says warm summer temperatures and a lack of rain have combined to make the risk of wildfires especially high.</p><p>The agency says the highest risk is in the western half of the Upper Peninsula and in the central counties of northern lower Michigan, areas that are especially dry.</p><p>There&#39;s only a slight chance of rain over the weekend to lessen the danger.</p><p>The DNR recommends taking precautions to keep campfires under control and extinguishing them by dousing them with<span style="text-decoration: underline;"> </span>water before leaving.</p></blockquote><p> Fri, 02 Sep 2011 14:31:32 +0000 Mark Brush 4009 at State officials warn of fire danger ahead of Labor Day weekend President Obama to visit Detroit on Labor Day <p><a href="">President Obama</a> will travel to Detroit on September 5th to speak at the city&#39;s annual Labor Day festivities, the Associated Press reports. From the AP:</p><blockquote><p>The White House says Obama will speak at a Labor Day event sponsored by the Metro Detroit Central Labor Council... Obama has touted his administration&#39;s work to rescue General Motors and Chrysler, which are both headquartered in the Detroit area.</p></blockquote><p>President Obama was in Michigan earlier this month, when <a href="">he toured an advanced battery manufacturing plant in Holland</a>. Mon, 22 Aug 2011 16:41:17 +0000 Zoe Clark 3856 at President Obama to visit Detroit on Labor Day