organized labor http://michiganradio.org en Lawmakers decide against docking MSU $500k for labor courses http://michiganradio.org/post/lawmakers-decide-against-docking-msu-500k-labor-courses <p>State lawmakers have backed down from penalizing Michigan State University over controversial courses about organized labor. The $500,000 fine was taken out of a budget bill approved this week in the Legislature.</p><p></p><p>“As we’ve made the rounds and talked to a number of members, I think as we give them all information, I think there’s fewer concerns than were originally raised,” said David Bertram, MSU’s assistant vice president for state affairs.</p><p></p><p>Bertram says no taxpayer money is used to support the program.</p><p></p><p>“As a matter of fact, we actually make a small profit off of this that goes into the graduate program at our school of human resources and labor relations,” he said.</p><p></p><p>The program is offered to groups hoping to learn more about union organizing. It is not open to regular undergraduate or graduate students.</p><p></p><p>The state budget for the fiscal year starting in October is on its way to Gov. Rick Snyder’s desk.</p><p> Fri, 13 Jun 2014 21:45:52 +0000 Jake Neher 17998 at http://michiganradio.org Lawmakers decide against docking MSU $500k for labor courses Labor leaders set to join rally at Michigan Wal-Mart http://michiganradio.org/post/labor-leaders-set-join-rally-michigan-wal-mart <p>STERLING HEIGHTS, Mich. (AP) - Several labor leaders are expected to rally at a suburban Detroit Wal-Mart store on the day traditionally viewed as the official start to the holiday buying season.<br /><br />MLive.com reports the Friday event in Sterling Heights is one of hundreds of planned demonstrations and walkouts around the country. The Michigan Black Friday protest is expected to draw leaders from the AFL-CIO and Service Employees International Union.<br /> Fri, 29 Nov 2013 11:19:09 +0000 The Associated Press 15470 at http://michiganradio.org Labor leaders set to join rally at Michigan Wal-Mart Court declares Indiana's right-to-work law unconstitutional http://michiganradio.org/post/court-declares-indianas-right-work-law-unconstitutional <div><p>A judge in Indiana has ruled that that state’s right-to-work law violates a provision in the Indiana constitution -- a provision that bars the delivery of services “without just compensation.”</p></div><div>&nbsp;</div><div><span style="line-height: 1.5;">The judge found that the law wrongly requires unions to represent workers who do not pay dues.</span></div><div>&nbsp;</div><div>Indiana became the 23rd state – and the first in the Midwest – to ban the collection of mandatory fees for representation from unions.</div><div>&nbsp;</div><div>Rick Pluta, Lansing Bureau Chief for the Michigan Public Radio network, joined us today. He's been covering Michigan’s right-to-work law – which, of course, was passed in December.</div><div>&nbsp;</div><div><em>Listen to the audio above.</em></div><p> Tue, 10 Sep 2013 20:17:55 +0000 Stateside Staff 14362 at http://michiganradio.org Court declares Indiana's right-to-work law unconstitutional Despite major setbacks, 'The Dream Continues' at Detroit Labor Day parade http://michiganradio.org/post/despite-major-setbacks-dream-continues-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 http://michiganradio.org Despite major setbacks, 'The Dream Continues' at Detroit Labor Day parade University of Detroit-Mercy faculty protest as contract negotiations drag on http://michiganradio.org/post/university-detroit-mercy-faculty-protest-contract-negotiations-drag <p>Faculty at the University of Detroit Mercy say the university is “going backward” in ongoing contract negotiations.</p><p>Some U of D professors protested at an event attended by the school’s President Monday.</p><p>The two sides have been bargaining since late last year. Just last month, the university gave notice that it may invoke a clause to “terminate or modify” the current faculty contract in late September.</p><p>Faculty union President and Associate Professor of Physics Prasad Venugopal said faculty members are “very concerned” about that possibility.</p> Tue, 27 Aug 2013 15:08:50 +0000 Sarah Cwiek 14151 at http://michiganradio.org University of Detroit-Mercy faculty protest as contract negotiations drag on Michigan union dispute tied to much bigger national issue http://michiganradio.org/post/michigan-union-dispute-tied-much-bigger-national-issue <p>A federal court challenge is blocking a group of west Michigan bakers from forming a union.</p><p></p><p>A federal court is preventing the National Labor Relations Board from certifying local union elections, because three of the board’s five members were appointed by President Obama without congressional approval.</p><p></p><p>In 2012, Panera Bread bakers voted to form a union at 6 locations along I-94 in west Michigan. The NLRB certified the vote.&nbsp; But because of the legal challenge to the president’s appointees, the issue remains in limbo.&nbsp;</p><p></p> Fri, 21 Jun 2013 17:01:30 +0000 Steve Carmody 13187 at http://michiganradio.org Michigan union dispute tied to much bigger national issue Wayne State faculty ok possible strike http://michiganradio.org/post/wayne-state-faculty-ok-possible-strike <p>Wayne State University professors have <a href="http://www.freep.com/article/20121217/NEWS01/121217033/Wayne-State-faculty-gives-OK-to-union-leadership-to-call-strike-if-necessary?odyssey=nav|head">authorized their union leaders to call a strike </a>if they can’t otherwise reach an agreement with the school.</p><p>The faculty union and school administration have been mired in contentious contract negotiations for months.</p> Tue, 18 Dec 2012 00:07:36 +0000 Sarah Cwiek 10410 at http://michiganradio.org Marking the end of the Flint Sit Down Strike http://michiganradio.org/post/marking-end-flint-sit-down-strike <p>Saturday marks the 75<sup>th</sup> anniversary of the&nbsp;end of&nbsp;the&nbsp;Flint&nbsp;Sit Down Strike.&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;</p><p>Hundreds of UAW members gathered in Flint&nbsp;today&nbsp;to commemorate the pivotal moment in the history of the union movement.&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;</p><p>Union members honored in song the six surviving sit down strikers and women&rsquo;s brigade members who gathered to mark the anniversary of the strike that many say legitimized the United Auto Workers union.</p> Fri, 10 Feb 2012 23:23:33 +0000 Steve Carmody 6186 at http://michiganradio.org Marking the end of the Flint Sit Down Strike Legislation to get tough on unions has labor crying foul http://michiganradio.org/post/legislation-get-tough-unions-has-labor-crying-foul <p>A package of Republican bills in the state Legislature would boost penalties for public workers who go on strike. The legislation would also let employers sue striking workers who get in the way of their businesses, and make it more complicated for unions to get dues deducted from employee paychecks.</p><p>The state House Oversight, Reform, and Ethics Committee opened hearings on the package today.&nbsp;</p><p>&ldquo;It&rsquo;s just to give clarity,&quot;&nbsp;said&nbsp;Rep. Tom McMillin (R-Auburn Hills), who&nbsp;chairs the committee.&nbsp;&quot;Strikes that are illegal are really illegal. We&rsquo;ve seen people try to get to the gray areas and we&rsquo;re trying to reduce the gray and make it as black and white as we can.&rdquo;</p><p>Union leaders say it&rsquo;s been&nbsp;years since there&rsquo;s been any kind of public employee strike in Michigan, and they say the measures are really just meant to harass unions.</p><p>&ldquo;It&rsquo;s not enough to draw and quarter somebody; You also have to waterboard them and, besides that, shoot them&nbsp;through the heart,&quot;&nbsp;said&nbsp;Mary Ellen Gurwitz, an attorney with the Michigan AFL-CIO.&nbsp;</p><p>Hearings on the bills are expected to continue next week. Tue, 17 Jan 2012 22:31:21 +0000 Rick Pluta 5829 at http://michiganradio.org 75 years ago: Flint autoworkers clash with police http://michiganradio.org/post/75-years-ago-flint-autoworkers-clash-police <p>Last month, Michigan Radio&#39;s Steve Carmody visited Flint to <a href="http://www.michiganradio.org/post/flint-sit-down-strike-75-years-later">report on the 75th anniversary of the start of the Flint sit down strike</a>, a work stoppage at multiple GM facilities beginning in 1936, which Carmody says was &quot;pivotal to the birth of the United Auto Workers,&quot; and had profound implications for American organized labor in general.</p><p>Carmody writes:</p> Wed, 11 Jan 2012 21:55:59 +0000 Michigan Radio Newsroom 5740 at http://michiganradio.org 75 years ago: Flint autoworkers clash with police Flint Sit Down Strike - 75 years later http://michiganradio.org/post/flint-sit-down-strike-75-years-later <p>Today&nbsp;is the 75<sup>th</sup> anniversary of one of the key moments in&nbsp;the history of organized labor in the United States:&nbsp;The beginning of&nbsp;the <a href="http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Flint_Sit-Down_Strike">Flint Sit Down Strike.&nbsp;</a>&nbsp;&nbsp;</p><p>The Flint Sit-Down Strike was pivotal to the birth of the United Auto Workers.&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;</p><p>Three-quarters of a century later the echoes of the event still resonate.&nbsp;&nbsp;</p> Fri, 30 Dec 2011 06:01:01 +0000 Steve Carmody 5583 at http://michiganradio.org Flint Sit Down Strike - 75 years later In Detroit, President Obama says unions can help "fully restore the middle class" http://michiganradio.org/post/detroit-president-obama-says-unions-can-help-fully-restore-middle-class <p><a href="http://www.whitehouse.gov/blog/2011/09/05/president-obama-detroit-we-ve-got-fully-restore-middle-class-america">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 http://michiganradio.org In Detroit, President Obama says unions can help "fully restore the middle class"