teamsters http://michiganradio.org en The week in review: Detroit primaries, ACLU racial mapping case, 'fee-for-service' http://michiganradio.org/post/week-review-detroit-primaries-aclu-racial-mapping-case-fee-service <p><span style="line-height: 1.5;">This week, Rina</span><span style="line-height: 1.5;"> Miller and Jack </span>Lessenberry<span style="line-height: 1.5;"> discuss the certification of Detroit’s mayoral </span><a href="http://www.michiganradio.org/term/mike-duggan" style="line-height: 1.5;">primary results</a><span style="line-height: 1.5;">, the Detroit </span><a href="http://www.michiganradio.org/post/aclu-loses-appeal-fbi-racial-ethnic-profiling-case" style="line-height: 1.5;">ACLU’s case</a><span style="line-height: 1.5;"> against the FBI, and a union’s “fee-for-service” for employee grievances.</span></p><p> Sat, 24 Aug 2013 13:00:00 +0000 Rina Miller & Jack Lessenberry 14117 at http://michiganradio.org The week in review: Detroit primaries, ACLU racial mapping case, 'fee-for-service' Why do we still care about finding Jimmy Hoffa? http://michiganradio.org/post/why-do-we-still-care-about-finding-jimmy-hoffa <p>Here we go again.</p><p>The backhoe has been working away in a Michigan field surrounded by news trucks, satellite trucks and the breathless attention of local, national, and even overseas reporters.</p><p>It's yet another search for Jimmy Hoffa.</p><p>Federal agents revived the hunt for the remains of the Teamster president this week, bringing heavy excavation equipment to a field in Oakland Township, north of Detroit.</p><p>This time, the tip comes from an aging reputed Mafia captain.</p><p>Mr.&nbsp;Hoffa was supposed to be meeting with a New Jersey teamsters boss and a Detroit Mafia boss when he vanished in the summer of 1975 from a Detroit-area restaurant.</p><div>So 38 years later, why does anyone still care about where Jimmy Hoffa's body is buried?</div><div>&nbsp;</div><p>Michigan Radio’s political analyst&nbsp;Jack Lessenberry joined us today in the studio.</p><p><em>Listen to the full interview above.</em></p><p> Tue, 18 Jun 2013 21:04:11 +0000 Stateside Staff 13110 at http://michiganradio.org Why do we still care about finding Jimmy Hoffa? The dig continues in hopes of finding Jimmy Hoffa http://michiganradio.org/post/dig-continues-hopes-finding-jimmy-hoffa <p><em><strong>Update 6/19:&nbsp;</strong></em></p><p>The search is over, Reuters reported this afternoon. FBI officials left the field in Oakland Township <a href="http://michiganradio.org/post/no-hoffa-fbi-officials-call-search-teamsters-boss-2">without a body</a>. &nbsp;</p><p><strong><em>Update 4:25 p.m.:</em></strong></p><p>Detroit News reporter Tony Briscoe&nbsp;is tweeting live&nbsp;from the dig.</p><p></p> Tue, 18 Jun 2013 20:37:33 +0000 Michigan Radio Newsroom 13106 at http://michiganradio.org The dig continues in hopes of finding Jimmy Hoffa Teamsters local throws support behind Proposal 6, the bridge vote http://michiganradio.org/post/teamsters-local-throws-support-behind-proposal-6-bridge-vote <p>Ambassador Bridge owner Matty Moroun has secured the support of Michigan’s 5,000-member Teamsters Local 299 for Proposal 6.</p><p><a href="http://www.michiganradio.org/post/4-things-know-about-proposal-6-bridge-vote">Proposal 6 </a>would amend the state Constitution to require a statewide vote before Michigan constructs or finances any new international bridges or tunnels for motor vehicles.</p><p>The Moroun-backed amendment is opposed to Governor Snyder’s New International Trade Crossing.</p> Thu, 18 Oct 2012 17:18:41 +0000 Michigan Radio Newsroom 9520 at http://michiganradio.org Teamsters local throws support behind Proposal 6, the bridge vote A Hoffa-themed scam in Roseville, Michigan http://michiganradio.org/post/hoffa-themed-scam-roseville-michigan <p>ROSEVILLE, Mich. (AP) - Authorities say someone's trying to scam residents of a Detroit suburb into believing that missing Teamsters boss Jimmy Hoffa could be buried on their property.</p><p>Roseville police are warning city residents about a letter that purports to be from the Michigan Department of Environmental Quality. The letter says a recent dig at a Roseville home for Hoffa was a ruse to keep the media away from the real site.</p><p>The letter's author implies the true Hoffa dig site is at the recipient's home.</p><p>Several residents received a copy of the fake letter as a lure to get them outside while thieves go inside their homes.</p><p>Roseville police investigated a claim last month that Hoffa was buried in a backyard, but testing on soil samples showed no traces of human decomposition. Fri, 12 Oct 2012 19:44:09 +0000 The Associated Press 9474 at http://michiganradio.org Latest search for Hoffa comes up empty http://michiganradio.org/post/latest-search-hoffa-comes-empty <p>The search for Jimmy Hoffa has hit a dead end--again. The <a href="http://newsok.com/tests-come-back-negative-in-mich.-search-for-hoffa/article/feed/442243?custom_click=pod_headline_usnational-news">AP</a> has the story:</p><blockquote><p>Tests on soil samples gathered last week from a backyard in suburban Detroit showed no traces that Hoffa — or anyone else — was buried there, Roseville police announced Tuesday.</p><div style="overflow: hidden; color: rgb(0, 0, 0); background-color: rgb(255, 255, 255); text-align: left; text-decoration: none; border: medium none;"><p></p> Tue, 02 Oct 2012 20:57:41 +0000 Michigan Radio Newsroom 9333 at http://michiganradio.org Latest search for Hoffa comes up empty Teamsters’ union workers strike at Grand Rapids Gravel for third week http://michiganradio.org/post/teamsters-union-workers-strike-grand-rapids-gravel-third-week <p>More than 60 union workers at <a href="http://www.grgravel.com/default.htm">Grand Rapids Gravel Company </a>are beginning their third week on strike over a proposed wage cut. Now the private company has security to protect replacement workers and equipment.</p><p>About a dozen union workers glare at a replacement worker hauling a load of gravel out of the pits they usually work in.&nbsp;One security guard video tapes us talking as the hauler leaves the pits.</p> Mon, 06 Aug 2012 21:54:37 +0000 Lindsey Smith 8564 at http://michiganradio.org Teamsters’ union workers strike at Grand Rapids Gravel for third week As strike continues, Red Cross workers prepare to head back to the bargaining table http://michiganradio.org/post/strike-continues-red-cross-workers-prepare-head-back-bargaining-table <p>Contract talks are set to resume tomorrow between the American Red Cross and its two striking unions.</p><p>The strike that started March 30 has greatly slowed blood donations for large parts of Michigan.</p><p>The American Red Cross Great Lakes Blood Services Region tries to collect 700 units of blood a day. Since the strike began, they&rsquo;ve only been able to collect about 100 units a day.&nbsp; &nbsp;</p><p>About 200 members of the Office and Professional Employees International Union &nbsp;and the Teamsters went on strike more than a week ago.&nbsp;&nbsp; The union members have been working without a contract for several years.&nbsp;&nbsp;</p><p>The unions say the two sides have not been able to resolve safety and collective bargaining issues. The Red Cross contends health care costs are the main sticking point in the unresolved contract.</p><p>The strike has affected blood collection in 65 Michigan counties, from Kalamazoo and Lansing to the northern parts of the state.&nbsp; &nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;</p><p>Red Cross blood drives in southeast Michigan are unaffected. Tue, 10 Apr 2012 20:01:01 +0000 Steve Carmody 6982 at http://michiganradio.org As strike continues, Red Cross workers prepare to head back to the bargaining table Red Cross workers set to go on strike in part of Michigan http://michiganradio.org/post/red-cross-workers-set-go-strike-part-michigan <p>Once again American Red Cross workers are poised to strike in Michigan.</p><p>The strike could affect 65 counties in Michigan.</p><p>Ten days ago, two unions gave notice of their intention to strike against the American Red Cross Great Lakes Blood Services Region. It would be the third job action in the last two years.</p><p>The union members&nbsp;have&nbsp;been working without a contract for the past four years. The two sides remain far apart on several issues.</p><p>Monica Stoneking&nbsp;is a Red Cross spokeswoman. She says the Great Lakes Blood Services Region must collect 700 units of blood a day to meet demand.</p><p>&ldquo;If we have less blood drives being held&hellip;then that&rsquo;s going to further impact our blood supply&hellip; and it&rsquo;s already at a low level,&quot; says Stoneking.</p><p>Stoneking says if a strike takes place&nbsp;they will have to import blood from other Red Cross regions to meet the need. Mon, 26 Mar 2012 05:01:01 +0000 Steve Carmody 6777 at http://michiganradio.org Red Cross workers set to go on strike in part of Michigan Red Cross contract talks to resume Saturday http://michiganradio.org/post/red-cross-contract-talks-resume-saturday <p>Contract talks are scheduled this weekend for two American Red Cross unions.&nbsp;&nbsp;A strike last week idled Red Cross workers in 65 Michigan counties.&nbsp;&nbsp;</p><p>Last week&rsquo;s two-day walkout ended after union leaders said they received assurances that this weekend&rsquo;s planned contract talks would be &quot;serious&quot; in nature.&nbsp; But the unions also scheduled a new strike deadline for next Wednesday. That irked some officials with the American Red Cross.&nbsp;&nbsp;</p> Fri, 16 Sep 2011 18:01:01 +0000 Steve Carmody 4177 at http://michiganradio.org Red Cross contract talks to resume Saturday Red Cross strike suspended, blood drives to resume this weekend http://michiganradio.org/post/red-cross-strike-suspended-blood-drives-resume-weekend <p>&nbsp;A strike by American Red Cross blood workers in Michigan has been suspended after two days.&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;More than 200 American Red Cross workers started walking picket lines Wednesday.&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp; The unions representing the Red Cross workers called the strike, after working for more than 2 years without a contract.&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;</p><p>The strike affected blood donations in 65 Michigan counties.&nbsp; The strike did not include 8 counties in southeast Michigan.&nbsp;&nbsp;</p> Fri, 09 Sep 2011 19:53:32 +0000 Steve Carmody 4098 at http://michiganradio.org Red Cross strike suspended, blood drives to resume this weekend