strike en Unions blast House panel for advancing mass picketing, strike bills <p>Union officials say a set of bills in Lansing are an attack on employees’ ability to strike and protest.</p><p>The state House Oversight Committee approved the legislation Tuesday. It now goes to the full state House.</p><p>House Bill 4643 would increase penalties for protesters who violate current picketing laws. It would also allow business owners to get a court order banning a demonstration without first having to prove picketers were doing something wrong.</p><p>Rep. Jim Townsend (D-Royal Oak) is the top Democrat on the panel. He called that language unconstitutional.</p> Wed, 25 Sep 2013 01:15:46 +0000 Jake Neher 14573 at Unions blast House panel for advancing mass picketing, strike bills Detroit fast food workers on strike, demanding higher wages <p>Many Detroit fast food workers are on strike today. Workers from restaurants across the city walked off the job at 6 a.m. this morning.</p><p>Organizers of the strike expect workers from 60 restaurants to participate. These include McDonald’s, Wendy’s, Subway, Little Caesar’s, Burger King, and Popeye’s.</p><p>According to the <a href="">Associated Press</a> and Detroit pastor, Charles Williams II, workers want $15 an hour, better working conditions, and the right to unionize. The strike’s organizers claim that most fast food workers currently make $7.40 an hour, which is minimum wage in Michigan.</p><p>The <a href="">Detroit News</a> has interviewed workers involved in the strike. Claudette Wilson, Detroit resident and an employee at a Burger King on Eight Mile, said:</p><blockquote><p>"I make $7.40 an hour, the same as when I started working in the fast food industry three years ago. We're the fastest-growing job market in the country with the lowest pay."</p></blockquote><p> Fri, 10 May 2013 15:34:42 +0000 Michigan Radio Newsroom 12513 at Detroit fast food workers on strike, demanding higher wages Two metro Detroit newspapers could face strikes in the coming weeks <p>Union workers at the Macomb Daily and Royal Oak Tribune newspapers are contemplating a possible strike and other job actions at the end of the month.</p><p>The Journal Register company owns the papers. It has announced plans to end its union contracts and probably make deep cuts in its union and non-union workforces, more than 800 people statewide.</p><p>Lou Mleczko is the president of the Newspaper Guild of Detroit. He says the unions, representing the union 175 members involved, met Sunday to agree on a strategy.</p><p>“We are not just going to sit idly by and let them terminate these contracts….and strip pay and benefits away from our members,” says Mleczko.&nbsp;</p><p>Mleczko says the unions plan to start telling advertisers about their plans.</p><p>He says the unions may hold strike authorization votes before March 19th.</p><p>That’s the date of the next bankruptcy hearing for the Journal Register company. Mon, 04 Mar 2013 21:00:00 +0000 Steve Carmody 11507 at Two metro Detroit newspapers could face strikes in the coming weeks The week in Michigan Politics <p>Every Wednesday Morning Edition host Christina Shockley and Michigan Radio's political analyst talk about what's been happening when it comes to politics in the state. Wed, 03 Oct 2012 12:15:17 +0000 Jack Lessenberry, Christina Shockley & Emily Fox 9340 at The week in Michigan Politics In this morning's Michigan news headlines. . . <p><strong>Snyder likely to veto handgun bill</strong></p><p>"Governor Snyder has indicated he will likely veto a bill that would change the state's gun sales law. The bill would eliminate a state background check requirement for sales made over the Internet or at gun shows. Those account for close to half of all gun sales," Sarah Hulett reports.</p><p><strong>House speaker Bolger criticized for his company's tax history</strong></p><p>"State House Speaker Jase Bolger is facing harsh criticism about his business record from a liberal advocacy group. Progress Michigan released documents alleging Bolger’s company, Summit Credit Service, failed to pay more than $100,000 in taxes and fees between 1997 and 2000. The papers include liens from the Michigan Treasury Department, the state Unemployment Agency, and the IRS," Jake Neher <a href="">reports. </a></p><p><strong>Striking Detroit workers suspended and face firing</strong></p><p>Thirty-four striking Detroit employees of the water and sewage department who went on strike this week have <a href="">been suspended and face firing</a>.&nbsp;It's illegal in Michigan for municipal workers to strike. Sarah Cwiek reports that, "City officials plan to largely privatize the water department over five years, and cut up to 80-percent of its staff."</p><p> Wed, 03 Oct 2012 11:50:12 +0000 Emily Fox 9339 at In this morning's Michigan news headlines. . . Teamsters’ union workers strike at Grand Rapids Gravel for third week <p>More than 60 union workers at <a href="">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 Teamsters’ union workers strike at Grand Rapids Gravel for third week Michigan Red Cross workers on strike <p>More than 200 American Red Cross workers in Michigan went on strike this morning.</p><p>Staff members represented by the Office and Professional Employees International Union Local 459 and Teamsters Local 580 walked out because of a dispute over health care benefits.</p><p>The strike affects blood collection centers in Kalamazoo, Jackson, Lansing, Flint and parts of northern Michigan.</p><p>Monica Stoneking is communications manager for the Great Lakes Region of the American Red Cross.</p><p>She says the strike will impact an already-low blood supply.</p><p>&quot;That&#39;s about 700 units of blood every day that the Great Lakes region needs to collect,&quot; Stoneking says. &quot;And if our staff members are on strike, we are limited as to the&nbsp; number of blood drives we are able to hold.&quot;</p><p>Stoneking says blood donations are also lower because fewer people donated during Michigan&#39;s recent nice weather, because students have been been on spring break. Fri, 30 Mar 2012 18:03:21 +0000 Rina Miller 6854 at Michigan Red Cross workers on strike Red Cross workers set to go on strike in part of 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 Red Cross workers set to go on strike in part of Michigan Kid Rock to headline benefit concert for Detroit Symphony Orchestra <p>An unlikely musical guest will headline a one-night-only concert in May to benefit the <a href="">Detroit Symphony Orchestra</a>.</p><p>Michigan musician and rapper <a href="">Kid Rock</a> will headline the fundraising concert. The goal is to raise $1 million for the DSO; the orchestra faces a deficit of more than a $2 million this year.</p> Mon, 27 Feb 2012 21:22:41 +0000 Jennifer Guerra 6390 at Kid Rock to headline benefit concert for Detroit Symphony Orchestra UAW local authorizes strike at Delta Twp. plant <p>UAW members in Lansing voted this week to authorize a strike at a General Motors plant.&nbsp;&nbsp;</p><p>Local 602 reported tonight that&nbsp;86 percent of its members voted to authorize a strike at GM&#39;S Lansing Delta Township plant.</p><p>Union leaders say they hope the vote will encourage both sides back to the bargaining table.</p><p>The union and GM have been unable to reach an agreement on several workplace issues.</p><p>The plant produces the Chevrolet Traverse, GMC Acadia&nbsp;and Buick Enclave.</p> Sat, 10 Dec 2011 02:35:07 +0000 Steve Carmody 5330 at UAW local authorizes strike at Delta Twp. plant Mid-Michigan Red Cross workers on strike <p>Workers at the American Red Cross Mid-Michigan chapter are on the picket line, after a strike deadline passed without a deal.</p><p>Red Cross spokeswoman Monica Stoneking says the strike will drastically reduce blood collection efforts in 65 Michigan counties:</p><p>&quot;In the Great Lakes region alone, we need to collect about 700 units of blood every day to meet the hospital needs and the needs of the patients we serve, and not being able to collect those blood products really puts our blood supply in jeopardy,&quot; said Stoneking.</p><p>Stoneking hopes negotiations will resolve the standoff soon.</p><p>&quot;We&#39;re preparing for at least ten days,&quot; said Stoneking. &quot;We&#39;re calling on other regions that aren&rsquo;t affected by the union to increase our blood collection so that our national blood supply is healthy.&quot;</p><p>The strike affects about 280 nurses and staff who handle blood. They&rsquo;ve been working without a contract since 2008.</p><p>Union officials say the two sides are far apart on many issues.</p><p>Talks are scheduled to resume September 17. Wed, 07 Sep 2011 16:00:12 +0000 Steve Carmody 4059 at Mid-Michigan Red Cross workers on strike A conversation with Laura Frey, CMU Faculty Association President <p>The administration and faculty of Central Michigan University have been unable to negotiate a contract. Tenure and tenure track faculty called for a stoppage and didn&rsquo;t attend the first day of classes. But then a judge yesterday ordered tenured and tenure track faculty back to the classroom after ruling their strike illegal.</p><p>In today&#39;s Newsmaker interview we talk with Laura Frey, Faculty Association President.</p><p></p><p> Tue, 23 Aug 2011 21:15:37 +0000 Jennifer White 3883 at A conversation with Laura Frey, CMU Faculty Association President The Detroit Symphony Orchestra strike has officially ended <p>The musicians of the <a href="">Detroit Symphony Orchestra</a> have agreed to return to work after a six-month strike.</p><p>They <a href=",2011.html">ratified</a> the $34.3 million, three-year contract this afternoon. The deal includes an initial 25% pay cut for the musicians the first year. Starting musicians used to earn $104, 650 their first year; they&#39;ll earn $79,000 under the new contract.</p><p>There&rsquo;s an additional $2 million pot of money which management will use to pay musicians for optional community outreach work and educational programs that include teaching, coaching and chamber music. Fri, 08 Apr 2011 21:03:23 +0000 Jennifer Guerra 1999 at The Detroit Symphony Orchestra strike has officially ended Detroit Symphony musicians return to stage, first time since strike <p><a href="">The Detroit Symphony Orchestra musicians</a> returned to the stage today for a rehearsal - their first since they went on strike last October.</p><p>The orchestra is rehearsing for <a href="">two concerts</a> this weekend, both of which sold out almost instantly. <a href="">Leonard Slatkin</a>, the DSO&rsquo;s music director, says it helped that the tickets were free. He says &quot;the real test is going to come next season when we try to see if we can sustain the positive energy that&#39;s been a result of this settlement.&quot;</p><p>Leonard Slatkin, who was uncharacteristically quiet during the strike, says he&rsquo;s very excited to be back. He says as the DSO moves forward, it will have a bigger and stronger presence not only in Detroit, but in the suburbs, too:</p><blockquote><p>&quot;Another plus of the strike is more people that didn&rsquo;t know about us, know about us! We were in the news all the time, and we need to capitalize on that. An orchestra is an institution that only appeals to a relatively small percentage of a given population in any city; now we at least have a recognizable name.&quot;</p></blockquote><p>Slatkin says people will begin to the see the &quot;hand-print&quot; of what the new model for the orchestra will be as we move into the Spring season, and he says &quot;no decisions will be taken without the complete consent of the orchestra.&quot; Thu, 07 Apr 2011 19:19:25 +0000 Jennifer Guerra 1963 at Detroit Symphony musicians return to stage, first time since strike Detroit Symphony Orchestra rehersals to begin today <p>Rehearsals are scheduled this morning for musicians at the <a href="">Detroit Symphony Orchestra</a>. The DSO musicians <a href="">ended their six-month strike earlier this week</a> after they reached a tentative agreement on a new contract with DSO management.</p><p>The Symphony&#39;s <a href="">first post-strike concert</a> is scheduled for Saturday night. From the Associated Press:</p><blockquote><p>The dispute was over how deep a pay cut the musicians would have to take to help the struggling symphony balance its budget. The musicians were offering to accept a 22 percent cut, while management sought and then imposed a 33 percent cut.</p></blockquote><p>In an announcement on the DSO&#39;s <a href="">website</a>, DSO Music Director Leonard Slatkin said:</p><blockquote><p><span id="ctl00_ContentPlaceHolder_PageContentLB">&ldquo;As we return to our home, I&rsquo;m confident that the artistic product will continue at the highest possible level. There is much to be done but the DSO will emerge a healthier and stronger institution.&quot;</span> Thu, 07 Apr 2011 10:53:13 +0000 Zoe Clark 1946 at Detroit Symphony Orchestra rehersals to begin today The History Behind the Detroit Symphony Orchestra <p>While historians debate just when and why Detroit began to decline, it&rsquo;s much easier to say what its high point was: July 28, 1951. That was the official 250th anniversary of Detroit&rsquo;s founding, and the city was at its peak.</p><p>Detroit had nearly two million people. It was rich, vibrant and strong. President Harry Truman came all the way from Washington to speak - a rare occurrence then - and the city then celebrated with a five-hour long parade. And there was other good news, too.</p><p>&quot;The Detroit Symphony Orchestra was being revived. Founded when the city had less than two hundred thousand people, it had been disbanded during the Great Depression. But now it was back, and on October 18th, it thrilled fans with its first concert.&quot;</p><p>Everybody knew then that to be a truly world-class city, you had to have a world-class symphony orchestra.</p><p>Back in the jazz age, Detroit had one of the nation&rsquo;s best orchestras. They had been the first orchestra to have a concert broadcast on the radio. They were regulars at Carnegie Hall. And for eight years, they were broadcast regularly to a nationwide audience.</p><p>Then hard times came, and people forgot how important a symphony is for a while. Some people evidently lost sight of that again last year, when the symphony&rsquo;s season was destroyed by a six-month long strike caused by money problems.</p><p>The symphony has huge debts, big deficits, and a shrinking donor base. Everyone agreed the musicians had to take a massive pay cut, but the question was, how massive?</p><p>While I am not an expert on cultural economics, it is clear that neither side did much to help their public image during the work stoppage, and management&rsquo;s handling of public relations was especially bad, as one board member admitted to me. Tue, 05 Apr 2011 14:34:25 +0000 Jack Lessenberry 1919 at The History Behind the Detroit Symphony Orchestra Tentative deal could end Detroit Symphony Orchestra strike <p><strong>Update 6:36 a.m.:</strong></p><p>From the AP: Musicians&#39; spokesman Greg Bowens says the tentative agreement was reached late Sunday. He says musicians will vote this week on whether to ratify the deal.</p><p><strong>6:27 a.m.:</strong></p><p>The <a href="">Detroit Symphony Orchestra</a> says a tentative agreement has been reached with striking musicians that could resolve a six-month strike, the Associated Press reports. From the AP:</p><blockquote><p>Management spokeswoman Elizabeth Weigandt tells The Associated Press in an e-mail Monday morning that details of the agreement reached following talks over the weekend weren&#39;t being immediately released.</p><p>A message seeking comment was left with musicians spokesman Greg Bowens... Musicians had said they were <a href="">given a deadline of last Friday</a> to settle the strike or face losing the summer performance season and jeopardizing the fall season.</p></blockquote><p>Musicians have been on <a href="">strike since October 2010</a>. Mon, 04 Apr 2011 10:29:19 +0000 Zoe Clark 1895 at Tentative deal could end Detroit Symphony Orchestra strike DSO management, striking musicians to schedule "face-to-face" talks this weekend <p>The <a href="">Detroit Symphony Orchestra board</a> gave management and its <a href="">striking musicians </a>until today to reach an agreement in order to avoid canceling the orchestra&#39;s summer season.</p><p>But according to a DSO&nbsp;press release issued at 5:37 p.m. today, the two sides will continue talks through the weekend:</p><blockquote><p>Conversations with the Musician&#39;s leadership via phone and email have been robust this entire week. &nbsp;TheDSO&nbsp;agreed to get together to work through the remaining issues as soon as acceptance of terms proposed by one of our intermediaries had been acknowledged by both parties.&nbsp; The&nbsp;DSO&nbsp;agreed to these terms on Monday. &nbsp;The&nbsp;DSO&nbsp;learned this afternoon that the musicians have accepted this framework as well and we will be scheduling a face-to-face meeting this weekend to resolve all other remaining issues.&nbsp; A decision regarding our summer season is on hold pending the outcome of these meetings.&nbsp;</p></blockquote><p>Earlier this afternoon we spoke to Greg Bowens, the musicians&#39; spokesperson. He said the head of the United Auto Workers and the AFL-CIO have shown their support for the striking musicians:</p><p>&quot;The longer that things delay, the more national attention and pressure is put on the DSO to settle this situation.&quot;</p><p>The current $34-million, 3-year contract under negotiation is similar to a proposal <a href="">musicians rejected</a> back in February.</p><p> Sat, 02 Apr 2011 00:02:10 +0000 Jennifer Guerra 1889 at DSO management, striking musicians to schedule "face-to-face" talks this weekend Harsher punishment for teachers who go on strike? <p>A state law that would require punishment for Michigan teachers who go on strike appears to be on a fast-track in the state legislature, Steve Carmody reports. Republican State Representative <a href="">Bill Rogers</a> has authored <a href=";District=66">one of two bills</a> that would require a two year license suspension and a large daily fine for striking teachers. Carmody reports:</p><blockquote><p>Rogers expects the anti-teacher strike bills will move quickly through the legislature and may reach the governor&#39;s desk before a possible statewide teachers&#39; strike next month. The state&#39;s largest teachers&#39; union is mulling possible job actions, including teacher walk-outs, to protest cuts in school funding and other issues.</p></blockquote><p>A <a href=";District=66">press release</a> on Rep. Rogers&#39; <a href="">website</a> explains the rationale behind the measures:</p><blockquote><p><span>Teacher strikes put the education of students and teachers&#39; jobs at risk and have recently been encouraged by Michigan Education Association (MEA) President Iris Salters. Striking is illegal in Michigan, although penalties for doing so are hard to enforce.</span></p><p><span>House Bill 4466... will fine the Michigan Education Association $5,000 per teacher for each full or partial day that public school employees are engaged in a strike or strike like activities. The bill also orders employees to pay a fine in the amount equal to one day of pay for every day or partial day in which an employee participates in a strike.</span>..</p><p><span>House Bill 4465... requires that state superintendents suspend a teacher&#39;s license for a period of two years or permanently revoke their license, if caught breaking existing strike laws.</span></p><p><span>&quot;This legislation discourages teachers from striking by putting teeth into the current strike law,&quot; said Rogers, R-Brighton. &quot;We need to put the focus back onto educating our children. Children are the ones who suffer from teacher strikes and this legislation makes sure those who choose to participate face consequences for their actions.&quot;</span></p></blockquote><p>Governor Snyder says <a href="">he hopes teachers won&rsquo;t authorize their union to call a statewide strike</a> in response to his budget plans. Snyder proposed a $470 per-pupil-cut in state education spending earlier this year.</p><p>State lawmakers are on a Spring break until April 11th. Wed, 30 Mar 2011 11:51:29 +0000 Zoe Clark 1841 at Fate of Detroit Symphony's 2011-12 season still unknown <p>The <a href="">Detroit Symphony Orchestra</a> musicians strike is now in its 26<sup>th</sup> week and the remainder of the season has been canceled.</p><p>The <a href="">New York Philharmonic</a>, the <a href="">Chicago Symphony Orchestra</a>, the <a href="">Cincinnati Symphony Orchestra</a>, and many other orchestras around the country have announced their 2011-12 orchestra season, and tickets are already on sale.</p><p>The Detroit Symphony Orchestra has not been able to announce its upcoming season because of the current musicians&#39; strike.</p><p><a href="">Mark Clague</a> says that&rsquo;s too bad because season subscriptions are an orchestra&rsquo;s bread and butter. Mon, 28 Mar 2011 15:27:07 +0000 Jennifer Guerra 1814 at Fate of Detroit Symphony's 2011-12 season still unknown