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Twice in the 20th century, the Michigan Supreme Court heard cases involving red flags.  One man was at the center of both cases.

Fahle Burman was an American of Scandinavian descent living in Michigan’s Upper Peninsula.  He was a socialist and activist supportive of labor unions and learned the hard way about the importance people assign to flags, in this case, red flags.  

John Beck is an Associate Professor in MSU’s School of Human Resources and Labor Relations and is a student of labor history.  

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Sparrow Health System has moved its inpatient substance abuse unit from St. Lawrence Hospital to its main campus on Michigan Avenue. We speak with Jeff Breslin, president of the union representing Sparrow nurses, to find out why this change concerns them and why they filed an unfair labor practice charge against Sparrow.

MSU legal scholars argue student-athletes are employees

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Late last month the National Labor Relations Board (NLRB) ruled that football players at Northwestern University qualify as employees under federal law and can therefore unionize. The decision has been divisive. While some applaud the move to provide players with more rights and financial compensation, others fear that the collegiate athletic system will be destroyed by the move.

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On January 5, 1914, Henry Ford introduced a conditional five-dollar a day wage for his assembly line workers. One hundred years later, different people put different spins on the story. Some say it was Henry Ford paying his workers enough to buy the cars they were producing. Some say it was only a move to stop the high levels of worker on the assembly lines.
MSU's John Beck takes a look at the competing narratives and some interesting parallels 100 years on.

A new dispute involving Michigan’s recently enacted "Right to Work" law unfolded this week. On Monday, Midland’s Mackinac Center Legal Foundation announced it’s taking action against the Michigan Education Association.

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A coalition of business organizations has asked Secretary of State Ruth Johnson to block a measure from the November ballot.