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The number of things state employee unions can bargain for shrunk Wednesday. A state board voted to eliminate their collective bargaining powers on, among other things, seniority and provisions related to overtime and job transfers.


Contract talks are starting today between union bargainers and the management of General Motors. Current State talks with Sean McAlinden of Ann Arbor’s Center for Automotive Research.


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Michigan has a rich organized labor history, and much has been written about the early days of the United Auto Workers Union.

In “Built In Detroit: A Story of the UAW, a Company, and a Gangster”, author Robert Morris looks at the union’s infancy through the eyes of his father. Ken Morris was a regional director of the union, and in a time when union officials faced not just resistance but also acts of violence, he suffered a brutal beating.

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State workers would no longer have to fork out four-percent of their salaries to keep their pensions if a judge’s ruling stands.