Politics & Government
11:53 am
Fri January 23, 2015

State workers' union wary of department merger

Ray Holman is legislative liaison for UAW Local 6000.
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On Wednesday, Gov. Rick Snyder’s call for improvements in the delivery of state services included the merging of two, large and important state agencies. Snyder says the Departments of Human Services and Community Health need to become more “people-centric” and less “program centric.” He says that resulting efficiencies will improve services to state residents and, with other reforms, create a "River of Opportunity".

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Politics & Government
12:45 pm
Tue January 13, 2015

MI Supreme Court reconsiders right to work, pensions

The Michigan Hall of Justice in Lansing.
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The Michigan Supreme Court begins hearing arguments today involving two disputed laws passed during the first term of Governor Rick Snyder.

First, justices will consider whether the state’s recent ‘right-to-work’ law, which eliminated the payment of union dues as a condition of employment, also applies to unionized state employees.  

Second, it will explore whether the state exceeded its authority in 2011 when Michigan pensioners became subject to a 4-percent contribution from their pay in order to keep full benefits.

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11:46 am
Wed February 19, 2014

Assessing fallout from UAW defeat in Tennessee

The Volkswagen Passat is manufactured in the Tennessee factory.
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Last week, workers at a Volkswagen plant in Chattanooga, Tennessee voted down a proposal to join the United Auto Workers union. The UAW had expected to win that vote, and the rejection is seen as a blow to efforts to expand membership by unionizing plants in the south.

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5:13 pm
Fri September 28, 2012

Judge Says State Workers’ 4% Retirement Contribution is Unconstitutional

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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.

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6:26 pm
Fri September 21, 2012

Mackinac Center Files Legal Action over Unionizing Home Healthcare Workers

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Michigan would void its contract with thousands of home healthcare workers if a state board agrees with a legal action filed this week by the Mackinac Center.

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6:19 pm
Tue August 21, 2012

Snyder Tries to Scuttle Worker Rights Proposal

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Gov. Rick Snyder and Attorney General Bill Schuette are trying to block a statewide ballot initiative aimed at protecting collective bargaining rights for workers.
Snyder and Schuette filed court papers on Monday that would scuttle the Protect Our Jobs ballot proposal. The plan would write collective bargaining rights into the Michigan Constitution by placing the issue before voters in the November general election.
An appeal was made after the Board of State Canvassers deadlocked 2-2 last week on the ballot proposal by sponsors of Protect Our Jobs.

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6:24 pm
Wed July 18, 2012

Detroit Mayor Imposes New Contracts, Wage Cuts

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Detroit Mayor Dave Bing says he has imposed new union contracts aimed at saving the cash-strapped city more than $100 million annually.

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6:44 pm
Wed June 20, 2012

Judge Blocks Law to Stop Health Care Union Dues

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A judge has blocked a new Michigan law that was intended to cut off union dues paid by home health care workers.

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6:48 pm
Wed May 2, 2012

Detroit Unions Weigh Strike Option as Layoffs Loom

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Some Detroit municipal union leaders say striking is one of several options being discussed during ramped-up strategy sessions before new contract talks with the city begin.

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6:21 pm
Mon April 2, 2012

Detroit Unions: Keep State Away from New Contracts

A federal judge is telling lawyers to return to court Tuesday in a dispute over the state's likely veto of contract concessions approved by Detroit city workers.

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Election 2012
6:42 pm
Mon March 19, 2012

Elections Panel Gives Go-Ahead to Union Ballot Drives

A pair of measures that would strengthen collective bargaining rights took a small step today toward being on the November ballot. 

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6:18 pm
Mon March 5, 2012

Ballot Drive Seeks to Guarantee Union Bargaining Rights

Unions and progressive groups plan to roll out a ballot campaign Tuesday to preempt efforts to pass a right-to-work law in Michigan.

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