If Mitt Romney wins the GOP nomination, he should probably just skip Michigan

I’m reading former Michigan Governor Jennifer Granholm’s new book A Governor’s Story in preparation for a review I’ll be writing for its release in a couple of days. I came across a paragraph which reminded me why Mitt Romney should probably just skip right over Michigan if he were to win the nomination. He should […]

Mich GOP: Automatic deductions for union dues not okay, but for charitable donations, totally okay

The state House passed a bill today that would prohibit schools from deducting union dues from teachers’ paychecks. The bill doesn’t say they don’t have to provide this service, it says they are prohibited from providing this service. Why? It’s definitely not a cost-saving measure. School administrators agree that the cost to schools for providing […]

Senate Maj. Leader Richardville won’t pursue “Right to Work” — except for teachers (VIDEO + transcript)

[This should be seen as a companion diary to Communication Guru's story Michigan GOP attacking teacher unions with right to freeload law which is a "must read".] Senate Majority Leader Randy Richardville said yesterday on the news talk program “Off the Record” that he won’t pursue so-called “Right to Work” laws for Michigan EXCEPT FOR […]

Michigan GOP attacking teacher unions with right to freeload law

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Apparently, Michigan Republicans are either ticked off at the recall of anti-public school Rep. Paul Scott, R-Grand Blanc, by members of the Michigan Education Association (MEA), or this is just an overall part of the anti-teacher push by Republicans, but Senate Majority Leader Randy Richardville, R-Monroe, announced on the political TV show “Off the Record” […]

Mich GOP “identity theft” robocalls idea stolen from shameful California labor group initiative

A couple of weeks ago, I reported on a series of robocalls being conducted on the west side of the state warning people not to sign petitions because of the threat of identity theft. It’s a particularly odious tactic to suppress petition signature rates in the myriad recall and repeal efforts against Republicans across the […]

Will You Help Expose the Organization That is Destroying American Democracy?

I don’t know if you’ve seen this video yet, but every blogger needs to be focusing on this organization, ALEC. Cenk Uygur and Anna Kasparian put it all together in a few minutes what every democracy loving American needs to know about ALEC. ALEC is destroying our democracy, plain and simple. This is only one […]

Michiganders Express Buyer’s Remorse, Deliver “Return Ballots” to Rep. Tim Walberg’s Office

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From my friends at Working America: Working America members to hold lawmakers accountable for ignoring jobs crisis. On Thursday August 18th, Working America members and organizers will gather at a “Buyer’s Remorse” booth in Jackson, MI to accept “return” ballots from Michiganders who are disgusted with the broken promises of Rep. Walberg who told voters […]

Ecorse Firefighters union contract dismissed by Emergency Manager – fulltime firefighters reduced by 57%

The new powers granted to Emergency Managers in Michigan by Public Act 4 (the “Emergency Manager Law”) claimed another victim last month, one that went largely under the radar with the exception of a blurb in the News Herald. Effective in July, Emergency Manager Joyce A. Parker slashed the number of full-time firefighters from 14 […]

The Wayne County Board stands up for workers

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The Wayne County Board of Commission took a stand for worker rights when it approved a resolution on July 21 opposing Michigan becoming a so-called “right to work” state. The state most populous county passed the resolution sponsored by Commissioner Ilona Varga, D-Lincoln Park, and Commissioner Ray Basham, D-Taylor. Varga is a former State Representative […]

RTW: The Numbers Just Don’t Add Up to More Jobs.

  Most proponents of so-called “Right-to –Work” or RTW legislation cite jobs and economic growth as the main drivers of this controversial and divisive legislation.  RTW allows workers in unionized settings to refuse to join or pay dues to the union that negotiates on their behalf.  Some pro-RTW folks talk about “liberty” or “freedom”, but […]

The People’s News 7/29/11

Here are today's top stories –  FLINT JOURNAL: Group gathers to rally against emergency financial manager law – The group Stand Up For Democracy gathered panelists at a church on Thursday to speak against the state's emergency financial manager law in a townhall meeting. About 80 people gathered at Woodside Church on East Court Street […]

Rightwing think tank tries to short circuit democracy

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The anti-union and Koch brothers financed, right wing Mackinac Center is trying to short circuit democracy after it filed a legal motion on Thursday that seeks to prevent graduate student research assistants at the University of Michigan from holding an election to unionize. The rightwing think tank filed the lawsuit on behalf of Melinda Day, […]