Mike Karl – The best job creator is the middle class consumer


Today we are back with labor activist Mike Karl to talk about Solidarity, the fast food strikes, and more. We also skip headlines today to do our summary of Congressional activity. We discuss: The resurgence in solidarity Fair day’s work for a fair day’s pay Labor movement as a social justice movement The role of […]

Mike Karl and the role of rank & file labor


We normally talk to Emily Dievendorf on Fridays but she couldn’t make it this week, so labor activist Mike Karl is joining us to introduce us to the work that he does. Today we discuss: Empowering the rank & file to understand that they are the union Communication & education to help members understand how […]

Rick Snyder’s Michigan Data: Reversing Engler Mistakes by Reviving Them (Slash, Burn, Repeat…)

Rick Snyder

On the eve of Michigan Republican Governor Rick Snyder’s second year 2012 Michigan State Budget announcements, this ANALYSIS, in simple pictures, looks back at what historical data says. Facts found in this fountain of tables, graphs and charts reveals much, and in many cases, might surprise many Michiganders. It gives a unique view not only […]

Mackinac Center to Michigan Gov Snyder: Strike Colors, Hove To… Recieve Boarders on Right to Work

In one of the boldest, brashest moves seen in Michigan in quite some time, Ken Braun the recently ‘former’ Managing Director of CapCon at the Mackinac Center for Public Policy, has threaten Republican Governor Rick Snyder to either join the “Right to Work” (for a lot less) forces, or be circumvented by ‘citizen’ introduced legislation […]

One Merry Year in Michigan: Twas the Nerd Who Stole Christmas Version

The State of Michigan goes through a long year into a Holiday Season in which Governor Rick Snyder and Michigan Republicans do their very best attempting steal away as much joy for themselves and their cronies, Grinch style. But hope here is still strong, and most (True Michigan) liberal hearts are certainly not “two sizes […]

“I Hear the Store is Saving Money.”

GAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAARRRRRRRRRRRRRRRRRRRR!!! “WAIT…they’re paying you minimum wage?” “I’m up for a raise soon.” The young attendant at the Meijer self checkout took my embarrassing, late night grocery store rant in apparent stride. “But…WAIT…wait…they’re paying you MINIMUM WAGE?” “A-yup.” I had just spent the past 15 minutes at the massive supermarket, trying to find a cat flea […]

Michigan Republicans Raise Taxes on Low Wage Earners By $1000 per Year

I suppose I should be talking about this since it’s on my beat, though Wizardkitten has an excellent diary about the Republican tax raises in Muskegon. As it turns out, our Conservative representatives gleefully stripped downtown Muskegonites of the tax free Renaissance zone. The tax free Renaissance zone was set up to help a LITERALLY […]

Now With Video & POLICE: “Low Class” Muskegon Swarms Congressman Huizenga’s Office

Vid courtesy of Sean Mullally My wee boy and I went downtown to join the protest of Bill Huizenga who is known for referring to Muskegon, Michigan as a “Low Class” city. Perhaps we’re Low Class because we’re the major Democratic stronghold in West Michigan. Or perhaps we’re Low Class because Muskegonites WORK with HANDS. […]

Snyder squeezes state employees


I’ve been paying so much attention to the shenanigans in Washington that I missed the latest crap news about Michigan Governor Rick Snyder. Michigan Messenger’s Todd Heywood and others pointed out last month that Snyder is willing to fire state workers if he doesn’t get $145 million in concessions from state employee unions. State employee […]

The People’s News 7/26/2011

Here are today's top stories –   Here are today's top news stories…   WILX (with video): State Workers Rally Outside Governor's Office in Detroit – About one thousand state workers from five different unions took to the sidewalk outside Governor Snyder's Detroit office Monday afternoon, hoping to get their point across. "Instead of taking more […]

Rally to support state reforms in Detroit TODAY

I can’t make this but I hope it has a good turnout. If you go, take some pictures for us and we’ll put them in our gallery FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE – July 25, 2011 CONTACT: Zack Pohl, 517-980-6190 * * * MEDIA ADVISORY * * * RALLY TO SUPPORT STATE REFORMS IN DETROIT TODAY Workers […]

Michigan Freedom to Freeload – Thursday July 21


I never understood the importance of unions. I was born and raised in Denver, Colorado and worked for a large grocery chain before moving to Michigan – and became a union member for the first time. Long story -short version – I made some choices – I crossed a picket line, I promoted to a […]