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 […]

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 […]

The People’s News 7/19/2011

Here are today's top stories –   Detroit News: Final chapter for Borders; 10,700 workers to lose jobs – Borders Group Inc., the Ann Arbor-based bookselling chain whose success helped shut the doors of many independent bookstores, said it will soon go out of business, deciding Monday to ask a bankruptcy court to approve its […]

The People’s News 7/6/11

Last week Republicans around the state introduced efforts to kick-off so-called Right to Work measures here in the Great Lakes State. We know that these efforts are anything but good for workers or our state, and you can learn here more.  Tonight in Traverse City, Grand Traverse County Commission and Tea Party activist Jason Gillman […]

RALLY PHOTOS – Michigan GOP pulling a Stealth-Walker move to damage unions


Last night on the Rachel Maddow Show where Rachel did a fine job outlining what’s going on in Michigan right now. Check it out: Visit NBCNews.com for breaking news, world news, and news about the economy Basically, GOP members of Congress in Michigan are pushing through legislation that would allow the governor to declare a […]

Holiday Shopping Tips for Progressives

Happy Thanksgiving everyone! I wanted to pass along a few shopping tips before heading out to spend the holiday with family and friends. If you’re picking up a bottle of wine for your host or guests, consider buying Wine Spectator’s 2009 Wine of the Year: Columbia Crest’s Cabernet Sauvignon Columbia Valley Reserve 2005. According to […]

Judge orders Wayne-Westland teachers back to school

Wayne-Westland teachers will report to school on Friday. A Wayne County Circuit judge this morning ordered striking teachers to report to work Friday in Wayne-Westland Community Schools, ending the walkout after four days but also ordering the district not to discipline them. […]Wayne-Westland Education Association President Nancy Strachan said she expected all teachers to return […]

Unions Can Donate Through Payroll

Here’s an update to Z’s diary, Another Behind The Scenes Attack On Labor, based on one written by Far Left Field. From the AP and Kathy Barks Hoffman: LANSING, Mich. (AP) – Unionized state workers should be able to have political donations deducted from their paychecks to raise money for union-backed candidates and issues, the […]

Conservatives open even another front on the war on the middle class

The Republicans war on the middle class and unions with the right to work for less law is opening a new front with an assault on the Prevailing Wage Law. The GOP is engaged in a race to the bottom, and the loser will be the middle class and the country. According to a story […]

Some lawmakers are fighting back in the war to destroy the middle class

The Republicans have declared all out war against the middle class, working men and women and the labor unions that created the middle class with so-called “right to work laws.” The good news is both the U.S. Congress and the Michigan House are fighting to protect the fast-disappearing middle class with some new legislation. In […]

Another GOP Myth: Right-to-Work

(Thank you Cordelia, this is great! – promoted by Christine)Let’s take a closer look at what Right-to-Work really means. And, don’t be fooled for a minute about what Mike Bishop or Nancy Cassis say they want for Michigan wokers.For several sessions running, the Republicans in the legislature have introduced bills to make this a right-to-work […]