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Today's news - Michigan

Volunteers renovating Latino Women Empowerment Center in SW Detroit plan major effort on Saturday 2018-05-25 [MBTTC]

United Steelworkers Local 209 Participate in Informational Picketing at Besser 2018-05-17 [WBKB]

Sinai Grace Hospital workers in Detroit vote to make their jobs good #UNION jobs by uniting in SEIU 2018-05-17 [SEIU]

Union Making Last-Ditch Appeal To Stop Prevailing Wage Ban 2018-05-15 [WEMU]

Hospital responds to strike authorization vote 2018-04-24 [FOX]

Unemployment victims need relief 2018-04-11 [Detroit News]

University of Michigan lecturers hold off on strike for now 2018-04-09 [Detroit Free Press]

Univ MI lecturers vote to strike next week 2018-04-05 [Detroit News]

Detroit: Unexplained Firings at Charter School Rattle Teachers, Students 2018-04-03 [Diane Ravitch]

Macomb County retirees health-care dispute goes to state Supreme Court 2018-04-01 [Macomb Daily]

NLRB issues a complaint against Duke LifePoint 2018-03-29 [FOX]

MI teachers union loses appeal on case involving when members can quit 2018-03-25 [WZZM]

Heritage Guitars lays off workers 2018-03-19 [WHIO]

Tom Ultican: How DeVos and Her Allies Destroyed the Public Schools of Detroit 2018-03-13 [Diane Ravitch]

Judge rejects Huron Valley nurses' lawsuit against Detroit Med Ctr 2018-03-13 [Crain's Detroit Biz]

Labor Voices: Case is cover for anti-union advocates 2018-03-07 [Detroit News]

Detroit Families, Students, and Teachers Speak Out Against So-Called Choice 2018-02-20 [Diane Ravitch]

Detroit Workers Join Nationwide Protests to Fight for Higher Wages 2018-02-17 [MI Chronicle]

Steelworkers protesting for fair contracts, saying ‘We need to feed our families’ 2018-02-16 [FOX]

Low income workers march in Detroit for $15 minimum wage 2018-02-13 [WXYZ]

Detroit fast-food workers to rally for $15 minimum wage 2018-02-12 [The Hill]

UFCW Faces Lawsuit Over Strict Opt-Out Demands 2018-02-07 [Inside Sources]

Former Detroit Medical Center employee claims firing was retaliation for union activities 2018-02-03 [Becker's Hospital Rev]

More indictments coming in FCA-UAW bribery scandal 2018-01-29 [The Free Press]

Faculty says *union, yes* 2018-01-27 [Herald-Palladium]

Democratic candidates for governor talk jobs, unions 2018-01-25 [The Free Press]

Union membership increased by 1.2 percent in 2017 2018-01-19 [Detroit News]

UAW to protest outside Detroit auto show over closure of Toledo Fiat Chrysler facility 2018-01-18 [Detroit Free Press]

Pres MI AFL-CIO: Working people deserve more from Gov Rick Snyder 2018-01-10 [Detroit News]

Avoiding asbestos and workplace hazards: Safety training facility to open at Hilltop Center 2018-01-06 [Herald-Palladium]

UAW VP: Focus on income inequality 2017-12-27 [Detroit News]

UAW rips Ford plan to move electric vehicles to Mexico 2017-12-23 [Wheels 24]

‘Major victory’ for teachers: $550M refund 2017-12-21 [Detroit News]

Employees, not test scores, make schools great 2017-12-20 [Detroit News]

Democrats try again to repeal Right to Work law 2017-12-13 [IPR]

MI AFL-CIO: Reject the Republican tax plan 2017-12-13 [Detroit News]

Trade unions to launch campaign to protect prevailing wage 2017-12-12 [MI Radio]

Teachers in Utica, Taylor protest contract negotiations 2017-12-12 [Detroit News]

Local UAW collects toys to give children unforgettable holiday 2017-12-04 [WNEM]

Show your support for Michigan Police and Fire! 2017-11-27 [UAW]

Macomb County Clerk Karen Spranger accused of violating restraining order by disciplining employee 2017-11-22 [Macomb Daily]

State workers paying union dues drops to 84% 2017-11-15 [The Journal]

Bishop Noa Home support staff join USW Union 2017-11-15 [Fox]

Saginaw Social Service Workers Vote For Teamster Representation 2017-11-14 [Teamsters]

Detroit Auto Workers Fitted With Metal Exoskeletons To Reduce Injury 2017-11-10 [Huff Post]

Judge OKs restraining order against Macomb County Clerk Karen Spranger 2017-10-28 [Macomb Daily]

Judge to Macomb Clerk Spranger: Stop harassing union members 2017-10-28 [Detroit Free Press]

MI Nurses Association, UPHS - Marquette nurses file Unfair Labor Practice charge 2017-10-22 [UpMatters]

Deal ends strike by workers at Arbor Hills landfill 2017-10-15 [CRAIN'S]

Arbor Hill landfill union workers say they're on strike until a contract is reached 2017-10-14 [MLive]

This month in labour history

1-05-1896 Between 300,000 to half a million workers went on strike and rallies were held throughout the United States, with the cry, "Eight-hour day with no cut in pay". [more]

2-05-1843 "Mill girls" – overwhelmingly female textile workers – walked out on strike in Massachusetts for better conditions. [more]

2-05-1968 4,000 workers in the Hamtramck auto plant in Detroit walked out against speed up. Several black strikers met in a bar opposite and founded the Dodge Revolutionary Union Movement to organise black workers. [more]

4-05-1886 A bomb is thrown during a demonstration against police violence in Haymarket Square, Chicago. The ensuing police riot and trials of anarchists, known as the Haymarket affair, eventually give birth to May Day as international workers' day. [more]

5-05-1886 Nine striking workers are shot dead by the National Guard at the Rolling Mills Steel Factory in Bay View, Milwaukee [more]

6-05-1937 Four hundred tobacco workers, earning just $3 per week, stage a walkout in Richmond, Virginia [more]

6-05-1935 The Works Progress Administration is established by executive order - it will provide work for millions of Americans. [more]

7-05-1912 New York City waiters and waitresses walked out on strike [more]

8-05-1926 A. Philip Randolph founds the Brotherhood of Sleeping Car Porters. [more]

9-05-1913 The garment workers strike at Cohoes could become an international incident after it emerges that Italian migrant workers are being forced to break the strike. [more]

11-05-1894 Three thousands Pullman railroad workers in Chicago begin a wildcat strike. [more]

12-05-1902 John Mitchell of the UMWA cals for a national strike, beginning the Anthracite Coal Strike which will last five months. [more]

13-05-1893 Western Federation of Miners formed in Butte, Montana. [more]

13-05-1980 Douglas Fraser of the UAW becomes the first union representative on the board a major US corporation after Chystler's stockholders vote him on. [more]

15-05-1946 489 city workers in Rochester, NY were sacked for organising a union. They protested the next day, and sympathy strikes began, growing to a general strike, when bosses caved and reinstated the sacked workers. [more]

15-05-1935 Folk singer, labor organiser and IWW member Utah Phillips is born. [more]

16-05-1934 Minneapolis Teamsters went on strike, shutting down almost all commercial transport in the city. The dispute lasted over three months, ending with most of the workers’ demands being met in a landmark win. [more]

17-05-1946 The US govt seized the nation's railroads to stop a nationwide strike. Workers walked out anyway and only the President's threat to draft the strikers and call up the army to run the railroads forced them back to work. [more]

18-05-1928 "Big Bill" Haywood, former mineworker and founding member of the Industrial Workers of the World revolutionary union, dies in Moscow. [more]

19-05-1920 A gun battle between the people of Matewan and Baldwin Felts detectives leaves ten people dead. [more]

21-05-1945 The US government took over the bituminous coal mines to try to break a six-week miners' strike. The miners held out, forcing the govt to grant workers' demands which had been unacceptable to the operators. [more]

22-05-1942 In Cleveland the Steelworkers Organizing Committee voted to become a union: the United Steelworkers of America [more]

25-05-1946 President Truman comes within three minutes of drafting the nation's railroad workers into the army to suppress a proposed strike, but the union leaders and employers settle just before the presiden't ultimatum comes into effect. [more]

26-05-1937 UAW organisers are attacked and beaten by Ford security men in Dearborn, Michigan, in an incident which greatly increases support for the union. [more]

28-05-1946 Workers in Rochester, New York, stage a successful one day general strike for the right to form unions. [more]

29-05-1990 The Justice for Janitors strike of ISS cleaners in Los Angeles begins. [more]

30-05-1937 Ten workers are shot dead by Chicago police during a strike at the Republic Steel Mill. [more]

31-05-1921 The Sacco and Vanzetti trial begins in Dedham, Massachusetts. [more]