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A future for the UAW?: Charting strategies to reverse union's decline

By Jack Lessenberry

Published: 6/23/2010

Types: News, Labor

Timothy Duperron, chief operating officer for Focus: Hope, is a more-than-decent guy who worked for the Ford Motor Co. for decades, starting at the bottom and rising into management. He was still on the lower rungs and hadn't yet earned a college degree when he was given an electrician's apprentice ...[MORE]

Schoolhouse divided: Bedlam reigns at teachers' union meetings

By News Hits staff

Published: 2/17/2010

Types: News, Labor

During the last two monthly meetings of the Detroit Federation of Teachers, News Hits has hovered nearby, trying to keep tabs on what's happening behind closed doors. We can tell you with certainty this much: Things are getting really ugly inside the New Center headquarters, and besieged union pres...[MORE]

Reporter in court: Diane Bukowski's case to proceed to trial

By News Hits staff

Published: 3/25/2009

Types: News, Labor

When News Hits went to witness the court proceedings involving reporter Diane Bukowski at the end of February, we came away thinking things were looking pretty good for her. Although we highlighted the outpouring of community support she's received, what really had us believing her legal probl...[MORE]

Blaming the workers

By Jack Lessenberry

Published: 12/10/2008

Types: News, Labor

Blame the workers. Especially, blame the United Auto Workers. That's what we've been hearing from the talking heads over the last several weeks as our auto industry skidded toward the brink of extinction and politicians debated a bailout.Over and over again, I've heard people repeat that the tro...[MORE]

Solidarity forgotten

By News Hits staff

Published: 4/23/2008

Types: News, Labor

When News Hits heard about the melee at the recent Labor Notes conference in Dearborn, all we could hear in our heads was the union anthem "Solidarity Forever." Here's the first verse, as sung to the tune of "Battle Hymn of the Republic": When the union's inspiration through the workers' blood s...[MORE]

Fraser's gambit

By Jack Lessenberry

Published: 4/16/2008

Types: News, Labor

Once, years ago, I speculated impolitely on the reasoning behind some now-forgotten boneheaded move the United Auto Workers union had made. Doug Fraser, then a professor of labor studies at Wayne State University, ripped the column out of the Metro Times and circled the worst part of what I sa...[MORE]

Illegal firings

By Ann Mullen

Published: 12/22/1999

Types: News, Labor

A National Labor Relations Board Judge reviewing Detroit Newspapers' firing of 90 strikers ruled last Friday that nearly half the workers were discharged illegally, according to an NLRB spokesperson. A 156-page opinion issued by NLRB Adm...[MORE]

Class ceiling: Can feminism survive?

By Barbara Ehrenreich

Published: 12/15/1999

Types: News, Labor

Here's a scene from feminist ancient history: It's 1972 and about 20 of us are gathered in somebody's living room for our weekly "women's support group" meeting. We're all associated, in one way or another, with a small public college catering ...[MORE]

President Hoffa ... so far: Other Teamster contracts could hold key to Detroit newspaper talks.

By Jane Slaughter

Published: 11/3/1999

Types: News, Labor

When James P. Hoffa became president of the Teamsters, he promised Detroit newspaper workers that their struggle would soon be over. Insiders still make no predictions about when or whether the papers will settle the conflict short of an appeal to the Su...[MORE]

Bias bill: $45 million

By Ann Mullen

Published: 11/3/1999

Types: News, Labor

The long legal battle between Detroit Edison and more than 1,300 of its workers ended last week when an arbitration panel awarded $45.15 million to workers to settle three class action suits accusing the utility of race and age discrimination. The...[MORE]

Our driven future

By Jack Lessenberry

Published: 10/31/2007

Types: News, Labor

Happy Halloween, comrades. This is my favorite holiday, or would be if it didn't take so much energy to get those razor blades precisely into the dead center of the apple. Calculating the exact dosage of rat poison to put in the center of that chocolate bar is harder too, since today's kids are ...[MORE]

Rocky Mountain low

By Michael Jackman

Published: 10/17/2007

Types: News, Labor

Writer and L.A. Times journalist Scott Martelle first learned of "the Ludlow massacre" in the early 1990s. He was floored to read a mere footnote recounting how, in Colorado in 1914, more than two dozen people had been killed when National Guardsmen and company detectives opened fire on a tent...[MORE]

The right at work

By News Hits staff

Published: 10/10/2007

Types: News, Labor

You can do a lot of he said/she said back-and-forth statistical see-sawing when comparing positions on what the conservatives call "right to work" laws and the labor movement puts down as the "right to work for less." First, for the folks who don't have a clue as to what the hell we're talkin...[MORE]

First strike: A cub reporter crosses the line

By Steve Cotner

Published: 9/26/2007

Types: News, Labor

I ditch my hand-me-down foreign car in an ironworkers’ lot, a block away from General Motors’ Powertrain Plant in Warren, and hike up to a team of UAW strikers. Homeless for the night, I figure I will spend it with them, if they’ll have me. My Tigers hat sits too high on my head, a...[MORE]

Frank Johnson's union dues: An organizing drive in southwest Detroit become a five-month roller coaster.

By Curt Guyette

Published: 10/13/1999

Types: News, Labor

The morning began like most other workdays for Frank Johnson. Up before 4 to see his wife off to her job at an auto plant, he downs a couple cups of coffee and does chores around the house for an hour or so before climbing into his 11-year-old ...[MORE]

Not-so-gentle reminders

By Ann Mullen

Published: 9/29/1999

Types: News, Labor

By land and by sea locked-out newspaper workers continue to spread their message that the long-running labor dispute with the city’s dailies is not over. Before the annual Detroit News river cruise last Friday night, locked-out workers ...[MORE]

No sweat on campus: The crusade to keep colleges from benefiting from sweatshops continues.

By Tate Hausman

Published: 9/8/1999

Types: News, Labor

The most energetic student movement of the ’90s, the protest against exploitative foreign sweatshops, is poised to return to campuses this fall with more vigor, enthusiasm and resources than ever before. At issue is the widespread practice...[MORE]

Adamany's history lesson

By Ann Mullen

Published: 9/8/1999

Types: News, Labor

When you ask some union and academic leaders at Wayne State University whether they are surprised Detroit Public School teachers went on strike last week, they will say, "absolutely not." And when you ask them why not, they will give one answer...[MORE]

Labor and otherwise dazed

By Jack Lessenberry

Published: 9/8/1999

Types: News, Labor

Back when labor unions were winning the great organizing battles of the 1930s and 1940s, a large part of their successes was, naturally, due to public relations. Strategy, timing and tactics helped too. But im...[MORE]

For rich or richer

By Curt Guyette

Published: 9/1/1999

Types: News, Labor

The old saw about the rich getting richer appears to be truer than ever. Total compensation for corporate chief executive officers has skyrocketed a wallet-popping 481 percent during the 1990s, says a new study by the nonprofit groups Institute...[MORE]

WSU grad employees win

By Ann Mullen

Published: 9/1/1999

Types: News, Labor

Graduate employees at Wayne State University won a major victory last week: a tentative contract agreement. Reached after 10 months of negotiations between the Graduate Employees Organizing Committee (GEOC) and Wayne State officials, the agreement...[MORE]

Trying to shame Edison

By Ann Mullen

Published: 8/25/1999

Types: News, Labor

National Organization for Women president Patricia Ireland declared Detroit Edison a "merchant of shame" during a Detroit speech Saturday. "Electricity is not the only thing that is shocking at Detroit Edison," said Ireland ...[MORE]

Gambling on unions

By Jane Slaughter

Published: 8/18/1999

Types: News, Labor

With no opposition from management, 2,100 workers at the MGM Grand Casino became union members on July 23, with their ranks divided among a four-union coalition called the Detroit Casino Council. Maintenance workers will be represented by the International Union...[MORE]

Rough water in talks

By Ann Mullen

Published: 8/4/1999

Types: News, Labor

Detroit water department workers say the metropolitan area’s water supply may be in jeopardy if Mayor Dennis Archer does not offer them a fair contract. With a banner that read, "Mr. Mayor don’t gamble with Detroit’s water," about 20 members of the Sanitar...[MORE]

Sore at Channel 4

By Ann Mullen

Published: 7/28/1999

Types: News, Labor

About 60 union employees and supporters picketed WDIV’s downtown offices last Friday with signs that read "Turn off Channel 4, it’s bad news for workers." According to Dan Morgan, a video editor in the news department and spokesman for the National Association o...[MORE]

The last kazoo

By Ann Mullen

Published: 7/28/1999

Types: News, Labor

If it were not for Scott Brooks and Jeff Ellison, two Detroit labor lawyers, I may never have learned about working class hero Eugene V. Debs – or had so much fun in the process. Like hundreds of others, I began to appreciate the 20th century labor leader while I attended a Detr...[MORE]

Corporate roast

By Ann Mullen

Published: 7/21/1999

Types: News, Labor

How do you commemorate a four-year labor dispute? With a pig roast, naturally – sans the pork. Several hundred locked-out Detroit News and Free Press workers and supporters cheered as they pretended to barbecue a man dressed in a pig suit, calling him their "corporate pig.&...[MORE]

A house divided: Four years later the labor dispute lingers, while scabs and returnees work side by side.

By Curt Guyette

Published: 7/7/1999

Types: News, Labor

Barb Ingalls leads a dual life. Since being called back to her job as a printer at Detroit Newspapers after going out on strike nearly four years ago, she is once again the dutiful employee, showing up on time, performing her job, drawing a paycheck. But wh...[MORE]

Outsource discourse

By Jane Slaughter

Published: 6/30/1999

Types: News, Labor

After a springtime skirmish in the media with General Motors execs over a new manufacturing method called "modular assembly," United Auto Workers President Steve Yokich finally pronounced the issue "dead." Despite Yokich’s obituary, the issue is very much a...[MORE]

Now’s the time

By Larry Gabriel

Published: 8/15/2007

Types: News, Labor

Real opportunities to nationalize health insurance in the United States only come around once in a while. The last time was in 1993, when a plan by then-first lady Hillary Clinton was trashed by corporate opposition. Now is the best chance since then. Most Americans agree that the system doesn'...[MORE]

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