From the Traverse City Record Eagle:
For as long as I can remember, organized labor has been a powerful — perhaps the most powerful — influence in Michigan politics, most of all within the Democratic Party.
Especially in the southeast part of our state, nothing of political consequence happened for decades without the major unions signing off on it, or at the bare minimum, offering grudging acceptance. Yet now, with Michigan still firmly in the grip of the worst economic crisis since the Great Depression, people appear increasingly disconnected from the usual political process and from their traditional designated leaders. Significantly, this includes union members and their families, as well.
“Wayne County Judge Amy Hathaway could decide next week whether to force the city to collect union dues from about 4,500 AFSCME employees after Mayor Dave Bing canceled that provision of the contract this month,” according to a brief in The Detroit News.
“A federal judge has ruled against Amway Corp. in a class-action complaint filed by 27 former salespeople, or independent business owners,” reports WOOD TV.
“The ruling says Amway must stop forcing its one-time distributors into arbitration over disputes between the two parties.”
Bloomfield Hills-based Pulte Homes, the country’s largest residential home builder, has gone to court to stop a union protest campaign that apparently is bringing the company to its electronic knees.
Pulte’s phones and e-mail accounts have been jammed, reports The Associated Press, by people upset by Pulte’s discharge of a worker, allegedly for wearing a union T-shirt.
In a court filing, Pulte has asked a federal judge
to order the Laborers’ International Union of North America to stop the campaign and take down a Web site criticizing the company.
Pulte’s national customer relations manager, Robert Schmittou, said he has received at least 750 e-mails and more than 100 voice mails that refer to the workers.
Get this: the Laborers’ International Union of North America doesn’t even represent Pulte workers.
The Associated Press reports that classes will resume at Oakland University after faculty and the school administrative reached a tentative, early morning agreement to resolve a labor dispute.
The faculty was facing a possible back-to-work order from Oakland County Circuit Court Judge Edward Sosnick.
The Detroit Free Press reports that Oakland University is claiming that a faculty strike at the school is illegal and is asking Oakland County Circuit Court Judge Edward Sosnick to order the faculty back to the classrooms.
The Freep reports that health care issues and faculty input to university decision-making are the points of contention.