Kent-Ionia Central Labor Council, AFL-CIO

Growing and strengthening west Michigan's middle class

Michigan Department of Human Services employees protest layoffs

DETROIT February 26, 2015– Gov. Rick Snyder’s 2016 budget slashes almost $24 million from the Department of Human Services’ (DHS) budget, which means overworked state employees are about to be … Continue reading

February 26, 2015

UA Local 174 seeks applications for apprenticeship program

COOPERSVILLE February 23, 2015–  The West Michigan Plumbers, Fitters and Service Trades Local 174 (UA 174) has announced an application and testing schedule for its apprenticeship program this spring. Local … Continue reading

February 23, 2015

Kent Ionia Labor collecting diapers for moms-in-need

GRAND RAPIDS February 22, 2015– Are you a person who believes babies deserve a clean, dry bottom? Then read on! South East Community Outreach Ministries (SECOM) in Grand Rapids is … Continue reading

February 22, 2015

Sen. Gary Peters meets with west Michigan labor leaders, discusses priorities

GRAND RAPIDS February 20, 2015– Sen. Gary Peters visited the Kent-Ionia Labor Center on Tuesday to pledge his support to Michigan’s labor community, and to open up a discussion with … Continue reading

February 20, 2015

GUEST COLUMN: American workers need stable housing, free from discrimination

Richard Trumka is the president of the 12.5 million member AFL-CIO. WASHINGTON DC February 19, 2015– We recently celebrated the life and legacy of Dr. Martin Luther King Jr., a … Continue reading

February 19, 2015

Kent-Ionia Labor stands strongly opposed to Fast Track legislation

GRAND RAPIDS February 19, 2015– Federal legislators have introduced a bill that is bad for democracy and bad for America. The Fast Track legislation (S. 1900 and H.R. 3830), introduced … Continue reading

February 19, 2015

Metro Detroit AFL-CIO officer appointed to Detroit City Council

DETROIT February 18, 2015– Metro-Detroit AFL-CIO Vice President Janee Ayers (UNITE HERE 24) has been selected to fill an at-large vacancy on the Detroit city council through the end of … Continue reading

February 18, 2015

Michigan labor board rules against Taylor teachers union

TAYLOR February 17, 2015– Shortly before “right-to-work” took effect in Michigan in 2013, the Taylor public school district and the Taylor Federation of Teachers agreed to a 10-year collective bargaining … Continue reading

February 18, 2015

February food truck cancelled due to frigid temps

GRAND RAPIDS February 17, 2015– When the calendar shows February, everyone expects cold temperatures here in west Michigan. But sometimes temperatures drop so low, spending extended periods of time outdoors … Continue reading

February 17, 2015

UWUA welcomes Holland Board of Public Works employees

HOLLAND February 10, 2015– On February 5, the workers at Holland Board of Public Works overwhelmingly voted to join the UWUA. They were previously members of the Technical, Professional & … Continue reading

February 10, 2015