Kent-Ionia Central Labor Council, AFL-CIO

Growing and strengthening west Michigan's middle class

EVENT: Rally for organizing Sysco workers on Wednesday, April 29

GRAND RAPIDS April 27, 2015– Just ahead of their May 7 union election, Teamster organizers working with employees at Sysco Grand Rapids are organizing a rally to show solidarity and support … Continue reading

April 27, 2015

KICLC President op-ed: Fast Track trade deals don’t work

GRAND RAPIDS April 27, 2015– Kent-Ionia Labor Council President Sean Egan (IBEW Local 275) recently wrote an opinion piece opposing Fast Track trade legislation. The Detroit Free Press ran his letter … Continue reading

April 27, 2015

Ford cuts shift at Michigan Assembly, UAW confident it can relocate workers

WAYNE, MI April 24, 2015– Ford Motor Company announced yesterday that it will cut a shift at its Michigan Assembly Plant in Wayne, where it currently produces its Focus and C-Max crossover. The … Continue reading

April 24, 2015

Fast Facts on Fast Track trade legislation

GRAND RAPIDS April 23, 2015– The entire labor movement, including the Kent-Ionia Labor Council, is squarely against the Hatch-Wyden-Ryan Fast Track legislation (S. 995/H.R. 1890)– better know as “Fast Track”– … Continue reading

April 23, 2015

April food truck serves over 400 people

GRAND RAPIDS April, 21, 2015– The West Michigan labor community, partnered with Heart of West Michigan United Way, held its April food truck at City Life Church in Grand Rapids last week, … Continue reading

April 21, 2015

Pay Equity Day hits the floor of the Michigan legislature

LANSING April 15, 2015– If you were anywhere on Facebook or Twitter yesterday, you probably saw #EqualPayDay trending, and stories being posted about our nation’s gender gap when it comes to … Continue reading

April 15, 2015

Detroit to add 100 bus drivers, union seeks pay on par with suburban drivers

DETROIT April 14, 2015– The City of Detroit’s Department of Transportation announced that it will be hiring 100 new drivers in the coming weeks. The city also announced a higher … Continue reading

April 14, 2015

Wage stagnation plagues west Michigan

GRAND RAPIDS April 8, 2015– On paper these days, it seems the economy is steadily moving in the right direction. Employment numbers across the U.S.– and to a lesser extent, Michigan– are … Continue reading

April 7, 2015

Food truck locations set for April, May and June 2015

GRAND RAPIDS April 7, 2015– Each month, the west Michigan labor community partners with a different church  to host a Feeding America mobile food pantry, and union members from across the Grand … Continue reading

April 7, 2015

FREE EVENT: UAW documentary, ‘Brothers on the Line,’ to be shown at Kent-Ionia Labor Center

GRAND RAPIDS April 2, 2015– Brothers On The Line is an award-winning documentary film exploring the extraordinary journey of the Reuther brothers – Walter, Roy, and Victor – three union organizers whose … Continue reading

April 2, 2015