Kent-Ionia Central Labor Council, AFL-CIO

Growing and strengthening west Michigan's middle class

West Michigan Central Labor Council approves name change

MUSKEGON July 31, 2015– At the July meeting of the West Michigan CLC, a name change was approved. The West Michigan CLC will now be known as the Lakeshore CLC. … Continue reading

July 31, 2015

‘Decline to Sign’ campaign launched to preserve Michigan’s prevailing wage law

GRAND RAPIDS July 30, 2015– For the past 50 years, Michigan’s prevailing wage law has ensured that workers on state-funded construction projects (schools, libraries, fire stations, local roads) receive the local … Continue reading

July 30, 2015

COLUMN: My personal encounters with wage theft

Sean Egan (IBEW 275) is the president of the Kent-Ionia Labor Council. GRAND RAPIDS July 24, 2015– The term wage theft elicits images of some greedy corporate boss intentionally manipulating … Continue reading

July 24, 2015

Michigan AFL-CIO president slams discriminatory minimum wage bill

LANSING July 22, 2015– Michigan AFL-CIO President Ron Bieber wrote a guest column for today’s Detroit News in which he trashed a bill that would lower the state minimum wage for … Continue reading

July 22, 2015

UFCW Local 951 president urges legislators to keep state’s green energy standards in place

KALAMAZOO July 22, 2015– John Cakmakci, president of United Food and Commercial Workers (UFCW) Local 951, recently penned an op-ed for the Kalamazoo Gazette in which he urges state lawmakers … Continue reading

July 22, 2015

Four Michigan counties lead the nation in new manufacturing jobs

GRAND RAPIDS July 16, 2015– A report came out this week detailing where the nation’s new manufacturing jobs are, and four Michigan counties made the top ten. The only other state … Continue reading

July 16, 2015

Arbitrator rules against Grand Rapids firefighters on pay, work hours

GRAND RAPIDS July 15, 2015– Grand Rapids firefighters (IAFF Local 366) hit an impasse with the city in their contract negotiations last year, so the two parties sought third-party arbitration in … Continue reading

July 15, 2015

UAW & GM kick off negotiations, Ford & Chrysler to follow

DETROIT July 13, 2015– Contracts between the UAW and the Big Three automakers expire on September 14, which gives the union and management of Ford, General Motors and Fiat Chrysler two … Continue reading

July 13, 2015

Mayoral candidates answer questions from union members

GRAND RAPIDS July 10, 2015– Last night, the four candidates vying to become Grand Rapids’ next mayor gathered at the Kent-Ionia Labor Center to answer a series of questions submitted … Continue reading

July 10, 2015

ATU Local 836 remains in dispute with The Rapid, responds to fact finder report

GRAND RAPIDS July 8, 2015– Members of the Amalgamated Transit Union (ATU) Local 836 have been in contract negotiations with the Interurban Transit Partnership (The Rapid) for over six months … Continue reading

July 8, 2015

Kent-Ionia Labor Council

The Kent-Ionia Labor Council, AFL-CIO is a coalition of west Michigan labor unions in Kent and Ionia Counties, based in Grand Rapids.

Address, phone, email

918 Benjamin NE
Grand Rapids, MI 49503