Kent-Ionia Central Labor Council, AFL-CIO

Growing and strengthening west Michigan's middle class

Upcoming workshop to prepare union members to run for office

GRAND RAPIDS March 17, 2018– Ever thought more union members need to be on city council, or in the state legislature, or in Congress? Ever considered running for office yourself, … Continue reading

March 17, 2017

Republicans’ ACA replacement would be disaster for Michigan

LANSING March 9, 2017– Michigan Public Radio’s Senior Political Analyst Jack Lessenberry issued a stark warning against the Republicans’ Affordable Care Act replacement bill yesterday: Passing it would be an economic … Continue reading

March 9, 2017

COLUMN: Health and Wealth are connected, especially in the Republican healthcare plan

Sean Egan (IBEW 275) is the chair of the Kent-Ionia Labor Council. Statistically, the wealthier you are the healthier you’ll be. There are certainly a lot of reasons for this, … Continue reading

March 8, 2017

COLUMN: Tell the President to Quell the Hate Mongers Tonight

Sean Egan (IBEW 275) is the chair of the Kent-Ionia Labor Council. Honestly, I expected a rocky road for President Trump. It is easy to yell and shout vague promises … Continue reading

February 28, 2017

Running for office– a call to union members and allies

LANSING February 9, 2017– In 2015, the Michigan AFL-CIO launched a pilot program, Local Elected Assistance Program (LEAP), to engage central labor bodies and affiliated unions in supporting pro-labor candidates … Continue reading

February 9, 2017

COLUMN: Trump right on TPP, wrong on immigration

Sean Egan (IBEW 275) is the chair of the Kent-Ionia Labor Council. It will be an interesting few years with President Trump. On the one hand, during his first week … Continue reading

January 30, 2017

Labor stands united against Betsy DeVos for Secretary of Education

GRAND RAPIDS January 30, 2017– As the Senate prepares to vote on the nomination of Betsy DeVos for the position of Secretary of Education, labor leaders from across the state of … Continue reading

January 30, 2017

COLUMN : Prevailing Wage protects our communities, Arlan Meekhof and ABC want to repeal it

Sean Egan (IBEW 275) is the chair of the Kent-Ionia Labor Council.  After successfully fighting off the attempts by the Associated Builders and Contractors (ABC) and some Republicans attempts to … Continue reading

January 20, 2017

Retired Ironworkers face pension cuts

GRAND RAPIDS January 4, 2016– In 2014, a law was passed that would allow struggling pension plans to reduce benefits if it would help them remain solvent. There are currently six … Continue reading

January 4, 2017

Labor leads the way in defeating dangerous lame duck legislation

GRAND RAPIDS December 22, 2016– Every December, legislators in Lansing scramble to pass bills before heading home for the holidays (or leaving office). Since the Republicans have had control of … Continue reading

December 22, 2016