Kent-Ionia Central Labor Council, AFL-CIO

Growing and strengthening west Michigan's middle class

Fundraiser at Beltline Bar to raise money for food trucks

GRAND RAPIDS May 31, 2016– Have dinner out at the Beltline Bar on Tuesday June 7, between 5 and 9pm, and 15% of your bill will be donated in support … Continue reading

May 31, 2016

ATU President RiChard Jackson to receive 2016 Martha Reynolds Labor Award

GRAND RAPIDS February 5, 2016– RiChard Jackson, president of the Amalgamated Transit Union Local 836, has been chosen as the 2016 recipient of the Martha Reynolds Labor Award– one of … Continue reading

February 5, 2016

KICLC’s top stories of 2015– Part II

GRAND RAPIDS December 30, 2015– As the world gets ready to shut the books on 2015 later this week, top ten lists and year-in-review stories are all around us. So … Continue reading

December 30, 2015

Labor Revival set to blow the roof off the Labor Center this Sunday

GRAND RAPIDS- November 30, 2015– As the Michigan labor community gets set to mark the third anniversary of Lansing politicians bullying right-to-work legislation down our throats, Grand Rapids-area union members … Continue reading

November 30, 2015

Sen. Bernie Sanders writes letter urging The Rapid to honor its employees’ pensions

GRAND RAPIDS October 12, 2015– As members of ATU Local 836 continue to fight with The Rapid to preserve their pension, one Democratic candidate for president has come out in strong … Continue reading

October 12, 2015

No progress in bargaining talks between Local 836 and The Rapid, ATU international president weighs in

GRAND RAPIDS September 2, 2015– RiChard Jackson, president of ATU Local 836, said negotiations with The Rapid remain stalled, despite a special mediating session on Monday. Last week, the Rapid’s board … Continue reading

September 2, 2015

The Rapid hikes fares, gives raise to CEO, but extends ATU contract only 48 hours for final push negotiations

GRAND RAPIDS August 28, 2015– More than 100 union members and supporters crowded into the meeting space at the Rapid Central Station on Wednesday as the Interurban Transportation Partnership Board convened … Continue reading

August 28, 2015

Management at The Rapid close to triggering nuclear option against bus drivers’ union

GRAND RAPIDS August 21, 2015–Bus drivers with The Rapid are currently in the eleventh hour of negotiations with their employer, and management has made it clear that they are now interested … Continue reading

August 21, 2015

ATU Local 836 exposes The Rapid CEO’s greed in newspaper ad

GRAND RAPIDS August 17, 2015– The Amalgamated Transit Union Local 836 took out an ad in the Grand Rapids Press this weekend, calling out the CEO of The Rapid, Peter … Continue reading

August 17, 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