Kent-Ionia Central Labor Council, AFL-CIO

Growing and strengthening west Michigan's middle class

GRPS employees fight for contract, pickets are planned

GRAND RAPIDS April 8, 2016- As all five Grand Rapids Public School unions (GREA, GRESPA, GRACEN, GREOA and GRAEOP) continue to work without contracts, negotiations with the district have been … Continue reading

April 8, 2016

Detroit newspaper employees fighting for contract

DETROIT April 1, 2016– Staff at the Detroit Free Press and Detroit News have been engaging in informational pickets outside their offices this week, as they’ve been working without a … Continue reading

April 1, 2016

Grand Rapids Symphony Musicians reach tentative agreement

GRAND RAPIDS March 25, 2016– A tentative agreement was reached earlier this week on a new five year contract between the Grand Rapids Symphony and the Grand Rapids Federation of Musicians Local … Continue reading

March 25, 2016

UAW Local 1485 president says corporate greed is behind company’s threat to move jobs to Mexico

GRAND RAPIDS January 6, 2016– Dematic, a logistics and supply chain company with a long history in Grand Rapids, announced today that they are considering laying off more than 300 of … Continue reading

January 6, 2016

GUEST COLUMN: While negotiations continue, GR Symphony Musicians focus on community

Paul Austin and Diane McElfish Helle are co-chairs of the negotiation committee for the Grand Rapids Symphony Musicians Association (GRSMA). GRAND RAPIDS September 30, 2015– The Musicians of the Grand Rapids Symphony, … Continue reading

September 30, 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

Kentwood public school teachers reach three-year deal with district

KENTWOOD August 28, 2015– Earlier this week, the Kentwood Education Association and the Kentwood Public School District agreed to a three-year contract, which includes pay increases and an additional personal … 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

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

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