Kent-Ionia Central Labor Council, AFL-CIO

Growing and strengthening west Michigan's middle class

Labor candidates win key primary races across Michigan

LANSING August 3, 2016– The Michigan AFL-CIO issued the following statement today on the results of Tuesday’s primary election. Ninety-eight percent of the candidates who were endorsed by the Michigan AFL-CIO … Continue reading

August 3, 2016

Michigan AFL-CIO President: Proposed constitutional amendment is nothing but an attack on state workers

LANSING June 8, 2016–In today’s Detroit News, Michigan AFL-CIO President Ron Bieber calls out Republican leadership in Lansing for their new attacks on Michigan civil servants. Right-wing politicians, ignoring who’s really at … Continue reading

June 8, 2016

Bill to reform right-to-work introduced in Lansing

LANSING March 1, 2016– A Democratic state rep from southeast Michigan has introduced legislation that would allow unionized employees to vote on “right-to-work” policy at their workplace. Should this pass, it … Continue reading

March 1, 2016

GUEST COLUMN: Democracy or fascism?

Ed Haynor is a retired consultant to the West Michigan Construction Alliance, with over 40 years of public service as teacher, school administrator and school board member. He resides in … Continue reading

January 19, 2016

Michigan’s new election law specifically targets unions’ ability to collect PAC money

LANSING January 8, 2015– Most people are aware that labor unions are restricted by law on how dues dollars can be spent for political activity. Which is why unions oftentimes set … Continue reading

January 8, 2016

Public Service Caucus to discuss Michigan election reform legislation at January meeting

GRAND RAPIDS January 4, 2016– With the recent passage of Senate Bill 13 and Senate Bill 571 by Michigan’s legislature, big change could be on the horizon for Michigan voters. … Continue reading

January 4, 2016

COLUMN: Expanding democracy? Not in Michigan

Sean Egan (IBEW 275) is the president of the Kent-Ionia Labor Council. GRAND RAPIDS December 28, 2015– When someone tells you that their goals are to ensure voters are more informed, … Continue reading

December 28, 2015

Labor-backed GRPS bond proposal passes

GRAND RAPIDS November 4, 2015– Voters in Grand Rapids went to the polls yesterday to decide the fate of a $175-million 30-year school bond proposal, and by a 6-point margin, … Continue reading

November 4, 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

In Lansing, the solution for Michigan’s wage stagnation problem is…lower wages?

LANSING June 19, 2015– The Economic Policy Institute (EPI) released a study this past winter on American wages. They found that between 2013 and 2014, wages for American workers continued … Continue reading

June 19, 2015