Kent-Ionia Central Labor Council, AFL-CIO

Growing and strengthening west Michigan's middle class

AFL-CIO Organizing Institute coming to Kent-Ionia Labor Center in July

GRAND RAPIDS May 10, 2016– The AFL-CIO’s Organizing Institute (OI) will be rolling into west Michigan this summer– and if you’re looking to learn the ins and outs of union organizing, … Continue reading

May 11, 2016

Public Service Caucus to discuss organizing at April meeting

GRAND RAPIDS April 4, 2016– The KICLC’s Public Service Caucus will hold its April meeting on April 5, 2016 at 6pm at the Kent-Ionia Labor Center, 918 Benjamin NE in … Continue reading

April 4, 2016

Workers picket auto supplier over organizing interference

DEARBORN March 3, 2016– Workers at Ground Effects in Dearborn began picketing the automotive supplier this week, as the company continues to interfere with their organizing campaign. Unsafe working conditions are common at … Continue reading

March 3, 2016

KICLC’s top stories of 2015– Part I

GRAND RAPIDS December 23, 2015– As the world gets ready to shut the books on 2015 later this month, top ten lists and year-in-review stories are all around us. So … Continue reading

December 23, 2015

Are Pope Francis’ views on workers rights and poverty relief really that radical?

GRAND RAPIDS September 22, 2015– Pope Francis arrives in Washington, DC, today for a six-day trip to the United States, where he’ll meet privately with President Barack Obama and a delegation … Continue reading

September 22, 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

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

Former Sec. of Labor Robert Reich explains why a strong U.S. economy is dependent on union organizing

GRAND RAPIDS June 2, 2015– Robert Reich knows a thing or two about economics and unions. Why? Because as a Rhodes Scholar economist who served as President Bill Clinton’s Secretary of Labor, … Continue reading

June 2, 2015

Remembering the Battle of the Overpass

DEARBORN May 26, 2015– Today marks the 78th anniversary of a pivotal event in Michigan labor history: the Battle of the Overpass. On May 26, 1937, UAW president Walter Reuther … Continue reading

May 26, 2015

Detroit charter school staff vote to unionize, parent company abandons school

DETROIT May 7, 2015– When teachers at University Yes Academy (UYA) in Detroit filed a petition to have a union vote, the school’s management company, New Urban Learning, announced plans … Continue reading

May 7, 2015