Kent-Ionia Central Labor Council, AFL-CIO

Growing and strengthening west Michigan's middle class

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 : 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

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

COLUMN: Turn out to turn down Trump’s b.s.

Sean Egan (IBEW 275) is the president of the Kent-Ionia Labor Council. No one should be surprised to see Donald Trump’s continued implosion.  A narcissistic, egotistical, condescending, and infantile ass … Continue reading

October 17, 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

Michigan AFL-CIO President: Privatization of Michigan’s public services has failed

LANSING March 9, 2016– In a column that ran in today’s Detroit News, Michigan AFL-CIO President Ron Bieber calls out Michigan Republicans in Lansing for severely damaging our state through … Continue reading

March 9, 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

Union plumbers leading the way in Flint water crisis

FLINT January 27, 2016– As residents in Flint still don’t have tap water that’s safe to drink or bathe in, members of UA Plumbers and Pipefitters Local 370 are stepping … Continue reading

January 27, 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