Kent-Ionia Central Labor Council, AFL-CIO

Growing and strengthening west Michigan's middle class

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

Organized labor leads defeat of bad trade deal in House

WASHINGTON DC June 12, 2015– Democratic members of Congress today united themselves against President Barack Obama and wealthy corporate interests by defeating a trade deal that would have been disastrous … Continue reading

June 12, 2015

West Michigan labor joins in with national call-in day to stop Fast Track

GRAND RAPIDS June 4, 2015– Yesterday, millions of people across the United States made calls and sent emails to their Congressperson to let them know that Fast Track trade deals just don’t work … Continue reading

June 3, 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

Lansing politicians advance bill to repeal prevailing wage

LANSING May 13, 2015– The Republican-led state senate advanced a bill today that would repeal the state’s prevailing wage law. The prevailing wage requires companies pay workers union wages on … Continue reading

May 13, 2015

KICLC President op-ed: Fast Track trade deals don’t work

GRAND RAPIDS April 27, 2015– Kent-Ionia Labor Council President Sean Egan (IBEW Local 275) recently wrote an opinion piece opposing Fast Track trade legislation. The Detroit Free Press ran his letter … Continue reading

April 27, 2015

Pay Equity Day hits the floor of the Michigan legislature

LANSING April 15, 2015– If you were anywhere on Facebook or Twitter yesterday, you probably saw #EqualPayDay trending, and stories being posted about our nation’s gender gap when it comes to … Continue reading

April 15, 2015

Proposed legislation would eliminate safety protections for Michigan workers

LANSING March 23, 2015– This past week the Michigan AFL-CIO strongly condemned legislation introduced by State Sen. Tonya Schuitmaker (R-Lawton) that would eliminate key safety protections for employees who are injured … Continue reading

March 23, 2015

Lansing lawmakers renew efforts to rig presidential elections

LANSING March 11, 2015– Last fall’s U.S. Congressional races in Michigan yielded no surprises: Republicans maintained control of nine of Michigan’s 14 Congressional districts, as pretty much everyone expected. That means … Continue reading

March 11, 2015

Local union leaders & elected officials offer their thoughts on right-to-work

GRAND RAPIDS March 6, 2015– Republican lawmakers in Wisconsin, along with Gov. Scott Walker, are back to their union busting ways. The Badger State’s right-wing politicians continue to ramp up … Continue reading

March 6, 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