Kent-Ionia Central Labor Council, AFL-CIO

Growing and strengthening west Michigan's middle class

KICLC endorses Courtade, Lynn, Allen, Melton and Baker for Kent County commission

GRAND RAPIDS September 30, 2016– The Kent-Ionia Labor Council announces today five more endorsements for Kent County commission. In June, the KICLC endorsed Carol Hennessy and Phil Skaggs. The latest endorsements … Continue reading

September 30, 2016

MI AFL-CIO president: Trump will kill jobs in Michigan

LANSING July 13, 2016– Michigan AFL-CIO President Ron Bieber penned a column for the Detroit News today in which he warns that a Trump presidency would be devastating for Michigan’s … Continue reading

July 13, 2016

Former UAW Region 1-D Director Don Oetman passes away

ALLEGAN April 14, 2016– Retired UAW Region Director Don Oetman passed away yesterday at his home surrounded by family. He was 71. Brother Oetman represented workers in the UAW for … Continue reading

April 14, 2016

Fiat Chrysler to lay off 1,300 Michigan workers

STERLING HEIGHTS April 7, 2016– Fiat Chrysler Automobiles announced yesterday that it’s cutting production at its Sterling Heights Assembly Plant, laying off 1,300 workers in the process. The company said … Continue reading

April 7, 2016

Union members protest privatization & bad public policy at Snyder event in Grand Rapids

GRAND RAPIDS March 15, 2016– Yesterday, more than two dozen union members and community supporters welcomed Gov. Rick Snyder to Grand Rapids with signs, coffins and chanting. The coffins represented the … Continue reading

March 15, 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

Michigan AFL-CIO President: Unions have stepped up to help Michigan communities in crisis

GRAND RAPIDS February 11, 2016– As we’re inundated by news about Flint’s poisoned water system and Detroit crumbling public schools– both affected by failed policies coming out of Lansing– we’re also hearing … Continue reading

February 11, 2016

Dematic to move 300 jobs from Grand Rapids to Mexico to take advantage of $1.50 wages

GRAND RAPIDS February 3, 2016– It was reported last month that Dematic North America was considering laying off over 300 union members at its Plymouth Road facility in Grand Rapids and moving their jobs … Continue reading

February 3, 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

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