DETROIT — Can the UAW get deals with the Detroit 3 — and persuade its restless membership to approve them — without a strike?That's among the top questions looming over this year's contract talks, as outrage over layoffs and increased use of foreign labor courses through the union at a time when the automakers are highly profitable but girding for potentially leaner times ahead.The stage is set for the most difficult labor battle in Detroit since at least 2007, when the UAW last called a national strike against automakers. But if there is an impasse, experts say, the union might employ a more strategic approach to smoke out a better deal without ordering its full membership at a given company to sacrifice the bulk of their paychecks and march on picket lines.Bottleneck strikes, in which workers gain leverage by halting production at key plants to create a ripple effect, have become a more favored weapon in the UAW's arsenal than national strikes as its membership has … [Read more...] about Instead of national strike, UAW could target key plants for ripple effect
The ripple effect
IT'S difficult to comprehend that it's been a whole year since we pledged to become perfect-body-having, extreme-healthy-food-eating, do-gooding, saint-like bastions of fabulousness. I hope you achieved every one of your New Year's resolutions. Mine lasted only slightly longer than the big tin of Roses that were supposed to survive at least until New Year's night.But that doesn't mean we shouldn't vow to make this year different. Maybe park the creating-a-new-you, losing-seven-stone, taking-up-an-extreme-sport side of things and promise to make a realistic difference in your own circle in the hope that the ripple effects will reach far and wide.I say this year is the year when we take back control of Northern Ireland, stop allowing people to drag us backwards towards our darkest days, stop allowing our children to suffer in poorly funded schools, our elderly relatives to wait 10 hours for treatment in our accident and emergency departments. I say this year, we vow to stop being walked … [Read more...] about Leona O’Neill: A new year diet won’t make the future brighter – but people can
SPARTANBURG, SOUTH CAROLINA—Textiles used to dominate this part of South Carolina, which locals call the Upstate. But after the textile industry went overseas, BMW came in and built its biggest car factory in the world, bringing back prosperity in the process. But for more than a few voters and public officials in the area, many of whom could have their livelihood threatened by a trade war BMW has warned about, President Donald Trump’s proposed tariffs aren’t much of a concern—for now. The Upstate, also known as the Upcountry, is the fastest-growing part of South Carolina, with over a million residents in the region and counting. Everywhere you look there is new construction, highways being expanded, businesses being erected. There are also traffic jams galore, a feature you don’t expect in a region whose largest city, Greenville, contains around 68,000 residents. Much of this region’s boom can be traced to BMW, which opened the plant in 1994. The … [Read more...] about Trump’s Trade War Threatens BMW’s Biggest Factory in the World, but South Carolina Doesn’t Seem to Mind
Chris Solari Detroit Free Press Published 8:20 AM EDT Nov 2, 2018 Another trip to Maryland, another controversy. This time, it’s not Michigan State at the center of it. The Terrapins’ turmoil with the rehiring and firing of coach D.J. Durkin (a former Michigan assistant) casts a definite pall over Saturday’s game, an important one for Mark Dantonio’s team as it tries to get bowl eligible and retain a minute chance at winning the Big Ten East. There is a small link to MSU in the Maryland case: Rick Court, who resigned as Terrapins strength coach after the death of Jordan McNair, played two years of baseball for the Spartans and was a captain as a senior in 2001 after spending two years at Grand Rapids Junior College. He graduated from MSU with a degree in kinesiology a year later after interning with the school’s hockey, basketball and football teams. He's also interned with the Detroit Tigers. More: Michigan State football chat recap That is … [Read more...] about Michigan State mailbag: What’s with the Spartans’ injuries?
opinion Steve Gray and Casey Farrington Published 10:52 PM EDT Oct 16, 2018 With devastating efficiency, a faulty algorithm adopted by Michigan’s Unemployment Insurance Agency branded at least 42,000 innocent Michiganders as frauds over the span of two years. Their crime? Applying for unemployment insurance benefits to stave off financial ruin. The Michigan Supreme Court has a chance to address this crippling wrong on Wednesday, when it hears argument in Bauserman v. Unemployment Insurance Agency. The state legislature and governor should step up as well. The program that caused all this trouble was part of the Michigan Integrated Data Automated System (MiDAS), a $47 million computer project that, unchecked by human review, went on a fraud-designating spree from October 2013 to August 2015. Ninety-three percent of those designations were wrong. MiDAS incorrectly—and appallingly—stamped tens of thousands of struggling individuals with a label they didn’t … [Read more...] about Opinion: Undoing the harm of MiDAS’ fraud designations