On a quiet Sunday, the Detroit Free Press has reported that the State of Michigan under Governor Snyder, has decided it's time to start paying people what they're worth.
In the radio version of Father Knows Best, the patriarch was an arrogant potentate. He would say, for example, "What a bunch of stupid children I have!" That is how Republicans have always regarded workers. Now they've revealed they feel the same way about CEOs.
If we are to believe Rick Snyder is responsible for this job creation, he should be able to identify specific legislative actions that brought this improvement; otherwise the governor is just taking credit for the work of his predecessor.
In Rick Snyder's Michigan, there's no money to make good on the pensions seniors in Detroit worked a lifetime to earn, but there's always a few hundred million available for a billionaire who wants an extravagant new sports arena.
Yes, we have survived the Great Recession and employment is up. But according to the Census Bureau, one-third of adults who live in poverty are working. They simply don't earn enough to support themselves and their families.
It should be obvious. If government size and spending is to shrink as the so-called Austerians and deficit hawks want, then private wealth has to inc...
Here are some thoughts on recent changes to union laws in Michigan, the historic home of the American labor movement.
Despite the Twinkie's admirable resilience, there is still an entity that the company's new CEO, C. Dean Metropoulos, feels he needs to protect Twinkies from: unreasonable labor unions.
The authors of a report by the Canadian Foundation of Labour Rights warn that the enactment of right-to-work legislation will weaken unions and effectively toss Canadian workers under the jackboot of the corporate elite. But the fact of the matter is not as clear-cut as the CFLR and its sources of information let on.
Was it courageous for Sen. Meekhof to bring this bill up for a vote without allowing a single moment of public debate on it? Or was it courageous when the doors of the Capitol building were locked while the vote was taking place to keep the public from even seeing what was to transpire?
I was hoping to hear something positive about the future of public education in President Obama's State of the Union speech. There was nothing there but shallow celebration of wrong-headed policies and empty promises.
If you want to make a child take foul-tasting medicine, you have to sugarcoat it. Missouri Republican legislators were given a crash course Tuesday in how to sell voters on the idea that right-to-work is a cureall for everything that is wrong with our economy.
Perhaps the reason Tim Jones and his colleagues are pushing legislation that could cripple public schools, destroy unions and eliminate a state income tax is because of "close, personal constituents" like retired St. Louis billionaire Rex Sinquefield, who contributed $100,000 to Jones' reelection campaign.
We're witnessing the endgame of capitalism, where a few wealthy individuals and corporations have accumulated most of the wealth while the rest of us are left to fight for the scraps.
A new survey supports what educators have known all along: when it comes to educational priorities, policy makers and parents don't see eye to eye.
This is a time of hyper-partisan warfare, when selfishness parades itself as a virtue. But amidst all that smoke there are still some of us who can discern the bare outlines of something called "the common good." The common good -- that's our flag. And that's why unions are different.