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    Maternal/Paternal Leave in Michigan

    Elizabeth Weir

    It is estimated that more than 110,000 children will be born in the state of Michigan in the next year. While pregnancy and the welcoming of a new baby are arguably considered the most joyful time for new parents, this celebration can be clouded by the imminent requirement to abruptly return ...

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    Home Health Care Workers and Unionizatio …

    Vincent Szczerowski

    The evolution of how home health care workers in Michigan have been classified as a unit of the labor force has been a fascinating observation within the last ten to twelve years. Throughout the course of this time frame, competing interests have been working to either unionize home healthcare workers or ...

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    Right to Work in Michigan – One Year L …

    Greg Kellogg

    On December 11, 2012, Michigan became the 24th state to pass “right-to-work” legislation making it illegal for employers to collect union dues as a condition of employment. In the absence of right-to-work, employees in unionized workplaces a free to eschew union membership but cannot “opt out” of paying union dues. Thus, ...

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    Jobless Rates Continue to Decrease in Mo …

    Alyssa Firth

    The end of March saw a much revered unemployment rate for Michigan at 10.3 percent. “Michigan’s labor market indicators have shown steady improvement in the first three months of 2011,” said Rick Waclawek, director of DELEG’s Bureau of Labor Market Information and Strategic Initiatives.  “Compared to this time last year, the state’s ...

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    The Automotive Industry and Employment

    Alyssa Firth

    The Big Three have existed in Michigan for over 100 years now. Henry Ford's concept of the assembly line set up the standard that would be used across the nation for decades. The strikes at GM in 1937 led to the formation of the UAW. Chrysler has been innovating cars since ...

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    Employment Rate Goes Down, but Jobs Don' …

    Alyssa Firth

    Michigan is leading the nation in jobless rates going down, yet not for the usual reasons. Followed by Washington DC and Alabama, Michigan has been ahead of the other states in jobless rate going down by at least two percent at the end of 2010. Despite employment rates improving, population in ...

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    Right-to-Work Becoming More of a Possibi …

    Alyssa Firth

    House Speaker Jase Bolger announced that making Michigan a "right-to-work" state will be discussed to see if it is economically relevant for the state. “Gone must be the days where things were taken off the table because they were uncomfortable to talk about," Bolger said, with Republicans in agreement. Republicans have historically ...

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    More Jobs May Not Equal Better Economy

    Alyssa Firth

    The new year will bring a boost in sales compared to recent years for the automotive industry, but not everyone is convinced it will bring a better economy with it for Michigan. The Center for Automotive Research in Ann Arbor has predicted roughly 22,300 jobs will be added to the auto industry ...

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    Michigan Employment Relations Commision …

    Alyssa Firth

    The Michigan Employment Relations Commission (MERC) is a mediator for labor disputes between public and private sector employees. To resolve such issues, MERC appoints mediators, arbitrators and fact finders, conducts union representation elections, determines appropriate bargaining unites, and adjudicates unfair labor practice cases.

     

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    Unemployment Rate for Michigan Steadily …

    Alyssa Firth

    The unemployment rate in Michigan has dropped to 13 percent for September, it’s lowest since March 2009. The state’s unemployment rate a year ago was 14.4 percent. The national rate continues to be 9.6 percent.

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    Jobless Rates Go Down in Michigan

    Alyssa Firth

    Jobless rates have gone down throughout the state of Michigan from July to August of 2010. In the past week alone, claims have dropped by 16,000. Ann Arbor's jobless rate went from 10% to 8.8%. The unemployment rate of six Southeast Michigan counties - Oakland, Wayne, Macomb, Lapeer, Livingston, and St. Clair - ...

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    Should Michigan be a Right-to-Work State …

    Janine Anderson

    First it is important to understand that in a right-to-work state there are statutory laws enacted prohibiting employers from requiring membership in a union upon hire. These laws are only in place in 22 states as of today; however, this does include Florida and Texas, the two most popular states ...

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    Employee Free Choice Act and Unionizatio …

    Lupe Dominguez

    The Employee Free Choice Act, or the EFCA, is a provision that is both highly revered and highly contested. EFCA gives workers easier paths to organize unions in the workplace, while leveling the playing field by penalizing companies who violate the law during the organizing and contracting of campaigns. Its biggest ...

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    Extended Unemployment Benefits in Michig …

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    Today's record-high long-term unemployment shows that there simply aren't enough jobs to go around due to a lack of demand. According to the RSQE Michigan forecast, released on May 27, 2010, it expected that the unemployment rate to sit in the high 13s for the rest of this year before ...

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    Is “Brain Drain” an Excuse Game?

    Steve Mnich

    One thing is certain, Michigan officials are adamant to find answers for why college students feel the need to leave Michigan. Countless student surveys indicate results leading decision makers to draw upon conclusions with remedies that will offer minor incentives.  Their conclusion: The workforce of tomorrow wants to live where it's ...

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    Michigan Entrepreneurs: Pumping New Bloo …

    Steve Mnich

    Michigan lawmakers are taking big steps to attract a wave of entrepreneurs. New legislation, introduced by Rep. Geoff Hansen (R-Hart), would create Entrepreneurship Renaissance Zones allowing companies with fewer than 100 employees to be exempt from paying real property, personal property and Michigan Business Taxes for five years. Facts indicate that ...

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    Spend Less, Grow More?

    Steve Mnich

    For decades, universities nationwide have pondered the question: If research funding increases exponentially, will the rate of economic growth follow the same pattern? Now, more than ever, researchers are devoting more time and energy into digging into this very question. The results however, are not only varied, but also questionable in ...

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