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Great Lakes Coffee Roasting Company Baristas and Cooks go on Strike for Union Recognition

DETROIT, MI – Today, baristas and cooks at Great Lakes Coffee Roasting Company announced their strike for union recognition, joining industry colleagues across the country in a growing movement towards workplace unionization. The group is branding themselves as “Comrades in Coffee” and hopes to inspire coffee shop workers across Michigan to follow in their footsteps. Baristas and…

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Michigan AFL-CIO Statement on Governor Gretchen Whitmer’s State of the State Address

LANSING, MI – Michigan AFL-CIO President Ron Bieber offered the following statement praising Governor Gretchen Whitmer’s State of the State Address: “This evening Governor Gretchen Whitmer proved that when Michiganders work together, we are capable of vast accomplishments. In the last three years, Michigan has seen historic investments in our infrastructure, with 82,000 workers repairing…

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Michigan Workforce Development Institute Receives Consumers Energy Foundation Grant

JACKSON, MI – The Michigan Workforce Development Institute (WDI) has received a $50,000 grant from the Consumers Energy Foundation supporting Jackson County’s Access for All program, a free pre-apprenticeship training program that creates a pipeline for underserved and minority communities into building trades and construction careers.  Jackson County’s Access for All program will prepare individuals…

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Senator Bernie Sanders to Join BCTGM Local 3G Striking Members for Rally in Battle Creek

BATTLE CREEK, MI – Senator Bernie Sanders will join BCTGM Local 3G members in Battle Creek, home of Kellogg’s corporate headquarters, this Friday to rally in support of the Kellogg workers on strike. Just last week 1,400 BCTGM members in Michigan, Tennessee, Pennsylvania and Nebraska rejected a tentative agreement, continuing their strike through the holidays. …

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Michigan Labor Leaders Give Statements as BCTGM Members Overwhelmingly Vote Down Kellogg Contract

BATTLE CREEK, MI – On Sunday over 1,400 BCTGM members in Battle Creek, Mich., Lancaster, Pa., Omaha, Neb. and Memphis, Tenn. overwhelmingly voted to reject the tentative agreement reached with Kellogg. The strike, which began on October 5th, will continue into its ninth week. The Michigan AFL-CIO, South Central Michigan Area Labor Council and BCTGM…

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AFL-CIO Paywatch Report Shows Kellogg CEO Paid 279 Times Salary of Average Worker as Striking Workers Approach Payless Thanksgiving Holiday

BATTLE CREEK, MI – As we head into the holiday season, BCTGM Local 3G members enter the 7th week of their strike against Kellogg, fighting for better wages and the end of a two-tiered pay scale. The AFL-CIO’s annual Executive Paywatch Report reveals that Kellogg Company CEO Steve Cahillane was paid 279 times more than…

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Michigan AFL-CIO Statement re. Unemployment Insurance Agency Audit Report

LANSING, MI – Yesterday, the Office of the Auditor General released their audit report finding, in part, that the Unemployment Insurance Agency paid out $3.9 billion in unauthorized unemployment benefits to nearly 350,000 Michiganders. The Michigan AFL-CIO has released the following statement:  “During the pandemic, a record number of Michiganders found themselves jobless and applying…

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Michigan Workforce Development Institute Celebrates National Apprenticeship Week

LANSING, MI – On Monday the Michigan Workforce Development Institute (WDI) kicked off National Apprenticeship Week, a nationwide celebration where the successes and value of apprenticeship programs are highlighted for rebuilding our economy, uplifting workers into the middle class and advancing racial and gender equality. “The work of the Michigan Workforce Development Institute’s Access for…