Quotable of the Year:
“You know, there are things that we can’t control, like the weather, but there are things we can. And when we see trade changes via tweet, it’s really concerning.”
— Gov. Gretchen Whitmer on President Donald Trump’s chaotic trade policy
In the last days of 2019, the Advance is running a series of our best stories from a few of the many issues we cover, from the environment to the 2020 election. With more than 2,000 stories to choose from, it was hard to pare the list down.
Here’s our roundup of our top economy and labor stories:
Early in the year, Fiat-Chrysler Automobiles announced a $4.5 billion expansion. We looked into the tax incentives for this deal and others.
The six-week UAW strike at General Motors dominated headlines around the world, but his especially close to home for thousands of workers in Michigan.
After months of details dripping out on the UAW corruption scandal, GM filed a blockbuster suit against FCA. As Advance columnist Rick Haglund has noted, “Bribery requires someone to pay the bribe.”
Labor and workers’ rights
GOP former Gov. Rick Snyder signed Michigan’s Right to Work law during Lame Duck seven years ago and Michigan has never been the same. We talked with Gov. Gretchen Whitmer about what can be done for workers’ rights, as the GOP Legislature isn’t interested in repealing the law.
Haglund also wrote about one of the unintended — and often-overlooked — facets of Michigan’s economy, a shortage of workers — and why.
Michigan is no longer a worker-friendly state, after a series of anti-union measures like Right to Work. For Labor Day, we broke down a new study on how workers fare on a variety of fronts.
Gov. Gretchen Whitmer, business groups and a bipartisan group of lawmakers want to close Michigan’s “skills gap” for workers, but we looked at what’s behind these workforce development efforts.
Economy and trade
President Donald Trump’s trade war has caused some confusion for Michigan businesses and consumers and the Advance looked at how they’re dealing with it.
The agricultural sector — a key part of Michigan’s economy — has been particularly hard hit by the trade war.