Economic Justice

Rick Haglund: Can Biden help reignite the labor movement?

President Joe Biden has promised to be “the most pro-union president you’ve ever seen.” And Michigan AFL-CIO President Ron Bieber couldn’t be happier. Bieber said...

Column: Women are society’s invisible infrastructure, but they’re often underpaid and...

Infrastructure is important for everyone. We need a strong public system for roads and transportation, for drinking water, for energy. And when that system...

Lawmakers roll out equal pay bills, say it’s ‘unconscionable’ reforms haven’t...

On Equal Pay Day, marking the day when white women will have earned the same amount on average as men have at the end...

Here’s why low-income Michiganders were ‘completely unprepared’ to weather the COVID-19...

A proliferation of low-wage and hourly jobs with few or no benefits, depleted savings and rising household costs in Michigan paved the way for...

7 Up workers strike over tiered pay, MLK holiday 

As a metro Detroit labor-management impasse involving wages and observance of the Martin Luther King Jr. holiday approaches the two-week mark, a settlement does...

‘It’s going to be a lifesaver’: Here’s how the new child...

When U.S. President Joe Biden signed the $1.9 trillion American Rescue Plan into law last week, setting up millions of families across the country...

Bills you may have missed, from banning workplace vaccine mandates to...

State lawmakers have introduced bills in March on topics ranging from expanding unemployment benefits to protecting members of the LGBTQ community from discrimination to...

Michigan Poor People’s Campaign pushes back against GOP voter restrictions 

In a throwback moment reminiscent of the heyday of the civil rights movement of the 1950’s and ‘60s, a group of Lansing demonstrators on...

‘It will help end the survival mode’: Michiganders say federal COVID...

Desiree Byrd has a vision for her stimulus check coming from the new COVID-19 relief plan. The 35-year-old Detroit is a mother of four...

Column: Here’s what lawmakers have done — and must keep doing...

On March 13, 2020, almost one year ago today, I wrote a column for the Michigan Advance outlining some public policy solutions to reduce...

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