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Orr Takes Immediate Aim at Pensions After Judge OKs Detroit Bankruptcy

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A federal bankruptcy judge today ruled that the city of Detroit is eligible for bankruptcy protection and may cut pension benefits for retired city workers despite a provision in the state’s Constitution banning such pension cuts. Attorneys for city workers, firefighters and police officers say they will appeal the judge’s ruling.

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AFSCME and Michigan Working Families Respond to Detroit Bankruptcy Filing

From the Michigan Governor's Office.

Michigan Gov. Rick Snyder (R) authorized a bankruptcy filing yesterday for the city of Detroit based on recommendations from financial manager Kevyn Orr, making it the largest city in the United States to ever take that step. AFSCME members and other public-sector workers were not consulted for input before the filing. 

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Working Families Rally for Immigration Reform with Path to Citizenship

In rallies across the country, working families made their voices heard this week and let Congress know that they want comprehensive immigration reform that includes a pathway to citizenship for the nation's 11 million aspiring Americans.

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Coalition of Michigan Lawmakers, Unions and Citizen Journalist File Lawsuit to Block 'Right to Work' for Less

[Photo credit: Anne C. Savage | Eclectablog]

Chris Savage is a Michigan-based political writer and owner of Eclectablog. You also can follow him on Facebook and Twitter.

On Dec. 6, 2012, Republicans in the Michigan legislature passed bills that eventually led to Michigan becoming the 24th "right to work" for less state. With their majorities in both the House and the Senate and encouragement from Republican Gov. Rick Snyder, this was a pretty straightforward accomplishment. However, it was done with a crowd of thousands of protesters surrounding the Capitol building and filling its corridors. 

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Suit Seeks to Strike Down Michigan 'Right to Work' Law

Photo by Ann Savage: www.eclectablog.com

A coalition of Michigan labor unions—including the UAW—and the American Civil Liberties Union (ACLU) asked a judge Thursday to strike down the recently passed "right to work" for less law because it was enacted while the public was locked out of the Capitol, which is a violation of the Open Meetings Act, the First Amendment and the Michigan Constitution.

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Follow Live Updates from Michigan on Twitter

Michigan State AFL-CIO is live-tweeting developments on the "right-to-work" for less legislation all weekend. Follow its live Twitter stream on the AFL-CIO Now blog

If you're in Michigan, find an action near you: bit.ly/wearemichactions

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NFLPA: 'Workers Don't Deserve This'

While thousands of Michiganders are protesting the "right to work" legislation being rammed through the state legislature by Republicans without any public input, more and more voices from all over the country are speaking out against the proposed bills. 

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10 Things to Know About What Happened in Michigan on Thursday

10 Things to Know About What Happened in Michigan on Thursday

"10 Things to Know About What Happened in Michigan On Thursday" is a cross-post from the Working America Main Street blog

1.) The Michigan House and Senate yesterday passed so-called “right to work” bills. “Right to work” laws effectively defund the ability of workers to have a voice at their workplace. In 23 other states, these laws have lowered wages, weakened benefits, raised the poverty rate and led to increased workplace injuries and deaths. The House passed one such bill and the Senate passed two.

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Michigan Republicans Pass 'Right to Work' for Less Bills Without Hearings or Input from Residents

Michigan Republicans Pass 'Right to Work' for Less Legislation Without Hearings or Input from Residents

Chris Savage is a Michigan-based political writer and owner of Eclectablog. You also can follow him on Facebook and Twitter.

AFL-CIO President Richard Trumka and President Barack Obama spoke out against "right to work" for less legislation yesterday. These types of laws reduce wages and benefits for working families.  

Two days ago, I reported that Michigan Republicans, along with Gov. Rick Snyder, were planning on making Michigan the nation’s 24th “right to work” for Less (RTWFL) state by the end of the year. The timetable was, apparently, far more aggressive than that. The very next day after Snyder announced RTWFL was “on the table,” he held a joint press conference with House Speaker Jase Bolger and Senate Majority Leader Randy Richardville saying that he was asking for the legislation to be passed and that he would sign it into law.

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Michigan Residents Take to the State Capitol to Protest 'Right to Work' for Less

Shouts of "Who's house? Our house" echoed in Michigan's state Capitol rotunda last night as hundreds of union members and activists protested the "right to work" for less law that is being considered today in the state legislature after Gov. Rick Snyder announced it was "on the table."

The Michigan State AFL-CIO live-tweeted from the Capitol and announced it will return today to continue the protest and provide more updates. Follow the Michigan state federation on Twitter.

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