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BP Employee Fired After Note to Boss Goes Viral

BP Employee Fired After Note to Boss Goes Viral

"Fire me if you must." ...Um, okay?

A man who posted an irate note to his boss has been fired after the note, which excoriated her for showing up late, went viral on Reddit and social media. Read More »

This Middle School Essay Question Has Detroit Parents Outraged

This Middle School Essay Question Has Detroit Parents Outraged

Novi student returned home in tears

One parent is criticizing a Detroit middle school for assigning an essay in which students are asked whether they'd rather be a factory worker or a slave. Read More »

Is McDonald's Stealing Employees' Wages?

Is McDonald's Stealing Employees' Wages?

Lawsuits say McDonald's fails to pay employees for all hours worked

Workers have filed class-action suits against McDonald's, alleging it steals income with practices that drive wages below the legal minimum. Read More »

Teacher Videotapes And Teases Autistic Child Stuck In Chair

Teacher Videotapes And Teases Autistic Child Stuck In Chair

'Do you want to get tasered?' she asked him

Video of a Michigan teacher and the school principal watching and teasing an autistic fifth-grader stuck in a chair goes viral. The teacher videoed the event. Read More »

Wrong Order Gets McDonald's Workers a Bullet Through the Window

Wrong Order Gets McDonald's Workers a Bullet Through the Window

Michigan woman left cell phone that let police track her down

A woman, angry that her take-out order was missing bacon a second time, shot once through the drive-through window of a Grand Rapids, Mich. McDonald's. Read More »

Janitor Admits To Paying Students $1 To Beat Up Fourth-Grade Classmate

Janitor Admits To Paying Students $1 To Beat Up Fourth-Grade Classmate

Grand Rapids custodian targeted student for cursing and making "unflattering comments."

It's not always clear what the right thing to do is when working with kids. But paying them off to to beat up one of their classmates? Yes, says a Grand Rapids janitor. Read More »

'No African American Nurses' Note Spurs Outrage -- And A Lawsuit

'No African American Nurses' Note Spurs Outrage -- And A Lawsuit

By Sydney Lupkin A Michigan hospital is under fire after a lawsuit claims it fulfilled a father's request to have no black nurses look after his baby in the neonatal intensive care unit last fall. A black nurse sued Hurley Medical Center for discrimination and violation of the state civil rights act after the... Read More »

Flint, Mich., Employer Bans The Hiring Of Smokers

Flint, Mich., Employer Bans The Hiring Of Smokers

It's been challenging for job hunters in Flint, as the Michigan city faced an official unemployment rate of 15 percent at the peak of the recession. But now it's gotten just a little bit tougher -- at least for smokers, as McLaren Health Care instituted a no-nicotine policy for job applicants, according to... Read More »

Do Right-To-Work Laws Actually Help Workers -- Or Management?

Do Right-To-Work Laws Actually Help Workers -- Or Management?

It should come as no surprise that activists on the left are pushing for unions to adopt new strategies to broaden their appeal -- and clout. After all, the number of Americans who are part of an organized union has dropped from a third of the country's workers in the 1950s to only about a tenth last year. Read More »

Michigan Teachers Join Union Protests, Thousands of Students Forced To Miss School

Michigan Teachers Join Union Protests, Thousands of Students Forced To Miss School

Thousands of Michigan teachers skipped school Tuesday to protest new right-to-work laws that were signed by Gov. Rick Snyder. About 12,500 attended the protest and three were arrested according to the Detroit Free Press. Read More »

Michigan Passes Right-To-Work Bill Despite Union Protests

Michigan Passes Right-To-Work Bill Despite Union Protests

LANSING, Mich. -- Over the chants of thousands of angry protesters, Republican lawmakers made Michigan a right-to-work state Tuesday, dealing a devastating and once-unthinkable defeat to organized labor in a place that has been a bastion of the movement for generations. The GOP-dominated House ignored... Read More »

Michigan GOP Pushes Through Right-To-Work Bill, Amid Angry Protests

Michigan GOP Pushes Through Right-To-Work Bill, Amid Angry Protests

LANSING, Mich. -- In an audacious flex of political muscle, Republicans in a single day reached the brink of a goal that for years has seemed an all-but-impossible dream: making the labor bastion of Michigan a right-to-work state. The GOP majority used its superior numbers and backing from Gov. Rick Snyder to... Read More »

Michigan To Lay Off 400 Unemployment Workers

Michigan To Lay Off 400 Unemployment Workers

By Tami Luhby NEW YORK -- Many jobless claims workers in the state of Michigan will soon be filing for unemployment themselves. About 400 state workers who process unemployment claims are losing their jobs, thanks to Michigan's improving economy. Read More »

Gun-Toting Clerk Accused Of Bullying Employees In Michigan

Gun-Toting Clerk Accused Of Bullying Employees In Michigan

Being bullied may conjure up images of tough kids on a playground taunting smaller classmates. But it's quite a different scenario in suburban Detroit, where a local government employee stands accused of intimidating co-workers -- and not merely with a gruff attitude. Clinton Township Supervisor Bob Cannon... Read More »

Wine Industry Succeeds In Recession-Weary Michigan

Wine Industry Succeeds In Recession-Weary Michigan

By John Flesher LAKE LEELANAU, Mich. (AP) -- A state thirsting for good economic news is toasting the success of an up-and-coming industry: winemaking. Vineyards and tasting rooms are springing up rapidly in Michigan, where fertile hillsides near the Great Lakes provide ideal settings for cool-weather... Read More »

Detroit Pays Bus Drivers Not To Work

Detroit Pays Bus Drivers Not To Work

It might literally be the last city in the country that should be paying its workers to just hang out. Detroit's woes are famous. As the poster child for the urban shrinkage that has ravaged America's once vibrant Rust Belt, Motown has seen a population decline of roughly 40 percent since the end of World... Read More »

5 States With The Highest Unemployment Rates

5 States With The Highest Unemployment Rates

Fresh statistics last week showed that more than half of U.S. states saw the number of jobless workers rise in August compared to July -- yet more evidence that the nation's stagnant employment picture remains stuck in neutral. Twenty-six states and the District of Columbia reported unemployment rate increases,... Read More »

GM Spends $109 Million and Saves 98 Jobs

GM Spends $109 Million and Saves 98 Jobs

General Motors just announced its planning to invest $109 million in its operations in Flint and Bay City, Mich., and will protect or add 96 jobs at the two sites, in the process. The investment is being made to support engine production for current and future fuel-efficient small cars produced for the U.S.... Read More »

Is Your City More or Less Jobless?

Is Your City More or Less Jobless?

It's no surprise that recently released numbers from the Bureau of Labor Statistics show that 31 of the 32 metropolitan divisions in the US reported overall employment losses in 2009. What might come as a mildly pleasant surprise to some, however, is that one city area actually showed an employment increase... Read More »

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