STERLING HEIGHTS. Mich. - While analysts are lamenting that retail sales were down at shopping malls on Black Friday, the numbers were simultaneously "up" at Walmart protests taking place the same day.
Michigan's two controversial right-to-work laws are headed on a fast track to the state's Supreme Court.
The "right to work for less" law can be overturned.
Michigan's working families know they are in the fight of their lives. The state's Republican legislature is introducing bill after bill that curtails workers' right to bargain collectively.
Given the hyper-partisan climate in Michigan's state capitol, this shouldn't surprise anyone.
Labor won one, lost one, and had one key issue still up in the air in the latest action in the Republican-run Michigan legislature.
"Any right-to-work effort in Michigan is going to be met with the fiercest opposition organized labor has ever brought against a single issue," said a building trades leader.
"It's a new day, a new labor movement," and "victory can come to the 99 percent if we stand united," said AFL-CIO Executive Vice President Arlene Holt Baker.
In an unusual situation, the NLRB ruled, in a case involving a Bronson, Mich., auto parts maker, that locked-out workers are still "employees" of the company and covered by labor law.
Now comes the latest labor protest: The July 13 Michigan Nurses Association's "Governor Snyder's 'No Soup for You'" kitchen.