Tag Archives: union busting

If all goes well, in a few days, I’ll be meeting a man whose father built the secret tunnels beneath Harry Bennett’s castle on the Huron River

Every now and again, as I’ve written about him a few times in the past, I get an odd call about infamous Ford enforcer Harry Bennett, who built a fortress not far from here in 1930 to protect him from his many enemies. Not too long ago, as you might recall, a man contacted me […]

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Harry Bennett, the killer as artist

I don’t know when we’ll actually get started with it, but local historian Matt Siegfried and I are talking about producing a weekly “Ypsi History Minute” for the Saturday radio program. We’re still working out what these may look like in their finished form, but I’m imaging that they’d likely be set-up like questions. Like, “Did […]

Posted in Art and Culture, History, Ideas, Special Projects, Uncategorized, Ypsilanti | Also tagged , , , , , , , , , , , , | 14 Comments

I am disappointed in you, my fellow Michiganders

The people of Michigan had their chance yesterday to remove Rick Snyder and his administration from office. And, much to my surprise, they chose to given him four more years instead. I would have thought, given our state’s history relative to organized labor, and the conversations I’ve had with folks over the past several years, […]

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Everything you ever wanted to know about the Emergency Manager takeover of Michigan, and how we allowed it to happen

I had the good fortune a week or so ago to attend the Netroots Nation conference in Detroit. Among the people that I met while there was attorney Alec Gibbs, who, in recent years, has been keeping busy representing retired public employees left without adequate insurance in the wake of the Emergency Manager takeover of […]

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Privatization of Michigan’s prison food service industry pays off in maggots, violence and increased corporate earnings

Rick Snyder, the 48th Governor of Michigan, took office in 2011 pledging to put politics aside, and do what was best for the State. Unlike other Republicans, he said, his intention was not to push a hardline agenda of privatization and union busting. “I don’t believe in privatization,” the self-proclaimed ‘tough nerd’ said in 2012. […]

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