Changing Gears is a public media project about the future of the industrial Midwest. Each week, reporters Dan Bobkoff in Cleveland, Niala Boodhoo in Chicago and Kate Davidson in Ann Arbor cover issues of interest to the Great Lakes region. Changing Gears also sponsors public events and conversations.
ANN ARBOR — The labor battle seizing the Midwest right now is focused on the collective bargaining rights of public sector employees. But the fight over breaking these unions may have cracked open another door: the one labeled “right-to-work.”[display_podcast] Continue reading “Is Right-To-Work Next?”
The Great Lakes have always been a union strong hold. But as Southern states have attracted investments, and labor union membership has dwindled, a question is being asked across our region: should we consider Right to Work laws as a tool in our reinvention?
Take our poll. We’ll give you the results on Tuesday during Hard Labor, our Changing Gears live call-in special.
You’re ready for a laugh over Wisconsin, right? (Our apologies if it’s too sensitive, but we are.) Last night, NBC Nightly News anchor Brian Williams, a fellow airplane geek and former White House intern, visited Jimmy Fallon for another in a series called Slow Jamming the News.
This time, BriWi and Jimmy chose the Wisconsin protests. Too silly? Or just right?
(Update: Wisconsin Public Radio’s Ideas Network also will carry the broadcast)
To many union members, collective bargaining rights and the right to organize are hard-won, sacred treasures. But some in the business community see those as impediments to making our states competitive.
Now, public and private sector unions are under fire. Lawmakers in states like Wisconsin and Ohio want to strip public employees of collective bargaining rights. Meanwhile, the conversation has begun about Right to Work laws, a mainstay of the South but long considered impossible in Great Lakes states.
Almost a month after the Green Bay Packers beat the Pittsburgh Steelers in this year’s super bowl, Chrysler’s “Imported from…Detroit” ad is still causing quite a bit of Internet buzz. Detroit area native Harvey Dickson talks here about how much backlash “ruin porn” has been getting, thanks in part to the positive images the ad featured. The New Republic also recently lashed out at ruin porn here. You can also read what Changing Gears’ Micki Maynard wrote about the ad’s immediate success and its divergence from the ruin porn Detroit is better known for.
Grand Rapids means a lot to Michiganians. It’s a business, health care and education capital for the western side of the state. It’s the home town of a president, Gerald R. Ford, who helped steady the country after Richard M. Nixon resigned. And it’s also my mom’s hometown.
For all those reasons, I was delighted on Monday to speak to an audience of 400 people at the Economic Club of Grand Rapids. My topic: “Reinventing Our State” which fits right in with our mission at Changing Gears.
LANSING — The country is facing a nursing shortage. But schools in our region can’t keep up with the demand for nursing education. As we reported in our first story, that’s partly because there are a limited number of clinical settings where student nurses can work with patients. So to augment the clinical experience, some nursing programs are enlisting the help of a newfangled dummy, wired with smart technology.[display_podcast] Continue reading “Training Health Care Workers Part Two: Simulation”