Displaying all posts for Martha Grevatt

Same-sex marriage fight not over

By November 13, 2014

After being buoyed by a string of victories, the movement for the right to marry was set back Nov. 6 when the Sixth District Court of Appeals upheld bans on same-sex marriage in Michigan, Ohio, Kentucky and Tennessee. In October, the four appellate courts had upheld lower court rulings overturning a total of 16 state […]


‘Drill, baby, drill’? Not so fast!

By September 7, 2014

Michigan is not exactly a state that an oil and gas industry executive would call “unwelcoming.” In fact, there is a still a 1930s state law on the books stating that it is “the declared policy of the state … to foster the development of the [gas and oil] industry along the most favorable conditions […]


Marriage equality winning after decades of struggle

By August 17, 2014

More than 700 people rallied in Cincinnati on Aug. 5 and 6 in support of the right of same-sex couples to marry. On Aug. 6, a panel of three judges of the U.S. Sixth Circuit Court of Appeals heard attorneys for couples in four different states make the case for marriage equality. In opposition, attorneys […]


Colombian GM workers continue fight

By August 11, 2014
Encampment at U.S. Embassy in Colombia.

A group of injured workers set up a tent encampment outside the U.S. Embassy in Bogotá, Colombia, on Aug. 1, 2011. Formerly exemplary workers at General Motors’ Colmotores plant, they were among hundreds who had been fired after sustaining work-related injuries that left them unable to do their jobs. The Association of Injured Workers and […]


UAW Convention: Is the union ready to fight?

By June 19, 2014

On June 5, the United Auto Workers — a union founded in 1935 in a period of tumultuous class struggle — concluded its 36th Constitutional Convention in Detroit. The convention marked the departure of President Bob King, a champion of “partnership” with Ford, General Motors and Chrysler. The acceptance speech of Dennis Williams, the new […]


Motor City Pride

By June 11, 2014

“Motor City Pride,” a June 7-8 festival with a march the second day, drew tens of thousands from all over southeast Michigan to downtown Detroit this year. Even more than in previous years, the struggle for marriage equality took center stage. Same-sex couples won a huge victory in March when Federal Judge Bernard Friedman ruled […]


Detroit auto parts plant strike threat wins union

By May 18, 2014

Detroit — Kace Logistics is one of many companies that function near or inside a major auto assembly plant. Workers at these logistics facilities “sequence” auto components in kits that facilitate an autoworker’s job mounting these parts to a vehicle. Generally, their wages are nowhere near what a UAW worker at Chrysler, Ford or General […]


GM ignition scandal continues

By May 15, 2014

Months after the link between a faulty ignition switch and car crash fatalities made front-page news, General Motors’ reckless disregard of public safety, and its web of denials and cover-ups are still in the public eye. GM management knew in 2005 that an ignition switch eventually used in millions of small Chevrolet and Saturn cars […]


Protests in 50-plus cities say: ‘U.S. mail is not for sale’

By May 1, 2014
Philadelphia postal workers picket low-wage Staples store. The postal service wants to outsource jobs there.WW photo: Joseph Piette

More than 50 protests were held in 27 states on the April 24 “National Day of Action Protest to ‘Stop Staples!’” Postal worker unions demonstrated outside Staples stores with the theme “The U.S. mail is not for sale.” They were protesting an ominous privatization agreement between this office supply chain and the U.S. Postal Service. […]


‘Raise minimum wage, no food stamp cuts’

By April 18, 2014

Labor and community activists marched through the Near West Side neighborhood of Cleveland on April 12, protesting against recent cuts in food stamps and unemployment benefits and for raising the minimum wage. People came out of their homes and workplaces, giving a thumbs up and joining the chanting. The march and rally were organized by […]