Workers who seek to organize a union are truly heroes. The workers run real risks that threaten their security and that of their families. The National Labor Relations Board issued new rules to speed up the time from the filing of a petition until the election in order to cut down the time that the employer has to threaten and intimidate workers into voting against the union. Employer's called these new election rules election by "ambush". Even under the rules employer's use their power over the work place to subject workers to great stress. A good recent example is Ground Effects, a supplier to the Ford Motor Company.
Illness is not fair. It doesn't stop to examine whether or not a person can survive it or afford to fight it -- it just happens. It can happen to the young and the old, the rich and the poor, the healthy and the meek. No matter the circumstances, a serious illness can be devastating for Michigan residents.
It used to be that while you were recovering from a job related injury you would continue to draw full workers compensation benefits and be eligible for rehabilitation to get you into shape for a job of comparable wages. No more! Under these 2011 Republican Amendments signed into law by Governor Snyder you have to look for work even while on restrictions. And your benefit will be cut to reflect wage earning capacity on jobs out there but not necessarily available. The wage for the job does not have to be equal or comparable to your pre-injury job. The result of all this is a minimum wage standard instead of the high wages usually earned by electricians. For more information on how to deal with this problem you should contact Andrea "The Hammer" Hamm at Miller Cohen, General Counsel to Local 58. 313-964-4454
The United States Department of Labor's Administrative Review Board ("ARB") confirmed an award of an Administrative Law Judge's decision finding that trucking company, TransAm Trucking Inc., violated the Surface Transportation Administration Act when it fired a trucker that unhooked his truck from the trailer in order to seek safety from frigid temperatures. The trucker was stranded on the side of the road for hours due to frozen brake lines in the trailer. The cabin heating system had stopped working while the trucker waited for roadside maintenance. After waiting hours for help, the trucker started to suffer the effects of the extreme cold. The temperature was one of the coldest nights in Illinois history.
It can be difficult for disabled people to provide for their own needs. While it may be difficult to physically undertake certain tasks, it can be even more difficult for disabled people to financially afford the things they need. This is often because their disability makes it difficult for them to work. The Social Security Administration may be able to help people in Michigan who are living with disabilities. If a person qualifies for Social Security Disability Insurance benefits, the person can receive monthly income to help pay for the person's basic expenses.