Here are some interesting stories from the past 24 hours:
- Free Press prepares to ax 10% of its staff
– Even as it touts its better than expected print sales and web traffic, the Detroit Free Press is going to be cutting 10% of its staff.
- Auto Workers Taken for a Ride – This article by the labor website Labor Notes looks at government and management sought concessions at Chrysler. It’s a refreshing look from the perspective of workers and unions as opposed to what is usually reported in the corporate press.
- With foreclosure relief bill signed, concerns linger over loophole for scam artists – Michigan Messenger looks at the possibility that the a new provision in the law that publishes the name and address of homeowners facing foreclosure will open the way to scam artists offering false “foreclosure relief.”
- Hoekstra in the national spotlight: Does it help or hurt his campaign for governor? – Michigan Messenger’s Ed Brayton discusses whether or not Pete Hoekstra’s media appearances will help his chances of becoming governor.
- As it sponsors Bay City fish fest, Dow claims ignorance on toxic walleye advisories – Midland, Michigan’s Dow Chemical is sponsoring a Bay City Walleye tournament even though there is a fish consumption advisory in the area that may be related to Dow’s pollution.
- Getting Detroit Back to Work – This article from Labor Notes looks at how investment in the “green economy” could be used to get Detroit autoworkers back to work.
- GM, UAW compromise – A look at a new compromise deal between General Motors and the United Auto Workers that may help workers retain some of their benefits. However, the contract is based on the Chrysler contract which has been thoroughly panned in Labor Notes (see above).
- Amway to Hold “Private” Fireworks Over Downtown Grand Rapids Tonight – Last night, Amway held a “private” fireworks show in downtown Grand Rapids. They closed a public park to prevent the public from seeing the show, closed a public bridge, and even tried to keep the permit secret. How’s that for transparency?
If we missed anything, let us know.