A Collective Sigh for the Decline of Collective Bargaining: The Disappearance of Unions & Its Consequences for America

A Collective Sigh for the Decline of Collective Bargaining: The Disappearance of Unions & Its Consequences for America

By: Monica Plawecki, SMSBF Staff Writer There are few things that are as core to Michigan’s identity as the Great Lakes, auto manufacturing, and our state’s uncanny mitten shape. Still, we’ll venture to add one more: labor unions. In Michigan, the birthplace of the U.S. labor movement, unions were for a long time a considerable …

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Me the People? A Crisis of American Individualism in Society and the Age of COVID-19

Me the People? A Crisis of American Individualism in Society and the Age of COVID-19

By: Monica Plawecki, SMSBF Staff Writer As our nation still struggles to contain cases of COVID-19, one thing has become increasingly clear: we need to think collectively. In fact, with a concerning number of Americans choosing to ignore calls to mitigate the virus’ spread, including by wearing masks, avoiding crowded spaces, and limiting social gatherings, …

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Demonstrating with Our Dollars: Supporting the #BlackLivesMatter Movement on a Local Scale

By: SMSBF writer, Monica Plawecki The past few weeks have been marked by an incredible amount of unrest throughout our country. Both peaceful and not-so-peaceful protests, calls for racial justice and police defunding, and #BlackLivesMatter sentiments echoing from every corner of social media have come in response to the senseless killing of George Floyd by …

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Opinion – What Does a Just Wage Have to Do With Pursuing Happiness?

Let’s face it, whether you’ve stayed in Detroit your whole life, or you’re from the burbs and are just now discovering the meaning of urban existence, there’s excitement in the air. It’s always been here – I believe it’s the spirit of the city – and it has always been driving change. But for a …

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Providing Long-Term Value – Business Roundtable Signs New “Purpose of a Corporation”

Are America’s most powerful corporations starting to embrace Triple Bottom Line concepts? Well, maybe. They are taking a step in the right direction at least. The Business Roundtable recently published a new definition of the purpose of a corporation, and it includes more than padding the pockets of shareholders. The Business Roundtable is made up …

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Opinion – A Hedge Against Wealth Disparity: Employee Owned Businesses

Op-Ed by Mike Shesterkin, Executive Director, SMSBF We live in an age of income and wealth disparity. A recent Pew Research study indicates, “The highest-earning fifth of U.S. families earned 59.1% of all income, the richest fifth held 88.9% of all wealth.” Other measures indicate equally disturbing trends. What is it about this system that …

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