On Right-to-Work ruling: “These decisions today are an absolute direct slap to the middle class”

LANSING, MI (WLNS) – In a 4 to 3 decision today, the Michigan Supreme Court ruled that the state Civil Service Commission lacks the authority to impose mandatory feeds on thousands of civil servants. It’s a big defeat for unions, especially those who have been collecting fees from state workers, even if workers didn’t want full membership. The decision echoes Michigan’s controversial Right-to-Work law that’s been in place since 2013....

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Court upholds law requiring state workers to pay to pensions

LANSING, MI (AP) – The Michigan Supreme Court has upheld a law requiring state employees to contribute a portion of their pay to qualify for a full pension in retirement. Justices ruled Wednesday that the 2011 law does not infringe on the Civil Service Commission’s powers because voters did not consider pensions or other fringe benefits to be “compensation” when they ratified the state constitution in 1963. The 6-1 ruling reversed a...

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Crime Stoppers: 1 wanted for felony, 2 requests for information

LANSING, MI (WLNS) – Crime Stoppers of mid-Michigan is asking for the public’s help to find one person wanted for a felony and with two requests for information. Felony – Shondale Markey Blackman has a felony warrant for robbery out of Lansing. Blackman is a black man, 22, 6’1″ and weighs 180 pounds. He has black hair and brown eyes. Request for information 1 – Early in the morning on Sunday July 26, police received multiple calls of...

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Help “Dolly” find her way home

MACKINAW CITY, MI (WLNS) – After a child’s doll was found on the dock, the Arnold Mackinac Island Ferry took to Facebook to help reunite the two. Employees named the doll “Dolly,” then they began posting pictures of her journey to the Arnold Mackinac Island Facebook page. According to the Facebook page, the doll was found on the dock last week. Since then she’s helped out with valet cars, luggage carts, giving directions and ticket...

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Prison education program creates pathways for inmates

JACKSON, MI (WLNS) – Through the Pathways from Prison program a number of inmates in Jackson prisons have the opportunity to take classes through Jackson College. On average 80 percent of them make the dean’s list. That’s a number that shocks many people. 6 News had the opportunity to talk with Jason Bell, a student in the program. He said it’s what the education did for his self-confidence that kept him going back to class and...

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