UAW President on Biden supply chains order: ‘Important step’
(AP Photo/David Zalubowski, File)President Joe Biden signed an executive order Wednesday intended to boost manufacturing jobs by strengthening U.S. supply chains for advanced batteries, pharmaceuticals, critical minerals and semiconductors. There are 12.2 million manufacturing jobs in the United States, down from 17 million in 2000, according to the Bureau of Labor Statistics. United Auto Workers (UAW) President Rory L. Gamble released a statement Wednesday calling this executive order an “important step”AdHere is Gamble’s full statement:‘The UAW is working with and supports President Biden in issuing his executive order on strategic supply chains which comes at a critical time for UAW members, retirees, and their families. The Biden Administration’s review of key U.S. supply chains, including semiconductor manufacturing, electric car batteries, medical supplies, and rare earth elements is an important step. Over the last year in dealing with the coronavirus pandemic, our nation has repeatedly experienced the pitfalls of offshoring critical supply chains.
Michigan governor signs order to ensure adequate propane distribution
FILE - In this Jan. 27, 2021, file photo provided by the Michigan Office of the Governor, Gov. Gretchen Whitmer delivers her virtual State of the State address the state in Lansing, Mich. (Michigan Office of the Governor via AP)LANSING, Mich. – Gov. Gretchen Whitmer signed an executive order Saturday declaring a Michigan state of energy emergency to ensure adequate propane distribution over the coming days. It exempts motor carriers and drivers transporting propane and heating oil from compliance with maximum weekly driving and on-duty limits. Details: Biden declares major disaster in Texas as federal aid flowsRead executive order declaring a Michigan state of energy emergency
Menards security guards faces charges in 2nd incident involving injured customers
LIVONIA, Mich. – A store security guard was charged with assault and it appears it may not be an isolated incident. It’s the same security guard who was involved in an incident Aug. 8, in which a customer at a Menards store said his leg was broken over a dispute over wearing a mask. He said he could have been seriously hurt when he was thrown into the air and onto the floor by a security guard at the Livonia Menards. He said the security guard cursed at him for trying to exit through the entrance. RELATED: Man says Menards security guard in Livonia broke his leg for not wearing mask despite medical reason“What was Menards thinking keeping him there?"
Charges dropped against Westland man who accused Menards security guard of breaking his leg over mask policy
LIVONIA, Mich. – The case of an alleged assault over a mask mandate that occurred at a Menards store in Livonia has been dismissed. Though he was the one charged, Blake claims that a Menards security guard broke his leg for not wearing a mask into the Livonia store, despite having a medical reason not to wear one. Blake says on August 8 the security guard broke his leg during a takedown after notifying him that he had to wear a mask in the store. The customer said he tried to explain to the security guard that he had a health issue, but couldn’t get a word in before the guard got in his face. The security guard told police that he informed Blake of the policy, but Blake said that was not true.
MDHHS issues new order requiring masks, restricting gatherings, limiting some businesses in Michigan
Bars must close indoor common areas, and indoor gatherings are prohibited in most areas where alcohol is sold. The epidemic order that Director Gordon issued today is an important step to protect Michiganders across the state from the spread of COVID-19. The order also requires children and staff members to wear masks at schools, except for in Michigan Economic Recovery Council Region 6. Indoor gatherings of more than 10 and up to 500 people occurring at a non-residential venue are permitted within certain limits. Indoor gatherings are prohibited anywhere alcoholic beverages are sold, except for table services where parties are separated from one another by at least six feet.
Michigan governor moves Upper Peninsula to phase 4 of MI Safe Start Plan after surge in COVID-19 cases
LANSING, Mich. – After a recent surge in COVID-19 cases in the Upper Peninsula, or MERC Region 8, Michigan Gov. Gretchen Whitmer signed Executive Order 2020-192 moving the region back to phase 4 of the MI Safe Start Plan. The executive order will go into effect Friday, Oct. 9 at 12:01 a.m., according to the governor’s office. region over the past several weeks and consulting with medical experts, I have decided to take action to protect U.P. The most recent case rate, adjusting for lag, has the region with 283 absolute cases per million and 5.1% positivity.
Gov. Whitmer signs order extending protection for Michigan residents, staff members at long-term care facilities
Gretchen Whitmer signed an executive order Wednesday to extend protection for residents and staff members at long-term care facilities amid the coronavirus pandemic. “From day one, I have taken action to protect both seniors and staff in long-term care facilities from COVID-19. “That’s why we have been working around the clock to protect our seniors and aggressively following CDC guidance to limit the spread of COVID-19 in nursing homes. I signed an order months ago requiring testing for all residents and staff and new residents, and my administration has helped get nursing homes thousands of tests. According to the press release, the centers “will be care units dedicated exclusively to caring for and isolating COVID-19-affected residents.”The order also requires nursing homes to inform legal guardians or health proxies of residents or employees testing positive.
Why are Michigan student athletes mandated to wear masks?
DETROIT – In a press conference Thursday, Local 4′s Rod Meloni asked what information was being used to support the determination that masks would be required for student athletes on the field. It’s important to change out masks for a fresh one when sensible, or to use a fabric that wicks moisture and dries quickly. Executive Order 180 requires face coverings to be worn by student athletes when actively participating, except during cross country, golf, tennis, swimming and diving. This includes all times during active participation and all times during non-active participation when six feet of physical distance cannot be maintained. Face coverings must be worn by coaches, medical staff, game event staff, members of the media and spectators.
Michigan players, coaches, parents navigate masks during sports mandate
GROSSE POINTE, Mich. – With fall sports back on track, players and coaches are adjusting to wearing masks while playing after an Executive Order mandated masks be worn during play. Gretchen Whitmer almost a week after she allowed contact sports to resume practices this week and games starting next week. Maccagone said his biggest issue was what to do with his mouth guard, which attaches to his helmet face mask. In response to the mask mandate, members of the group, Let Them Play, started a petition, calling the masks during play “incredibly dangerous” and want the order removed. Whitmer took questions Thursday about the mask order including which science she was using to back up the order.
Gov. Whitmer signs executive order requiring face coverings for organized sports
Gretchen Whitmer signed an executive order Wednesday in regards to face coverings for organized sports. The COVID-19 virus is easily spread through airborne particles and can affect everyone differently. Gyms reopened Wednesday with restrictions that gym goers must wear a face covering at all times, including during exercise, and create workout stations or implement protocols to allow six feet of distance between everyone inside. "Since contact sports pose a high risk of transmitting COVID-19, MDHHS recommends that people should choose to avoid them. MDHHS' guidance recommends mitigation measures organized sports teams may take to reduce the spread of COVID-19 during training, practices, and competitions.
New orders extend protections for Michigan nursing home residents and staff, grocery store workers
LANSING, Mich. – Michigan Governor Gretchen Whitmer signed two new executive orders on Saturday that extend protections for frontline workers at grocery stores, pharmacies and long-term care facilities amid the coronavirus (COVID-19) pandemic. One of the new orders, 2020-178, focuses on protecting customers and staff members at grocery stores and pharmacies. Frontline workers in our hospitals, grocery stores, nursing homes, and more have put their own lives on the line to protect our families,” Whitmer said. Still, the governor’s office says that this week Whitmer is reviewing recommendations made by the state’s Nursing Homes COVID-19 Preparedness Task Force and will implement any changes following her review. The executive orders signed Saturday are extensions of previous executive orders Whitmer enacted at the beginning of the pandemic -- which were most recently extended on August 10 and were slated to expire on September 7.
Gov. Whitmer extends visitation restrictions at nursing homes, congregate care, juvenile facilities
Gretchen Whitmer signed an executive order Friday to maintain temporary visitation restrictions at health care facilities and nursing homes amid the coronavirus (COVID-19) pandemic. According to a press release from Whitmers Office, Executive Order 2020-174 continues the limited and temporary restrictions on the entry of individuals into health care facilities, residential care facilities, congregate care facilities, and juvenile justice facilities previously imposed by Executive Order 2020-156.The order extends through Sept. 30. Under the order, all visitors and staff of residential care facilities, congregate care facilities or juvenile justice facilities must wear a mask when indoors or within six feet of another person. Whitmer created the bipartisan Michigan Nursing Homes COVID-19 Preparedness Task Force in June within the Michigan Department of Health and Human Services (MDHHS). The task force was instructed by the governor to recommend an action plan for preparing nursing homes for any future waves of COVID-19 cases by Aug. 31.
Michigan governor signs executive order requiring COVID-19 testing in prisons, jails
Gretchen Whitmer signed an executive order Saturday that will require coronavirus (COVID-19) testing protocols for Michigan Department of Corrections facilities. The order is effective immediately for jails that have not resumed inmate transfers. Jails that continued transfers under the previous version of the order have until Sept. 8 to comply. By reducing the spread of COVID-19 in prisons and jails, we protect corrections officers and their families, incarcerated people, and the whole community, Whitmer said. The Michigan Department of Corrections has been a leader for states across the country in COVID-19 response.
Michigan Gov. Whitmer extends order allowing remote education, supervision for pharmacists
LANSING, Mich. Michigan Gov. Gretchen Whitmer signed Executive Order 2020-152, which extends a provision on an earlier order on pharmacies that allows student pharmacists to continue training under remote supervision. By allowing student pharmacies to continue their education and supervision remotely, we can maintain talent in a safe and efficient way.READ: Housing activists want Michigan Gov. Whitmer to extend ban on evictionsThe order also suspends strict compliance with any statute or regulation inconsistent with the order. It allows preceptors to supervise student pharmacists remotely to fulfill eligibility for licensure and avoid delaying graduation.
Gov. Whitmer extends order protecting Michigan residents from water shutoffs
Gretchen Whitmer has extended an executive order protecting Michigan residents from having their water shut off through the end of the year. The initial order on water protections was signed in late March. A total of 2,477 Michiganders have had their water restored during the coronavirus pandemic, including more than 1,200 families in Detroit. The legislation also provides a 25% rebate on total water bills for eligible customers while funding lasts. For the health and safety of all, we fully understand the importance of having access to water in your home, Flint Mayor Sheldon Neeley said.
Michigan’s ban on evictions extended until July 15
Michigan’s ban on evictions amid the coronavirus pandemic has been extended until July 15. Gretchen Whitmer’s order to temporarily ban evictions was set to expire June 30, but on Friday her office announced she signed Executive Order 2020-134 to extend the temporary suspension of evictions until July 15. Tenants whose back rent is not completely covered by the Eviction Diversion Program will be entered into manageable payment plans facilitated by Supreme Court Administrative Order 2020-17, according to Whitmer’s office. The program was created following the passage of Senate Bill 690, which passed unanimously out of both the Michigan House and Senate on June 17. The legislation appropriated $60 million in Coronavirus Relief Funding to the Department of Labor and Economic Opportunity for the creation of a rental assistance program to assist tenants and landlords after the eviction moratorium concludes.
Michigan Gov. Whitmer signs order ensuring workers compensation eligibility for COVID-19 frontline workers
LANSING, Mich. Michigan Gov. Gretchen Whitmer signed Executive Order 2020-125 on Wednesday, which clarifies Workers Disability Compensation Act (WDCA) eligibility during the coronavirus (COVID-19) emergency. Gretchen Whitmer saysIt replaces emergency rules issued by the Department of Labor and Economic Opportunity in March 2020. READ: Michigan Gov. The order is in effect during the declared states of emergency and disaster orders.
Michigan Gov. Whitmer extends capacity for disaster relief child care services for essential workers
LANSING, Mich. Michigan Gov. Whitmer signed an executive order extending capacity for disaster relief child care services for essential workers amid the coronavirus (COVID-19) pandemic. Gretchen Whitmers executive orders that are still activeThe real heroes of this crisis are the medical workers, first responders and other essential workers who are putting their lives on the line for us every day and its important to ensure they have child care services available to them, Whitmer said. It also allows employers, like hospitals, to operate disaster relief child care center for their employees. Public and nonpublic schools can also be used to host a disaster relief child care center.
Michigan governor extends executive order suspending youth work permit application requirements
Gretchen Whitmer signed Executive Order 2020-116, which extends her previous Executive Order 2020-79, which lifts certain requirements of the application process for young Michiganders to obtain a work permit. “Young people throughout Michigan are a vital part of our workforce and economy. As summer begins, it is important to ensure they can still have the opportunity to work with the proper credentials and permits,” said Whitmer. The executive order temporarily suspends these requirements. The executive order is effective immediately and extends until July 3.
Michigan hospital visitation rules relaxed as COVID-19 case, death numbers slow
LANSING, Mich. Michigan Governor Gretchen Whitmer and the Department of Health and Human Services (MDHHS) announced Wednesday that executive orders restricting hospital visitations have been rescinded as the states battle against the coronavirus (COVID-19) pandemic moves in a positive direction. June 2, 2020: Michigan coronavirus (COVID-19) cases up to 57,731; Death toll now at 5,553Effective immediately individuals can visit hospitals, outpatient clinics and doctors offices amid the pandemic with some restrictions still in place. As we slowly and safely reopen our economy, its important to roll back emergency orders designed to deal with the peak of the COVID-19 pandemic, Governor Whitmer said. By rolling back executive orders, and allowing more people to visit their loved ones in hospitals, it sends a clear signal we are making progress in the fight against COVID-19 and continue to move in a positive direction.MORE: Michigan Gov. Whitmers request to extend use of Michigan National Guard
Michigan Gov. Whitmer considers major change to COVID-19 nursing home policy
Gretchen Whitmers contested executive order concerning nursing homes and the coronavirus (COVID-19) expires Wednesday night, and she signaled that shes considering a major change to the current policy. Officials said there was a mad scramble inside Michigans nursing homes and the regional hubs where the COVID-19 positive patients went. There have been no mandates from the state that the nursing homes must take COVID-19 positive patients.Instead, the state gave homes $5,000 per patient. The oversight committee is anxious to see what Whitmer does with the new nursing home order. Members are still looking for solid numbers on how many Michiganders died in nursing homes.
Michigan Gov. Gretchen Whitmer extends order allowing pharmacists to refill prescriptions early
LANSING, Mich. Michigan Gov. Gretchen Whitmer has extended her executive order allowing pharmacists to refill prescriptions early for residents who need it. As we continue to suppress the spread of COVID-19, Michiganders need to continue to stay safer at home, Whitmer said. The order will also allow pharmacists to dispense COVID-19 treatments according to government-approved protocols. The extension is in effect until June 16.
Michigan governor signs executive order expanding worker protections as state prepares to reopen economy
Gretchen Whitmer signed executive order 2020-91 to ensure robust protections for Michigan workers as she continues to re-engage parts of the economy. This executive order requires all businesses to adhere to strict safety guidelines to protect their workers, their patrons, and their communities from infection. To foster compliance, the governor also signed Executive Directive 2020-6 to appoint a Director of COVID-19 Workplace Safety within the Department of Labor and Economic Opportunity (LEO). “This executive order, and the Director of COVID-19 Workplace Safety, will help ensure employers take the needed measures to protect workers and customers from the spread of COVID-19. To view Executive Order 2020-91 and Executive Directive 2020-6, click the links below:
36th District Court in Detroit extends moratorium on evictions due to COVID-19
DETROIT – The 36th District Court previously issued a moratorium on evictions March 13. According to a news release, the court has now extended the moratorium to coincide with Gov. Gretchen Whitmer’s Executive Order 2020-85. The temporary suspension regarding evictions will continue through June 11, 2020. During this time, as stated in the order, “this extension includes a new provision prohibiting any demand for the payment of rent that includes a demand for possession, or other threat of eviction, based on the nonpayment of rent.”Please visit, 36thdistrictcourt.org for further information and updates concerning operational changes due to COVID-19.
Michigan Gov. Whitmer again extends expiration of licenses, ID cards, vehicle registrations due to COVID-19
Gretchen Whitmer signed an order Friday again extending the expiration date of licenses, ID cards and vehicle registrations due to coronavirus (COVID-19). According to the order, if your vehicle registration, operator’s license or chauffeur’s license expired or will expire between Feb. 1 and June 30, you cannot be punished for driving until July 31. Despite this extension, Michiganders should, to the best of their ability, complete a vehicle registration or license renewal form online. Secretary of State branch offices are currently closed, but online services are still available. “By extending this executive order, we’re lifting that burden off Michiganders’ shoulders so they can focus on staying home and staying safe.”Read the full order below:
Michigan Gov. Whitmer signs order extending closures of theaters, bars, casinos, and more amid COVID-19 outbreak
Gretchen Whitmer signed Executive Order 2020-69 Thursday, which extends her previous order that temporarily closes places like theaters, bars, casinos and more amid the coronavirus (COVID-19) outbreak. We must all continue to be diligent, observe social distancing and limit in-person interactions and services to slow the spread of COVID-19,” Whitmer said. If we work together and do our part, we can help reduce the spread of COVID-19 and save lives.”READ: Gov. How easily the virus spreadsHow easily a virus spreads from person-to-person can vary. Some viruses are highly contagious (spread easily), like measles, while other viruses do not spread as easily.
Washtenaw County Health Department: Businesses must screen workers starting Friday
ANN ARBOR – The Washtenaw County Health Department is declaring updated emergency orders requiring businesses, service providers and operators to screen their employees for symptoms of COVID-19 starting Friday. Under the new local order, the Washtenaw County Health Department is expanding screenings to include all businesses -- including childcare centers -- to prevent the spread of coronavirus. The updated orders must be posted at the entrance of facilities that are currently operating or that may resume operations. But social distancing is working,” Washtenaw County Health Officer Jimena Loveluck said in a statement. But we continue to see new cases of COVID-19 every day in Washtenaw County, and we must be cautious moving forward.”Anyone with urgent questions can contact 734-544-6700 or email@example.com.
Michigan governor imposes safety measures to protect consumers during pandemic
Gretchen Whitmer signed Executive Order 2020-60 to establish strategies to reduce exposure to COVID-19 for both customers and employees. The order also provides temporary relief by suspending certain licensing requirements and regulations for food service industries. By establishing these guidelines, we can protect Michigan families and our frontline workers. In an effort to protect the health and safety of consumers, the order also outlines strategies food establishments and pharmacies must take to reduce possible exposure of COVID-19 to their customers. The number of confirmed cases of the coronavirus (COVID-19) in Michigan has risen to 37,203 as of Sunday, including 3,274 deaths.
Michigan businesses make changes as new stay-at-home order allows some workers to return to the job
DETROIT – Some businesses can begin restarting operations after the coronavirus (COVID-19) pandemic in Michigan led to Executive Orders shuttering numerous workplaces. Gretchen Whitmer announced Friday that she was extending the state’s stay-at-home order until May 15, but the extension loosens some restrictions, meaning some people will soon be getting back to work. READ: Whitmer extends stay-at-home order, with loosened restrictionsWhile some businesses will begin reopening, changes are being made to adhere to guidelines laid out by the governor. CHECK: Here’s what was reopened in the revised stay-at-home orderLandscapers are getting back to the job and plant nurseries are reopening with this in mind. He owns Robson’s Greenhouse in Belleville, and he said his 42 greenhouses will look different this year.
Detroit’s Jewish community ‘condemns’ behavior, signage of ‘Operation Gridlock’ protestors
All rights reserved)DETROIT – The Jewish Community Relations Council of Detroit (AJC) has publicly condemned the behavior and signage of protestors that participated in “Operation Gridlock” on Wednesday. Thousands of Michigan residents swarmed the Lansing capitol to protest Michigan Gov. MORE: Thousands protest Michigan governor’s social distance orderPhotos and videos from the protest show individuals holding posters with swastikas, comparing Whitmer to Adolf Hitler. “Regardless of one’s political views, the use of such imagery and symbolism is inexcusable,” AJC said. “The Nazi imagery is particularly galling as it comes only days before Yom Hashoah (Holocaust Remembrance Day), which begins on Monday night.”AJC is requesting the protest organizers to condemn the behavior, as well.
Greenhouse owners concerned over financial impact of Michigan’s extended stay-at-home order
BELLEVILLE, Mich. – Robson’s Greenhouse in Belleville is usually extremely busy on Easter weekend. Gretchen Whitmer’s extended stay-at-home order deems greenhouses and garden centers non-essential -- impacting the industry’s busiest time of the year. Robson’s Greenhouse, a family-run business established in 1929, is only open from mid-May until June. “If we cannot get this stuff out it turns to garbage," says Kevin Robson, owner of Robson’s Greenhouse. He hopes others can enjoy his products during this time, as he says flowers are the “best mental health remedy.”
What happens if you violate Michigan’s stay-at-home order?
Gretchen Whitmer extended the state’s stay-at-home order Thursday, while adding several restrictions that weren’t in the original order. For instance, in the new order, which will be in effect until April 30, prohibits people from traveling between residences they may own. Read more about the extended order here. Both businesses and people who violate the order, which intends to promote social distancing during the coronavirus (COVID-19) pandemic, are subject to penalties. If you violate orders related to the outbreak, you could receive a civil fine up to $1,000.
Executive order signed by Michigan governor temporarily restricts non-essential veterinary procedures
LANSING, Mich. – On Monday, Michigan Gov. Gretchen Whitmer signed Executive Order 2020-32, which places a temporary restriction on non-essential veterinary procedures during the COVID-19 pandemic. UPDATE April 2: Michigan governor now ordering veterinarians to minimize use of PPEsThe order prohibits all non-essential veterinary procedures starting on March 31, 2020, and encourages veterinarians and veterinary technicians to practice telemedicine as much as possible to help stop the spread of COVID-19. "While there is no evidence that pets can transmit COVID-19, we must take additional steps to promote social distancing,” said Whitmer. To view Executive Order 2020-32, click the link below:
Michigan governor issues executive order suspending required April 1 gasoline vapor pressure reduction
Gretchen Whitmer issued Executive Order 2020-31, suspending the April 1 requirement for lower vapor pressure gasoline. To ensure the health and safety of the public, gasoline supplies must remain available to support essential functions during the COVID-19 pandemic. This public health emergency has caused an unexpected oversupply of higher volatility gasoline, which is occupying bulk fuel storage systems and preventing many distributors from shifting their supplies to lower volatility gasoline that meets vapor pressure requirements for sale in Michigan beginning April 1, 2020. Stocks of winter-blend gasoline, which is sold in Michigan prior to April 1, are ample and available to supplement the undersupply of April-compliant gasoline stocks during this emergency. For more information on gas pricing, visit the Michigan Department of Licensing and Regulatory Affairs’ Petroleum Price Information website or www.michigan.gov/gasolinecorner.
Michigan Chamber of Commerce discourages statewide stay-at-home order
DETROIT – Michigan Chamber of Commerce President and CEO, Rich Studley, sent a letter to the state’s governor, Gretchen Whitmer, on Friday discouraging a stay-at-home or shelter-in-place executive order. To date a total of four states including Illinois, New Jersey, California and New York have enforced lockdowns. As of Sunday, March 22 the Michigan death toll from the virus rose to 8 with a total of 807 people infected statewide. READ: Executive Order closes Michigan hair, nail, tattoo, piercing businessesREAD MORE: Michigan orders gyms, cafes, theaters to close; limits bars, restaurants to carry out, delivery amid coronavirus“Not all Michigan businesses need to cease operations due to the threat of COVID-19. The closures of Michigan businesses since virus cases were first announced has led to layoffs.
How to: Applying for unemployment in Michigan
Due to the coronavirus (COVID-19) outbreak in Michigan, Gov. Whitmer signed an executive order to expand eligibility for unemployment benefits. Access to unemployment benefits will also be extended:Benefits will be increased from 20 to 26 weeks. If you need to apply for unemployment in Michigan, you can visit the state government’s website to file a claim by clicking here. For more information on the application process click here for a fact sheet on applying for unemployment benefits in Michigan.
Michigan governor signs executive order to impose enhanced restrictions on price gouging
Gretchen Whitmer signed Executive Order 2020-8, which temporarily imposes enhanced restrictions on the excessive pricing of goods, materials, emergency supplies and consumer food items. WATCH LIVE: State leaders address Michigan governor’s ban on public events over 250 people, price gouging amid virus outbreakRELATED: Michigan governor orders restrictions on entry into healthcare and juvenile justice facilities due to coronavirus. Executive Order 2020-8 states that if a business or individual has acquired any product from a retailer, the business or individual must not resell that product in Michigan at a price that is grossly in excess of the purchase price of the product. These enhanced restrictions go into effect on Monday at 9 a.m. and will remain in place until April 13 at 11:59 p.m.“We will continue to take every measure we can to mitigate the spread of coronavirus and protect Michigan families,” said Whitmer. This order will help protect consumers from price gouging.