GRAND RAPIDS, Mich. (WOOD) - About 144 union workers were laid off Tuesday from the Grand Rapids Home for Veterans and will be replaced by non-union employees.
The vets home has battled over privatizing some healthcare workers since 2011 . The Michigan Legislature approved privatizing as a cost-cutting move, but litigation blocked its implementation since then.
But in December 2012, the complaint was withdrawn, which cleared the way for making some health care positions, such as orderlies, non-union rather than union workers.
Supporters say the move saves money, but opponents say it will result in a lower quality of care.
Those laid off will stay on their job until sometime in early March, a spokesperson for the Department of Military and Veterans Affairs said.
Two Kalamazoo men are in jail after Kalamazoo officers found them with money stolen from Sunny Mart Friday afternoon.
Two people were taken to the hospital after one vehicle crossed the center line, causing a head-on crash in Ada Township Friday night.
A baker who refused to make a wedding cake for a same-sex ceremony must serve gay couples despite his religious beliefs or face fines, a judge said Friday.