Proposed noncompete ban could affect patient care, says nurses’ union

NONCOMPETES: The Federal Trade Commission is considering a proposal to restrict noncompete employment agreements, a move advocates argue would improve workers’ job mobility and increase wages. If it happens, what would it mean to Michigan’s health care industry? We hear from the Michigan Health & Hospital Association, Economic Policy Institute and the National Nurses Association. By Dan Netter. FOR CORP! GRAND RAPIDS BUSINESS AND ALL POINTS.

Michigan union membership increases in 2022: what happens after right-to-work repeal?

LABOR: The number of unionized workers in Michigan is growing after years of decline. Democrats in the Legislature are moving to repeal the state’s 10-year-old right-to-work law. We hear from an MSU labor education professor, a Trenton lawmaker, an MSU employment relations professor and a former labor adviser to President Biden. Senate sponsors are from Metro Detroit, Bay City, East Lansing and Grand Rapids. By Dan Netter. FOR CORP!, GRAND RAPIDS BUSINESS, LANSING CITY PULSE, DETROIT, MIDLAND AND ALL POINTS.

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No break in sight for high egg prices, experts say

EGGS: Blame avian flu in part for the sky-high price of eggs in Michigan as millions of chickens have been destroyed. Quick relief isn’t expected. Avian flu has been found in Kalamazoo, Macomb, Menominee, Livingston, Washtenaw, Saginaw, Wexford, Branch, Oakland, Ingham, Tuscola, Lapeer, Genesee and Sanilac counties. We hear from an MSU agricultural economist, a Harvard public health nutritionist, formerly from U-M, and the Michigan Retailers Association. By Dan Netter. FOR MICHIGAN FARM NEWS, FOWLERVILLE, DETROIT, CADILLAC, LANSING CITY PULSE, LAPEER, IRON RIVER, MARQUETTE AND ALL POINTS.

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Farmers market vendors get booster from local support during pandemic

Holt Farmers’ Market vendors say their seeing increased business since pandemic-related shutdowns ended.

Vendors credit an increased sense of community and return to more normal operations for the boost.

“While sales were down a bit in the wintertime when things were real uncertain, it definitely fostered that sense of community and that we need to be keeping things local and supporting our local farmers, our local vendors,” said Devyn Lloyd, the operator of Eliza’s Pies.