FLINT (CCN) — The Daily Gazette has learned that a discrimination and sexual harassment lawsuit has been filed by 16 employees of Flint Mayor Dr. Karen Weaver's administration. The lawsuit was filed Friday on behalf of the employees and one other individual who said she was passed over for a job at the city's water department, according to Genesee County Circuit Court records. The City of Flint is named in the lawsuit and two of Mayor Weaver's department heads — Police Chief Timothy Johnson and Human Resources Director Makini Jackson — were named individually. READ MORE
Flint Police Chief Timothy Johnson (center in uniform) poses during a 2018 press conference with Mayor Dr. Karen Weaver.
Flint's mayoral race between two Democrats heated up last night on the Facebook page of Genesee County Republican Party Chairman Koen Driesen.
It all started when Driesen made a post to reveal how he had attended a Tuesday night fundraiser for State Rep. Sheldon Neeley and had decided to endorse the Flint Democrat against incumbent Flint Mayor Dr. Karen Weaver. (See related story at right) Enter businessman Don Pfeiffer — Flint's third-place finisher behind Weaver and Neeley in the August primary with more than 1,200 votes. It's no secret both camps have sought his endorsement in their race. Pfeiffer admits it, too.
So far, he had stayed silent on the subject although The Morning Gazette Radio Show reported early after the August election that Pfeiffer had hinted at endorsing Neeley. The official stance a few weeks later was that he had "changed his mind" and would instead endorse neither of them in the Nov. 5 race. READ MORE
FLINT (CCN) — Flint Police Chief Timothy Johnson confirmed Wednesday that the older brother of boxing champion Claressa Shields will be charged in the assault on the trainer of the fighter who had been set to be her opponent in a fight that was canceled on Oct. 5 in Flint.
A warrant was issued Wednesday in the case by Genesee County Prosecutor David Leyton against 28-year-old Artis J. Mack of Flint. He’s accused of sucker punching trainer James Ali Bashir in the face from behind at the Oct. 4 weigh-in event at Dort Federal Event Center in Flint ahead of Shields’ scheduled fight with Ivana Habazin. Bashir was taken to Hurley Medical Center in Flint, then moved to a Detroit hospital where he was released a few days later, only to be called back after doctors discovered bleeding in his brain. READ MORE
FLINT (CCN) — The chairman of the Genesee County Republican Party has endorsed State Rep. Sheldon Neeley in Flint's Nov. 5 mayoral election. The decision came Wednesday night via a Facebook post after local GOP leader Koen Driesen attended a fundraiser for the Flint Democrat Tuesday at the home of Flint City Councilman Allan Griggs. The event for Neeley was hosted by Councilman Griggs and Flint Board of Education Assistant Secretary/Treasurer Casey Lester. READ MORE
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DETROIT (CCN) — As widely reported by multiple media sources on Tuesday, a tentative agreement was reached Wednesday morning to end a strike against General Motors by 49,000 UAW workers across the United States.
Leaders from GM and the nation's largest labor union are expected to finalize terms of the tentative agreement after multiple media reports Tuesday said they had been summoned to the GM headquarters in Detroit for a Thursday morning meeting. Wednesday is the 31st day of the national strike by UAW workers. One sticking point during negotiations has been a path to permanent employment for temporary workers, and the Detroit Free Press reported Wednesday just before noon that a deal had been reached by the two sides on that issue. The Free Press also quoted a UAW source as saying a decision will be made at Thursday's meeting in Detroit on whether to continue the strike until ratification concludes or to stop the strike if an approval of the agreement is finalized on Thursday.
Flint Democrat Jim Ananich, who is the State Senate Minority Leader, issued a statement Wednesday afternoon, saying, "This month has been grueling for striking UAW workers and their families. But this tentative agreement shows that speaking up together for better pay and benefits, and fairer treatment on the job, is worth it. UAW workers deserve a fair contract that reflects their incredible skills, hard work, and dedication to the job."
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