The Building Tradesman Newspaper

Construction fatalities decline in 2002

LANSING - Construction fatalities in Michigan fell to 24 in 2002 - a welcome drop of four compared to 2001 - according to information compiled by the state Department of Consumer and Industry Services. ..

New HQ for Consumers Energy brings together old and the new

JACKSON - A mixture of the old and the new awaits some 1,350 Consumers Energy employees as their $70 million new headquarters building nears completion. ..

Jobless insurance extended, but a million are left behind

By U.S. Rep. Sander Levin
D-12th District
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Feds ready to embark on important prevailing wage survey in Michigan

Prevailing wage rates determined by the U.S. Dept. of Labor have a profound impact on construction. In 2003 they'll gain an even greater significance as the DOL conducts the first intensive federal wage survey of all Michigan's skilled construction trades in all segments of work. ..

Shedding some light on the auto show

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LIGHTS FOR A DISPLAY case at the North American International Auto Show in Detroit are installed by Nick Murray and Dave Odell of IBEW Local 58 and Trade Show Electric. They were working on the second level of the two-story GM Court. Both were working the auto show for the first time. "We love it here," Murray said. "It's totally different from what we normally do. You can take your coat off, and the toilets are inside. It's great." According to auto show organizers, in the ten weeks it takes to prepare the NAIAS for the media and public, more than 1,500 carpenters, iron workers, electricians, stagehands, teamsters and riggers are employed full time (12-14 hour days; some double shifts) until the job is done. Times have changed, so has the show - 16 years ago the "Detroit Auto Show" could be built in four days. The total value of the exhibits in the NAIAS is in excess of $200 million, not including the vehicles.

The Gang Box - Assorted News & Notes

Crystal ball. Another prognostication for the future of the nation's construction industry has weighed in. ..

News Briefs

First drop since '94 for contract settlements
Wage-benefit settlements in newly negotiated 2002 U.S. construction labor agreements averaged $1.37 or 4.1 percent for their first year, the Construction Labor Research Council (CLRC) reported last month. The percentage increase dropped by about three-tenths of a percent compared to 2001. ..