The Building Tradesman Newspaper

NEWS BRIEFS

U.S. trade union population takes a hit
Membership in construction trade unions declined for the second straight year, dropping nearly a full percentage point from 2001 to 2002. The U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics (BLS) reported that 17.2 percent of the U.S. construction workforce was unionized in 2002, down from 18.1 percent in 2001. ..

U.S. Senate Republicans deny extension of unemployment benefits

WASHINGTON - Senate Republicans had an opportunity to provide a little more help to the nation's laid-off workers. They failed miserably - and unanimously. ..

General contractors get amnesty from court

A Michigan general contractor was held not liable for on-the-job injuries suffered by an employee of a subcontractor, in a case published Jan. 28. ..

As new HQ goes up, Carhartt doesn't wear thin with building trades

For more than a century, building trades workers have been the backbone of the customer base for Carhartt, a leading manufacturer of quality work clothes. ..

Slight dip in the road for state highway spending

Road and bridge construction spending in Michigan will hit a speed bump this year, as state and federal legislators look to cut government spending wherever possible ..

IUPAT roll out welcome on new union hall/apprenticeship school

Painters District Council 22 held an open house at its new union hall and training center on March 19, and the building's layout said a great deal about the union's plans for the future. ..