The Building Tradesman Newspaper

Labor's bark bites Republicans, who shelve comp time bill

Sometimes the organized labor movement isn't very organized. Other times, such as what happened earlier this month, look out. ..

Bravo - trades perform at Detroit school

The building trades have taken center stage in the process of constructing the Fine, Performing and Communication Arts High School for the Detroit Public Schools. ..

Federal jobless benefits extension kicks in for Michigan

Last month's extension of federal unemployment benefits means about 95,000 additional jobless workers in Michigan will qualify for federal benefits as they use up their state benefits from June through the end of 2003. ..

Trades transform grade school for university's use

MARQUETTE - While it's almost always sad to see an elementary school close, Whitman Elementary is getting new life in the service of Northern Michigan University. ..

Solution to asbestos litigation falls apart

WASHINGTON - More than four months of talks between the labor movement, affected businesses and the insurance industry over a solution to asbestos illness lawsuits - through creation of a trust fund for the estimated 1.8 million victims - collapsed in late May when a key GOP lawmaker introduced his own legislation. ..

Trades lock up PLA then help break ground on new jail

PORT HURON TWP. - Patience, perseverance and political action by the building trades helped foster the pending construction of one of the largest construction projects ever in St. Clair County, the new $32 million Detention and Intervention Center. ..

NEWS BRIEFS

Support sought for sprinkler bill
The lack of an automatic fire suppression system in the Rhode Island nightclub fire last winter that killed 99 was another tragic reminder of how fire sprinklers can save lives. ..