The Building Tradesman Newspaper

Appeals Court upholds prevailing wage, but Supreme Court looms

LANSING - The Michigan Prevailing Wage Act survived another assault by the anti-union Associated Builders and Contractors, as a state Court of Appeals panel ruled last month that the law is not "impermissibly vague" nor "an unconstitutional delegation of legislative authority," as the ABC contended. ..

Trades convene at Convention Center

GRAND RAPIDS - The new $220 million De Vos Place Convention Center, a one million square-foot complex expansion that will include an exhibition hall, flexible-use ballroom and a "grand gallery," is currently a job magnet for about 300 building trades workers. ..

Senate cancels rules to deny OT for workers

WASHINGTON - A strong push by organized labor won over a handful of Republican senators on Sept. 10, who voted with Democrats to bar the Bush Administration from issuing new overtime rules that would be detrimental to millions of American workers. ..

We built this village… Visteon HQ is topped out

VAN BUREN TWP. - With last month's topping out of the five major buildings that make up Visteon Village, the site is beginning to look a little more like a corporate headquarters campus and less like the abandoned gravel quarry at the 265-acre site. ..

Hardhats help form new safety measures following disasters

Thousands of building trades workers who volunteered to look for victims immediately after the collapse of the World Trade Center towers two years ago this month are among the event's "forgotten responders" - unnamed and untrained for the formidable work at hand. ..

State offers more phone access for jobless benefits

The state's telephone system for accepting unemployment claims is now open for business in the south-central Michigan region served by 517 area code. ..

NEWS BRIEFS

Trades MOVE into new organizing mode 
The Building Trades Department, AFL-CIO, has announced a new training agenda that will be the successor to the 14-year-old COMET program. ..