The Building Tradesman Newspaper

Labor looks to future, then looks at itself, following Bush win

"We have survived wars. We have survived recessions. But can we survive four more years of this?" - meaning another term for President Bush - asked AFL-CIO Executive Vice President Linda Chavez-Thompson in late 2003. ..

Summit challenges unions: 'We've got to change our way of thinking'

EAST LANSING - What may have been the first Michigan Construction Industry Labor-Management Economic Summit was held Nov. 8 at Michigan State University's Wharton Center. ..

New emergency/trauma center goes up at Marquette General

MARQUETTE - As of mid-November, there was no snow on the ground here and temperatures were in the mid-40s. It has been very good weather for building one of the U.P.'s largest ongoing projects, a new emergency department and trauma center at Marquette General Hospital. ..

Employers slap lawsuits on retirees to slither out of health care obligations

Employers are now suing individual union retirees in an effort to lower their company's health care liability. ..

Roofers follow pattern of quality with new slate roof

ANN ARBOR - In 1872, seven years after the Civil War ended and the year in which Ulysses S. Grant was re-elected president, roofers put a slate roof on the city's First Congregational Church. ..

Good and hard

If you weren't a little alarmed about our front-page report regarding employers suing innocent retirees in an effort to convince a judge to cancel the retirees' health benefits, you should be. ..

News Briefs

Union agent Merriman dies
Jim Merriman, a business agent with the Greater Detroit Building Trades Council and Operating Engineers Local 324, died of cancer on Nov. 16, 2004. He was 77. ..