The Building Tradesman Newspaper

Obama, GOP tax deal an ‘abomination’ for all but the rich

(By Robert Reich, Fmr Secretary of Labor) ..

Iron workers top out LG Chem

HOLLAND – Iron Workers helped power up the first phase of construction at the LG Chem Battery Plant, and they finished off the lion’s share of their work on Nov. 29 with a topping-out ceremony. ..

Let’s have a jobless summit to ease strained relations with ‘the rest of us’

(By Dave Johnson, OurFuture.org) ..

Transportation group forecasts a 4.4% drop in U.S. 2011 highway & bridge construction

WASHINGTON, D.C. – Continuing budget challenges for state and local governments, uncertainty surrounding a new long-term federal surface transportation bill, and winding down of infrastructure investment under the stimulus law will drive a 4.4 percent contraction in the U.S. highway and bridge construction market in 2011. ..

Industry employs real-life demonstration of fire sprinklers

DETROIT – The city has a huge problem with fires. The sprinkler fitters and the National Fire Safety Association have a solution. ..

Insulators add breath of life to asbestos research

DETROIT – Finding a cure or better treatment for asbestos-related diseases is close to the hearts of thousands of construction workers, many of whom themselves may be afflicted or have lost family and friends to the dreaded maladies. ..

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Industry still not ready to awaken from construction’s ‘long nightmare’

U.S. Census Bureau figures and analysis by McGraw Hill Construction both reported small jumps in U.S. construction activity in October. But no one is ready to state that construction industry is ready to bust a positive move forward. ..

Human Health Building on the rise at Oakland U

ROCHESTER – A new building that will be friendlier to its inhabitants and the environment is coming out of the ground on the Oakland University campus. ..

Let’s add quality of life issues to right-to-work debate, argues tinknocker

Do statewide right-to-work laws lower quality of life for residents? Some numbers unearthed by a tinknocker point to “yes.” ..