The Building Tradesman Newspaper

GOP’s ‘absurd’ workers’ comp reforms nearly set

LANSING – Anti-worker workers’ compensation reform measures pushed by state Republicans have separately passed both the Michigan House and Senate – but at press time, differences in the two bills had yet to be worked out by a conference committee. ..

Delays, denials: NLRB seeks a faster lane for union organizing

WASHINGTON D.C. – The anti-union fervor that permeates the vast majority of the Republican Party and the big business community has been brought front and center in a case that’s pending in front of the National Labor Relations Board. ..

New life for Chrysler Sterling brings new jobs for the trades

STERLING HEIGHTS – In mid-2009, the Chrysler Sterling Heights Assembly Plant (SHAP) was given a death sentence by its parent company – which itself was alive only through financial help from the federal government. ..

Economic woes lead back to broken bargain

For most of the last century, the basic bargain at the heart of the American economy was that employers paid their workers enough to buy what American employers were selling. ..

Consumers Energy cancels construction of $2 billion coal plant

JACKSON – Consumers Energy announced Dec. 2 that is has canceled plans to construct a new baseload coal-burning power plant on the grounds of its existing Karn-Weadock plant near Bay City. ..



State Supreme Court OK’s new pension tax; pays for business tax cuts

LANSING – Gov. Rick Snyder’s new plan to tax the pensions of private and public workers does not violate the state constitution and may proceed, according to a Nov. 18 ruling by a divided Michigan Supreme Court. ..

Workers comp revision doesn’t work for Michigan’s workers


Capturing coal dust makes for cleaner Presque Isle plant

MARQUETTE – Wisconsin Energies imports about 1.6 million tons of coal every year at its Presque Isle Power Plant – but not quite all of it has made it to the plant’s boilers to be burned. ..

IBEW-NECA energize restoration at Veterans Park

MUSKEGON – Veteran’s Memorial Park has a long and rich history since it was first established Nov. 11, 1934 as a major landmark.  When the park was created it was known as “Michigan’s Most Beautiful Mile.” ..