The Building Tradesman Newspaper

Snyder snub unions, he signs anti-PLA legislation

LANSING – Gov. Rick Snyder took nearly two weeks to decide whether to sign legislation that bans local communities from implementing project labor agreements – but sign it he did. ..

Train depot gets abatement work, but its future remains unclear


Union density in construction takes another hit


Trades put a charge in Dow-Kokam plant


Major Mason County wind farm gets approved

LUDINGTON –Consumers Energy, Michigan’s largest renewable energy provider, received final approval on July 7 from Mason County for the utility’s special land use permit application for its first wind park – the 100-megawatt Lake Winds Energy Park. ..



Anti-PLA bill adopted; has greater use as a scare tactic

LANSING – Michigan House Republicans adopted a Senate bill on June 30 that (sort of) takes away the ability of local lawmakers to enter into project labor agreements (PLAs) on state-funded construction projects. ..

‘A right-to-work law for Michigan would be incredibly stupid.’ New effort makes push for passage

LANSING – It’s been a tough year for organized labor in Michigan. It’s probably about to get tougher. ..

SVSU seeks to upgrade food, fitness with new campus work

KOCHVILLE TWP. – Saginaw Valley State University is Michigan’s youngest university, but it’s growing up fast. ..

Construction spending hits 11-year low in May

Construction spending fell for the sixth straight month in May, touching an 11-year low, as shrinking public outlays and residential construction swamped a rise in private nonresidential work, the Associated General Contractors of America reported July 1. ..