The Building Tradesman Newspaper

Obama’s jobs plan is too small, but it’s a vital first step

On Sept. 8, President Obama powerfully called on the Congress to end the “political circus” and act on jobs. His agenda featured proposals that have traditionally gained bipartisan support. He indicted the failed conservative notion “that the only thing we can do to restore prosperity is just dismantle government, refund everybody’s money, and let everyone write their own rules, and tell everyone they’re on their own –  that’s not who we are. That’s not the story of America.” ..

Union chiefs praise Obama jobs proposal, warn against GOP blockade

WASHINGTON (PAI) – Union leaders generally praised Democratic President Barack Obama’s proposed $450 billion multi-year jobs creation plan, the American Jobs Act, with several warning congressional Republicans against obstructing it. ..

Going up: trades build second story above first at VA hospital

IRON MOUNTAIN – More room(s) are in the works for medical patients at the Oscar G. Johnson VA Medical Center. ..

GOP leader targets teachers for right to work

Organized labor in Michigan has received its share of body blows this year from state Republicans, who control all levers of power in state government. ..

State AFL-CIO president steps down

LANSING – Michigan AFL-CIO President Mark Gaffney announced Sept. 9 that he would not be seeking re-election at the labor federation’s election this fall. ..

PLA-killer law leads to suspension of CUB agreement

One of the first casualties of the new state law banning project labor agreements is one of the oldest building trades labor-management pacts in the U.S.: Washtenaw County’s Construction Unity Board (CUB) agreement. ..

Insulators’ party wraps up 100-year anniversary

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Obama hails unions as ‘cornerstones’ of middle class; previews jobs speech

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No ‘nibbling around the edges’ – Labor wants a bold jobs plan

DETROIT – Barack Obama’s Labor Day visit to the Motor City – a presidential tradition from a generation ago which seems to have been mostly forgotten in recent decades – comes during a period in his term of office when the president and organized labor might benefit from spending some time together. ..