The Building Tradesman Newspaper

Skies darken for Michigan unions after Election Day

LANSING – On a statewide level, there were victories for candidates and proposals by organized labor in the Nov. 6 general election. But there weren’t enough wins to change the status quo – and that’s not a good thing for Michigan’s union members. ..

After Proposal 2 defeat, unions will get whacked; but who – and how hard?

LANSING – This probably isn’t going to be pretty. ..

Trades wrap up operations at expanded Chelsea Hospital

CHELSEA – The building trades have been moving quickly this month to wrap up a new 136,000 square-foot expansion of Chelsea Community Hospital in time for a Dec. 9 open house. ..

State prevailing wage back in GOP’s crosshairs

LANSING – The Michigan Prevailing Wage Act of 1965 is on the chopping block – again. ..

Judge makes PLAs legal, again

Project labor agreements in Michigan continue to be caught in a revolving door of litigation and legislation– but for now, a federal judge’s ruling has made them legal, again. ..

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State’s construction jobs picture takes modest move toward middling

In Michigan, getting to average construction industry growth among the states has been a modest goal for the last decade or so. ..

Forecast: construction to stay on improving course out of recession

Look for modest growth in U.S. construction in 2013. ..

Trades’ skills on display at massive Chrysler paint shop

STERLING HEIGHTS – We’ve come a long way from Henry Ford’s Model T paint shop, where workers brushed on varnish-liked paint to the exterior surfaces of Ford’s vehicles. After 1913 a customer could, of course, have a Model T in any color, as long as it was black. ..