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. ..



News Briefs


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. ..