The Building Tradesman Newspaper

Federal judge reinstates state PLA law

The labor coalition, called Protect Our Jobs, on March 6 kicked off the effort with an announcement at the Michigan Capitol Building of a drive to collect 322,609 petition signatures – the number needed to put pro-worker language permanently into the state constitution via the statewide Nov. 6 ballot. Michigan AFL-CIO President Karla Swift said in order to provide a “cushion” against invalid signatures, the effort would seek to obtain about 500,000 voter signatures. ..

‘We’ve had our share of tough days’ Labor’s course for a comeback goes through the House

LANSING – The 53rd Michigan Building and Construction Trades Council Legislative Conference arrived at a time that was likely the most depressing point in the history of organized labor in the state. ..

Scoreboard upgrade on deck at Comerica Park

DETROIT – At first, it might be hard to believe that the big electronic scoreboard screens at Comerica Park could be outdated after just 11 seasons of use. But think back to the big fat computer monitor or television you might have been using in 2000, and compare it to the nice, light, high-definition flat screens that are available today. ..

Is the worst over? Construction jobs gain vs. last year

The U.S. construction industry lost 13,000 jobs between January and February, but continued a string of year-over-year job increases, according to an analysis of new federal employment data released March 9 by the Associated General Contractors of America. Association officials said that short-term factors such as weather contributed to the monthly loss even as longer-term trends are becoming a bit more positive. ..

IBEW members harness wind energy

This month, we give a shout out to the crew of 20 or so members of the International Brotherhood of Electrical Workers, who set up the system to harness the energy of the wind farm’s 133 turbines. ..

Too-big-to-fail petition drive seeks a permanent end to anti-worker laws

The labor coalition, called Protect Our Jobs, on March 6 kicked off the effort with an announcement at the Michigan Capitol Building of a drive to collect 322,609 petition signatures – the number needed to put pro-worker language permanently into the state constitution via the statewide Nov. 6 ballot. Michigan AFL-CIO President Karla Swift said in order to provide a “cushion” against invalid signatures, the effort would seek to obtain about 500,000 voter signatures. ..

NEWS BRIEFS

 ..