The Building Tradesman Newspaper

Labor gets chance in 2012 to block GOP ‘tsunami’

For organized labor in Michigan, the Tuesday, Nov. 6, 2012 general election will be (cliché alert) “the most important election of our lifetime.” ..

Some good signs for Protect Our Jobs petition drive

LANSING – Will the Protect Our Jobs ballot initiative improve union voter turnout on Nov. 6? ..

Trades learn all the angles at MSU’s Broad Museum

EAST LANSING – The new Eli and Edythe Broad Art Museum under construction on the campus of Michigan State University is itself, in many ways, a piece of art. ..

Shovel-ready: NMU commences work on renewable energy plant

That’s usually good news for the building trades, and indeed, the university’s dignitaries used those shovels and held a groundbreaking ceremony to celebrate construction of a $16.4 million renewable energy facility. ..

Study: Anti-union ABC is a shell when it comes to construction

WASHINGTON (PAI) – A top anti-union lobby, the Associated Builders and Contractors, which proclaims itself as the national voice of non-union construction companies, actually represents a small share of U.S. contractors, a new study shows.  ..

Fermi 2 back in service: “enormous” amount of work done during successful refueling outage

“The Fermi 2 team completed an enormous amount of work during the outage, while always keeping safety as the top priority,” said Jack Davis, senior vice president and chief nuclear officer. “This maintenance work will help us to continue sending clean, safe energy to our customers in southeast Michigan.” ..



Romney, Obama talk union on the campaign trail

WASHINGTON – Barack Obama. Mitt Romney. Compare and contrast. ..

Mitt Romney to the Associated Builders and Contractors: ‘I will fight for right-to-work laws’

* “Why did he (Obama) drag his feet on free trade agreements with Columbia, Panama, and South Korea? Because organized unions don’t want it. And so, bowing to them, he holds off on trade. ..

Obama to trades: GOP blocking jobs

By Mark Gruenberg