The Building Tradesman Newspaper

Here we go again: State Republicans create new law to outlaw PLAs

LANSING – For the second time in the last 12 months, the Republican-led state Legislature has banned state and local governments from entering into construction project labor agreements that involve the use of taxpayer dollars. ..

Slow out of the gate, anti-Protect Our Jobs effort now speeding up

LANSING – And the battle is joined. ..

Classic Dime Building latest to get modern makeover

DETROIT – One by one, the city’s stock of century-old downtown high-rises is getting renovated, refurbished, and ready for the next generation of tenants. ..

Labor to push ‘economic bill of rights’

By Mark Gruenberg
PAI Staff Writer

Longtime Local 80 training director Murzen calls it a career

WARREN – What has changed about the sheet metal industry since 1985, the year Steve Murzen took over as Local 80’s Training Director? ..

Building trades’ Gleason, Retaskie vie for state rep seats

Two candidates with strong ties to Michigan’s building trades unions are running for state House of Representative seats in the Tuesday, Aug. 7 primary. ..



Group takes 1st step toward ripping labor issue from Nov. 6 ballot

LANSING – The first of what will likely be several efforts to kill a ballot initiative designed to change Michigan’s constitution and permanently protect workers’ collective bargaining rights has been initiated. ..

Union leaders cheer high court’s health care ruling

By Mark Gruenberg
PAI Staff Writer

Cobo truss work signals new purpose for arena

DETROIT – Cobo Arena apparently has some pretty good bones. Since late last year the building trades have been picking away at the iconic arena’s interior and exterior, prepping it for a signature expansion and renovation project in conjunction with adjacent Cobo Center. The shell of the circular arena that remains – and today, it really is just a shell – will be fitted out with new steel and foundations that will support ballrooms on two levels and replace much of the southern wall space with glass to create views of the Detroit River. ..