The Building Tradesman Newspaper

Support Proposal 2: ‘apathy is not an option’

“When written in Chinese, the word ‘crisis’ is composed of two characters. One represents danger and the other represents opportunity.” ..

Labor brings own fight to end war on workers

WASHINGTON (PAI) – The Tea Party, which has taken over the Republican Party and produced “craziness” there, is responsible for the “tremendous war on workers” now being waged nationwide, Teamsters President James Hoffa says. ..

Trades dig in to major overhaul of aging steam loop at MSU

After being buried for decades, exposed to heat and frost cycles, and acting as a conduit for a constant 90 pounds of steam, Michigan State University has gotten its money’s worth out of its West Circle Steam Loop system. ..

Declining union density bodes ill for U.S. economy

WASHINGTON (PAI) – The drop in workers’ income from the Great Recession, piled on prior decline during the weak 2001-07 recovery, was so deep that it may take until 2020 before workers’ incomes match their peak set in 2000, the Economic Policy Institute says.  It calls that prospect “an under-appreciated economic calamity.” ..

GOP platform wants no part of union-backed wage advantage

Where unions are present, wages tend to be higher. And few would argue that raising American workers’ wages and improving the level of health care and insurance coverage would be a major stimulant for a struggling U.S. economy. ..

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Biden to Labor Day union crowd: ‘We view you as the solution’

DETROIT – One of the themes Republicans supporting Mitt Romney for president are using this election year asks the question, “are you better off than you were four years ago?” ..

State Supreme Court OKs collective bargaining issue for the Nov. 6 ballot

LANSING – The Michigan Supreme Court unanimously ruled on Sept. 5 that the language in the Protect Our Jobs ballot proposal passes legal barriers and cleared it for inclusion on the Nov. 6 statewide ballot. ..

Your attention please, to statewide ballot issues

The Protect Our Jobs/Protect Working Families issue isn’t the only proposal on the Nov. 6 ballot that will have an affect on working people. ..

Union rights as civil right? Why not?

After 60 years of labor law heavily tilted toward employers, it’s time to rebalance the scales by making labor organizing a civil right. Rand Wilson’s proposal for state “just cause” laws is one approach to reforming the law, but we also need federal legislation and a campaign that can gain allies outside of unions. ..