The Building Tradesman Newspaper

Big money backed long-term RTW plan in Michigan

Michigan’s right-to-work law didn’t just pop up out of the legislative swamp in last December ’s lame-duck legislative session. ..

Good teamwork noted in Beaumont’s busy build-out


Survey predicts better year for U.S. construction

Significantly more construction firms are planning to add new staff than plan to cut staff while demand for many types of private sector construction projects should increase this year, according to survey results released Jan. 14 by the Associated General Contractors of America and Computer Guidance Corporation. The survey, conducted as part of Tentative Signs of a Recovery: The 2013 Construction Industry Hiring and Business Outlook, points to some good news for the year even as firms worry about rising costs and declining public sector demand for construction. ..

Legally speaking, here are some right-to-work questions and answers


So, boycott Koch Bros. products? Not so fast…

(By Jon Geenen, International Vice President, United Steelworkers) ..

Snyder asks Supremes if RTW is Constitutional

LANSING – Gov. Rick Snyder did an end-around on any potential for labor unions to win a lower-court injunction against the state’s new right-to-work law. On Jan. 28, Snyder went directly to the Michigan Supreme Court and asked it to rule on whether Public Acts 348 and 349 impact state employee contracts, and whether the new RTW laws would survive as-yet-unfiled legal cases brought by unions in lower courts. ..



Consumers Energy plans $750M gas-fired Genesee plant

Consumers Energy announced Dec. 17 that it plans to build a major new natural gas-fired power plant in Genesee County.  The company estimates it will invest about $750 million in the project. ..

Labor no admirer of fiscal cliff settlement

WASHINGTON –The federal government’s brief dive with the “fiscal cliff” settlement hit with a resounding thud with the labor movement – and was just as unpopular with about everyone else. ..

Patient tower at St. Joseph-Pontiac creates more room for everybody

PONTIAC – The delivery of health care has changed just a bit since the first building on the campus of St. Joseph Mercy Oakland was erected in 1927. ..