The Building Tradesman Newspaper

New report highlights state-by-state assault on workers' rights

By Mark Gruenberg

Building trades OK blueprint to bolster pension plan administration

WASHINGTON (PAI) - After more than a year of work, a joint union-management group, the National Coordinating Committee for Multi-Employer Plans (NCCMP) proposed changes to laws covering multi-employer pension plans.  The plans cover more than 10 million workers, mostly in construction but also in other industries.  ..

U.P.'s latest mining boom brought by the Eagle Project

MARQUETTE - Progress at the largest ongoing construction projects in the U.P. - the Eagle Mine and Humboldt Mill - "remains on schedule and budget," says the owner of the properties. ..

Right to work for everybody! GOP's McConnell says

As if our federal government weren't divided enough, now a national right-to-work law is being pushed by Republican leaders in Congress.  ..

Bill to weaken elevator licensing passes House

LANSING - Michigan House Democrats were united in opposition to a pair of bills that eases state regulations on installers of residential chair lifts and platform lifts.  ..

Students try on hard hats to see how a construction career fits

By Cathy Knight

News Briefs

AFL-CIO numbers treading water ..

Bill to kill some electrical licensing adopted by Senate

LANSING – Michigan lawmakers have taken another step toward significantly reducing licensing regulations for electricians, and reducing overall jobsite and public safety.  ..

Removing licensing for home lift work next target for GOP

LANSING – The “war on licensing” in the construction industry doesn’t stop with the electricians – the elevator industry has a battle going on, too. ..

Pristine Mackinac Bridge cables holding up nicely

ST. IGNACE -  Rain, snow, sleet, hail, ice, sunshine, high winds, hot and cold temperatures – the Mackinac Bridge has had just about everything thrown at it since it opened to traffic 56 years ago Nov. 1. ..