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Historic Knapp’s Building will keep its smooth look after renovation

LANSING – The former J.W. Knapp’s Department Store has anchored the downtown corner of Washtenaw Street and Washington Square since it was completed in 1937. But the building almost has the look of a 1930s streamliner locomotive ready to pull itself out of its foundations. ..

Local 58/NECA Training Center earns award for workforce development

STERLING HTS. – The IBEW Local 58– NECA Electrical Industry Training Center received a prestigious Macomb Business Award last month, honoring the staff and facility as a “Champion of Workforce Development.” ..

AFL-CIO membership down slightly in 2012

ORLANDO, Fla. (PAI) – AFL-CIO unions had 8,384,725 members in calendar year 2012, down 70,317 (less than 1 percent) from the year before, figures distributed last month to the federation’s Executive Council showed. ..

Labor needs new strategy to battle prevailing wage repeal

LANSING – State Republican lawmakers plotting to repeal the Michigan Prevailing Wage Act aren’t letting the facts get in the way of anti-union ideology. ..

Unemployment agency officials add some clarity to benefits application form

LANSING – Many unemployed building trades union workers in Michigan now have some clarity on how to best fill out their application to obtain jobless benefits. ..

The Michigan Building Trades Legislative Conference Options are few for labor’s agenda as the state GOP holds all the cards

LANSING – “The governor and his buddies in the legislature have launched an all-out assault on working families.” ..

New building in the works for DMC’s Cardio Team One


Time to save prevailing wage law – contact your lawmaker

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Prevailing wage repeal lurks in House, Senate – your voice is needed

LANSING – Numerous bills have been introduced over the years to repeal Michigan’s Prevailing Wage Act of 1965. Most were symbolic and lacked support of sufficient lawmakers in either the House or Senate or the governor’s office. ..