The Building Tradesman Newspaper

Road funding turmoil may be saving grace for state prevailing wage

LANSING – Will Republican in-fighting over how to fund road repairs help save the state’s prevailing wage law? ..

Supreme Court solicits Solicitor’s advice on RTW law

On May 3 the state’s high court asked state Solicitor General John Bursch to offer an opinion – on whether the court should offer an advisory opinion indicating if the Supremes should immediately take up Snyder’s request for them to review the new RTW law. ..

Protesting the dark side of ‘Freedom to Work’

COOPERSVILLE – West Michigan Plumbers Fitters and Service Trades led a protest on May 3 at the Continental Dairy Plant. We were joined by area workers and local advocates to protest the fact that our tax dollars are subsidizing a project which is hiring construction workers from across the country, and in some cases, from outside of the country.   ..

House GOP OKs comp time bill; ‘a false premise’

WASHINGTON (PAI) – Brushing aside opposition from unions, women’s groups and civil rights groups – among others – the Republican-run House passed legislation (HR1406) on May 8 to let employers force comp time on their workers, in place of overtime pay.  And, foes add, employers could then deny the comp time, too.  The vote was 223-204. ..

Local 169 welding contest becomes a destination for high schoolers

ALLEN PARK – A decade after the first Boilermakers Local 169 High School Welding Invitational, the annual springtime event has become a fixture on the calendar for both the union and high school vocational education programs around Michigan. ..

News Briefs

Gleason back to politick for trades ..