The Building Tradesman Newspaper

Building trades need to leverage assets, push union value, chief says

WASHINGTON, D.C. – With the U.S. construction industry mired in a half-decade slump (you can make that a full decade in Michigan), AFL-CIO Building Trades Department President Sean McGarvey is focusing on two things the unionized sector can control: offering value to contractors and owners, and maximizing resources. ..

Troubled pension plans now have a potentially painful path forward

Investments in the stock market, which reached an all-time high last month, have been very helpful to sustaining the fiscal health of numerous union pension plans, including those that cover the workers in the U.S. construction industry. ..

Transformed Cobo taking shape

DETROIT – Iconic Cobo Center is at a crossroads in its history. It’s currently a mixture of old and new construction and finished and rough surfaces – amidst a re-purposing and renovation of the facility that will hopefully make it viable for years to come. ..

Work zones a magnet for wayward motorists

That comes from a study released by the Associated General Contractors of America during National Work Zone Awareness Week (April 15-19). ..

First quarter construction same level as 2012

The gain for total construction in March followed two months of decline, and was led by a strong increase for the non-building construction sector (public works and electric utilities).  At the same time, March witnessed slightly reduced activity for both housing and nonresidential building. During the first three months of 2013, total construction starts on an unadjusted basis came in at $100.5 billion, unchanged from the same quarter a year ago. ..

Rats to the ABC, and their GOP supporters

LANSING – With at least one picket sign reading “ABC doesn't speak for me!” and a pair of inflatable rats, about 75 protesters took to Michigan Avenue next to the Radisson Hotel on April 24 to express their outrage with the anti-union Associated Builders and Contractors and the Republican lawmakers they support. ..

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Owosso Memorial hiring angers trades ..