The Building Tradesman Newspaper

Cheap money, collapsing infrastructure doesn’t push Congress to pay for repairs

By Robert Borosage
President, Institute for America's Future

With an impotent NLRB, for workers, ‘who is going to enforce the law?’

WASHINGTON, D.C. – The National Labor Relations Board – the federal agency most responsible for upholding workers’ rights on the job – is, incredibly, nearly dead in the water. ..

Uptown development on the rise

BAY CITY – The Uptown development on the city’s riverfront is going up quickly, but there’s a lot more work to be done. ..

Making the case for a minimum wage hike

By David Cooper 
Economic Policy Institute

Construction employment remains mired in Michigan

Michigan has lost construction jobs each month since the beginning of 2013 – and that consistency has placed us consistently in the bottom half among the states in industry employment. Our state lost 1,200 jobs from March to April 2013, and dropped a total of 4,300 jobs (-3.3 percent) from April 2012 to April 2013. That year-to-year number ranks us near the bottom (No. 40) among the states in construction employment. ..

Uncertainty still a drag for top U.S. contractors

The Engineering News Record ..

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Workers’ comp kids can seek scholarship ..

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.   ..