The Building Tradesman Newspaper

Mild, not wild optimism seen for 2014 market by construction contractors

Many U.S. construction firms plan to start hiring again and most contractors predict demand will either grow or remain stable in virtually every market segment this year, according to survey results released Jan. 21 by the Associated General Contractors of America. ..

Labor leaders say what Snyder left unsaid in State of the State speech

LANSING – Gov. Rick Snyder’s state of the state speech on Jan. 16 went heavy on “benchmarks,” statistics and self-congratulation about his perception of Michigan’s progress, but it was light on most everything else. ..

Knapp’s Building readies for its next chapter

State's construction fatalities up; injuries way up

LANSING – Michigan continues to experience a relatively low rate of fatalities in the construction industry, but there was an unwelcome increase in 2013. ..

Jobless benefits extension needs loud and clear push

WASHINGTON – Congress failed to extend unemployment benefits for some 1.4 million jobless workers – including about 45,000 in Michigan late last year and again earlier this month. ..

News Briefs

RTW benefits are only ‘anecdotal’ ..

Union membership rises a bit in Michigan, U.S.

(By Mark Gruenberg, PAI Staff Writer)  ..

GOP obstruction puts federal jobless benefits extension on life support in Congress

WASHINGTON (PAI)—With 72,000 more unemployed workers losing their jobless benefits every week, organized labor and its civic, religious and congressional Democratic allies turned to public pressure to push resurrection of the benefits through a hostile GOP majority in the U.S. House. ..

No class: a court just gutted workers' right to sue their boss

(By Craig Becker) ..

No new life in Appeals Court for Michigan's PLA law

CINCINNATI – The full U.S. Court of Appeals has refused to reconsider a previous ruling by one of their three-judge panels, which essentially upheld a Michigan law that bans state and local governments from entering into project labor agreements. ..