The Building Tradesman Newspaper

Vote Nov. 4: Show that labor still has muscles to flex

Your pension. Your health care. Your wage scale. Your workplace safety. Your union. ..

Michigan's right-to-work law was all about GOP's attempt to bust state's unions

LANSING – After two years in office of denying that RTW was on his agenda, Michigan Gov. Rick Snyder signed the measure in December 2012. According to the AP, Snyder pointed to reports that almost 90 companies have set up shop in Indiana (not true, by the way) after that state enacted RTW earlier in 2012. ..

Totten for state attorney general: he'll take trades' case on prevailing wage

The Michigan Building and Construction Trades Council has endorsed Democrat Mark Totten as he seeks to unseat incumbent Bill Schuette for state attorney general in the Nov. 4 general election. ..

Among labor's biggest battles in '14: apathy

What’s the old saying? “When labor votes, labor wins.” ..

News Briefs

ABC and GOP should get a room  ..

Long reach, nice work at U-M’s Granger Lab renovation

Erected in 1958, the George Granger Brown Memorial Laboratories building on the University of Michigan campus in Ann Arbor is getting renovated, big time. ..

GOP leaders disavow prevailing wage repeal

LANSING – Can the state’s construction industry expect a repeal of the Michigan Prevailing Wage Act this year? ..

AFL-CIO's Trumka: To avoid an 'ass-kicking,' labor needs to step up its political outreach, big-time

DETROIT – Passage of Michigan’s right-to-work law in 2012 by Gov. Rick Snyder and the Republican Legislature “shivered the timbers of every union in every state,” said AFL-CIO President Rich Trumka. ..

I Did Not Crash The Economy. You Didn’t, Either.

If you listen to FOX news, the angry billionaires, and most of the Republican politicians, you’d think that middle class Americans and poor Americans are public enemies. ..

'This election really is about organized people vs. organized money'

LANSING – Michigan AFL-CIO President Karla Swift provided MIRS News Service with some of organized labor’s perspective concerning the Nov. 4 election. ..