The Building Tradesman Newspaper

Congress OKs pension reform bill

WASHINGTON, D.C. – A small attachment to a large $1.1 trillion spending package which passed Congress this month could be the first step toward improving protections for financially troubled multiemployer pension plans. But it’s also likely to bring financial pain to some pensioners. ..

Prevailing wage, 'community benefits' spared, for now

WASHINGTON, D.C. – A small attachment to a large $1.1 trillion spending package which passed Congress this month could be the first step toward improving protections for financially troubled multiemployer pension plans. But it’s also likely to bring financial pain to some pensioners. ..

Trades provide a facelift for GM's historic birthplace


BAC LOCAL 2 member John Hejnosz does some fine work tuck-pointing brick at the Durant-Dort Carriage Co. preservation project in Flint.

FLINT – General Motors is giving its birthplace a bit of a modern makeover. ..

Frustration mounts over OSHA's slow adoption of new silica rules

WASHINGTON D.C. – The process of adopting a new OSHA standard for reducing worker exposure to silica drags on, and on and on…. ..

Good news for construction tempered by scarce work in infrastructure

Just when you thought it was safe to declare that the U.S. construction industry is on the road to recovery… ..

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Congress dithers with pension reform's 'ticking time bomb'

WASHINGTON - The year-end clock is ticking for the so-called "Do-Nothing Congress," and building trades pension plan stakeholders are among those pressing for federal lawmakers to follow a labor-management plan to help more multi-employer pension plans stay solvent. ..

Construction on upward track in Michigan, nation

The construction industry in Michigan didn’t have a good October, but it has had a pretty good year. ..

'Positive story lines' emerge from economic forecast, too

ANN ARBOR – Michigan’s construction industry is expected to add 18,000 jobs over the next two years, more than double the 4,300 industry jobs added in the 12 months leading up to October 2014. ..

M-1 Rail - What's old is new again

DETROIT – Since the city’s street pattern was laid out in the 1830s, Woodward Avenue has, over the years, gone from being a dirt trail to being platted, planked, bricked, widened and paved. ..