The Building Tradesman Newspaper

Supreme Court decision uses 'free speech' argument to jeopardize public unions

In case you were wondering why it is so hard for regular working people to get ahead in our economy, look no further than June 30’s Harris v. Quinn Supreme Court decision. In the usual 5-4 pattern, the corporate-conservatives on the Supreme Court struck another blow against the rights of working people to organize and try to get ahead. ..

Modern renovation restores Whitney Building's old appeal

IBEW Local 131's Buskirk seeks state House seat

KALAMAZOO – “Let’s stop talking about electing people who support organized labor. Let’s start talking about electing me, because I am organized labor.” ..

What’s missing from the jobs report: a construction boom

By Isaiah Poole
Editor, Campaign for America's Future

Government austerity is a tangible job killer


Multiemployer pension plans need help, federal agency confirms

Despite “substantial economic and market gains,” the nation’s multi-employer pension plans “are severely underfunded, threatening benefit cuts for current and future retirees,” said a 2014 Projection Report released June 30 by the Pension Benefit Guaranty Corporation (PBGC). ..

Construction industry is still a man's world

WASHINGTON D.C. – Women represent nearly half of the U.S. labor force, but hold only 2.6 percent of construction jobs, according to a report released last month by the National Women’s Law Center (NWLC). ..

Supreme Court's NLRB ruling 'could imperil all unions'

WASHINGTON (PAI) — A 9-0 U.S. Supreme Court vote ruling that President Obama illegally made three “recess appointments” in 2012 to the National Labor Relations Board raises a number of legal questions that could have far-reaching effects for organized labor. ..

Focus over road repair funding now shifts to Washington

WASHINGTON – Raising more money to fix roads has been a problem in Michigan this year, and it isn’t any easier in the halls of Congress. ..

Crushed bus helps Laborers drive home point about bad roads

DETROIT – The Laborers towed a not-so-subtle reminder about the poor condition of Michigan’s roads to a parking lot east of downtown on June 24 – and then held a press conference in front of it. ..