The Building Tradesman Newspaper

Latest executive order will make it harder for federal contractors to violate workers’ rights

A new executive order from President Obama will make it harder for companies to win federal contracts if they violate their workers’ rights and withhold their wages, the White House announced July 30. ..

ABC says wage proposal isn't about wages. It's about wages.

The anti-union Associated Builders and Contractors call themselves an advocate for open shop contractors. As such, they rarely pass up the opportunity to lobby for legislation and regulations that keep workers’ wages low – and they’re at it again. ..

'Should the power of the federal government be used to elevate worker wages or drive them down?'

When a recent study by the Russell Sage Foundation revealed that the median American household had lost a third of its net worth in the decade between 2003 and 2013, while those at the very top saw significant gains, it was the latest evidence that the economy has gotten so out of balance that only a dramatic intervention can right it. ..

On Deck: Labor Day Events & Activities

With the sun setting on another summer, Labor Day is making its annual melancholy appearance on the calendar. There’s still time to support each other and the institution of organized labor, with numerous Labor Day weekend events going on around Michigan. Here is some of what’s going on: ..

Congress goes home with no GOP action on extending jobless benefits

(Editor’s note: On Aug. 1, Congress began its summer recess. Left undone was any attempt to extend emergency unemployment benefits. House Speaker John Boehner (R-Ohio) has said that extending benefits doesn’t create jobs, but a Congressional Budget Office said with a jobless benefits extension about 200,000 jobs would actually be created by the end of 2014. The reason: extending the benefits would pump $4.7 billion into the pockets of the jobless, and thus the federal economy). ..

Schauer's economic plan: 'Time to get our priorities straight'

(Schauer has been endorsed for governor by the Michigan Building and Construction Trades Council) ..

Social Security, Medicare funds are holding up nicely, but here come the Boomers

America’s two largest entitlement programs, Medicare and Social Security, are in fairly good financial shape in the near-term. But long-term, not much has changed: the nation’s aging population is going to wreak havoc on the programs without funding increases or benefit reductions. ..

New and much-improved Jamrich Hall opens at NMU

MARQUETTE – The new Jamrich Hall is open for education. ..

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No long-term fix for highway funding ..