The Building Tradesman Newspaper

Judge dumps open meetings challenge to state's right-to-work law

LANSING - The state's Open Meetings Act was not violated when the Michigan Legislature adopted a statewide right-to-work law in December 2012, a state Court of Claims judge ruled Feb. 6. ..

Short lull in prevailing wage repeal effort gives trades time to lobby GOP

LANSING - Republicans in both the state House and Senate have made repeal of the Michigan Prevailing Wage Act of 1965 their top priority in 2015 - with the first three bills in each chamber that were introduced last month related to canceling the law. ..

Trades building colorful-kid friendly hospital in Troy

TROY - The new Children's Hospital of Michigan-Troy will have all the primary colors on the outside, and a full gamut of pediatric, primary care health care resources on the inside with its scheduled opening in September.

The Detroit Medical Center's $42 million project, under construction at 350 W. Big Beaver just east of I-75, will encompass three stories and 63,000 square feet. Key services in the new outpatient facility will include a 24-7 pediatric emergency room, day surgery and multiple pediatric medical and surgical specialties especially for children, including cancer and infusion therapy, cardiology, neurology, orthopedics, urology, imaging and lab services. ..

Record low for construction deaths, injury trend down, too

LANSING – Historically low construction industry fatality rates continued in Michigan in 2014, with MIOSHA's Construction Safety Division recording an all-time low of seven program-related on-the-job deaths. The previous record low was nine in 2012, and 12 construction workers died on the job in 2013. ..

Construction in Michigan rises 6% during 2014

Statewide, Michigan enjoyed a nice jump in construction employment over the course of the past year, rising 6 percent between December 2013 and December 2014. With a rise of 7,200 jobs to 134,400 total jobs during that time, we were ranked No. 17 among the states by the Associated General Contractors in new construction hiring. ..

News Briefs

LANSING - Voter passage of the ballot plan to provide some $1.3 billion in funding to improve the state's roads fund would be a boon to road-building construction workers - and motorists. ..

Time to speak up, support prevailing wage, The law helps create 'a better construction industry'

LANSING - So what happens if prevailing wage goes away in Michigan? ..

Help sidetrack prevailing wage repeal effort

LANSING – The proposed repeal of Michigan’s Prevailing Wage Act is not a done deal. And Michigan’s building trades workers are asked to do their part to make sure it stays that way. ..

U-M sends trades back to school


ANN ARBOR - The University of Michigan campus was busy again last month. And it wasn't only because of students returning from the holiday break.
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State's unionization rate drops significantly, RTW a likely contributor

LANSING - Labor union membership in Michigan took a significant hit in 2014, dropping to 14.5 percent union workforce penetration from 16.3 percent in 2013. The decline represents a loss of 48,000 workers. ..