The Building Tradesman Newspaper

Trades could have a lot riding on Proposal 1

The Michigan Building and Construction Trades Council is supporting Proposal 1 - the May 5 statewide ballot issue that focuses on raising the state sales tax in order to increase spending for the state's deteriorating roads and bridges. ..

Failure of ballot issue could strengthen effort to repeal prevailing wage

If Proposal 1, fails at the ballot box on May 5, what then? ..

Training, quality work drives John E. Green fabrication shop

Construction pullback likely short-term

U.S. construction employment hit a bump in the road in March, dropping, albeit slightly, for the first time in the past 14 months. ..

Obama vetoes curb on union organizing rules

WASHINGTON (PAI) - In a rare win for the labor movement, President Obama upheld streamlined union election rules issued by the National Labor Relations Board that could make it easier for labor unions to organize nonunion shops. ..

News Briefs

Poker Run set for May 9  ..

'An absolute disaster' Prevailing wage repeal would hurt industry, exec says

LANSING - Michigan's Prevailing Wage Act of 1965 - which is at dire risk of being repealed as early as May by an ultra-conservative state Legislature - has its proponents among major construction contractors and Republican lawmakers. And two of them spoke of their support for the law at the 56th Legislative Conference of the Michigan Building and Construction Trades Council.  ..

Are pension benefit cuts likely in Michigan? 'The answer, honestly, is 'no,'" - funds attorney

LANSING - A dysfunctional Congress that deservedly got the lowest performance marks in history last year did do a few things at the very end – it passed a union-approved change to a law governing multiemployer pension plans. ..

Same 'Nuts, new shell... Trades upgrade Lugnuts' Stadium

Affordable Care Act gets little love from building trades funds

LANSING - Building trades unions and the rest of organized labor have mostly supported the Affordable Care Act, on the theory that it's a good thing for more Americans to get access to health insurance. ..