The Building Tradesman Newspaper

Prevailing wage repeal passes Senate; Snyder: it has 'serious problems'

LANSING - The Michigan Senate adopted a package of three bills on May 14 that would repeal the state's prevailing wage law - and thus severely undermine the pay structure, safety and training of all construction workers in the state. ..

Save your wages: Time to contact state representatives

LANSING - With the threat of prevailing wage repeal one step closer to reality with the Michigan Senate's vote on May 14, it's "all hands on deck" for building trades union leaders and members. It's too late in the Senate, but state House members need to hear from our members and their families about the wage, education and safety benefits made possible by the Michigan Prevailing Wage Act.  ..

Prevailing Wage Statement - Shorty Gleason


New residence hall going up at WMU

KALAMAZOO - Western Michigan University calls it "the next generation of university living." ..

'Corporate puppetry of the worst kind'
House OKs bill that takes away local control

LANSING - There once was a time, not too long ago, that a key element of conservative principles was that local government was the best government. States could handle their own affairs better than the federal government, and likewise, counties, cities, townships and boards of education knew better than the state what was best for their own communities. ..

Trust us! Trade treaty will be different this time...honest!

By Leo Gerard
President, United Steelworkers 

News Briefs

New hurdle for prevailing wage?  ..

Defeat of Proposal 1 moves state to 'Plan B' Prevailing wage repeal may be part of next package

LANSING - The resounding defeat on May 5 of Proposal 1 tosses the road repair funding question back onto the collective lap of the state Legislature, where it was last December before the lawmakers voted to put the matter on the statewide ballot. ..

NLRB to tackle end-to-‘free riders’ case

By Mark Gruenberg
PAI Staff Writer ..

State pipe trades apprentices reach for the top of their trade

KALAMAZOO - The state's pipe trades apprentices showed their talents, apprenticeship coordinators shared information on instruction, and the United Association took another step forward.  ..