The Building Tradesman Newspaper

Unions still a vital force in U.S. economy

By Sean McGarvey
President
North America's Building Trades Unions
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Landmark labor ruling could open the door to more union bargaining

WASHINGTON - A ruling issued Aug. 27 by the National Labor Relations Board "will make many business leaders’ heads spin," says the National Law Review. The Wall Street Journal's lead editorial on Aug. 29 accused the NLRB of making a ruling that "radically rewrites U.S. labor law" and of "ruining countless August vacations this week" for its readers in the business community. The National Federation of Independent Business warned the ruling could “blow up” long-standing business models. ..

Union help brings to life autistic Play Place

GOP group makes road trip for RTW 'How were the roads in Missouri?'

Michigan's right-to-work law, adopted in December 2012 over the vociferous objections of organized labor and state Democratic lawmakers, continues to be a sore subject whenever it comes up. ..

What they did last summer: Ferris State hosts HVACR students

Statewide ad campaign seeks to fill need for skilled workers

DETROIT – A coalition of organized construction contractor associations and skilled labor unions launched a new advertising campaign on Labor Day to raise awareness about career opportunities in the skilled trades. The MUST Construction Careers campaign includes billboards, bus wraps, and television ads.  ..

News Briefs

No progress on roads or prevailing wage ..

Road deal fails, but is prevailing wage save in the mix?

LANSING - A deal to pass a long-awaited road funding bill failed, again, in the state Legislature, as lawmakers wrapped up a short summertime session on Aug. 20 without agreeing on any funding mechanism. ..

Anti-prevailing wage petitioners 'beating the time frame,' ABC says

LANSING - A spokesman for the group behind the effort to collect at least 252,523 petition signatures which could lead to the repeal of the Michigan Prevailing Wage Act said "we are beating the time frame" to collect the names within a 180-day time frame. ..

Trades help integrate Munson cancer treatment under one roof