The Building Tradesman Newspaper

Winter may bring a chill to prevailing wage repeal petition drive

LANSING - For everyone who would like to witness a second failed petition effort to repeal the Michigan's Prevailing Wage Act of 1965, it's OK to hope for a long, cold winter.  ..

GOP, Snyder, toss out straight-ticket voting, invite more big money into state campaigns

Editor's note: IBEW Local 275 Business Manager Sean Egan, who is also president of the Kent-Ionia Labor Council, wrote this piece for the council in late December. It is updated to reflect that in early January, Gov. Rick Snyder signed the bill eliminating straight-ticket voting, then signed legislation that stops public entities from using funds to support their own millages within 60 days of the election, while opening up rules to allow more wealthy donors access to the political process.  ..

Democracy faces another hurdle in Michigan with anti-union, straight-ticket voting laws

By Steve Bieda (D)
State Senator, 9th District
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New McLaren medical building fills in Uptown development

Construction expansion seems certain in 2016

Contractors expect a range of public and private markets to grow, and 71 percent of U.S. construction firms plan to expand their payrolls in 2016, according to survey results released Jan. 6 by the Associated General Contractors of America and Sage Construction and Real Estate.  ..

Michigan contractors also see modest gains

The modest increases in U.S. construction hiring for 2016 applies to the Michigan market as well. ..

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Slow growth seen for construction  ..