The Building Tradesman Newspaper

Rejection of pension cuts for Teamsters plan a head-scratcher for other administrators

A U.S. Treasury Department mediator on May 6 rejected a huge proposed cut in retirement payouts for hundreds of thousands of workers tied to the Teamsters Central States Pension Fund. ..

Prevailing wage repeal drive still seems stalled

The petition drive to repeal Michigan's Prevailing Wage Act of 1965 apparently continues to be staying in neutral. ..

The state of the construction unions: Survey finds optimism for job prospects, mixed outlook for worker shortages

Is there a shortage of construction workers in the U.S.? The Associated General Contractors keeps hammering home their position that yes, there is, and they urge that channels to training opportunities be widened to get more workers into the building trades. ..

Trades upgrade Wise Hall for Eastern Michigan University

Obama gives shout out to union pipe trades during visit to Flint

Slow wage growth calls worker shortage claims into question

(From We Party Patriots) ..

New GOP scheme snubs NLRB, limits franchise liability

LANSING, Mich. (PAI)—Tucked into a batch of anti-worker laws the Republican-run Michigan legislature approved late last year is a little-known statute that protects franchise granters – think McDonald’s headquarters – from responsibility for dealing with workers and from obeying labor law, including the right to unionize, at their local franchise-holders. ..

News Briefs

New protests, but no new pact with Verizon ..

Petitions to repeal state's prevailing wage law are missing in action

If you have "declined to sign" the petition to repeal the Michigan Prevailing Wage Act of 1965 - good! - such inaction is the least you could do to help maintain fair wage levels for construction workers in Michigan. ..

Wisconsin RTW law still nullified

A Dane County Circuit Court Judge struck down the Wisconsin right-to-work law on April 8, and on April 25, the same judge denied the state Department of Justice's request to stay his order deeming the law unconstitutional.  ..