The Building Tradesman Newspaper

Combination of factors leads to prevailing wage living to see another day

LANSING - What saved the Michigan's Prevailing Wage Act of 1965? Last year at about this time, prospects for keeping the law were dim. ..

NLRB says employers need lawful reason to employ permanent striker replacements

WASHINGTON (PAI)—In a legal win for workers and unions, the National Labor Relations Board is sharply curbing employer justification for hiring and using “permanent replacements” for workers forced to strike for economic reasons.  ..

Modern athletic demands prompts remodel at Intramural Sports Building

DTE Energy announces more coal plant closures

DETROIT - More coal-fired power plants are closing, as DTE Energy announced June 8 that it will retire eight such energy generating units at three sites in Michigan within the next seven years. The closures represent even more lost work opportunities for the building trades workers who have worked in those plants over the decades. ..

Energy plan closer, but it goes on hiatus

LANSING - A plan to reform Michigan's energy regulatory environment for its utilities ran out of gas in the state Senate on June 9, but general agreement for a long-term solution may be in the works. ..

Improving bottom lines for Top 400 U.S. contractors

The nation's construction industry is doing just fine, thank you, and has finally returned to spending levels not seen since the Great Recession. ..

Construction employment sees modest gain over last year

Construction employment totaled 6.645 million in May, a drop of 15,000 jobs compared to April, the Associated General Contractors reported June 3. And that came after a decline of 5,000 employees from March to April. But even with those back-to-back decreases, industry employment increased by 219,000, or 3.4 percent, from May 2015 to May 2016. ..

Plan mergers eyed by pension agency

The federal agency which steps in to provide pension payments – though greatly reduced – when a company’s traditional defined benefit pension plan goes broke has unveiled a rule to let financially failing multi-employer pension plans merge into other plans. But it warns that even such mergers may not prevent cuts in current retirees’ benefits.  ..

Union plumbers invade Flint, again

Eight building trades leaders split with AFL-CIO over support for green PAC; and 'anti-energy cronies'

By Mark Gruenberg
PAI Staff Writer ..