The Building Tradesman Newspaper

'We have an awful lot to be proud of': Trades must start marketing themselves better. Now.


​The state's building trades unions have had their share of good luck over the past few years, mainly in the form of having the state's prevailing wage law still in place. But that luck also stemmed from hard work, and more of it is going to become necessary to make sure that the taxpayer-and industry-friendly operations of the state's unionized construction industry is understood and appreciated by state lawmakers, the rest of the building industry, and the general public. ..

Prevailing wage repeal a never-ending saga in Michigan

'We are going to continue to meet with our friends and foes alike'
LANSING – In a political environment that has been a breeding ground for Michigan's right-to-work law and a host of other anti-union pieces of legislation, a combination of hard work, incompetence and luck have kept the state Prevailing Wage Act of 1965 in place. ..

No end in sight: pension funds under continuous strain to fix finances

LANSING - You do the math. ..

McGarvey predicts $1 trillion infrastructure bill by year’s end


“The timetable” for its passage will start after lawmakers “dispose of health care and after or with tax reform,” said Sean McGarvey, the Building Trades president in a March 14 interview during the AFL-CIO Executive Council meeting in San Antonio. ..

Generally, good news for U.S. construction

The U.S. construction industry can't quite find momentum for a sustained run, but it is trending upward. ..

Trades set ice rink concrete, seats at Little Caesars Arena

Clark's safety record gets noticed

Lansing-based Clark Construction was named one of the safest companies to work for on March 22 by the Associated General Contractors of America. ..

Trades vexed by anemic political clout...but are buoyed by prospects on the job

LANSING - Like it or not, the political fortunes and the very existence of much of organized labor - as unsettled as they are - are nearly completely in the hands of Republican lawmakers in Michigan and in Washington D.C. ..

Building trades' McGarvey: Changing times bring changing strategies 'people on the other side of the aisle can help us'

Strategists in the Democratic Party were playing checkers. Strategists in the Republican Party were playing chess. ..

Oakland U building more room for students to live on campus

ROCHESTER - More room for students to live on campus is on the way to Oakland University. ..