LANSING - Over the past few years, the positives have been scarce in the state Legislature for the state's organized construction industry. ..
JACKSON - Consumers Energy shuttered seven of its oldest coal-burning units as of April 15 after serving Michigan for more than 60 years. ..
Editor's note: a public hearing was held March 17 before the Michigan House of Representatives' Committee on Workforce Talent and Development that would loosen rules on worker licensing standards. House Bill 5435 would amend the State Plumbing Act, and would seemingly only affect water heater licensing.
But Cynthia Maher, executive director of the Michigan Plumbing and Mechanical Contractors Association, testified that the way the bill is written, the language removing licensing for "modification to an existing hot and cold water distribution supply" could easily lead to non-licensed workers installing pipe as it goes into a house. Furthermore, legally, "you could easily re-pipe an entire house" under this proposal, she testified, without a state plumbing license.
Similarly, electricians are upset with companion House Bill 5436, which is ostensibly about loosening standards for installing low-voltage residential work. But the language is so poorly written that it could allow unlicensed electricians, or anyone else, to work on high-voltage systems.
Both bills are still in the committee...
Industry pushback against a new worker-friendly silica rule quickly went into the courts, barely a week after the rule was released by the Obama Administration's Labor Department. ..
By Mark Gruenberg
PAI Staff Writer ..
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