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State AFL-CIO chief:‘We’re losing a helluva lot of members’ – now’s time to push labor’s goals

SAULT STE. MARIE – If the nation needs a guide to understanding and fixing the ongoing economic Great Recession, as it’s being called, look to what happened in the years before and after the Great Depression, which began with the stock market collapse on Oct. 29, 1929. ..

Devlin, Gleason re-elected to building trades offices

SAULT STE. MARIE – Michigan Building and Construction Trades Council Secretary-Treasurer Patrick Devlin and President Patrick “Shorty” Gleason were both re-elected to four-year terms during the council’s 49th annual convention. ..

Action starts at Firekeepers Casino

BATTLE CREEK – Michigan’s newest casino is open for business – the new $300 million Firekeepers Casino. ..

Detroit River terminal seeks to become a hub for Great Lakes cruises

DETROIT – The state’s largest city would be a good stop for any cruise ship plying the Great Lakes – but at this time, there aren’t good places along the Detroit River to dock big passenger ships. ..

Without compromise, prospects dim in ’09 for EFCA passage

While organized labor leaders continue to push for passage this year of the Employee Free Choice Act – which is expected to ease the organizing process for unions and help increase membership rolls – a July 31 Wall Street Journal article said odds of a 2009 vote are “dim.” ..

IBEW training program finds a home at U-M

ANN ARBOR –The city and the University of Michigan’s hospitality and facilities won rave reviews from the nearly 2,000 electricians from across the nation who participated in the National Training Institute (NTI) program, held Aug. 1-7 on the U-M campus. ..

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