The Building Tradesman Newspaper

ABC to take Lansing prevailing wage case to Supreme Court

LANSING – With the majority of the Michigan Supreme Court justices being sympathetic to right-wing conservatives, it comes as no surprise that the anti-union Associated Builders and Contractors is bringing them their latest case against prevailing wage. ..

'Choppy' construction industry advances

Michigan joined 38 other states which saw construction employment increase in the month of June compared to June 2013.  Despite a 1.2 percent drop in construction employment from May to June 2014, Michigan put 3,300 more workers to work compared to a year ago, a 2.5 percent hike. That placed us a middling No. 28 among the states in construction employment increases. ..

Expanded Poletown plant will help GM logistically

DETROIT – General Motors’ Detroit-Hamtramck Assembly Plant is undergoing its first major expansion since it opened in 1985. ..

The doctor will see you now at Local 98's union hall

MADISON HTS. – The doctor is in. At the union hall. ..

Lamar Construction's closure creates organizing opportunity

Lamar Construction Co., a large, long-time nonunion contractor headquartered in Hudsonville in west Michigan , abruptly closed its doors on July 9, throwing about 280 workers onto the jobless rolls. ..

Steel's up quickly, at Quicken

The Quicken Loans Data Center’s structural steel was topped out July 11, as Iron Workers Local 25 members, above, and Sterling Erectors moved quickly to make the building ready for its next construction phase. Located at Rosa Parks Blvd. and Porter Street in Detroit’s Corktown neighborhood, the 66,000 square-foot data center and office complex will include server rooms, training, office and support space. Half of the data center will be occupied by Quicken Loans’ technology team. Work began in May, with the construction and management conducted by Bedrock Real Estate Services, a Quicken Loans affiliated real estate firm, and has proceeded quickly. ..

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