The Building Tradesman Newspaper

NAFTA, 12 years later…Workers are still waiting for the benefits to kick in

A labor-backed research association published a study this fall revealing that adoption of the North American Free Trade Agreement (NAFTA) has had a "perverse" impact on the distribution of income, wealth, and political power across the continent. ..

Helping working families leads Dems' priorities, but vetos loom

WASHINGTON (PAI) - The Republican-run 109th Congress has yet to stagger to a conclusion - it returns for another lame-duck session in early December. But incoming Democratic lawmakers have already laid out an ambitious legislative agenda for the coming Democratic-run Congress. ..

Maybe it's time for a new/old idea: fixing labor laws

By Stuart Appelbaum

It is no secret that the Democratic national election victory has less to do with who the Democrats are than who they are not. But while voter outrage over the Republicans' handling of just about everything carried Democrats across the finish line, it will take more than Bush-bashing to keep them there. ..

Trades on track with fast-track casino

PETOSKEY - One of the largest construction projects in this area's recent history is moving along, very quickly, in the form of a new $140 million casino for the Little Traverse Bay Bands of Odawa Indians. ..

MGM-Detroit Hardhats rock; roll in dough for homeless

A tip of the hard hat to the men and women in the building trades constructing the new MGM Grand Casino in Detroit. ..

What's up with the holes in those beams?

SAGINAW - The familiar wide flange structural steel beam hasn't changed much over the past century. It's the near-perfect combination of simplicity, strength and efficiency in structural building design. ..

News Briefs

Kennecott ruling moved to 2007
A preliminary ruling had been expected in late November on the nickel and copper mine proposed for the Yellow Dog Plains in northwestern Marquette County, but the Michigan Department of Environmental Quality has delayed it until January. ..