The Building Tradesman Newspaper

Timely prevailing wage survey means more union job opportunities

by David Plawecki, Deputy Director
Michigan Department of Labor & Economic Growth

'Deadbeat boss' legislation takes roost in Michigan

LANSING - The U.S. Congress has utterly unable or unwilling to provide Americans relief on health care costs. The cost of health care have been increasingly pushed to the states, where Medicaid costs have gone through the roof, and to individuals, who are paying higher percentages of their pay for prescriptions and co-pays.

Now the states are fighting back. In Maryland last month, the Democrat-controlled legislature overturned the Republican governor's veto, and adopted a law requiring companies employing more than 10,000 workers to spend at least 8 percent of their payroll on health care for employees - or pay any shortfall into a special state fund. ..

Have a seat - community re-welcomes Johnson Controls

BATTLE CREEK - The building trades are re-tooling the Johnson Controls Metals and Mechanisms facility in the Fort Custer Industrial Park, getting it ready for full production as an automotive seating component manufacturer. ..

Construction contracts up, but inflation isn't far behind

First-year settlements in construction labor agreements negotiated in 2005 averaged $1.53 or 3.9 percent, according to the Construction Labor Research Council. ..

'Friends Of Labor' cuts across job titles to boost local candidates

By Guy Snyder ..

Weill Hall provides home to policy center

ANN ARBOR - The wheels of construction are turning on Weill Hall, a new 80,000-square-foot building that will house the Gerald R. Ford School of Public Policy. ..

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