The Building Tradesman Newspaper

Bush seeks fast-track renewal

By Mark Gruenberg
PAI Staff Writer

Senate passes minimum wage hike, adds tax breaks

WASHINGTON (PAI) - By a 94-3 vote on Feb. 1, the new Democratic-run Senate approved the first raise in the federal minimum wage in a decade. But to get enough GOP votes that successfully stopped a Republican filibuster two days before, senators festooned it with $8 billion in tax breaks for "small business." ..

America's workers need the Employee Free Choice Act

By Tula Connell
via the AFL-CIO

Tribe appreciates union skills at Four Winds Casino

NEW BUFFALO TWP. - A new hotel and casino are blowing into the extreme southwest corner of the state, in the form of the Four Winds Casino Resort, which is currently under construction. ..

Construction industry study: New strategies needed to win recruits

A "radical change" in how workforce development is conducted - including a blunt suggestion to start recruiting a more non-white workforce - is needed to fill employment needs in the U.S. construction industry, says a new study released Jan. 16 by the Sheet Metal and Air Conditioning Contractors National Association. ..

Trades, contractors send message to MSU: thanks

EAST LANSING - At a reception with Michigan State University officials held Thursday, Jan. 18, Mid-Michigan Construction Alliance (MMCA) members thanked the University for its utilization of the union construction industry and celebrated MMCA's ongoing partnership with the university. ..

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