The Building Tradesman Newspaper

GOP leader charges unions are exploiting nation's security needs

WASHINGTON (PAI) - Thomas Delay (R-Texas) drew strong responses from organized labor, after the House majority leader alleged that "union bosses" were sanctioning worker actions that allegedly brought harm to the U.S. and the nation's security after the Sept. 11 attacks. ..

State opens three more unemployment offices

Michigan's troubled Unemployment Compensation system is opening three more walk-in centers to help jobless workers who have questions about, or problems with their unemployment claims. ..

Miscounted, misunderstood: Welcome to the world of construction statistics

It's hard to get a handle on Hardhats in the U.S. construction industry. ..

UA becoming part of the landscape at Washtenaw Community College

YPSILANTI - Every August for the last 13 years, more than 1,800 United Association of Plumbers, Pipe Fitters and Sprinkler Fitters members from across the U.S. and Canada have flocked to facilities at Washtenaw Community College (WCC) during the week-long Instructors Training Program. ..

Lansing trades offer kids HOPE through personal contributions

LANSING - Lansing area building trades union members will help children facing personal and economic obstacles attend Lansing Community College by donating five cents per hour, per worker, to the Helping Other People Excel (HOPE) Scholarship Program. ..

News Briefs

Construction up 1% in U.S. in 2002
The final figures are in: total U.S. construction for 2002 advanced 1 percent over the year before to $498.7 billion, according to information released Jan. 31 by the McGraw-Hill Construction Information Group. The increase follows growth rates of 5 percent in 2001 and 6 percent in 2002. ..