The Building Tradesman Newspaper

'Waiting week' kills enthusiasm for hike in jobless benefits

LANSING -News reports in January touted that House Republican lawmakers who control the state legislature finally opened up their hearts - and state coffers - to provide relief to Michigan's growing number of jobless workers. ..

$2.9 billion in jobless money is beginning to stink like hell


Final destination nears for Midfield Terminal

Ladies and gentlemen, please observe the "fasten your seatbelt sign" - the building trades are preparing to bring the Midfield Terminal in for a landing. ..

Union membership numbers flat in 2001

Union membership in the U.S. remained stable in 2001 despite economic uncertainty and massive layoffs after the events of Sept. 11. ..

Union density unrelated to higher wages, researchers say

Have higher wages in the unionized construction industry led to unions pricing themselves out of some employment markets? ..

Jewelry drawing raises $7,000

$7,000 WILL HELP FUND the good works at the parishes of St. Rita's and Holy Trinity in Detroit, compliments of Pongracz Jewelers and Point Gemological Laboratory in Grosse Pointe Farms. Iron worker Mike Decker won first prize in the drawing, a 3.5 karat ladies diamond bracelet. Another bracelet and a watch were also won by tradesmen in the December drawing, and the jewelry donated by Pongracz had a total value of $7,000. "People in the building trades support us, and I just wanted to give something back to the community," said Pongracz owner Dan LaLonde, center, who is also an Operating Engineers Local 324 member. He was flanked Greater Detroit Building and Construction Trades Council Secretary-Treas. Patrick Devlin, left, and President John Hamilton, right. Behind them are GDBTC Executive Board meeting attendees (l-r) Richard Egerer of Elevator Constructors Local 36, Lou Walczak of Cement Masons 514, Ed Coffey of the GDBTC, Dave Bremerkamp of Heat and Frost Insulators 25, Gary Young of Plumbers 98, John Marek of Boilermakers 169, Vern Covington of Laborers 334, Tom Aloisio of Teamsters 247, Mark King of Bricklayers and Allied Craftworkers 1 and Jim Hamric of Iron Workers 25.