The Building Tradesman Newspaper

Prevailing wage paper chase could stabilize pay rates for trades

There is no law more important to the take-home pay of construction workers than the federal Davis-Bacon Prevailing Wage Act. ..

New leader: no quick fix for state's unemployment compensation mess

You know the system is in trouble when the acting director of the Michigan Bureau of Workers' and Unemployment Compensation (BWUC), David Plawecki, asked a group of labor leaders, "Is there anyone here not having problems with us?" No hands were raised.

Plawecki was invited to speak during a break at the Livonia prevailing wage meeting earlier this month. The Gov. Granholm-appointee pledged to do everything in his power to make the system work for Michigan's unemployed workers - but he said it's going to take time. ..

A few points to ponder regarding jobless comp

"We know how bad the problems are," BWUC Acting Director David Plawecki said of the situation at the Bureau of Workers and Unemployment Compensation. Following are some of the things that may prove helpful to you if you're unemployed. ..

Roofers provide cover for landmark water tower

YPSILANTI - The city's most famous landmark is getting a new skin and a slightly new look, as roofers are wrapping up a tricky project to install new cedar shingles over the city's historic water tower. ..

Asbestos litigation overwhelms courts

Thousands of active and retired building trades workers in Michigan are interested in the status of asbestos litigation in our nation. ..

Old library spiffs up for new neighbors

Nestled in the shadow of the glittering, nearly completed Compuware headquarters tower and parking structure in downtown Detroit is a tarnished little gem called the Rose and Robert Skillman Branch Library. ..

News Briefs

Anti-union PLA decision upheld
It appears as if the discretion to use project labor agreements (PLAs) on federally funded construction projects will solely be in the hands of whomever is sitting in the Oval Office. ..