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Jobs ‘fell off a cliff’ – Report says slump is the worst in 80 years

WASHINGTON (PAI) – Now it’s official, as far as the labor-backed Economic Policy Institute is concerned: The current U.S. economic slump “has become the longest and deepest economic downturn since the Great Depression.” ..

Recession has ‘devastating impact’ on construction industry

An economic bellwether and one of the hardest-hit industries during this recession, the construction industry is a very sick patient that isn’t getting better, ..

‘A ton of pain in the pipeline’

Throughout this decade, Michigan has had the dubious distinction of being well ahead of the economic curve: our march toward economic calamity has been years ahead of other states – and we’re still ahead of the pack. ..

New U-M data center is all about redundancy

ANN ARBOR – Taking care of sick people is the job of medical staff at the University of Michigan Hospitals and Health Centers. ..

Franken signs on to first bill: Employee Free Choice Act

WASHINGTON (PAI) – Minnesota’s new Democratic U.S. Senator, Al Franken, marked his first day in office on July 7 by signing on as a co-sponsor to a bill for the first time: The Employee Free Choice Act. ..

OSHA to clear the air on silica rule?

Action last month by OSHA indicates that silica has moved high on the agency’s regulatory agenda. OSHA requested a “quick turn-around” of the peer review of the draft silica standard’s health effects document, a request that will accelerate the adoption process. In addition, it issued Controlling Silica Exposures in Construction, a guidance document that mirrors the draft standard’s approach to hazard mitigation. ..

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