The Building Tradesman Newspaper

Group takes 1st step toward ripping labor issue from Nov. 6 ballot

LANSING – The first of what will likely be several efforts to kill a ballot initiative designed to change Michigan’s constitution and permanently protect workers’ collective bargaining rights has been initiated. ..

Union leaders cheer high court’s health care ruling

By Mark Gruenberg
PAI Staff Writer

Cobo truss work signals new purpose for arena

DETROIT – Cobo Arena apparently has some pretty good bones. Since late last year the building trades have been picking away at the iconic arena’s interior and exterior, prepping it for a signature expansion and renovation project in conjunction with adjacent Cobo Center. The shell of the circular arena that remains – and today, it really is just a shell – will be fitted out with new steel and foundations that will support ballrooms on two levels and replace much of the southern wall space with glass to create views of the Detroit River. ..

U.S. construction still spinning its wheels

Traction in the U.S. construction industry continues to be elusive. ..

There’s also no momentum in Michigan

The ongoing lack of strength in the national construction industry is mirrored by Michigan numbers, as construction employment declined in 164 out of 337 U.S. metropolitan areas between May 2011 and May 2012, increased in 126 and stayed stagnant in 47, according to a new analysis of federal employment data released June 26 by the Associated General Contractors of America. ..

Modest 2% gain projected for entire 2012 construction

While the U.S. construction industry has been spinning its wheels for much of the first half of the year, the second six months should help the industry gain 2 percent in activity vs. 2011. ..

Michigan Laborers celebrate 40 years of training