The Building Tradesman Newspaper

Building trades' goal: to restore balance in state government

LANSING - The debacle over how much of an increase in benefits Michigan's unemployed workers should receive (see related story) was the ideal exclamation point to illustrate how much workers need a change in leadership in state government. ..

Republicans backpeddle on jobless benefit max

LANSING - Every now and then, Republican lawmakers like to pound home the point that they're calling all the shots in the state legislative process. Last week, they struck another blow at Michigan's jobless workers. ..

Building trades move quickly to iron out Compuware HQ

Not a bad eight months of work for the building trades and general contractor Walbridge-Aldinger at the Compuware Headquarters building under construction in Detroit. ..

Granholm cautions against sale of Blue Cross

Michigan Attorney General Jennifer Granholm on March 1 cautioned Michigan legislators that selling or privatizing the financially troubled Blue Cross Blue Shield of Michigan (BCBSM) would violate current state law and would jeopardize the integrity of the public health system in Michigan. ..

Bush OKs weaker tariff package for relief of U.S. steel, ore industries

President Bush earlier this month offered a middle-of-the road solution to aid the ailing U.S. steel industry, imposing tariffs of 8-30 percent on several types of imported steel, as well as import quotas on steel. ..

Trades ready Spartan gridiron for grass

EAST LANSING - Spartan Stadium is returning to agrarian roots. ..