The Building Tradesman Newspaper

Carpenters demand drastic changes before re-affiliation with Building Trades Dept.

The United Brotherhood of Carpenters and Joiners International Union would agree to re-join the other 14 international unions in the AFL-CIO Building Trades Department, but only if there is a drastic realignment in the department's structure.

In a Feb. 21 letter to Building Trades Department President Edward Sullivan, Carpenters President Douglas McCarron said there are "four primary conditions" for the Carpenters' re-affiliation. The top demand includes the resignation of the current building trades officer positions of secretary-treasurer and president and elimination of those offices, to be replaced by a part-time president and an executive director. ..

Borgess remains committed to 'open market bidding process'

KALAMAZOO - Borgess Medical Center has not been swayed from its decision to hire a 75 percent nonunion workforce on a $76.9 million renovation project, despite letters of appeal from union members in the community and some significant informational picket action outside its front door. ..

Smooth landing for Midfield Terminal

The remarkable skill displayed by the building trades in the construction of the new Midfield Terminal at Metro Airport was rarely mentioned in the media in the days and weeks before it opened on Feb. 24, but we'll say it here: well done! ..

OSHA flushes sanitation standard for construction

A federal standard to improve sanitation on U.S. construction sites is "dead in the water," according to an OSHA representative we spoke to last week. ..

Pay hikes for Michigan trades continue to outpace nation

Wage and fringe contract settlements for Michigan's unionized construction trades workers averaged 4.4 percent or $1.61 an hour in 2002 - above the national average of 4.1 percent and $1.39 per hour. ..

Wayne State builds new center to meet and greet

Wayne State University will be rolling out the welcome wagon in August, in the form of the $18.5 million Welcome Center in Detroit. The building will provide visitors and prospective students with a gateway destination when they visit the sprawling campus. ..

Boilermakers help rescue ice anglers

Two boilermakers helped rescue three teenage fishermen who fell through the ice on a Lake St. Clair canal in Harrison Twp. ..