The Building Tradesman Newspaper

Trump's win leaves labor reeling 'This election is an indictment of politics as usual'

By Mark Gruenberg ..

Clinton undone, in part, by tepid union support

From the top of the ballot to the bottom, organized labor's preferred candidates for state and national offices were generally not the preferred candidates of the rest of the voting public in the Nov. 8 general election. ..

Trades create new, dedicated space to treat cancer at Sparrow Hospital


Energy legislation OK'd by state Senate

LANSING - The Michigan Senate on Nov. 10 adopted an update to the state's energy policy, approving a plan that passes muster with the state's building trades unions and their state-based utility partners. ..

The case for 'composite' pension plans 'A better path toward a secure retirement?'

Editor's note: A hearing was held in Congress this fall on the use of “composite plans” as a supplement to existing multiemployer pension plans. They are fundamentally akin to annuity plans, which involve making a lump sum payment or series of payments to an insurance company in return for regular disbursements beginning either immediately or at some point in the future. Such plans could be set up alongside traditional multiemployer pension plans like those found in the Teamsters and in the building trades unions. ..

Composite plans: the time has come

By Todd Mustard ..

News Briefs

Jobless rate down; wages on the rise ..