The Building Tradesman Newspaper

House OKs stricter,‘phantom’ standards for workers comp

LANSING – The long list of anti-worker legislation adopted this year by state Republican lawmakers got a little longer on Nov. 2, as the Michigan House passed a bill which reforms the workers’ compensation system in Michigan. ..

Michigan, Ohio send messages to overreaching Republican lawmakers

Election Day results delivered a jolt to anti-worker lawmakers in Michigan and a major shock to those in Ohio, delivered by voters upset that workers, unions and the middle class are being scapegoated for economic troubles. ..

‘Michissippi’ the wrong model for Michigan

(With Michigan on the front lines of the right-to-work debate, the Economic Policy Institute issued a study titled “Right to work – The wrong answer for Michigan’s economy. Following is our final excerpt). ..

Research center to study All things Great Lakes

HOUGHTON – Water quality. Lake levels. Invasive species. Climate change. Water siphoning. Pollutants. ..

Big and small infrastructure jobs bills fail in Senate

WASHINGTON – Legislation that would create infrastructure jobs for the building trades and save jobs for other workers has been shot down as a whole, and in parts, by Senate Republicans. ..

Construction bears high proportion of fatalities

WASHINGTON (PAI) – Over their careers, construction workers have a 1 in 200 chance of death on the job, five times what the government considers the “significant” risk of death at work, a new study says.  Construction injury risks are also very high, but they have fluctuated and last year improved significantly (see related article). ..

Latest injury rates show improvement