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Lower increases for wages, bennies
Collectively bargained wage and benefit increases in the U.S. construction industry for the first nine months of 2007 took a slight dip compared to the same period a year ago. ..

50 years for the Mackinac Bridge

At 1:45 p.m. on Nov. 1, 1957, the City of Petoskey car ferry made its final trip from Mackinaw City, docking in St. Ignace for an open house and program to mark the end of an era. ..

Mackinac Bridge workers recall the highs and the lows… and tell tall tales


Mighty Mac's chief engineer: 'Finest, safest, and most beautiful bridge the world has ever seen'

The following is a condensed article written by D.B. Steinman, the chief engineer of the Mackinac Bridge. It originally appeared in Lawrence A. Rubin's book Mighty Mac, The Official Picture History of the Mackinac Bridge, published in 1958. It is reprinted here with Mr. Rubin's permission. ..

Good maintenance keeps the Mighty Mac mighty

ST. IGNACE - We should all be as healthy as the Mackinac Bridge at age 50. ..

Men built the Mackinac Bridge, but money made it happen

ST. IGNACE - The biggest obstacle to building the Mackinac Bridge wasn't necessarily about politics, engineering, logistics or finding good manpower. ..

Lansing council weighs local worker, expanded prevailing wage rule

LANSING - The city's lawmakers are reviewing a proposal that would establish a preferred local worker rule as well as what would probably be the broadest prevailing wage rule ever established by a municipality in Michigan. ..

SCHIP is off the block: OP stops expansion of health care for kids

WASHINGTON - Some 4 million children lost a chance to have health care coverage when the House voted on Oct. 18 and failed to overturn President Bush's veto of the State Children's Health Insurance Program (SCHIP) renewal. It would have taken 13 more "yes" votes to gain a two-thirds majority to override Bush's veto. The House vote was 273-156 in favor of expanding funding. ..

Held at arm's length in the past, top Dems now arm-in-arm with labor

By Dick Meister ..

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