The Building Tradesman Newspaper

Obama offers $50B infrastructure lifeline to U.S. construction

President Barack Obama on Labor Day sent a strong signal that he’s listening to calls for more government investment in the nation’s crumbling infrastructure – which, as importantly, would put thousands of construction workers back to work. ..

Obama: ‘The cornerstones of the middle-class security all bear the union label’


Labor Day in Michigan

ONE OF THE MEN credited with the founding of Labor Day in 1894, carpenter Peter McGuire, suggested “setting aside one day in the year to be designated as ‘Labor Day,’ and to be established as a general holiday for the laboring classes.” The day, he said,   “should first be celebrated by a street parade, which would publicly show the strength and esprit de corps of the trade and labor organizations. Next the parade should be followed by a picnic or a festival in some grove….” ..

Some workers are mad as hell…at the wrong people


Trades mourn loss of two past leaders


Helping Humanity: two IBEW Local 275 members receive service award

Coopersville – In June 2008 the International Brotherhood of Electrical Workers (IBEW) Local 275 lost a great friend and advocate for working people when Pat Kramer passed due to complications from surgery.  Pat was a lifelong sufferer of juvenile diabetes, which ultimately shortened his life. ..