The Building Tradesman Newspaper

Madame President - Local 58's president breaks gender barrier

Construction is still very much a man's world, with women workers comprising less than three percent of the industry's workforce. There aren't any statistics on the percentage of building trades women who hold union office, but they are rare. ..

Labor seeks to ride the wave, help Dems take control of House

By Mark Gruenberg
PAI Staff Writer

WASHINGTON (PAI) - With the Nov. 7 general election fast approaching, there are two things you can say for certain about the 2006 campaign: Organized labor is pushing economic issues, and the U.S. House is up for grabs. And both are important to working men and
women. ..

Cyclical auto industry, not business taxes, is state's millstone, study says

LANSING - There's no denying that Michigan's job situation is dire, with a 7.1 percent jobless rate that is leading the nation. ..

Expanding Sparrow Hospital goes west

LANSING - More than 200 Hardhats are putting their skills to work building the Sparrow Health System West Wing Addition, the largest construction project at the facility in two decades. ..

Bigger and better health care…St. John Providence tops out

NOVI - The first new hospital to be constructed in southeast Michigan in the last 20 years was topped out Aug. 31 - creating the second construction milestone for St. John Providence Park Hospital after its January groundbreaking. ..

Three building trades unions beef up commitment to organizing

WASHINGTON (PAI) - Delegates to three building trades international unions, having returned from their general conventions, committed to making dramatic changes in organizing funding and strategies. ..

Unfortunately, OSHA pushes paper with new respirator standard

By Scott Schneider
Laborers Health
& Safety Fund

The question of how well a respirator protects has been a matter of controversy between users and manufacturers for many years. ..

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