The Building Tradesman Newspaper

Bush's strategy for hurricane relief calls for lower wages

President George W. Bush's Sept. 8 decision to suspend the payment of prevailing wages to construction workers rebuilding the hurricane-stricken Gulf region was roundly criticized by union officials and one of the nation's leading newspapers. ..

GAO affirms problems with apprenticeship oversight

WASHINGTON, D.C. - Serious problems exist in nonunion apprenticeship programs, and the U.S. Department of Labor (DOL) should take action to fix the programs as well as its own method of managing the training system. ..

New Detroit tower rises

new 10-story office tower "One Kennedy Square" joins the nearby Compuware building as the most recent additions to Detroit's skyline. ..

Trades restore, modernize Detroit Southeastern HS

Detroit's oldest and most architecturally interesting school buildings, Southeastern High School is getting new life thanks to some $43 million in new construction and renovations. ..

The Gangbox - Assorted News & Notes

Saying its efforts to reform the AFL-CIO from within have ended, UNITE HERE, which represents 441,452 textile, clothing, hotel and restaurant workers, became the latest union to leave the labor federation. ..

Post-hurricane material prices expected to rise

Construction material costs are expected to increase at least 10 percent next year following the destruction wrought by Hurricane Katrina, according to Associated General Contractors economist Ken Simonson. ..

News Briefs

Inflation drags U.S. wage gains
U.S. wages took a significant hike last year for some small groups of workers - including construction - but overall picked up only slightly for the vast majority of others, according to the U.S. Department of Labor's 2004 National Compensation Survey wage survey. ..