The Building Tradesman Newspaper

Day honors ‘the folks who brought you the weekend’

On Tuesday September 5, 1882, 10,000 workers marched from city hall to Union Square in New York City, holding the first-ever Labor Day parade. Despite the threat of losing their jobs, participants took an unpaid day off to honor American workers and draw attention to grievances they had with employers. ..

Former hulk of a hotel, Durant comes back to life

FLINT – Shuttered since 1973, the former Durant Hotel reopened last month for its new life – as a landmark apartment building. A wedding in the building’s grand ballroom marked the building’s opening event on Aug. 13, and tenants began moving in two days later. ..

Ready, SET, go…Local 80 signs big sheetmetal manufacturer

DETROIT – SET Duct Manufacturing Inc. held a grand opening and an open house Aug. 6 that included Detroit Mayor Dave Bing and a contingent of Sheet Metal Workers union officials. The company recently reached a contract making them signatory with Sheet Metal Workers Local 80. With the announcement, Local 80 gained 30 sheet metal workers – the largest organizing win for the local union in decades – and SET Duct said it could double its workforce in the coming months. ..

Recession helps drive down workplace fatalities

WASHINGTON (PAI) – The recession’s impact, cutting both the employed workforce and the number of hours worked, also pushed on-the-job fatalities down by 17% in 2009. There were 4,340 workers who died on the job in 2009, down from 5,214 the year before, the Labor Department reported. ..

Construction employment a bit less bad