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The Building Tradesman Newspaper Editions

On Deck: Labor Day Events & Activities

Date Posted: August 15 2014

With the sun setting on another summer, Labor Day is making its annual melancholy appearance on the calendar. There’s still time to support each other and the institution of organized...

Schauer's economic plan: 'Time to get our priorities straight'

Date Posted: August 15 2014

(Schauer has been endorsed for governor by the Michigan Building and Construction Trades Council) Here in Michigan, we once had our own unique version of the American Dream. This Michigan...

'Should the power of the federal government be used to elevate worker wages or drive them down?'

Date Posted: August 15 2014

When a recent study by the Russell Sage Foundation revealed that the median American household had lost a third of its net worth in the decade between 2003 and 2013,...

Social Security, Medicare funds are holding up nicely, but here come the Boomers

Date Posted: August 15 2014

America’s two largest entitlement programs, Medicare and Social Security, are in fairly good financial shape in the near-term. But long-term, not much has changed: the nation’s aging population is going...

ABC to take Lansing prevailing wage case to Supreme Court

Date Posted: August 1 2014

LANSING – With the majority of the Michigan Supreme Court justices being sympathetic to right-wing conservatives, it comes as no surprise that the anti-union Associated Builders and Contractors is bringing...

'Choppy' construction industry advances

Date Posted: August 1 2014

Michigan joined 38 other states which saw construction employment increase in the month of June compared to June 2013.  Despite a 1.2 percent drop in construction employment from May to...

Expanded Poletown plant will help GM logistically

Date Posted: August 1 2014

DETROIT – General Motors’ Detroit-Hamtramck Assembly Plant is undergoing its first major expansion since it opened in 1985. Built on a 365-acre site, GM’s “Poletown” plant is currently undergoing an...

Lamar Construction's closure creates organizing opportunity

Date Posted: August 1 2014

Lamar Construction Co., a large, long-time nonunion contractor headquartered in Hudsonville in west Michigan , abruptly closed its doors on July 9, throwing about 280 workers onto the jobless rolls....

News Briefs

Date Posted: August 1 2014

Road funding headed for lame duck? With state lawmakers timid about initiating any sort of tax increase during an election year – even to repair Michigan’s crumbling roads – the state...

Steel's up quickly, at Quicken

Date Posted: August 1 2014

The Quicken Loans Data Center’s structural steel was topped out July 11, as Iron Workers Local 25 members, above, and Sterling Erectors moved quickly to make the building ready for...

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