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The Building Tradesman Newspaper Editions

The doctor will see you now at Local 98's union hall

Date Posted: August 1 2014

MADISON HTS. – The doctor is in. At the union hall. Plumbers Local 98 has joined those forward thinking building trades unions on the cutting edge that take control of...

Construction industry is still a man's world

Date Posted: July 18 2014

WASHINGTON D.C. – Women represent nearly half of the U.S. labor force, but hold only 2.6 percent of construction jobs, according to a report released last month by the National...

Government austerity is a tangible job killer

Date Posted: July 18 2014

The release of monthly U.S. employment reports are one of the best barometers of the health of the U.S. economy – and June’s report, issued in the first week of July,...

IBEW Local 131's Buskirk seeks state House seat

Date Posted: July 18 2014

KALAMAZOO – “Let’s stop talking about electing people who support organized labor. Let’s start talking about electing me, because I am organized labor.” So says Dave Buskirk, a 45-year member...

Modern renovation restores Whitney Building's old appeal

Date Posted: July 18 2014

DETROIT – Slowly but surely, the 19-story gem that is the David Whitney Building is being polished, reconfigured and prepped for a new, modern use. For more than a year,...

Multiemployer pension plans need help, federal agency confirms

Date Posted: July 18 2014

Despite “substantial economic and market gains,” the nation’s multi-employer pension plans “are severely underfunded, threatening benefit cuts for current and future retirees,” said a 2014 Projection Report released June 30 by the...

Supreme Court decision uses 'free speech' argument to jeopardize public unions

Date Posted: July 18 2014

In case you were wondering why it is so hard for regular working people to get ahead in our economy, look no further than June 30’s Harris v. Quinn Supreme...

What’s missing from the jobs report: a construction boom

Date Posted: July 18 2014

By Isaiah Poole Editor, Campaign for America's Future The June jobs report that is getting so much positive spin does have a dark side that’s getting remarkably little attention: There’s...

Crushed bus helps Laborers drive home point about bad roads

Date Posted: July 4 2014

DETROIT – The Laborers towed a not-so-subtle reminder about the poor condition of Michigan’s roads to a parking lot east of downtown on June 24 – and then held a...

Focus over road repair funding now shifts to Washington

Date Posted: July 4 2014

WASHINGTON – Raising more money to fix roads has been a problem in Michigan this year, and it isn’t any easier in the halls of Congress. Last month Michigan lawmakers...

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