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The Building Tradesman Newspaper Editions

Apprenticeship contest brings out the best in UA training

Date Posted: May 23 2014

KALAMAZOO –  Michigan’s top pipe trades apprentices turned in their best efforts in welding, plumbing, HVAC service and pipefitting May 1-2 during the annual statewide apprenticeship contest. Held this year...

Boilermakers welcome high schoolers for competition and maybe a future in the trade

Date Posted: May 23 2014

ALLEN PARK – Forty two vocational education students from 12 Michigan schools descended on the training facility at Boilermakers Local 169 on May 2, participating in the 11th annual High...

Good start, it seems, for pension reform

Date Posted: May 23 2014

WASHINGTON, D.C. – Talks in Congress on how to fix the financial mess involving the nation’s multiemployer pension plans are well under way. There’s not much to report on formal...

Home builders pretend there's a labor shortage Can't imagine why...

Date Posted: May 23 2014

It’s five o’clock somewhere. And maybe there’s a construction worker shortage, too, somewhere. But it’s not significant in the U.S., and it’s not very widespread. That’s the word from the...

House OKs more road money, but prevailing wage repeal is lurking

Date Posted: May 23 2014

LANSING – More money to improve Michigan’s crumbling roads and repair its bridges seems to be on the way, as the state House on May 12 adopted a 10-bill package...

News Briefs

Date Posted: May 23 2014

Supreme Court case big threat to unions WASHINGTON (PAI) – A recently argued U.S. Supreme Court case, pushed on the justices by the anti-worker National Right to Work Committee, is an...

State pipe trades set up shop in front of state Capitol

Date Posted: May 23 2014

LANSING – “We know it’s a challenge to bring our legislators to our training centers. So we figured we would try taking our training centers to our legislators.” That was...

The will of the people? No, the will of the GOP determine minimum wage hike in Michigan

Date Posted: May 23 2014

LANSING – Maybe, maybe, Michigan should raise the minimum wage. But only on the terms of the state Republican lawmakers. That seems to be the message from those in control...

Call 211: phone service offers many avenues of help

Date Posted: May 9 2014

(By Teri Banas, Michigan 2-1-1) What’s true in the building trades is true in the helping professions. Success comes with using the right tools. Today, the Michigan 2-1-1 information and...

Construction union leaders blast further Keystone delay

Date Posted: May 9 2014

WASHINGTON (PAI) – Two construction union leaders, Building Trades President Sean McGarvey and Laborers President Terry O’Sullivan, are blasting the Obama Administration for yet another delay in ruling on building...

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