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The Building Tradesman Newspaper Editions

Michigan starts '14 in decent shape

Date Posted: May 9 2014

After months of middling around the middle and bottom tiers of state rankings of construction employment, things took a noticeable turn for the better in March in Michigan. The Associated...

News Briefs

Date Posted: May 9 2014

Union 4 Life events aid cancer research ANN ARBOR – A single golf outing sponsored last year by IBEW Local 252 apprentices has grown into multiple fundraising events this year to...

Senate GOP defeats minimum wage hike

Date Posted: May 9 2014

(By Mark Gruenberg, PAI Staff Writer)  WASHINGTON (PAI) – By a 54-42 vote on April 30, the Senate tried to open debate on labor-backed legislation to raise the nation’s minimum...

State on course for moving more road repair money

Date Posted: May 9 2014

LANSING – State Republicans have put forth a plan to spend an additional minimum of $500 million annually to repair and maintain the state’s roads and bridges. It’s only a...

Trades put a titanium cap on Oakland U's new tower

Date Posted: May 9 2014

ROCHESTER – Oakland University’s campus has been getting a major makeover, with more than $250 million in construction projects built over the past four years.Among those projects, the most prominent...

Apprenticeship survey shines light on training; What's the matter with kids today?

Date Posted: April 25 2014

The nation’s unionized building trades apprenticeship programs have some work to do when it comes to screening prospective apprentices. Getting more potential apprentices is hampered at the high school level,...

Does ending jobless benefits increase employment? The signs point to 'no'

Date Posted: April 25 2014

Keep extending jobless benefits, and long-term unemployed people will be less motivated to find work. That’s the conventional conservative wisdom, and one of the primary arguments GOP lawmakers have used...

Federal judge sustains some key union issues with new RTW law

Date Posted: April 25 2014

A federal judge earlier this month brought a mixed ruling for supporters and detractors of the state’s right-to-work law. A ruling released April 1 by federal Judge Stephen Murphy was...

IBEW Local 58 celebrates a century of work and service

Date Posted: April 25 2014

DETROIT – IBEW Local 58 billed their April 12 gala at Cobo Center as “A Celebration Of 100 Years of Brotherhood.” And with an evening program that included a nicely...

News Briefs

Date Posted: April 25 2014

Work zone injuries up; but crashes are down The Michigan Department of Transportation called the new figures “alarming”: the number of serious injuries resulting from work zone crashes in Michigan nearly...

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