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The Building Tradesman Newspaper Editions

Operators thank trades for support after Chris Casto fatality

Date Posted: April 25 2014

By Douglas W. Stockwell Business Manager Operating Engineers Local 324 When one thinks about exactly what it means to be a Union member, the term brotherhood comes to mind.   There...

Retaskie wins award for workplace efforts in U.P.

Date Posted: April 25 2014

Upper Peninsula Construction Council Executive Director Tony Retaskie was named the grand prize winner of the 2014 W.O. Lawton Business Leadership Award during a conference held March 29 through April...

VA puts veterans to work upgrading Battle Creek hospital

Date Posted: April 25 2014

BATTLE CREEK - There's nearly constant ongoing maintenance and renovation work at the sprawling, 200-acre campus of the Veterans Administration Medical Center.  In recent months the building trades have turned...

'HB 5184 is a bad bill' Statewide utility deregulation plan seems stalled, for now

Date Posted: April 11 2014

LANSING – After a day of public comment held on March 25, House Bill 5184, which would deregulate Michigan’s utility industry, remains bottled up in the House Energy and Technology...

News Briefs

Date Posted: April 11 2014

Jobless benefits vote this week WASHINGTON (PAI) – The U.S. unemployment rate stayed unchanged in March at 6.7 percent, the Bureau of Labor Statistics reported April 4, as businesses claimed...

New train station a nice fit on both sides of the tracks

Date Posted: April 11 2014

DEARBORN – In a bygone era, a train station was often a pillar of a community, impressively built to provide a source of local pride and to act as a...

Pipe Fitters Local 636, 1914-2014 - 'Keep the 636 flag waving for another 100 years'

Date Posted: April 11 2014

DETROIT – A century of service, fellowship and good work by Pipe Fitters Local 636 members was celebrated on March 29 at a huge ballroom gala at the Marriott Hotel...

'Union' a dirty word for GOP, again: this time involving MSU training program

Date Posted: April 11 2014

Historically, the only occasions that the Associated Builders and Contractors pays much attention to education is when the subject could affect the bottom lines of their affiliated nonunion contractors. The...

Unions to OSHA: cut worker exposure to silica

Date Posted: April 11 2014

(By Mark Gruenberg, PAI Staff Writer)  WASHINGTON (PAI)–The nation’s unions are asking the Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) to cut worker exposure to silica.  And while they praise OSHA’s...

Union trades put best foot forward at value briefing

Date Posted: April 11 2014

WARREN – A special briefing on construction union value for the benefit of owners, educators and elected leaders was held March 28 at the IBEW-NECA Electrical Industry Training Center. Hosted...

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