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Lobbying efforts stops anti-picketing bill

Date Posted: March 14 2014

LANSING – A state bill that would impose daily fines of $1,000 on individuals and $10,000 on labor organizations for violations of new, more restrictive picketing regulations was shelved –...

Mark Schauer for Governor: I believe we need a governor who will understand the value of union labor'

Date Posted: March 14 2014

LANSING – Are you among the Michigan voters who haven’t yet tuned into this year’s Michigan race for governor? Not familiar with the Democratic challenger to incumbent Gov. Rick Snyder?...

News Briefs

Date Posted: March 14 2014

Better news for construction starts      Perhaps U.S. construction at the start of 2014 went a bit better than we reported. Last issue we cited a report by McGraw Hill Construction,...

Trades try to win a few GOP converts at prevailing wage lunch

Date Posted: March 14 2014

LANSING – Although it never came to a vote, the Michigan Prevailing Wage Act of 1965 was probably close to being overturned during the same lame-duck legislative session in December...

Willow Run Airport heats up plans to improve facilities

Date Posted: March 14 2014

YPSILANTI TWP. – How do you efficiently heat an airplane hangar? Traditional forced air, steam and hot water systems have their applications in residential and business settings, but when it...

'Absolutely' - Snyder still embraces right to work

Date Posted: February 28 2014

Gov. Rick Snyder said he has no regrets in signing off on two laws that introduced right-to-work for both public and private workers, and he was asked if Michigan is...

Electrician honored for lifesaving effort

Date Posted: February 28 2014

FLINT – In recent years, medical studies have questioned the effectiveness of CPR, placing its success rate at as low as 2 percent and only as high as 20 percent....

News Briefs

Date Posted: February 28 2014

Construction starts the year off wrong The value of new U.S. construction starts fell 13 percent in January from the month before to a seasonally adjusted annual rate of $485.0...

Old, new are blended to create WSU Biomedical building

Date Posted: February 28 2014

DETROIT — Placing a new biomedical research facility into a former car dealership might be the ultimate example of “adaptive reuse” of an old building. That’s what’s going on at...

Proposals to raise minimum wage spins wheels in Michigan, D.C.

Date Posted: February 28 2014

A minimum wage hike might happen in Michigan, it might happen in Congress, and it might not happen at all. In Michigan, an EPIC-MRA poll released Feb. 13 showed 60-36...

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