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The Building Tradesman Newspaper Editions

In light of IRAP mess, National Apprenticeship Week pushed by union trades

Date Posted: November 1 2019

By Jim Embrescia Cleveland Labor Citizen    The union construction industry will again celebrate National Apprenticeship Week this month, but has added a new element to the annual activity. The...

Whitmer seeks expansion of overtime pay in Michigan

Date Posted: November 1 2019

LANSING - Gov. Gretchen Whitmer on Oct. 24 directed the state's Department of Labor and Economic Opportunity to submit a request for rulemaking to expand the right to overtime pay...

Retired electrician re-writes history with shipwreck find

Date Posted: November 1 2019

There have been more than 6,000 Great Lakes shipwrecks since 1679, when the first full-size cargo ship to sail the region, Le Griffon, apparently sank in Lake Michigan. Hundreds, perhaps...

News Briefs

Date Posted: November 1 2019

Jobless rate stable in Michigan, U.S. Michigan is enjoying a low 4.2 percent unemployment rate, but compared to the rest of the country, there's some room for improvement. Our state's...

Steady as she goes for U.S. construction, overall economy

Date Posted: October 16 2019

U.S. construction employment is up, spending is down, and industry wage gains are middling. The early October monthly economic update by the federal Bureau of Labor Statistics on the general...

Monster sized problem: multiemployer pension fix will need some big help from Congress

Date Posted: October 16 2019

(Editor's note: this update on the state of the nation's multiemployer pension plans comes the same week that Crain's Detroit Business reported that the Michigan Regional Carpenters Council, on behalf...

Gallup says union support is at a near-five-decade high

Date Posted: October 16 2019

(From the IBEW) According to the research organization Gallup, 64 percent of Americans approve of labor unions, marking a near 50-year high. That figure is up 16 points from the...

From coal to cool: New MSU STEM building re-purposes 1947 power plant

Date Posted: October 16 2019

EAST LANSING - The nation's move toward greener sources of energy is leading to the shutdown and decomissioning of coal-fired power plants all over the nation. The fate of the...

Improving safety on your site requires empowering workers

Date Posted: October 16 2019

By Scott Schneider Laborers Health and Safety Fund of North America Since its creation almost 50 years ago, OSHA’s mission has been to guarantee all workers the right to a...

News Briefs

Date Posted: October 16 2019

Trump's orders put unions on notice After months of legal wrangling, the federal Office of Personnel Management (OPM) has ordered all federal agencies to begin following President Trump’s executive orders...

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