Skip to main content

Past Issues

The Building Tradesman Newspaper Editions

No new life in Appeals Court for Michigan's PLA law

Date Posted: January 17 2014

CINCINNATI – The full U.S. Court of Appeals has refused to reconsider a previous ruling by one of their three-judge panels, which essentially upheld a Michigan law that bans state...

Quick work saves iconic church steeple

Date Posted: January 17 2014

DETROIT – Thanks to the skills of Local 80 craftsmen from Cass Sheetmetal, an historic church in Detroit now has a stable steeple. A wind storm that blew through Michigan...

U.S. construction continues upward slog

Date Posted: January 17 2014

U.S. construction employment grew 2.1 percent during 2013, adding 122,000 jobs from a year earlier, says a Jan. 10 report by the Associated General Contractors of America. The mild but...

Bill to weaken elevator licensing passes House

Date Posted: November 15 2013

LANSING - Michigan House Democrats were united in opposition to a pair of bills that eases state regulations on installers of residential chair lifts and platform lifts. No matter. With...

Building trades OK blueprint to bolster pension plan administration

Date Posted: November 15 2013

WASHINGTON (PAI) - After more than a year of work, a joint union-management group, the National Coordinating Committee for Multi-Employer Plans (NCCMP) proposed changes to laws covering multi-employer pension plans. ...

New report highlights state-by-state assault on workers' rights

Date Posted: November 15 2013

By Mark Gruenberg PAI Staff Writer WASHINGTON (PAI) – Corporate interests, led by the American Legislative Exchange Council (ALEC) and including the National Association of Manufacturers, the Chamber of Commerce...

News Briefs

Date Posted: November 15 2013

AFL-CIO numbers treading water Membership in the AFL-CIO averaged 8.399 million over a two-year period ending June 30, a gain of about 35,000 members since 2009. The numbers were provided...

Right to work for everybody! GOP's McConnell says

Date Posted: November 15 2013

As if our federal government weren't divided enough, now a national right-to-work law is being pushed by Republican leaders in Congress. Senate Minority Leader Mitch McConnell (R-Ky.) and Sen. Rand...

Students try on hard hats to see how a construction career fits

Date Posted: November 15 2013

By Cathy Knight Counselor Delta-Schoolcraft I.S.D. “Wow, I can’t believe I can get paid to do this stuff!” commented an Escanaba student who attended the Industrial Trades Career Day October...

U.P.'s latest mining boom brought by the Eagle Project

Date Posted: November 15 2013

MARQUETTE - Progress at the largest ongoing construction projects in the U.P. - the Eagle Mine and Humboldt Mill - "remains on schedule and budget," says the owner of the...

By Month