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AFL-CIO chief: 'we will never forgive' votes to cut Social Security, Medicare

Date Posted: November 1 2013

LAS VEGAS (PAI) AFL-CIO President Richard Trumka has put lawmakers on notice to stick by Social Security, Medicare and Medicaid or face labor opposition at the polls next year. His...

Bill to kill some electrical licensing adopted by Senate

Date Posted: November 1 2013

LANSING – Michigan lawmakers have taken another step toward significantly reducing licensing regulations for electricians, and reducing overall jobsite and public safety.  The state Senate on Oct. 17 adopted SB...

News Briefs

Date Posted: November 1 2013

Mackinac Center now (more!) anti-union The conservative Mackinac Center for Public Policy is quickly morphing into a worker advocacy group. Of course, they're not advocating for fair wages or better...

Pristine Mackinac Bridge cables holding up nicely

Date Posted: November 1 2013

ST. IGNACE -  Rain, snow, sleet, hail, ice, sunshine, high winds, hot and cold temperatures – the Mackinac Bridge has had just about everything thrown at it since it opened...

Removing licensing for home lift work next target for GOP

Date Posted: November 1 2013

LANSING – The “war on licensing” in the construction industry doesn’t stop with the electricians – the elevator industry has a battle going on, too. House Bills 4970 and 4971...

September numbers buoy construction

Date Posted: November 1 2013

Construction employment rose by 20,000 in September and the industry’s unemployment rate fell to a six-year low of 8.5 percent, while construction spending increased for the fifth consecutive month in...

From Helmet to Hardhat to national top apprentice

Date Posted: October 18 2013

DEARBORN – For the second straight year, Boilermakers Local 169 hosted the National Apprenticeship Contest – and produced the winner of the competition. Christopher Opalewski, a graduated Local 169 apprentice,...

Make a ruckus

Date Posted: October 18 2013

By Robert Reich Former U.S. Secretary of Labor An old friend who has been active in politics for more than 30 years tells me he’s giving up. “I can’t stomach...

News Briefs

Date Posted: October 18 2013

Union fix for health care law? Maybe Part of the Obama Administration’s Affordable Care Act went into effect on Oct. 1. Several building trades union general presidents have expressed opposition...

No need to review RTW law, AG Schuette tells Michigan Supreme Court

Date Posted: October 18 2013

LANSING – Don’t even bother. That was the message Michigan Attorney General Bill Schuette sent to the state Supreme Court on Oct. 7, as he urged the justices not to...

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