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The Building Tradesman Newspaper Editions

Unions pledge to appeal right-to-work ruling for public workers

Date Posted: September 6 2013

The UAW notified its members late last month that it would appeal an Aug. 15 appeals court ruling which found that Michigan’s right-to-work law does apply to about 30,000 state...

Appeals Court upholds right-to-work for state civil service workers

Date Posted: August 23 2013

Michigan’s right-to-work law does apply to about 30,000 state employees, according to a state Court of Appeals ruling released Aug. 15. After the state’s right-to-work laws (Public Acts 348 and...

Labor Day celebrated throughout Michigan

Date Posted: August 23 2013

Communities around Michigan have embraced the original intent of Labor Day as more than a holiday that marks the end of summer. In that spirit, Labor Day events are scheduled...

New engineering building a major upgrade for Oakland University

Date Posted: August 23 2013

ROCHESTER – Currently under construction at Oakland University, a new Engineering Center will create a modern educational environment for students and staff, while the placement of the building itself is...

The Sierra Club? Really? BT President McGarvey wants better admission policy for labor’s big tent

Date Posted: August 23 2013

DETROIT – Historically, there have been disagreements, schisms and some bad breakups among unions and federations in the U.S. labor movement. How the current strained relationship between the Building Trades...

Unemployment agency officials add some clarity to benefits application form

Date Posted: August 23 2013

This is reprinted from earlier this year, in an effort to help new jobless workers. LANSING – Many unemployed building trades union workers in Michigan now have some clarity on...

Union value will lead trades’ road back to prosperity, BT chief declares

Date Posted: August 23 2013

DETROIT – Doing things the right way and consistently giving the customer what he wants is slowly starting to pay off for building trades unions and their contractors. Long battered...

AFL-CIO seeks strategies to reverse labor movement’s losses

Date Posted: August 9 2013

By Mark Gruenberg PAI Staff Writer  WASHINGTON (PAI) – Leaders of the AFL-CIO will ask delegates at its convention, scheduled Sept. 8-11 in Los Angeles, to enact a massive revamp...

Consumers Energy takes steps to build $750M plant

Date Posted: August 9 2013

The Michigan Department of Environmental Quality (MDEQ) on July 26 approved an air permit for a new, $750 million natural gas power plant planned by Consumers Energy in Thetford Twp....

IBEW chief: union health care could ‘change dramatically’if ACA isn’t changed

Date Posted: August 9 2013

This is the latest in a series of articles on the pending impact of the Affordable Care Act. The nation’s union leaders aren’t necessarily joining in with the chorus of...

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