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The Building Tradesman Newspaper Editions


Date Posted: August 9 2013

IBEW’s Hellmer joins MBCTC Gary Hellmer, a 36-year member of IBEW Local 58, last month joined the Detroit office of the Michigan Building and Construction Trades Council as a Business...

Trades, coalition battle new utility deregulation effort

Date Posted: August 9 2013

LANSING – Yet more proposed changes to Michigan’s energy policy threaten the construction of the proposed Thetford Plant, and throw into doubt all manner of pollution control work and other...

Trades revamp familiar building for new WMU medical school

Date Posted: August 9 2013

KALAMAZOO – A building once associated with the city’s pharmaceutical heritage is being re-purposed for another medical-related endeavor. A seven-story, 330,000-square-foot building formerly owned by Pfizer, Inc. is being substantially...

U.S. construction grinds gears, looks for traction

Date Posted: August 9 2013

At halftime of 2013, U.S. construction starts were down $233.8 billion, or 2 percent, compared to the first six months of 2012. The numbers are much better, however, if work...

AFL-CIO hits Obama’s delay of health care employer mandate

Date Posted: July 26 2013

WASHINGTON (PAI) – The AFL-CIO, which saw Democratic President Barack Obama push one top provision of the 2010 health insurance law – a 2018 tax on so-called “Cadillac” health care...

Construction jobless rate falls to lowest level since 2009

Date Posted: July 26 2013

The unemployment rate for construction workers fell below double digits in June for the first time since 2008 as every segment of the industry added employees, according to an analysis...

New East End development will be a bridge to downtown

Date Posted: July 26 2013

MIDLAND – A major development in the works will link the home of the city’s minor league baseball team, Dow Diamond, with city’s downtown core. It’s called the East End...

News Briefs

Date Posted: July 26 2013

Labor hails end of NLRB standoff WASHINGTON (PAI) – On July 16, the Senate solved a fight between its Republican minority and Democrats, including Majority Leader Harry Reid and President...

Not too long ago, a more perfect union

Date Posted: July 26 2013

By Sam Pizzigati                 Ten generations have come and gone since 1776. Yet the Founders still fascinate us. Books about Benjamin Franklin, Thomas Jefferson, and...

Supreme Court’s pro-union ruling puts RTW appeals on path to more legal review

Date Posted: July 26 2013

LANSING – The Michigan Supreme Court may have placed a speed bump in front of the state’s newly minted right-to-work law. On July 5 the Supreme Court rejected Gov. Rick...

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