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The Building Tradesman Newspaper Editions

In RTW Oklahoma, modern sweatshop offers cautionary tale for workers seeking to unionize

Date Posted: June 28 2013

By Edwin Hill IBEW General President  Dan Lee was dripping with sweat and caked with dust and debris. He'd been at his job at an electronics recycling company for just...

News Briefs

Date Posted: June 28 2013

We mourn the loss of Stan Arnold        The Michigan Building and Construction Trades Council lost one of its “founding fathers” this month, with the June 22, 2013 passing of past...

ObamaCare: here come the exchanges

Date Posted: June 28 2013

By John I. Tesija As you may have read recently both in the national and local news, many unions are now questioning whether health care reform will have a positive...

State’s bridges ranked No. 18 on ‘deficient’ scale

Date Posted: June 28 2013

Many of Michigan’s bridges are in a fix: 12 percent are classified as “structurally deficient,” ranking our state’s spans No. 18 among the worst performers in the U.S. Overall in...

State’s RTW law sails past Legislature, slogs through courts

Date Posted: June 28 2013

LANSING – The rush to adopt Michigan’s new right-to-work laws in last December’s lame-duck session has created some legal roadblocks. Whether they’re major or minor obstacles remains to be seen....

Chrysler’s billion dollar stake in SHAP yields dividend for trades

Date Posted: June 14 2013

STERLING HEIGHTS – SHAP is taking shape. Chrysler Group LLC’s  $1 billion investment to upgrade its Sterling Heights Assembly Plant is moving along according to schedule, with completion expected in...

It’s Schauer vs. Snyder for Michigan governor

Date Posted: June 14 2013

Former Democratic U.S. Rep. Mark Schauer, 51, on May 28 announced that he would challenge incumbent Republican Rick Snyder for Michigan governor. Schauer’s entry marks the first – and perhaps...

Local ban on required, paid sick leave for workers passes Senate

Date Posted: June 14 2013

LANSING – “A solution in search of a problem,” was how State Sen. Rebekah Warren (D-Ann Arbor) saw it. “Despicable” was the description given by state Sen. Coleman Young II...

Michigan’s RTW law should lead to a ‘fundamental rethinking’ of the labor movement

Date Posted: June 14 2013

By Rebecca Burns In These Times When Michigan became the 24th state in the nation to pass “right-to-work” legislation this March, local union leaders immediately swore to overturn the misleadingly...

Training Center at SMW 80 opens doors to show its mettle

Date Posted: June 14 2013

WARREN – The Sheet Metal Workers Local 80 Training Center was scrubbed and polished, and materials and tools of the trade were put on display for an open house held...

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