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Will there ever be a good time to fund road repairs?

Date Posted: June 14 2013

By Craig Thiel A long-term funding fix to Michigan’s deteriorating road and bridge infrastructure system can’t seem to catch a break. For much of the last decade, Michigan’s anemic economic...

Cheap money, collapsing infrastructure doesn’t push Congress to pay for repairs

Date Posted: May 31 2013

By Robert Borosage President, Institute for America's Future On May 21, a "sinkhole" suddenly sank in Washington, D.C. three blocks from the White House. Not a metaphor, but a massive...

Construction employment remains mired in Michigan

Date Posted: May 31 2013

The years-long slump that has its grip on construction employment in Michigan remains firmly in place, as the industry’s jobless rate increased by 3.3 percent from April 2013 compared to...

Making the case for a minimum wage hike

Date Posted: May 31 2013

By David Cooper  Economic Policy Institute A version of this commentary originally appeared on U.S. News and World Report. There’s a sense today that we, as a country, are dividing...

News Briefs

Date Posted: May 31 2013

Workers’ comp kids can seek scholarship “Kids’ Chance Scholarships” for children of injured workers seeking higher education are now available from the recently established Kids’ Chance of Michigan, the 26th state...

Uncertainty still a drag for top U.S. contractors

Date Posted: May 31 2013

Last year, with its annual survey of the Top 400 U.S. construction contractors, The Engineering News Recordasked, “is the construction industry finally coming out of the recession?” This year, possibly answering...

Uptown development on the rise

Date Posted: May 31 2013

BAY CITY – The Uptown development on the city’s riverfront is going up quickly, but there’s a lot more work to be done. Structural steel has been completed on the...

With an impotent NLRB, for workers, ‘who is going to enforce the law?’

Date Posted: May 31 2013

WASHINGTON, D.C. – The National Labor Relations Board – the federal agency most responsible for upholding workers’ rights on the job – is, incredibly, nearly dead in the water. Ultimately,...

House GOP OKs comp time bill; ‘a false premise’

Date Posted: May 17 2013

WASHINGTON (PAI) – Brushing aside opposition from unions, women’s groups and civil rights groups – among others – the Republican-run House passed legislation (HR1406) on May 8 to let employers...

Local 169 welding contest becomes a destination for high schoolers

Date Posted: May 17 2013

ALLEN PARK – A decade after the first Boilermakers Local 169 High School Welding Invitational, the annual springtime event has become a fixture on the calendar for both the union...

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