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Date Posted: May 17 2013

Gleason back to politick for trades Patrick “Shorty” Gleason, a familiar figure at the Michigan Building and Construction Trades Council, has been brought back on as the council’s Legislative Director,...

Protesting the dark side of ‘Freedom to Work’

Date Posted: May 17 2013

COOPERSVILLE – West Michigan Plumbers Fitters and Service Trades led a protest on May 3 at the Continental Dairy Plant. We were joined by area workers and local advocates to protest...

Road funding turmoil may be saving grace for state prevailing wage

Date Posted: May 17 2013

LANSING – Will Republican in-fighting over how to fund road repairs help save the state’s prevailing wage law? Maybe, maybe not. But there are potential chinks in the front of...

Supreme Court solicits Solicitor’s advice on RTW law

Date Posted: May 17 2013

LANSING – There has been just a little movement in the Michigan Supreme Court regarding the state’s new right-to-work law. On May 3 the state’s high court asked state Solicitor...

Building trades need to leverage assets, push union value, chief says

Date Posted: May 3 2013

WASHINGTON, D.C. – With the U.S. construction industry mired in a half-decade slump (you can make that a full decade in Michigan), AFL-CIO Building Trades Department President Sean McGarvey is...

First quarter construction same level as 2012

Date Posted: May 3 2013

New U.S. construction starts in March climbed 8 percent to a seasonally adjusted annual rate of $475.7 billion, it was reported April 19 by McGraw-Hill Construction. The gain for total...


Date Posted: May 3 2013

Owosso Memorial hiring angers trades The Genesee-Lapeer-Shiawassee (BLS) Building Trades Council are picketing and handbilling Owosso Memorial Hospital and their satellite clinics for hiring out-of-area workers on a $2 million...

Rats to the ABC, and their GOP supporters

Date Posted: May 3 2013

LANSING – With at least one picket sign reading “ABC doesn't speak for me!” and a pair of inflatable rats, about 75 protesters took to Michigan Avenue next to the...

Transformed Cobo taking shape

Date Posted: May 3 2013

DETROIT – Iconic Cobo Center is at a crossroads in its history. It’s currently a mixture of old and new construction and finished and rough surfaces – amidst a re-purposing...

Troubled pension plans now have a potentially painful path forward

Date Posted: May 3 2013

Investments in the stock market, which reached an all-time high last month, have been very helpful to sustaining the fiscal health of numerous union pension plans, including those that cover...

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