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The Building Tradesman Newspaper Editions

Work zones a magnet for wayward motorists

Date Posted: May 3 2013

Any time a construction work zone is put into place, there’s better than one-in-three odds that a motorist will run into it. That comes from a study released by the...

Insulators, contractors boost asbestosis research – but for how much longer?

Date Posted: April 19 2013

DETROIT – The Breath of Life Foundation once again pitched in financially to help fund asbestos-related disease research at the Karmanos Cancer Institute. But time and funds are running short...

Judge gives green light for lawsuit challenging RTW

Date Posted: April 19 2013

A union-backed lawsuit challenging Michigan’s right-to-work law because it was passed in violation of state and federal open government laws can go on as scheduled, an Ingham County Circuit judge...

More clarity on rules for getting jobless benefits

Date Posted: April 19 2013

LANSING – The state’s Unemployment Agency has issued a clarification to a prior clarification for unemployed building trades union workers filling out jobless benefit forms. This comes from Michigan Building...


Date Posted: April 19 2013

New Detroit River bridge gets federal OK The U.S. Department of State on April 12 issued a Presidential Permit for the construction of a new bridge over the Detroit River,...

Old steel towers stand tall to support rescue training

Date Posted: April 19 2013

HOWELL – Steel tower sections from two shuttered auto plants that were ripe for the scrap heap have instead been recycled for use in a variety of construction industry training...

Permanent funding stalled for state road, bridge repairs

Date Posted: April 19 2013

(By Marty Mulcahy, Managing Editor) LANSING – Decades have passed since it became apparent that Michigan needs a sustainable, long-term funding plan to repair and maintain the state’s roads and...

Right-to-work law is hardly a last gasp for unions in Michigan

Date Posted: April 19 2013

(By Mike Thibault, President, Marquette County Labor Council) So-called Right to Work is now law in our state. This is a dark moment for the Michigan labor movement, but we...

Tax season brings unwanted hits to Michigan working families, pensioners

Date Posted: April 19 2013

(From the Michigan AFL-CIO) You may have noticed a big change in your Michigan tax refund this year. You are not alone. The tax changes adopted by Gov. Snyder and...

Handful of RTW protests mark dark day for labor

Date Posted: April 5 2013

Michigan formally became a right-to-work state on March 28. Compared to the vociferous outrage by union members and their supporters in front of the state Capitol Building on Dec. 6...

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