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The Building Tradesman Newspaper Editions

Jail time for the building trades

Date Posted: April 5 2013

Coming out of the ground this spring in Detroit is the new Wayne County Jail, a $300 million-plus detention facility that’s expected to have beds for 2,100 prisoners. The 715,000-square-foot...


Date Posted: April 5 2013

Labor likes terms of worker visa pact            It was announced over last  weekend that the bipartisan U.S. Senate “Gang of Eight” came to an agreement...

Prevailing wage repeal would put Michigan’s economy in greater peril

Date Posted: April 5 2013

(By Mike Jackson, Executive Director, Michigan Regional Carpenters Council) Prevailing wage laws attract skilled, safe and productive workers who ensure that projects are done on budget, saving costs for businesses...

Time to save prevailing wage law – contact your lawmaker

Date Posted: April 5 2013

A call, e-mail or letter to your Michigan House or Senate lawmaker – or Gov. Rick Snyder – is one of the few tools in our toolbox that we can...

Trades urge local hiring for Borgess expansion

Date Posted: April 5 2013

BATTLE CREEK – Union wage and benefit standards uphold the nation’s middle class. They assure that fair wages keep money re-circulating in the community. And union health care plans allow...

AFL-CIO membership down slightly in 2012

Date Posted: March 22 2013

ORLANDO, Fla. (PAI) – AFL-CIO unions had 8,384,725 members in calendar year 2012, down 70,317 (less than 1 percent) from the year before, figures distributed last month to the federation’s...

Historic Knapp’s Building will keep its smooth look after renovation

Date Posted: March 22 2013

LANSING – The former J.W. Knapp’s Department Store has anchored the downtown corner of Washtenaw Street and Washington Square since it was completed in 1937. But the building almost has...

Labor needs new strategy to battle prevailing wage repeal

Date Posted: March 22 2013

LANSING – State Republican lawmakers plotting to repeal the Michigan Prevailing Wage Act aren’t letting the facts get in the way of anti-union ideology. “When you put aside the political...

Local 58/NECA Training Center earns award for workforce development

Date Posted: March 22 2013

STERLING HTS. – The IBEW Local 58– NECA Electrical Industry Training Center received a prestigious Macomb Business Award last month, honoring the staff and facility as a “Champion of Workforce...

News Briefs

Date Posted: March 22 2013

Three-year high for construction jobs The construction industry added 48,000 jobs in February, the ninth consecutive month of job growth for the sector, as more people are working in construction...

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