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The Building Tradesman Newspaper Editions

The Michigan Building Trades Legislative Conference Options are few for labor’s agenda as the state GOP holds all the cards

Date Posted: March 22 2013

LANSING – “The governor and his buddies in the legislature have launched an all-out assault on working families.” That opening statement by State House Minority Leader Tim Greimel (D-Auburn Hills)...

Unemployment agency officials add some clarity to benefits application form

Date Posted: March 22 2013

LANSING – Many unemployed building trades union workers in Michigan now have some clarity on how to best fill out their application to obtain jobless benefits. Michigan Building and Construction...

…But the impact of RTW pushes society as a whole into ‘downward spiral’

Date Posted: March 8 2013

(Susan H. Bitensky, Michigan State University College of Law) On Dec. 11, 2012, Michigan became the 24th state to enact so-called “right to work” (RTW) laws. Though elsewhere these laws...

Construction may evade worst effects of right-to-work…

Date Posted: March 8 2013

LIVONIA – Michigan’s new right-to-work law certainly wasn’t enacted by majority of Republican lawmakers in December because it would do workers any favors. Still, by virtue of the nature of...

New building in the works for DMC’s Cardio Team One

Date Posted: March 8 2013

DETROIT – “Cardio Team One” is a central player in the Detroit Medical Center’s advertising campaign, as the health care center in the city’s Midtown area undertakes its mission to...

Prevailing wage repeal lurks in House, Senate – your voice is needed

Date Posted: March 8 2013

LANSING – Numerous bills have been introduced over the years to repeal Michigan’s Prevailing Wage Act of 1965. Most were symbolic and lacked support of sufficient lawmakers in either the...

Time to save prevailing wage law – contact your lawmaker

Date Posted: March 8 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...

Coalition seeks to strike RTW via open meeting violation

Date Posted: February 22 2013

LANSING – A colation of unions and the American Civil Liberties Union of Michigan on Jan. 31 asked an Ingham County Circuit Court judge to strike down the state’s recently...

Did Michigan’s prevailing wage law get Gov. Snyder’s kiss of death?

Date Posted: February 22 2013

LANSING – Uh oh. Gov. Rick Snyder told reporters on Feb. 6 that he’s not interested in taking up prevailing wage repeal – the next big target for state Republican...

Help available for ‘hardest-hit’ homeowners

Date Posted: February 22 2013

The federal government is offering a potential lifeline for homeowners who are struggling financially and are in danger of losing their homes. Michigan received nearly $500 million in Emergency Economic...

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