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The Building Tradesman Newspaper Editions

RTW: ‘it will unleash as rancorous a legislative battle as the Capitol has seen in modern times’

Date Posted: December 7 2012

If and when a right-to-work law is adopted in Michigan, it will be the result of classic backroom politics, with only Republican lawmakers in the room. Republicans control the governor’s...

After Proposal 2 defeat, unions will get whacked; but who – and how hard?

Date Posted: November 23 2012

LANSING – This probably isn’t going to be pretty. The defeat at the polls of Proposal 2 – which would have made Michigan the first state to enshrine collective bargaining...

Judge makes PLAs legal, again

Date Posted: November 23 2012

Project labor agreements in Michigan continue to be caught in a revolving door of litigation and legislation– but for now, a federal judge’s ruling has made them legal, again. Federal...


Date Posted: November 23 2012

Trades mourn Carlo J. Castiglione A private service was held this month in Florida for Carlo J. Castiglione, a former business manager of Plumbers Local 98 who passed away Nov....

Skies darken for Michigan unions after Election Day

Date Posted: November 23 2012

LANSING – On a statewide level, there were victories for candidates and proposals by organized labor in the Nov. 6 general election. But there weren’t enough wins to change the...

State prevailing wage back in GOP’s crosshairs

Date Posted: November 23 2012

LANSING – The Michigan Prevailing Wage Act of 1965 is on the chopping block – again. Its repeal, in whole or in part, may come before the end of the...

Trades wrap up operations at expanded Chelsea Hospital

Date Posted: November 23 2012

CHELSEA – The building trades have been moving quickly this month to wrap up a new 136,000 square-foot expansion of Chelsea Community Hospital in time for a Dec. 9 open...

News Briefs

Date Posted: November 12 2012

ABC hails Bush election victory The Associated Builders and Contractors – the nationwide nonunion contractor group which opposes all things union – hailed the re-election of President George W. Bush....

Employers now want to join workers in the ballot box

Date Posted: November 9 2012

Recent weeks have brought a rash of reports of something that used to be unthinkable in America: employers telling their workers who to vote for. First, Republican billionaire and Westgate...

Forecast: construction to stay on improving course out of recession

Date Posted: November 9 2012

Look for modest growth in U.S. construction in 2013. That welcome bit of news comes from the annual forecast by McGraw Hill Construction, which released its 2013 Construction Outlook on...

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