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NEWS BRIEFS

Date Posted: November 9 2012

Building Tradesman was printed on Election Day, Nov. 6, so any articles that pertain to the results of the balloting won’t be published until our next issue on Nov. 23....

State’s construction jobs picture takes modest move toward middling

Date Posted: November 9 2012

In Michigan, getting to average construction industry growth among the states has been a modest goal for the last decade or so. That’s starting to happen: it’s only in the...

Trades’ skills on display at massive Chrysler paint shop

Date Posted: November 9 2012

STERLING HEIGHTS – We’ve come a long way from Henry Ford’s Model T paint shop, where workers brushed on varnish-liked paint to the exterior surfaces of Ford’s vehicles. After 1913...

CEOs using job threats to sway employees’ votes

Date Posted: October 26 2012

In a recent conference call with Mitt Romney and the anti-union National Federation of Independent Business (NFIB), Romney urged the employers to tell their employees who to vote for. In These...

Flipping the state House another key to labor’s future

Date Posted: October 26 2012

LANSING – Can Democrats flip the state House? For organized labor in Michigan, that question ranks right up there with Proposal 2 and the presidency when it comes to what’s...

NEWS BRIEFS

Date Posted: October 26 2012

U.S. construction jumps 5% vs. 2011 New construction starts in September climbed 16 percent to a seasonally adjusted annual rate of $507.2 billion, it was reported Oct. 17 by McGraw-Hill...

Right-to-work, lies and lower wages likely in Michigan if Proposal 2 is defeated

Date Posted: October 26 2012

LANSING – The concept of Michigan workers having a right-to-work law imposed on them is not really an abstraction any more. If Proposal 2 goes down in defeat, it is...

Trade unionists get it: trickle down theory is no way to run an economy

Date Posted: October 26 2012

America’s building trades unions entered into the current election cycle knowing full well that the 2012 elections would pose a daunting challenge.  That challenge manifested itself four years ago when...

Why can’t labor get behind Romney? Well, there’s the broken back thing…

Date Posted: October 26 2012

Barack Obama or Mitt Romney? Michigan voters have been returning their absentee ballots and will go to the polls on Nov.  7, joining the rest of the nation in making...

Will Michigan take the high-wage road – or the low road?

Date Posted: October 26 2012

Forget all the other times you’ve heard that this is the most important election of your life. This time, it is. At the top of the Nov. 6 general election...

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