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The Building Tradesman Newspaper Editions

Enthusiasm for unions is solid, but attacks have hit pay levels, organizing

Date Posted: September 20 2019

By Heidi Shierholz Economic Policy Institute A huge swath of U.S. workers do not have the union representation and voice at work that they want and need. The share of...

New Saginaw jail will improve everything for staff

Date Posted: September 20 2019

SAGINAW - How is the new $37 million Saginaw County Adult Detention Center going to be an improvement over the existing jail? "Everything, everything is going to be better," said...

News Briefs

Date Posted: September 20 2019

State budget, road talks crash LANSING - At this rate, the damn roads are never going to get fixed. Democratic Gov. Gretchen Whitmer and the Republican majorities in the state House...

Unions, Dems, industry await DOL decision on future of apprenticeship programs

Date Posted: September 20 2019

WASHINGTON (PAI) — Construction unions, allied environmental groups and House Democrats are strongly opposing plans by GOP President Donald Trump’s Labor Department to let low-road non-union construction contractors run apprenticeship...

Bills aim to reduce fraud vs. workers

Date Posted: September 6 2019

LANSING – Legislation designed to help prevent predatory companies from committing payroll fraud - which robbed 2.8 million Michigan workers of more than $49 million in wages and overtime between...

Construction activity: 'No sign of letting up'

Date Posted: September 6 2019

Michigan was one of 40 states that added construction jobs between July 2018 and July 2019, according to the latest analysis of U.S. construction employment by the Associated General Contractors...

Decision on overtime pay reduction about to hit workers

Date Posted: September 6 2019

Editor's note: Under current federal law, a non-supervisory worker not covered by a collective bargaining agreement who toils more than 40 hours a week is required to be paid overtime...

New survey highlights, again, national construction worker shortage

Date Posted: September 6 2019

The U.S. construction industry needs workers.  That statement has been repeating itself as frequently as a broken record in recent years, as older Hardhats have started collecting pension checks en...

NLRB seals the deal: Employers can fire workers who don't agree to arbitration

Date Posted: September 6 2019

WASHINGTON, D.C. - Well, now it's official. 1. The National Labor Relations Act does not prohibit employers from informing employees that if they fail or refuse to sign a mandatory...

Trades respond, fume, as public comment period ends for IRAPs

Date Posted: September 6 2019

WASHINGTON D.C. - The comment period for the public to express support or condemnation of a proposal to weaken the nation's traditional apprenticeship training standards closed on Aug. 26.  Now...

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