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The Building Tradesman Newspaper Editions

Support Proposal 2: ‘apathy is not an option’

Date Posted: September 28 2012

“When written in Chinese, the word ‘crisis’ is composed of two characters. One represents danger and the other represents opportunity.” – President John F. Kennedy Since the modern laws establishing...

Trades dig in to major overhaul of aging steam loop at MSU

Date Posted: September 28 2012

After being buried for decades, exposed to heat and frost cycles, and acting as a conduit for a constant 90 pounds of steam, Michigan State University has gotten its money’s...

Bending, shaping re-rod is an art form for iron worker

Date Posted: September 14 2012

During his career in the field, Iron Workers Local 340 member Doug Kalnbach placed plenty of reinforcing rod in concrete roads and building foundations, never to be seen again. Now,...

Biden to Labor Day union crowd: ‘We view you as the solution’

Date Posted: September 14 2012

DETROIT – One of the themes Republicans supporting Mitt Romney for president are using this election year asks the question, “are you better off than you were four years ago?”...

Retired tradesmen follow artistic paths…

Date Posted: September 14 2012

James Denkins has put down his welding equipment on the job, but his home collection of chainsaws is in great working order. The Boilermakers Local 169 member retired from the...

State Supreme Court OKs collective bargaining issue for the Nov. 6 ballot

Date Posted: September 14 2012

LANSING – The Michigan Supreme Court unanimously ruled on Sept. 5 that the language in the Protect Our Jobs ballot proposal passes legal barriers and cleared it for inclusion on...

Trumka pushes workers’ rights in convention speech

Date Posted: September 14 2012

CHARLOTTE, N.C. (PAI) – AFL-CIO President Richard Trumka, given a prime time speaking slot at the Democratic National Convention – even if only cable viewers and the delegates saw him...

Union rights as civil right? Why not?

Date Posted: September 14 2012

After 60 years of labor law heavily tilted toward employers, it’s time to rebalance the scales by making labor organizing a civil right. Rand Wilson’s proposal for state “just cause”...

Your attention please, to statewide ballot issues

Date Posted: September 14 2012

The Protect Our Jobs/Protect Working Families issue isn’t the only proposal on the Nov. 6 ballot that will have an affect on working people. There will be no less than...

Busy summer for trades as they expand, renovate St. Johns H.S.

Date Posted: August 31 2012

ST. JOHNS – This has been anything but a quiet, sleepy summer around St. John’s High School. As the summer season wraps up, Clark Construction and the building trades are...

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