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Choice for president offers a stark contrast

Date Posted: August 31 2012

Viewpoint The Olympics are over.  By the end of August, the political conventions will be history, too.  Labor Day is just around the corner.  Finally, the voters – all the...

Labor-friendly ballot question to end up before unfriendly Michigan Supreme Court

Date Posted: August 31 2012

LANSING – With football season starting, perhaps it’s appropriate the Protect Our Jobs/Protect Working Families proposal has been kicked around the state government and the courts. The latest move came...

Mark your calendar: Celebrate Labor Day

Date Posted: August 31 2012

Communities around Michigan have embraced the original intent of Labor Day as more than a holiday that marks the end of summer. Peter J. McGuire, one of the men credited...


Date Posted: August 31 2012

Construction still can’t turn to corner New construction starts fell 10 percent in July to a seasonally adjusted annual rate of $401.2 billion, according to and Aug. 21 report by...

Origins of Labor Day, 8-hour day, credited to N.Y. carpenter

Date Posted: August 31 2012

“Labor Day differs in every essential from the other holidays of the year of any country. All other holidays are in a more or less degree connected with conflicts and...

Ryan-Romney economic plan ‘marvelous’ – maybe for the rich

Date Posted: August 31 2012

Mitt Romney hasn’t provided details so we should be grateful he’s selected as vice president, Wisconsin Rep. Paul Ryan, a man with a detailed plan Romney says is “marvelous,” “bold...

U.S. Aussie pipe trades forge link to exchange skills, job opportunities

Date Posted: August 31 2012

ANN ARBOR – The United Association of Plumbers and Pipe Fitters (UA), North America, and the Plumbing Trades Employees Union (PTEU), Australia, signed an affiliation agreement on Aug. 15 to...

AG: Protect Our Jobs language conflicts with Constitution, should be rejected

Date Posted: August 17 2012

LANSING – An analysis of the Protect Our Jobs proposal by Michigan Attorney General Bill Schuette has concluded that the labor-backed ballot initiative contains so many “Trojan horse-style” repeals and...

Congress fixates on tax cuts – unemployment or job creation? Not so much

Date Posted: August 17 2012

The U.S. Labor Department reported on Aug. 3 that the nation gained 163,000 jobs in July, but it was not enough to lower the national unemployment rate, which rose a...

Consumers Energy wind farm sprouts along Lake Michigan

Date Posted: August 17 2012

LUDINGTON – By the end of the year, White Construction, its subcontractors and the building trades will have placed up to 100 megawatts of new clean, renewable energy on the...

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