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Protect Our Jobs petition passes signature threshold; now comes the hard part

Date Posted: June 22 2012

LANSING – More than double the amount of signatures necessary have been gathered by the Protect Our Jobs Coalition, which almost assuredly means that there will be a proposal on...

Trades start to transform new public safety HQ

Date Posted: June 22 2012

DETROIT – Erected in 1974, the nondescript office building at Third and Abbott streets has certainly housed an eclectic range of tenants over its lifetime. Its first use was as...

ABC’s puffed up self-importance deflated by scathing trades report

Date Posted: June 8 2012

The nation’s building trades unions have long accused the anti-union Associated Builders and Contractors of being long on self-aggrandizement, rhetoric and public relations, and short on actual construction experience, training...

Bill would allow part-timers to earn jobless benefits

Date Posted: June 8 2012

LANSING – Even a blind squirrel finds a nut every now and then, the old saying goes. So it goes with the Republican-dominated Michigan Senate, which, after 18 months of...

Legislature OKs stopgap to ban PLAs

Date Posted: June 8 2012

LANSING – The Michigan House on May 31 adopted a “fix-it” bill that would once again ban the state government and local municipalities from entering into construction project labor agreements....

More room to teach, learn at UA Local 174

Date Posted: June 8 2012

COOPERSVILLE – A bigger and better training facility was unveiled May 18 during an open house at Plumbers, Fitters, and Service Trades Local 174. Located along I-96 between Grand Rapids...


Date Posted: June 8 2012

Construction labor wins two close ones WASHINGTON (PAI) – It was close, but construction unions posted two big wins late at night on May 31 in the GOP-run House. First,...

State GOP looks to ban union time on public dime

Date Posted: June 8 2012

LANSING – Public employers in Michigan would be prohibited from using tax dollars to pay union officials for time conducting union business, in a bill that surfaced May 23 in...

State’s first digester to thrive on a buffet of waste feedstock

Date Posted: June 8 2012

FREMONT – Later this year, a virtual “Made in Michigan” label can be applied to up to three megawatts of renewable energy, as well as tons of liquid plant nutrients...

Fermi 2 back in service: “enormous” amount of work done during successful refueling outage

Date Posted: May 25 2012

NEWPORT –The Fermi 2 Nuclear Power Plant returned to service May 5 when operators synchronized the plant to DTE Energy's electrical system, following a safe, successful refueling and maintenance outage...

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