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The Building Tradesman Newspaper Editions

Labor gets chance in 2012 to block GOP ‘tsunami’

Date Posted: May 25 2012

For organized labor in Michigan, the Tuesday, Nov. 6, 2012 general election will be (cliché alert) “the most important election of our lifetime.” How many times have you heard that...

NEWS BRIEFS

Date Posted: May 25 2012

Better bottom lines for U.S. contractors      The big ship of U.S. construction is turning. One of the measures of the health of the U.S. construction industry is how much money...

Shovel-ready: NMU commences work on renewable energy plant

Date Posted: May 25 2012

MARQUETTE, Mich.— The shiny shovels were broken out May 3 on the campus of Northern Michigan University. That’s usually good news for the building trades, and indeed, the university’s dignitaries...

Some good signs for Protect Our Jobs petition drive

Date Posted: May 25 2012

LANSING – Will the Protect Our Jobs ballot initiative improve union voter turnout on Nov. 6? Labor leaders are counting on it. But it’s a moot point until at least...

Study: Anti-union ABC is a shell when it comes to construction

Date Posted: May 25 2012

WASHINGTON (PAI) – A top anti-union lobby, the Associated Builders and Contractors, which proclaims itself as the national voice of non-union construction companies, actually represents a small share of U.S....

Trades learn all the angles at MSU’s Broad Museum

Date Posted: May 25 2012

EAST LANSING – The new Eli and Edythe Broad Art Museum under construction on the campus of Michigan State University is itself, in many ways, a piece of art. The...

GOP seeks elusive cure to what ails their anti-PLA law

Date Posted: May 11 2012

LANSING – The curious Republican fixation on banning the use of construction project labor agreements by state and local governmental authorities in Michigan just got curioser. Here’s what has happened...

Lack of public spending a drag on construction

Date Posted: May 11 2012

Construction spending inched up in March 2012 to an annualized rate of $808 billion, up 0.1 percent compared to the previous month. It is now 6 percent above year ago...

Mitt Romney to the Associated Builders and Contractors: ‘I will fight for right-to-work laws’

Date Posted: May 11 2012

Following are selected union-related comments made by Republican presidential challenger Mitt Romney to the anti-union Associated Builders and Contractors National Board of Directors on Feb. 23. (Source: transcribed C-SPAN video)....

NEWS BRIEFS

Date Posted: May 11 2012

Michigan in grips of deregulators We reported last month that the Snyder Administration’s new Office of Regulatory Reinvention (ORR) proposed the elimination of 611 on-the-job safety requirements and 334 MIOSHA...

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