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The Building Tradesman Newspaper Editions

Obama to trades: GOP blocking jobs

Date Posted: May 11 2012

By Mark Gruenberg PAI Staff Writer WASHINGTON (PAI) – As far as Democratic President Barack Obama is concerned, congressional obstructionism, courtesy of the GOP, is blocking jobs for construction workers...

Romney, Obama talk union on the campaign trail

Date Posted: May 11 2012

WASHINGTON – Barack Obama. Mitt Romney. Compare and contrast. To the AFL-CIO Building Trades Department Legislative Conference held April 30-May 2 at the Hilton Hotel, President Obama said all the...

Trades go back to work completing Gateway Project

Date Posted: May 11 2012

DETROIT –About that Bridge to Nowhere: Nevermind. Some concrete support piers and stub of a bridge that were intended to be the starting point of a span alongside the Ambassador...

ALEC example: Snyder signs law limiting asbestos exposure for success firms

Date Posted: April 27 2012

LANSING – Gov. Rick Snyder so far has not passed up any opportunity to sign Republican legislation aimed at limiting workers’ bargaining rights, benefits, income or legal standing. It was...

ALEC’s dirty work deserves more exposure

Date Posted: April 27 2012

By James Hoffa Teamsters General President Working Americans scored a big victory last week when four corporations withdrew their membership from a secretive group called the American Legislative Exchange Council....

ALEC’s name written all over rash of anti-union legislation in U.S.

Date Posted: April 27 2012

Meet ALEC, one of the most influential groups affecting politics and policy in Michigan and across the country – and it’s a group that you have likely never heard of....

Appealing power plant seen as asset to Lansing’s REO Town

Date Posted: April 27 2012

LANSING – It may be hard to believe that a new power plant can be plunked down amid residences and business – and be welcomed by the neighbors as an...


Date Posted: April 27 2012

‘Facebook for union members’ Union Circle website launched (Submitted by Union was designed to provide a place where 40 million active union members, supporters, retirees, family and friends...


Date Posted: April 27 2012

Shorty Gleason to run for state House seat Patrick “Shorty” Gleason, a former union leader well known to Michigan’s construction industry and a current Genesee County Commissioner, announced his campaign...

Next stop: renovation for old train depot

Date Posted: April 27 2012

LANSING – Freight trains regularly rumble by the former Grand Trunk Western Depot these days. So does the Amtrak Blue Water passenger train, but it now stops in East Lansing....

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