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Congress averts jobs train wreck; passes short-term transit funding

Date Posted: April 13 2012

By Mark Gruenberg PAI Staff Writer WASHINGTON (PAI)--Acting with unexpected speed, lawmakers voted March 29 for a 90-day extension of federal highway and mass transit programs, averting a giant crash...

First National Building gets first major makeover

Date Posted: April 13 2012

DETROIT – Quicken Loans Chairman Dan Gilbert is relocating his company’s workforce downtown by the thousands – and the building trades are rehabilitating several historic buildings to make a place...

MDOT chief: State’s roads on the road to ‘disaster’

Date Posted: April 13 2012

LANSING – The subject: A synopsis of the state of the state’s finances to fund road and bridge repairs and maintenance. The source: Michigan Department of Transportation Director Kirk Steudle....


Date Posted: April 13 2012

BCTD President Mark Ayers passes The building trades mourn the passing of AFL-CIO Building and Construction Trades Department (BCTD) President Mark Ayers, who died suddenly on April 8, 2012. Mr....

Sign petition to protect bargaining rights

Date Posted: April 13 2012

By Teamsters General President James P. Hoffa In the entire history of the United States, there was only one era when working-class wages rose by as much as the incomes...

State seeks appeal, stay, of PLA ruling

Date Posted: April 13 2012

DETROIT – As we reported, a state law adopted last year that outlawed local project labor agreements was overturned by U.S. District Court Judge Victoria Roberts on Feb. 29.  ...

Unions fight GOP law ending dues deduction

Date Posted: April 13 2012

LANSING – A group of unions filed a lawsuit in federal court on April 4, seeking to overturn one of the most blatant anti-union laws adopted so far by the...

2012 employment starts with a thud

Date Posted: March 30 2012

Construction employment in Michigan in January 2012 fell 3 percent, with 2,900 fewer jobs compared to January 2011. That’s the word from the Associated General Contractors of America, which reported...

AFL-CIO formally endorses Obama for re-election

Date Posted: March 30 2012

By Mark Gruenberg PAI Staff Writer ORLANDO, Fla. (PAI) – As expected, the AFL-CIO’s General Board voted unanimously on March 13 to formally endorse Democratic incumbents Barack Obama and Joseph...

Chase Tower distinguishes itself, again

Date Posted: March 30 2012

DETROIT – If ever there was a building that’s a study in contrasts in the downtown area, it’s the Chase Tower. Those contrasts include the building’s renovated interior, the Modern...

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