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The Building Tradesman Newspaper Editions

‘Fire with fire’ Chamber, Snyder see business-backed fight vs. labor petition

Date Posted: March 30 2012

LANSING – Organized labor leaders have high expectations that they have the right cards in hand to conduct a successful petition drive and then win a pro-worker ballot proposal on...

For better or worse, state wants purge of MIOSHA’s safety rules

Date Posted: March 30 2012

LANSING – It’s called the Office of Regulatory Reinvention or (ORR). If you’ve never heard of it, join the club. But on paper, anyway, it’s poised to have a far-reaching...

News Briefs

Date Posted: March 30 2012

A downer so far for 2012 construction Construction activity is supposed to start inching upward in 2012. You wouldn’t know it by the first two months of the year. New...

Senate panel OKs ‘corporate bailout’ for asbestos firms

Date Posted: March 30 2012

LANSING – A bill that would impose new limits on legal claims by victims of asbestos exposure took another step forward in the Michigan Senate this month. On March 14,...

With evidence-based medicine, government looks over doctor’s chart

Date Posted: March 30 2012

By Tim Esper LANSING – For workers in Michigan, it’s feeling more and more like death by a thousand cuts. The latest slash is coming from the state Workers Compensation...

Federal judge reinstates state PLA law

Date Posted: March 16 2012

LANSING – The organized labor community in Michigan has committed itself to a high-risk, high-reward strategy in an effort to enshrine collective bargaining rights for public and private workers into...

IBEW members harness wind energy

Date Posted: March 16 2012

BRECKENRIDGE – Last month, we featured the work of the iron workers building the Gratiot County Wind Farm, Michigan’s largest. This month, we give a shout out to the crew...

Is the worst over? Construction jobs gain vs. last year

Date Posted: March 16 2012

The U.S. construction industry lost 13,000 jobs between January and February, but continued a string of year-over-year job increases, according to an analysis of new federal employment data released March...


Date Posted: March 16 2012

FRIB’s future still unsettled LANSING – In January, U.S. Energy Secretary Steven Chu raised some red flags by saying for the first time that full funding to construct Michigan State...

Scoreboard upgrade on deck at Comerica Park

Date Posted: March 16 2012

DETROIT – At first, it might be hard to believe that the big electronic scoreboard screens at Comerica Park could be outdated after just 11 seasons of use. But think...

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