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The Building Tradesman Newspaper Editions

President’s pipeline decision riles building trades

Date Posted: February 3 2012

WASHINGTON (PAI) – Building trades union leaders were livid over President Obama’s Jan. 18 decision to deny a federal permit to build the 1,700-mile Keystone XL oil pipeline from the...

U.S. building activity stumbles in 2011

Date Posted: February 3 2012

The nation’s building industry has “essentially stabilized at a low level,” according to the latest report by McGraw-Hill Construction. The year-end 2011 report was released Jan. 23, and revealed that...

VA, trades to turn up the steam

Date Posted: February 3 2012

BATTLE CREEK – A modern source of steam is on the way to heat buildings on the far-flung 200-acre campus encompassing the Veterans Administration Medical Center. DeMaria Building Co., its...

FireKeepers creates a destination with construction of new hotel

Date Posted: January 20 2012

BATTLE CREEK – Building a new hotel next to the Firekeepers Casino has been in the cards since the gaming facility opened in 2009. And as anyone can see driving...

Health care law to get Supreme Court scrutiny

Date Posted: January 20 2012

By Steve Clark Laborers Health and Safety Fund of North America Expected in June, the Supreme Court's decision on the constitutionality of the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act (PPACA)...

Hoosiers workers mobilize against right-to-work

Date Posted: January 20 2012

By Mark Gruenberg PAI Staff Writer INDIANAPOLIS (PAI)—The Indiana AFL-CIO is mobilizing its forces – everything from lobbying lawmakers to door-to-door canvassing to running media ads – against a Republican...


Date Posted: January 20 2012

Painter falls from Ambassasor Bridge Kent Morton, a 27-year-old member of Painters Local 42, fell on Jan. 11 from the Ambassador Bridge on  into the Detroit River. He was painting...

No longer the party of Lincoln…Why is union-bashing so central to today’s Republican Party?

Date Posted: January 20 2012

By John Nichols The Nation (Reprinted with permission) Never in the modern history of the Republican Party has a field of GOP presidential candidates been so united and so aggressive...

Obama sticks his neck out for labor; re-stocks NLRB

Date Posted: January 20 2012

WASHINGTON – President Obama has received his share of criticism from organized labor for not standing up to suport…organized labor. But on Jan. 4, Obama opened himself up to charges...

Right-to-work effort in Indiana raises stakes in Michigan

Date Posted: January 20 2012

LANSING – Will right-to-work in Michigan follow the path of New Hampshire, Indiana – or will Michigan blaze its own trail? Public pressure in New Hampshire last year managed to...

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