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The Building Tradesman Newspaper Editions

Going up: trades build second story above first at VA hospital

Date Posted: September 23 2011

IRON MOUNTAIN – More room(s) are in the works for medical patients at the Oscar G. Johnson VA Medical Center. Gundlach Champion, its subcontractors and the building trades are adding...

GOP leader targets teachers for right to work

Date Posted: September 23 2011

Organized labor in Michigan has received its share of body blows this year from state Republicans, who control all levers of power in state government. Now comes word from Senate...

Insulators’ party wraps up 100-year anniversary

Date Posted: September 23 2011

DETROIT – Heat and Frost Insulators Local 25 celebrated its first 100 years of existence on Sept. 10, with union leaders vowing to make the gains won in wages, pensions...


Date Posted: September 23 2011

Unions praise new NLRB posting rule WASHINGTON (PAI) – Unions praised the National Labor Relations Board’s new rule that requires employers to put up posters informing workers of their rights...

Obama’s jobs plan is too small, but it’s a vital first step

Date Posted: September 23 2011

On Sept. 8, President Obama powerfully called on the Congress to end the “political circus” and act on jobs. His agenda featured proposals that have traditionally gained bipartisan support. He...

PLA-killer law leads to suspension of CUB agreement

Date Posted: September 23 2011

One of the first casualties of the new state law banning project labor agreements is one of the oldest building trades labor-management pacts in the U.S.: Washtenaw County’s Construction Unity...

State AFL-CIO president steps down

Date Posted: September 23 2011

LANSING – Michigan AFL-CIO President Mark Gaffney announced Sept. 9 that he would not be seeking re-election at the labor federation’s election this fall. “It is time for me to...

Union chiefs praise Obama jobs proposal, warn against GOP blockade

Date Posted: September 23 2011

WASHINGTON (PAI) – Union leaders generally praised Democratic President Barack Obama’s proposed $450 billion multi-year jobs creation plan, the American Jobs Act, with several warning congressional Republicans against obstructing it....

Building trades unions pull out of 2012 Dem convention

Date Posted: September 9 2011

WASHINGTON (PAI) –Twelve building trades unions – all but, so far, the Teamsters – have decided not to financially support or send members as delegates to next year’s Democratic National...

For workers, protests, not parades are appropriate this Labor Day

Date Posted: September 9 2011

Labor Day is traditionally a time for picnics and parades. But this year is no picnic for American workers, and a protest march would be more appropriate than a parade....

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