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The Building Tradesman Newspaper Editions

Trades put a charge in Dow-Kokam plant

Date Posted: July 29 2011

MIDLAND – For as much as the world progressed in the areas of transportation and communications over the 20thCentury, that progress generally didn’t bring about leaps in new battery technology....

Train depot gets abatement work, but its future remains unclear

Date Posted: July 29 2011

DETROIT – Since 1988, the once-grand Michigan Central Station has sat unused, often open to urban scavengers, and looming over the Corktown area in southwest Detroit as a hulking symbol...

Union density in construction takes another hit

Date Posted: July 29 2011

While the percentage of construction craft workers represented by a union declined modestly between 2008 and 2010, the number of such workers fell substantially, according to the Construction Labor Research...

AFL-CIO unveils its own, construction-oriented, jobs program

Date Posted: July 15 2011

CHICAGO (PAI) – With government unable or unwilling to approve legislation to create jobs, the AFL-CIO decided June 29 to take matters into its own hands, with a construction job-creation...

Anti-PLA bill adopted; has greater use as a scare tactic

Date Posted: July 15 2011

LANSING – Michigan House Republicans adopted a Senate bill on June 30 that (sort of) takes away the ability of local lawmakers to enter into project labor agreements (PLAs) on...

‘A right-to-work law for Michigan would be incredibly stupid.’ New effort makes push for passage

Date Posted: July 15 2011

LANSING – It’s been a tough year for organized labor in Michigan. It’s probably about to get tougher. Michigan’s Republican lawmakers, with more time on their hands now that the...

Construction spending hits 11-year low in May

Date Posted: July 15 2011

Construction spending fell for the sixth straight month in May, touching an 11-year low, as shrinking public outlays and residential construction swamped a rise in private nonresidential work, the Associated...

New life for 600-megawatt coal-burner

Date Posted: July 15 2011

ROGERS CITY – Wolverine Power Cooperative ’s proposal to build a $1 billion coal-burning power plant is up and running again, its resurgence made possible by a June 29 letter...


Date Posted: July 15 2011

U.S. employment situation: lousy Yuck. Another poor jobs report for the general economy, and another downer for construction in particular. The Economic Policy Institute on July 8 called the nation’s...

SVSU seeks to upgrade food, fitness with new campus work

Date Posted: July 15 2011

KOCHVILLE TWP. – Saginaw Valley State University is Michigan’s youngest university, but it’s growing up fast. Several construction projects have dotted the campus landscape over the past few years, and...

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