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The Building Tradesman Newspaper Editions

Trades, Lansing utility forge PLA on new co-generation plant

Date Posted: July 15 2011

LANSING – The Lansing Board of Water and Light and the Lansing Area Building Trades in late June agreed to utilize a project labor agreement (PLA) for the construction of...

Anti-union PLA bill first taketh away…then giveth back?

Date Posted: July 1 2011

LANSING – Republicans in the Michigan Senate adopted a bill on June 16 that seems to outlaw the use of project labor agreements by local units of government in the...

Michigan’s a comparatively safe state, study shows

Date Posted: July 1 2011

Michigan had good-to-excellent marks among the states in a worker safety scorecard issued this spring by the AFL-CIO titled, Death on the Job: The Toll of Neglect. Our state was tied...

Mobilizing members, reaching across the aisle: a blueprint for other unions

Date Posted: July 1 2011

(By Mark Gruenberg, PAI Staff Writer) WASHINGTON (PAI) – The nation’s construction unions scored two big wins for workers in the normally hostile, GOP-run House of Representatives this week. It...

New MBS terminal takes off

Date Posted: July 1 2011

FREELAND – Already a convenience to the residents of the Tri-Cities, MBS Airport is in the process of building a new, modern terminal to improve the traveling experience for air...

NEWS BRIEFS

Date Posted: July 1 2011

Bridge decision to wait until fall Michigan Gov. Rick Snyder and Senate Majority Leader Randy Richardville (R-Monroe) both said earlier this year that they would like to see quick movement...

NLRB proposes to ease union organizing rules

Date Posted: July 1 2011

The National Labor Relations Board (NLRB) on June 21 released proposed changes in the way union representation elections are conducted that the NLRB says will “reduce unnecessary barriers to the...

Trades’ bipartisan effort scores two big wins

Date Posted: July 1 2011

(By Mark Gruenberg, PAI Staff Writer) WASHINGTON (PAI) – With a lot of grass-roots lobbying, help from pro-union contractors, and leadership from three pro-worker Republicans, the nation’s building trades unions...

Don’t pin productivity problems on workers, study says

Date Posted: June 17 2011

How do you measure and improve construction worker productivity? Anyone who has spent 20 minutes watching a construction site quickly grasps what people who have been in the business 20...

NEWS BRIEFS

Date Posted: June 17 2011

Prevailing wage gets some GOP support Several states governed entirely by Republican lawmakers, including Michigan, seem poised to overturn statewide prevailing wage laws on taxpayer funded construction projects. But anti-prevailing...

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