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The Building Tradesman Newspaper Editions

Not much movement in May; jobless rate hits 16 percent

Date Posted: June 17 2011

Construction employment was virtually unchanged in May as the industry added just 2,000 jobs for the month and the sector’s unemployment rate declined to 16.3 percent, according to an analysis...

Right-to-work is good for lowering wages, not much else

Date Posted: June 17 2011

(By Gordon Lafer) With a few Republican-sponsored right-to-work bills waiting in the wings for legislative action in Lansing, organized labor is hoping the GOP won’t have the stomach for taking...

The truth about the U.S. economy: Broken social bargain with American workers led us down this path

Date Posted: June 17 2011

(By Robert Reich, Fmr. U.S. Secretary of Labor) The U.S. economy continues to stagnate. It’s growing at the rate of 1.8 percent, which is barely growing at all. Consumer spending...

Trades in full court press to renovate Crisler Arena

Date Posted: June 17 2011

ANN ARBOR – Crisler Arena, home of the University of Michigan men’s basketball team, looks much as it did when it was completed in 1967. But now, like the neighboring...

Where’s the bounce? Recession’s anchor has hold on construction

Date Posted: June 17 2011

When it comes to recessions, the U.S. economy isn’t bouncing back quickly. And there’s little prospect for any near-term spring in the steps of job creation in the construction industry,...

A conservative approach to more infrastructure spending? Hey, whatever

Date Posted: June 3 2011

“No new taxes.” If there was ever a way to summarize the underlying theme of today’s Republican Party, that’s as close as you’re going to get. But that theme also...

AFL-CIO’s Trumka:‘Working families’ interests’ will trump political affiliation

Date Posted: June 3 2011

WASHINGTON D.C. – In what could be described as a warning shot across the bow of Democrats, AFL-CIO President Richard Trumka on May 20 warned that the role of organized...

Contractors still struggling, await industry turnaround

Date Posted: June 3 2011

The nation’s construction contractors are looking for some momentum on the way out of the nastiest recession since the Great Depression. In Michigan and most other places, that momentum has...

Heavy-duty home readied for McLaren’s proton therapy

Date Posted: June 3 2011

FLINT – Sometimes, advances in new medical technology also requires adaptations in medical construction infrastructure. A case in point: McLaren Regional Medical Center is on track to become the first...


Date Posted: June 3 2011

Are you listening Gov. Snyder? (PAI) The Republican majority in the New Hampshire legislature recently approved a so-called “right to work” bill, pushed by the Radical Right anti-worker forces that...

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