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The Building Tradesman Newspaper Editions

The world is flat in U.S. construction

Date Posted: June 3 2011

New construction starts in April were reported at a seasonally adjusted annual rate of $400.2 billion, basically the same amount as March, according to a May 18 report by McGraw-Hill...

What’s next for labor…Extinction? A new, New Deal? Weakened unions have backs to the wall

Date Posted: June 3 2011

AFL-CIO President Richard Trumka’s May 20 speech led to a host of political commentary about the state of the labor movement in America. Here’s a sampling: *Washington Post left-leaning columnist...

Catholic Church called out over workers’ rights

Date Posted: May 20 2011

(By Mark Gruenberg, PAI Staff Writer) WASHINGTON (PAI) – Retired AFL-CIO President John J. Sweeney, one of the Catholic Church’s most prominent laymen, along with a top U.S. bishop on...

Construction adds jobs, but industry is still stinging

Date Posted: May 20 2011

The construction industry added 5,000 jobs last month while the industry’s unemployment rate declined from 20 percent in March to 17.8 percent in April, according to the Bureau of Labor...

East Lansing, Steel City

Date Posted: May 20 2011

Michigan State University forecast in its 2010-2011 appropriation request to the state that it has “extensive facility needs,” to the tune of about $116 million over the next five years.”...

L-58 works to steer charging station installs to the IBEW

Date Posted: May 20 2011

WARREN – Thomas Edison was notoriously self-confident, but even he didn’t know back in 1880 when he started his Edison Illuminating Co. how wildly successful it and its successor power...

Michigan GOP ready to move on labor issues

Date Posted: May 20 2011

LANSING – With the revenue side of the state’s budget resolved after having the process occupying much of their time over the last two months, Michigan’s Republican legislators are ready...


Date Posted: May 20 2011

EPI rips GOP plan to shift jobless money Washington (PAI) – A Republican plan to turn unemployment benefits into a block grant that states could use as they wish could...

UA Local 174 puts industry’s best foot forward – with seven tractor trailers

Date Posted: May 20 2011

COOPERSVILLE – Seven tractor-trailers chock full of materials that represent the gamut of modern pipe trades knowledge were on display May 3-7 in the parking lot of Plumbers, Pipe Fitters...

ABC targets prevailing wage in Bay City

Date Posted: May 6 2011

Prevailing wage is now being attacked on two fronts in Michigan. In addition to the attacks by state lawmakers, a lawsuit was filed on April 8 in Bay County’s 18th...

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