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The Building Tradesman Newspaper Editions

‘I would join a union’

Date Posted: September 2 2010

More than 70 years ago, President Franklin Roosevelt said, “If I were a worker in a factory, the first thing I would do would be to join a union.” Barack...

Big top is well placed on Marathon coker drums

Date Posted: August 20 2010

DETROIT – The topping-out of the 360-foot-tall coker drum tower at the Marathon Petroleum Co. on Aug. 6 wasn’t your typical ceremony with an evergreen tree and an American flag...

Can’t say PLAs increase or decrease costs, study says

Date Posted: August 20 2010

The anti-union Associated Builders and Contractors “strongly oppose” project labor agreements in the construction industry, because they “prevent taxpayers from getting the best possible product at the best possible price,”...

Construction industry can’t shake jobless doldrums

Date Posted: August 20 2010

U.S. construction employment fell to from 20.1 percent to 17.3 percent between June and July 2010 – but despite that seemingly good news, the number of workers in the industry...

Fresh terra cotta faces to adorn Detroit library

Date Posted: August 20 2010

DETROIT – One of Detroit’s architectural jewels is getting a facelift – actually, a bunch of facelifts – as well as a number of other mechanical and cosmetic improvements that...

Labor Day already? Here’s what’s happening…

Date Posted: August 20 2010

The dog days of August are here, days are getting shorter, and (feel free to cringe) summer is fading fast. But that means that Labor Day is right around the...

Changing of the guard…Gleason retires as MBCTC president…

Date Posted: August 6 2010

LANSING – Patrick “Shorty” Gleason started his retirement from the Michigan Building and Construction Trades Council on Aug. 1, ending a long career of working with the tools as an...

Congress (finally) extends jobless benefits

Date Posted: August 6 2010

WASHINGTON (PAI) – After months of stalling caused by Senate Republican filibustering, Congress finally extended jobless benefits for the long-term unemployed.  Democratic President Barack Obama signed the bill July 22....

Iron Workers the latest to enjoy Washtenaw Co.’s facilities, hospitality

Date Posted: August 6 2010

YPSILANTI – The Iron Workers Training Department and 650 union instructors from around North America descended upon Washtenaw Community College July 19-23, learning the latest lessons in the trade while...

Labor must become ‘all in,’ not spectators, in this industry

Date Posted: August 6 2010

For my entire career I have worked for the advancement of union construction. To do so has required a great degree of personal optimism in the face of cynicism, inertia,...

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