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The Building Tradesman Newspaper Editions

Obama skips chance for teachable moment about unions

Date Posted: May 14 2010

Speaking at the memorial of the 29 miners killed in a West Virginia mine explosion, President Obama praised the risks the miners had taken daily to provide for their families....

Trades complete successful outage at D.C. Cook

Date Posted: May 14 2010

BRIDGMAN – The D.C. Cook Nuclear Plant Unit 1 returned to service on April 9, following a 37-day refueling outage that employed more than 800 building trades workers. Plant owner...

Anybody listening? Push is on to prevent hearing loss

Date Posted: April 30 2010

The time is right, it seems, to make some noise about creating a safety standard to preserve the hearing of construction workers. “It is time to renew pressure on OSHA...

Court upholds OSHA’s authority to protect workers

Date Posted: April 30 2010

In a major win for workers’ safety on the job, a federal appeals court upheld the power of the Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) to determine how to craft...

‘If you do not grow, the middle class will not grow,’ Biden tells trades

Date Posted: April 30 2010

Pointing to an unemployment rate – nearly 25 percent – for construction workers that is “unacceptably high,” Vice President Joe Biden on April 19 told some 3,000 delegates to the...

‘It’s time to knock off the bulls---’ Putting jobs before politics will put America back to work

Date Posted: April 30 2010

Following are excerpts of comments made by AFL-CIO Building Trades Department President Mark Ayers to the 2010 Building Trades Legislative Conference in Washington D.C., held April 19-22. “Today we meet...

Major revamp ongoing at Monroe Power Plant

Date Posted: April 30 2010

MONROE – One of their largest maintenance outages ever – at one of the largest power plants in the nation – is ongoing at DTE Energy’s Monroe Power Plant Unit...

News Briefs

Date Posted: April 30 2010

PLA set for U.P. Renewafuel job MARQUETTE – Renewa-fuel LLC, will build a next-generation biomass fuel production facility at the former K.I. Sawyer Air Base  in Marquette using a project...

No ups or downs for sluggish construction

Date Posted: April 30 2010

March construction activity in the U.S. was “essentially unchanged” from February’s numbers, according to a report issued April 21 by McGraw-Hill Construction. There was improved activity in March shown by...

To return U.S. to the path of prosperity…can we try the union way again?

Date Posted: April 30 2010

Following are excerpts of a speech given on April 7 by AFL-CIO President Richard Trumka to the Institute of Politics, Harvard Kennedy School.   I am going to talk tonight about...

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