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The Building Tradesman Newspaper Editions

Low wages, union hate sustain nonstop war on workers

Date Posted: December 4 2009

By Sean McGarvey Secretary-Treasurer AFL-CIO Building and Construction Trades Department If I asked you to name the longest running war in our nation’s history, what would you say? The Vietnam...

News Briefs

Date Posted: December 4 2009

Union leaders sneer at tax on benefits WASHINGTON (PAI) – Union leaders praised Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid, D-Nev., for crafting a comprehensive 10-year $849 billion health care revision bill...

Steep drop in 2009 for U.S. construction, but hopeful signs sprout

Date Posted: December 4 2009

The value of new U.S. construction starts climbed 12% in October to a seasonally adjusted annual rate of $447.6 billion, it was reported by McGraw-Hill Construction. However, through the first...

Volunteers provide new home, new start for injured veteran

Date Posted: December 4 2009

  MACOMB TWP. – Union masons in Southeast Michigan are among scores of tradespeople, contractors and well-wishers helping to build a new home for an Army veteran who lost both...

What is ‘cap and trade’ anyway?

Date Posted: December 4 2009

President Barack Obama is following on a campaign promise to impose caps on the emissions of greenhouse gases from primarily coal-burning power plants. He proposes reducing U.S. emissions 14% below...

Dreams of economic boon from green energy just blowin’ in the wind

Date Posted: November 20 2009

There are no less than six proposals to build new coal-burning power plants in Michigan, and getting any one of them to start moving dirt would be a virtual lock...

It matters where things are made

Date Posted: November 20 2009

By Rich Trumka AFL-CIO President To our nation’s peril, the free trade orthodoxy continues to ignore a fundamental economic fact: It matters where things are made. Over the past decade...

Lost time for swine flu prompts paid leave proposal

Date Posted: November 20 2009

WASHINGTON (PAI) – As the threat of swine flu outbreaks forcing workers to stay home, unpaid, for long periods of time, the Obama administration is openly endorsing paid family and...

News Briefs

Date Posted: November 20 2009

Congress extends jobless benefits WASHINGTON (PAI) – With unemployment expected to stay high at least through the first part of 2010, the Democratic-run Congress again extended jobless benefits.  President Barack...

Rail bridges ease traffic through Spartan land

Date Posted: November 20 2009

EAST LANSING – The building trades moved tons of earth out of the way, and then cleaned things up nicely in the effort to create a pair of railroad overpasses...

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