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More roadblocks for power plant work

Date Posted: September 25 2009

The Michigan Public Service Commission dropped a bombshell report on the state utilities, contractors and the building trades Sept. 8, by releasing its findings during the application process that said...

New AFL-CIO chief Trumka pledges to lead labor in fight to rebuild middle class

Date Posted: September 25 2009

By Mark Gruenberg PAI Staff Writer PITTSBURGH (PAI) – Promising what visually and verbally seems to be an image of muscular leadership of organized labor, former coal miner Richard L....

News Briefs

Date Posted: September 25 2009

Trades mourn death of Ray Glowski Ray Glowski, retired secretary-treasurer of the Greater Detroit Building and Construction Trades Council, passed away Sept. 4, 2009. He was 80 years old. Mr....

Obama to AFL-CIO: ‘When organized labor succeeds, the middle class succeeds’

Date Posted: September 25 2009

By Mark Gruenberg PAI Staff Writer PITTSBURGH (PAI) –Amid a tumultuous welcome that could have raised the roof of Pittsburgh’s convention center – had that been do-able – President Barack...

Passage of Employee Free Choice Act is about details,and more details

Date Posted: September 25 2009

By Mark Gruenberg PAI Staff Writer PITTSBURGH (PAI) – Union leaders and staffers at the AFL-CIO Convention in Pittsburgh are confident Congress will pass the Employee Free Choice Act, but...

Big drop for construction fatalities

Date Posted: September 11 2009

Workplace fatalities in the construction industry dropped significantly from 2007 to 2008 – 20 percent – but the building industry continues to lead all employment sectors in worker fatalities. A...

Bigger, better, Battle Creek Central H.S. on the way

Date Posted: September 11 2009

The addition to Battle Creek Central High School is shaping up, with structural steel dominating the landscape next to the existing school on West Van Buren Street. A $67 million...

Decade-long safety record shows improvement, too

Date Posted: September 11 2009

The national construction fatality rate declined 47 percent and the number of recordable safety incidents dropped 38 percent since the federal government switched to a safety oversight approach known as...

News Briefs

Date Posted: September 11 2009

Groundbreaking set for Gun Lake Casino To the surprise of many, on Sept. 2 the Match-E-Be-Nash-She-Wish Band of Pottawatomi Indians, also known as the Gun Lake Tribe, suddenly announced it...

Obama proposes pro-PLA rules, seeks to extend them to other projects

Date Posted: September 11 2009

WASHINGTON – President Barack Obama wants to stop the political ping-pong around project labor agreements (PLAs), by inserting a requirement for them for major construction contracts solely done with federal...

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