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Action starts at Firekeepers Casino

Date Posted: August 14 2009

BATTLE CREEK – Michigan’s newest casino is open for business – the new $300 million Firekeepers Casino. The 230,000 square-foot gaming facility opened to the public on Aug. 9, after...

Detroit River terminal seeks to become a hub for Great Lakes cruises

Date Posted: August 14 2009

DETROIT – The state’s largest city would be a good stop for any cruise ship plying the Great Lakes – but at this time, there aren’t good places along the...

Devlin, Gleason re-elected to building trades offices

Date Posted: August 14 2009

SAULT STE. MARIE – Michigan Building and Construction Trades Council Secretary-Treasurer Patrick Devlin and President Patrick “Shorty” Gleason were both re-elected to four-year terms during the council’s 49th annual convention....

IBEW training program finds a home at U-M

Date Posted: August 14 2009

ANN ARBOR –The city and the University of Michigan’s hospitality and facilities won rave reviews from the nearly 2,000 electricians from across the nation who participated in the National Training...

News Briefs

Date Posted: August 14 2009

Make plans to celebrate Labor Day With summer winding down, it’s time once again to start thinking about Labor Day. Celebrations of the American worker are held in various sites...

State AFL-CIO chief:‘We’re losing a helluva lot of members’ – now’s time to push labor’s goals

Date Posted: August 14 2009

SAULT STE. MARIE – If the nation needs a guide to understanding and fixing the ongoing economic Great Recession, as it’s being called, look to what happened in the years...

Without compromise, prospects dim in ’09 for EFCA passage

Date Posted: August 14 2009

While organized labor leaders continue to push for passage this year of the Employee Free Choice Act – which is expected to ease the organizing process for unions and help...

Businesses with house in order 'have nothing to fear' from EFCA

Date Posted: August 3 2009

In a recent edition of Newsweek, a small business owner named Kevin Kelly opined that our nation would, indeed, be better off if we were devoid of any and all labor...

Employment numbers continue to be a downer

Date Posted: August 3 2009

Michigan, once again, leads the nation in total unemployment (15.2 percent) according to federal Bureau of Labor Statistics numbers released July 17. (No state since West Virginia in 1984 had...

First half of 2009 shows immense drop in construction activity

Date Posted: August 3 2009

Overall U.S. construction activity in the 12 months leading up to June 2009 dropped 27 percent compared to the same period through June 2008, according to a July 21 report...

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