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The Building Tradesman Newspaper Editions

Recession has ‘devastating impact’ on construction industry

Date Posted: July 17 2009

An economic bellwether and one of the hardest-hit industries during this recession, the construction industry is a very sick patient that isn’t getting better, A federal jobs report issued July...

Automotive downturn arrives at trades’ doorstep, 10% givebacks set for Chrysler, Ford work

Date Posted: July 3 2009

The National Maintenance Agreements Policy Committee approved a series of modifications to its industrial maintenance and construction contracts with Chrysler and Ford Motor Co. on June 3, a move that...

GM nods: make it in Michigan

Date Posted: July 3 2009

Congressman Gary Peters (D-Bloomfield Twp.) and a host of UAW autoworkers on June 23 delivered 20,000 online signatures to General Motors' Renaissance Center headquarters, imploring the automaker to build a...

Ingham County PLA rule easily adopted

Date Posted: July 3 2009

MASON – By a 13-2 margin, the Ingham County Board of Commissioners on June 23 adopted a resolution approving the use of project labor agreements (PLAs) on construction work sponsored...

News Briefs

Date Posted: July 3 2009

Michigan AFL-CIO’s Garrison is mourned Frank Garrison, the president of the Michigan AFL-CIO from 1986-1999, died June 17, 2009. He was 74. “The Michigan AFL-CIO has lost one of its...

NMU lobby work brings residence halls together

Date Posted: July 3 2009

MARQUETTE – With renovations on Northern Michigan University’s four residence halls having been completed in recent years, the school’s task this summer is to bring everything together by modernizing the...

PLAs: ‘Valuable tools’ that provide value for taxpayers

Date Posted: July 3 2009

By Dale Belman Michigan State University Associate Director & Professor, School of Labor & Industrial Relations The Ingham County Board of Commissioners should approve a proposal requiring county taxpayer-funded construction...

Trades serving time expanding Washtenaw Co. courts, lockup

Date Posted: July 3 2009

PITTSFIELD TWP. – Washtenaw County is getting more room to deal with those who run afoul of the law. The county is expanding its jail and courtroom space to address...

Funding outlook is grim for crumbling state roads

Date Posted: June 19 2009

LANSING – These are lean, lean times in Michigan for the highway building industry. And they’re not much better around the country, either. On June 3, the Michigan Infrastructure and...

Kids, families are the focus at new children’s hospital

Date Posted: June 19 2009

GRAND RAPIDS – Under construction along Michigan Street, the 14-story Helen Devos Children’s Hospital expansion will add 440,000 square-feet of space to the city’s Medical Mile, a collection of health...

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