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The Building Tradesman Newspaper Editions

More room to operate at Munson Hospital

Date Posted: June 19 2009

TRAVERSE CITY – Air handlers and related fixtures for a major expansion project at Munson Medical Center are being deftly handled by Sheet Metal Workers Local 7 members. Employed by...

News Briefs

Date Posted: June 19 2009

Carpenters looking at rejoining trades International Brotherhood of Carpenters General President Doug McCarron said that his union – in concert with the International Union of Operating Engineers – is “optimistic”...

The Employee Free Choice Act: time for a compromise in Congress?

Date Posted: June 19 2009

By Mark Gruenberg PAI Staff Writer WASHINGTON (PAI) – Congressional supporters of the Employee Free Choice Act, trying to get the 60 senators they need to break a planned Republican-led...

Trades: Don’t harm our existing health care plans

Date Posted: June 19 2009

The head of the AFL-CIO Building Trades Department, who generally speaks on behalf of all the group’s affiliated unions, last month urged Congress to blend universal health care coverage in...

'Work is just getting started' – Slow roll-out for stimulus

Date Posted: June 19 2009

The federal stimulus money is slowly starting to put Americans to work.  A May 21 report by the House Committee on Transportation and Infrastructure revealed that 90 days after President...

Building trades chief: Construction unions share 'enormous stake' in Employee Free Choice

Date Posted: June 5 2009

By Mark Gruenberg PAI Staff Writer WASHINGTON (PAI)--Passage of the Employee Free Choice Act could open up residential construction worker organizing to the nation's building trades unions, the head of...

Employer intimidation 'standard practice' in fighting union drives

Date Posted: June 5 2009

By Dick Meister A new study by one of the country's most highly regarded labor experts makes clear beyond doubt that illegal employer actions and lax government oversight have denied...

Good, safe work at J.H. Campbell outage brings acclaim to trades

Date Posted: June 5 2009

PORT SHELDON TWP. - Another outage, another collection of kudos for the men and women in the building trades who made repairs to J.H. Campbell Unit 2 at Consumers Energy's...

News Briefs

Date Posted: June 5 2009

Work zone crashes drop 9 percent in Michigan The lousy economy took its toll on some of the largest Michigan-based construction contractors, as many dropped in their positions - or...

Slip in April construction 'establishing a bottom' for industry?

Date Posted: June 5 2009

The value of new construction starts fell 1% in April to a seasonally adjusted annual rate of $386.6 billion, according to a May 19 report from McGraw-Hill Construction. The drop...

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