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The Building Tradesman Newspaper Editions

'Hire Michigan First' would put local workers first in line

Date Posted: February 27 2009

LANSING – The House Labor and Commerce Committee sent the “Hire Michigan First” job-creation plan to the full House on Feb. 10, moving on legislation to ensure that Michigan residents...

Imperfect bill a 'cushion,' not a cure for construction unemployment

Date Posted: February 27 2009

From the perspective of the building trades, a perfect federal stimulus package would have lavished hundreds of billions of dollars on infrastructure upgrades, road and bridge projects, school and public...

Michigan stimulus windfall pegged at about $7 billion

Date Posted: February 27 2009

Michigan’s share of the $787 billion American Recovery & Reinvestment Act stimulus, approved by Congress and signed into law on Feb. 17 by President Barack Obama, comes in at about...

Stimulus bill has something for everyone; but trades would like more

Date Posted: February 27 2009

WASHINGTON (PAI) – The $790 billion American Recovery and Reinvestment Act, known as the stimulus bill, contains something for just about everyone as it tries to help pull the economy...

Today's lesson: Employee Free Choice Act 101

Date Posted: February 27 2009

The Employee Free Choice Act isn't on the general public's radar screen, and it's also probably not much more than a faint blip on the collective psyche of the nation's...

Will the New, New Deal be enough?

Date Posted: February 27 2009

The stock market reached a six-year low today. Why? Some blame loose talk (including that of former Fed Chair Alan Greenspan) about nationalizing the nation’s banks. Others blame Obama’s new...

A northern lodge? No, it's Henry Ford's new $310M hospital

Date Posted: February 13 2009

WEST BLOOMFIELD – It has the look and feel of Northern Michigan lodge, with natural construction components like stone and wood, and an interior courtyard that includes trees and wood...

First order of business: Obama signs Fair Pay Act

Date Posted: February 13 2009

WASHINGTON (PAI) – The first law Democratic President Barack Obama signed helps workers: The Lilly Ledbetter Fair Pay Act. With the graying gentle grandmother from Gadsden, Ala., standing just behind,...

Governor's green initiative blacks out thousands of construction jobs

Date Posted: February 13 2009

LANSING – Gov. Jennifer Granholm delivered a body blow to Michigan’s construction industry during her State of the State address on Feb. 3. One of the few potential bright spots...

Is Obama serious about supporting union expansion? So far, so good

Date Posted: February 13 2009

I do not view the labor movement as part of the problem, to me it’s part of the solution.  – President Barack Obama, Jan. 30, 2009 The great union leader...

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