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The Building Tradesman Newspaper Editions

'Devastating' outlook for U.S. construction without stimulus

Date Posted: January 16 2009

If the current dismal work prospects in the U.S. come to fruition, it would be "simply devastating" to the U.S. construction industry, with job layoffs amounting to nearly one-third of...

Job losses explode in final quarter of 2008

Date Posted: January 16 2009

Employment in the U.S. construction industry is hurting, but Hardhats have plenty of company. On Jan. 9 the Bureau of Labor Statistics reported that the nation shed 524,000 jobs in...

Most building trades pension plans are healthy, but negative numbers lurk

Date Posted: January 16 2009

A survey released in December on the financial status of multi-employer pension plans - such as those that cover building trades unions - finds an increasing number of patients on...

News Briefs

Date Posted: January 16 2009

Back or front burner for labor's EFCA? Organized labor's top priority certainly isn't a priority for Republicans in Congress, and it may not be a priority for a lot of...

Stretched funding rules give pension plans a much-needed break

Date Posted: January 16 2009

Christmas for the nation's pension plans came a little early last year, as President Bush on Dec. 23 signed legislation that is expected to provide some relief for single- and...

Topped out C.S. Mott Hospital replacement 'right on schedule'

Date Posted: January 16 2009

ANN ARBOR - The structural steel's up at the massive C.S. Mott Children's and Women's Hospital Replacement Project, but it's only the first major milestone that can be marked as...

Delta Dental's HQ becomes bigger, greener with expansion

Date Posted: December 26 2008

OKEMOS - Smile. An $85 million expansion of the Delta Dental headquarters is moving along nicely. In its 51st year of business, the dental benefits provider is bursting at the...

Dow Corning announces $1B expansion

Date Posted: December 26 2008

HEMLOCK - Dow Corning's Hemlock Semiconductor Group announced Dec. 15 that it would invest up to $1 billion to expand polycrystalline production at its plant here, about 10 miles west...

Do we become a nation that…no longer has a path to middle class prosperity?

Date Posted: December 26 2008

Editor's note: For all the bashing that Republicans in the U.S. Senate have received here in Michigan for their vote against the auto bridge loans to Detroit's Big Three, one...

MSU reels in $550M isotope beam facility

Date Posted: December 26 2008

EAST LANSING- "This is a great day for science," said MSU President Lou Anna K. Simon. It was a pretty good day for Michigan State University and the building trades,...

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