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The Building Tradesman Newspaper Editions

News Briefs

Date Posted: December 26 2008

No action in '08 on toilet bill LANSING - The legislative year ends with no action on House Bill 5064, a measure which would increase the number of portable toilets...

Obama signals support for jobs proposal that any Hardhat would love

Date Posted: December 26 2008

Road and bridge projects worked to put Americans to work during Franklin D. Roosevelt's New Deal program in the 1930s - can the concept can work again 70 years later?...

They're 'willing to risk a worse global economic calamity in order to break a union'

Date Posted: December 26 2008

By Robert Borosage Campaign for America's Future In their last obstruction, Mitch "Dr. No" McConnell's Senate Republicans blocked a bridge loan for the auto companies, unwilling even to sustain them...

News Briefs

Date Posted: December 12 2008

Bush takes parting shot at unions In a final-days attack on workers' rights, President Bush on Dec. 1 issued an executive order that denies collective bargaining rights to about 8,600...

Smooth journey for giant Marathon coker drums

Date Posted: December 12 2008

DETROIT - One of the first major tasks associated with the Marathon Petroleum Co.'s Heavy Oil Upgrade Project (HUOP) was the installation of a pair of "coker drums." Built in...

Trades help Fort-Shelby Hotel make an unlikely comeback

Date Posted: December 12 2008

DETROIT - It's not as grand as the recently opened Westin Book-Cadillac a few blocks away, nor is it modern and flashy like the city's three new casino hotels. The...

Unions, employers push for relaxed pension rules

Date Posted: December 12 2008

Following this fall's calamity in the money markets, as well as the loss of construction man-hours brought on by the declining economy, multi-employer pension plans that serve building trades unions...

Why rescue Big Three?: 'Cascade of financial damage' awaits with failure of rescue

Date Posted: December 12 2008

By Thomas I. Palley Special to Press Associates DETROIT (PAI) - Bankruptcy of the nation's Detroit-based "Big Three" automakers - who aren't as big as they used to be -...

Employee Free Choice Act: Largely unknown, labor's top priority needs P.R. - and a plan

Date Posted: November 28 2008

The nation's labor leaders expect the Employee Free Choice Act (EFCA) to be passed by the Democratic Congress and signed by President Barack Obama, hopefully, in his first 100 days...

Help for U.S. auto industry isn't a bailout - it's a bargain

Date Posted: November 28 2008

Editor's note: the collapse of any of the Detroit Three automakers would have an appalling effect on the U.S. economy and of course, especially Michigan. In addition to all the...

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