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The Building Tradesman Newspaper Editions

Obama: 'I'll sign EFCA'

Date Posted: August 8 2008

By Mark Gruenberg PAI Staff Writer WASHINGTON (PAI) - Prospective Democratic presidential nominee Sen. Barack Obama (D-Ill.) told more than 2,500 union leaders nationwide that "we can't do it without...

Pipe trades workers set sail on Lake Huron

Date Posted: August 8 2008

PORT HURON - Strong winds made for some fast times in the 84th Bayview Port Huron to Mackinac Sailboat Race held on July 12-13, and along for the ride on...

Rally seeks to spark new attention for Employee Free Choice Act

Date Posted: August 8 2008

By Joe Hoshaw Staff Writer The Employee Free Choice Act has been stalled in Congress for more than a year now, and unions throughout Michigan are redoubling their efforts to...

Trades on track for Fabiano

Date Posted: August 8 2008

MONITOR TWP. - Some 200,000 square-feet of concrete has been poured for the floor, the concrete walls are up, and the new Fabiano Brothers Inc. beverage distribution facility is on...

Building trades endorse Obama

Date Posted: July 25 2008

'He is simply on the right side of the issues that matter to our collective membership' By Mark Ayers President, AFL-CIO Building Trades Department On June 18, the Governing Board...

'From factory town to college town' Trades help transform Flint

Date Posted: July 25 2008

There are new signs of life in this tough old town, in the form of the sights and sounds of construction activity in the downtown area. Some $450 million in...

Industrial construction to bring labor shortages, group predicts

Date Posted: July 25 2008

By Guy Snyder Michigan Construction In a national economy that's been softening in a direction known too well by Michigan contractors, what's been happening to the construction labor shortage...

Industry 'clobbered' by surging material costs

Date Posted: July 25 2008

WASHINGTON, D.C. - "Surging prices for diesel fuel, asphalt, steel and other materials are clobbering construction budgets," Ken Simonson, Chief Economist for The Associated General Contractors of America (AGC), said...

Leadership ethics can replace the handshake

Date Posted: July 25 2008

By Mark Breslin I have heard for many years the lament over the loss of "the handshake" that once defined our industry. An unspoken honor system that governed contractor, union,...

News Briefs

Date Posted: July 25 2008

13 weeks added to jobless benefits The following is an excerpt of a July 9 letter from U.S. Sen. Debbie Stabenow to Michigan union leaders: "I am pleased to report...

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