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GOP lawmaker makes right-to-work pitch to Michigan businesses

Date Posted: April 18 2008

LANSING - The effort to institute a right-to-work (RTW) law in Michigan is heating up. With legislation that would make Michigan a right-to-work state completely bottled up in the Democratic-led...

News Briefs

Date Posted: April 18 2008

Prevailing wage law eases into Eaton County CHARLOTTE - In some communities, getting a prevailing wage law adopted is like pulling teeth. Not so in Eaton County, located southwest of...

Our industry needs to redefine role in education

Date Posted: April 18 2008

By Mark Breslin If you surveyed a hundred sets of parents in society today and asked them what success looks like for their children, what answer would you get? If...

Trades check in to create new Fort Shelby Hotel

Date Posted: April 18 2008

DETROIT - After 90 years of use and abuse, the Fort Shelby Hotel is undergoing an unlikely renovation. With the roof open to the elements - there were trees growing...

Billions in utility construction hinge on repeal of state law

Date Posted: April 4 2008

Adopted in 2000, Public Act 141, The Electric Restructuring Act, partially deregulated Michigan's electrical industry. The act was supposed to lead to enhanced competition, greater choice and lower costs for...

From oldest to newest, Bell Hospital makes modern movement

Date Posted: April 4 2008

ISHPEMING - Constructed in 1917, Bell Memorial Hospital is believed to be the oldest active hospital building in the state, and is nearing the end of its lifespan as a...

Lots of energy at building trades conference

Date Posted: April 4 2008

LANSING - Politics and power dominated the conversation at the 49th legislative conference of the Michigan Building and Construction Trades Council. Held March 19-20, the conference emphasized the importance of...

New BT president stresses worker accountability

Date Posted: April 4 2008

LANSING -AFL-CIO Building Trades Department President Mark Ayers took shots at President Bush, Republican presidential candidate John McCain, and the general anti-union culture of conservatives. But during his March 19...

News Briefs

Date Posted: April 4 2008

Road workers get ready to rumble Building trades road workers, get ready to rumble. The Michigan Department of Transportation (MDOT) announced March 28 it is starting a three- year, $8...

Progressive, labor groups to Spend at least $150m on election

Date Posted: April 4 2008

By Mark Gruenberg PAI Staff Writer WASHINGTON (PAI) - Progressive groups nationwide, including the AFL-CIO, plan to spend at least $150 million - and could spend double that - on...

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