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The Building Tradesman Newspaper Editions

You're a union Hardhat: define yourself

Date Posted: April 4 2008

By Mark Breslin Character is a quality most usually associated with people. As a professional negotiator, advocate and strategist for 25 years, it is now the first assessment I make...

IBEW organizing blitz sparks union interest in Florida

Date Posted: March 21 2008

In the 22 years he has been a union organizer for the International Brotherhood of Electrical Workers, Muskegon native Jim Rudicil has preached "using all the tools in your toolbox"...

Labor makes other plans while presidential race sorts itself out

Date Posted: March 21 2008

WASHINGTON (PAI) - Clinton? Obama? Or (highly unlikely) McCain? The AFL-CIO has reaffirmed that it won't be endorsing a candidate for president before there's more of a consensus choice among...

Michigan State OKs PLAs, responsible contractor language

Date Posted: March 21 2008

EAST LANSING - The Michigan State University Board of Trustees on Feb. 22 put into place a framework for the use of project labor agreements (PLA) for major campus construction...

News Briefs

Date Posted: March 21 2008

Laborers return to building trades WASHINGTON D.C. - The Laborers International Union of North America is reuniting with the AFL-CIO Building and Construction Trades Department after two years of disaffiliation....

Old dogs need new tricks when it comes to dealing with apprentices

Date Posted: March 21 2008

By Mark Breslin One of my previous articles really kicked up some dust. I heard from many readers regarding the treatment of apprentices. The responses came in two categories; traditional...

O*Net website shows why right-to-work is wrong for Michigan

Date Posted: March 21 2008

One of the tools currently getting some use in Jim Rudicil's toolbox is information gleaned from the O*Net website at "It provides very accurate information about wages in every...

Trades help Spartan football with their game planning

Date Posted: March 21 2008

EAST LANSING - "It's not the will to win, but the will to prepare to win that makes the difference." - Alabama football coach Paul "Bear" Bryant. Michigan State University...

Federal workers unions vs. Bush: 'We won. They lost. Game over.'

Date Posted: March 7 2008

By Mark Gruenberg PAI Staff Writer WASHINGTON (PAI) - Federal worker unions racked up two big wins against President George W. Bush after his regime, on Feb. 18, gave up...

'Gateway' work to improve border, freeway exchanges

Date Posted: March 7 2008

DETROIT - The Ambassador Bridge Gateway Project is the largest single construction contract ever undertaken by the Michigan Department of Transportation - and it looks like it. The $230 million...

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