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The Building Tradesman Newspaper Editions

Why hike wages when taxpayers can borrow their own money?

Date Posted: February 22 2008

By Jim Marcinkowski Financial columnists and the media in general have nothing but high praise for the "big-time benefits" working people will receive as a result of the federal economic...

Chilly building trades ramp up work on Gerald Ford airport parking deck

Date Posted: February 8 2008

GRAND RAPIDS - Things are looking up at Gerald R. Ford International Airport, where reinforced concrete columns poking up from frozen ground marks the first stage of construction of a...

Nation's union membership sees rare, slight jump

Date Posted: February 8 2008

The nation's labor movement received a glimmer of good news on Jan. 25, as the Labor Department's Bureau of Labor Statistics reported that union membership experienced a rare increase in...

News Briefs

Date Posted: February 8 2008

Construction pay remains steady Pay and benefit levels in the U.S. construction industry flattened out in 2007 - but at a pretty high level - according to the Construction Labor...

Radio program lets labor step up to the mike

Date Posted: February 8 2008

GRAND RAPIDS - Regular workers finally have a voice on the airwaves in West Michigan. Introduced as a radio program for workers by workers, "Working West Michigan" made its debut...

There are signs of life in nonresidential, AGC says

Date Posted: February 8 2008

The latest economic indicators say that the slump in the U.S. housing market has not spread to the nonresidential construction sector. "Total construction employment fell by 27,000 in January, seasonally...

The Silent Majority waits for slackers to get their lumps

Date Posted: February 8 2008

By Mark Breslin (Fourth in a series) They are out there. Quiet and yet resolute. We know they are there, but who and how many we cannot be sure. Looking...

Union volunteers stand up against a right-to-work effort that hasn't shown up - yet

Date Posted: February 8 2008

(From the Michigan AFL-CIO) Over 3,500 union activists monitored Michigan's presidential primary polls to warn voters against a potential Right to Work petition drive on Primary Election Day, Jan. 15....

Construction prospects in Michigan: Maybe not great in'08, but not bad

Date Posted: January 25 2008

Michigan is said to be in a one-state recession, but someone should mention that to the construction industry. Our annual, completely unscientific poll of construction activity in different regions of...

News Briefs

Date Posted: January 25 2008

Detroit to host union industries show Detroit has been selected as the site to host the 2008 America at Work Union Industries Show at Cobo Center. The event, scheduled the...

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