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The Building Tradesman Newspaper Editions

Whitmer promotes road plan, offers trades 'a voice at the table'

Date Posted: March 22 2019

LANSING - The Michigan Building and Construction Trades Council, back in August 2017 was the first group in organized labor to endorse the candidacy of Gretchen Whitmer for the state's...

State AFL-CIO's Bieber: now let's create a labor majority in Lansing

Date Posted: March 22 2019

LANSING - The election of Gretchen Whitmer to Michigan governor and gains of five Democratic seats in both the state House and Senate have brushed aside the anti-union fervor that...

Construction returns to the FRIB at Michigan State

Date Posted: March 22 2019

EAST LANSING - The building trades, Barton Malow and Michigan State University aren't quite finished with the FRIB. Construction of the major portion of MSU's $730 million Facility for Rare...

Upper Peninsula projects suffer from an invasive species of protestors

Date Posted: March 22 2019

LANSING - The Upper Peninsula, already enjoying a fairly strong construction market, has even greater opportunities on its doorstep. That is, if groups of people who don't live there would...

New House labor caucus set to give unions a hearing

Date Posted: March 22 2019

LANSING - When organized labor wants to raise its voice, the Michigan Legislative Labor Caucus will lend its ear. That's the plan of the new Labor Caucus chairman, State Rep....

Watered-down overtime rule stops higher pay for 2.8M U.S. workers

Date Posted: March 22 2019

WASHINGTON - The U.S. Labor Department earlier this month released a proposal to expand overtime pay for eligible workers, but at a rate about half of the standard proposed under...

News Briefs

Date Posted: March 22 2019

NABTU numbers grow by 70,000 Unions affiliated with North America's Building Trades Unions gained 70,000 new active members during 2018, NABTU announced March 11. The jump in numbers is "continuing...

Fiat Chrysler to pump $4.5B in SE Michigan

Date Posted: March 8 2019

DETROIT - Fiat Chrysler announced Feb. 26 that it would invest $4.5 billion to build a new assembly plant here and add production at five existing Michigan facilities. The investment...

Nagging national right-to-work law pops up in Congress, again

Date Posted: March 8 2019

WASHINGTON, D.C. - A national right-to-work bill has been re-introduced in Congress. Sen. Rand Paul (R-Kent.) and 16 co-sponsors introduced the bill as S. 525, which would "preserve and protect...

News Briefs

Date Posted: March 8 2019

Strong start to 2019 for U.S. architects WASHINGTON - The year has started off well for construction contractors and their partners in the building trades - and the architects are happy,...

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