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The Building Tradesman Newspaper Editions

Use - not abuse - of apprentices will pay dividends later

Date Posted: January 11 2008

(Second in a series) By Mark Breslin This month I would like to provide a lesson in demographic economics. I have no idea if such a thing exists but it...

'General nonsense' guides logic in splits among union

Date Posted: December 21 2007

By Mark H. Ayers President AFL-CIO Building and Construction Trades Department I would like to focus on a particular, on-going theme that causes me great concern - the fragmentation of...

News Briefs

Date Posted: December 21 2007

NLRB chief defends anti-worker rulings National Labor Relations Board Chairman Robert Battista, a Republican appointed by President George W. Bush, took the unusual step on Dec. 13 of addressing charges...

On-the-job injury numbers don't always add up

Date Posted: December 21 2007

Workplace injury and illness numbers in the U.S. may not be what they seem. News item from the Oct. 26 issue of The Building Tradesman: "The construction industry was a...

Preserving data is Job One at technology center addition

Date Posted: December 21 2007

BELLEVILLE - From the outside, the JP Morgan Chase Technology Center looks like your run-of-the-mill office building addition - albeit without windows. Inside, it's a different story. Walsh Construction is...

Union ties that bind are a little loose

Date Posted: December 21 2007

Two years ago, in the first major split in organized labor in 50 years, the Change-to-Win (CTW) Federation broke away from the AFL-CIO. The AFL-CIO federation lost about one-third of...

'What bonds us is much more compelling than what divides us'

Date Posted: December 21 2007

By Mark Breslin When I was in high school I was not the first kid most parents wanted to see their kid hang out with. Thus it was no surprise...

Big House to get bigger, better

Date Posted: December 7 2007

ANN ARBOR - With the University of Michigan having completed a disappointing 8-4 regular season on Nov. 17 with a loss on their home turf to Ohio State, attention now...

Michigan on the highway to steadily declining roads - and road funding

Date Posted: December 7 2007

LANSING - With the state government's chronic lack of money and legislators' inability to pass a balanced budget, we shouldn't be surprised that Michigan's roads - and construction workers' employment...

News Briefs

Date Posted: December 7 2007

Construction drops 10% from '06 to '07 New U.S. construction starts in October stayed essentially the same as September, but dropped significantly in the first 10 months of 2007 compared...

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