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OSHA finally orders employers: buy protective equipment for workers

Date Posted: December 7 2007

WASHINGTON (PAI) - It took an AFL-CIO lawsuit, congressional intervention and an appellate court ruling, but the Bush government's Occupational Safety and Health Administration issued its final rule requiring employers...

The problem with the NLRB: It's rolling over workers rights

Date Posted: December 7 2007

By Mark Gruenberg PAI Staff Writer WASHINGTON (PAI) - The AFL-CIO-led protest against the rulings of the Bush-named three-member majority of the National Labor Relations Board was not just another...

There's fabrication work in the pipeline at W. Soule

Date Posted: December 7 2007

KALAMAZOO - Nationwide, there are 115 ethanol plants in operation, and another 80 are under construction. Relatively speaking, the bio-fuel industry is a just a baby, with technology, hardware and...

‘Better times’ ahead for Michigan construction, says latest forecast

Date Posted: November 23 2007

Time for a little construction conjecture. As we move toward the end of the year, construction industry prognosticators unfailingly pop up and take a stab at predicting the future. One...

Challenges to prevailing wage don’t add up

Date Posted: November 23 2007

"The prevailing wage law increases the cost of construction by 10 percent to 15 percent, and the additional costs are passed along to Michigan taxpayers." - Paul Kersey, The Mackinac...

Congress provides the key to new Soo lock

Date Posted: November 23 2007

The U.S. Senate on Nov. 7 joined the House in overriding President Bush's veto, opening the door to the spending of $23 billion for Army Corps of Engineers water-related projects...

News Briefs

Date Posted: November 23 2007

U-M: U.S. economy will rebound ANN ARBOR - Despite a slumping housing market, rising oil prices, flat auto sales, a weak U.S. dollar and waning consumer confidence, America's economy will...

Trades writing their chapters in Book-Cadillac's renovation

Date Posted: November 23 2007

DETROIT - The Westin Book-Cadillac Hotel is quite literally coming out of its shell. Just over a year ago, developer John Ferchill led a tour of journalists through the ruins...

50 years for the Mackinac Bridge

Date Posted: October 26 2007

At 1:45 p.m. on Nov. 1, 1957, the City of Petoskey car ferry made its final trip from Mackinaw City, docking in St. Ignace for an open house and program...

Good maintenance keeps the Mighty Mac mighty

Date Posted: October 26 2007

ST. IGNACE - We should all be as healthy as the Mackinac Bridge at age 50. A steady regimen of parts replacement, painting, lubrication, and a form of exercise has...

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