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The Building Tradesman Newspaper Editions

Held at arm's length in the past, top Dems now arm-in-arm with labor

Date Posted: October 26 2007

By Dick Meister Don't make the mistake of judging organized labor's strength by numbers alone - by the fact that unions now represent only about 12 percent of the country's...

It's (union-backed) Granholm vs. (business-backed) DeVos on Nov. 7

Date Posted: October 26 2007

LANSING - Michigan Democratic Gov. Jennifer Granholm and her challenger, Republican Richard DeVos live in the same state, but are a world away from each other when it comes to...

Lansing council weighs local worker, expanded prevailing wage rule

Date Posted: October 26 2007

LANSING - The city's lawmakers are reviewing a proposal that would establish a preferred local worker rule as well as what would probably be the broadest prevailing wage rule ever...

Mackinac Bridge workers recall the highs and the lows… and tell tall tales

Date Posted: October 26 2007

The following article with comments by Mackinac Bridge workers was published by The Building Tradesman in 1997 for the bridge's 40th anniversary, and is reprinted here as we mark the...

Men built the Mackinac Bridge, but money made it happen

Date Posted: October 26 2007

ST. IGNACE - The biggest obstacle to building the Mackinac Bridge wasn't necessarily about politics, engineering, logistics or finding good manpower. No, the biggest obstacle was convincing skeptical financiers in...

Mighty Mac's chief engineer: 'Finest, safest, and most beautiful bridge the world has ever seen'

Date Posted: October 26 2007

The following is a condensed article written by D.B. Steinman, the chief engineer of the Mackinac Bridge. It originally appeared in Lawrence A. Rubin's book Mighty Mac, The Official Picture...

More Mackinac memories…'They showed what union people can do'

Date Posted: October 26 2007

Following are comments made this year by workers about their experiences building the Mackinac Bridge. These first-hand accounts originally were published in a booklet handed out at the 50th anniversary...

News Briefs

Date Posted: October 26 2007

Lower increases for wages, bennies Collectively bargained wage and benefit increases in the U.S. construction industry for the first nine months of 2007 took a slight dip compared to the...

News Briefs

Date Posted: October 26 2007

Lower increases for wages, bennies Collectively bargained wage and benefit increases in the U.S. construction industry for the first nine months of 2007 took a slight dip compared to the...

SCHIP is off the block: OP stops expansion of health care for kids

Date Posted: October 26 2007

WASHINGTON - Some 4 million children lost a chance to have health care coverage when the House voted on Oct. 18 and failed to overturn President Bush's veto of the...

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