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The Building Tradesman Newspaper Editions

Panel OK's bill overturning NLRB's 'workers are supervisors' ruling

Date Posted: September 28 2007

WASHINGTON (PAI) - Ultimately, it's a vote whose purpose will probably only illustrate the difference between typically union-friendly Democrats and anti-union Republicans. By a 26-20 party-line vote 11 months after...

Senate moves to prevent potential Mexican truck menace

Date Posted: September 28 2007

WASHINGTON (PAI) - By a 74-24 margin, the U.S. Senate on Sept. 11 voted to ban uninspected Mexican trucks from U.S. roads. The vote was an attempt to sidetrack a...

Trades energize solar house project

Date Posted: September 28 2007

SOUTHFIELD - Students at Lawrence Tech University participating in the Solar Decathlon 2007 have easy access to the plans, theories and textbooks that address energy efficient construction techniques. Not-so-readily available...

'Designed to bust unions'

Date Posted: September 14 2007

The following letter was sent to Plumbers and Steamfitters Local 85 Business Representative Bill Hard, who passed it along to us. It is reprinted with the author's permission. Dear Bill,...

News Briefs

Date Posted: September 14 2007

Construction fatality list led by falls According to preliminary, 2006 data (the most recent available) from the Bureau of Labor Statistics (BLS), 1,226 construction workers lost their lives in on-the-job...

Right to work - wrong for Michigan

Date Posted: September 14 2007

(Organized labor is very carefully watching the behind-the-scenes effort to place a right-to-work measure on the statewide ballot in Michigan next year. To battle that effort, the Michigan AFL-CIO and...

Two strategies pursue improved safety on jobs

Date Posted: September 14 2007

Only about four percent of Michigan's workforce is employed in construction - however, fatalities in the building trades account for more than 40 percent of all fatal workplace accidents. Responsible...

What's good for workers is good for America

Date Posted: September 14 2007

By John Sweeney AFL-CIO President Last month, Steve Skvara, a disabled, retired steelworker who can't afford his wife's health care, shook the AFL-CIO's Presidential Candidates Forum by asking tearfully, "What's...

Without unions, there's no Labor Day - and no pensions… no 8-hour day… no OT pay…

Date Posted: September 14 2007

By Dick Meister Day. Time once more for politicians and union adherents to speak of the greatness of organized labor. Time once more for the rest of us to ignore...

Goodbye summer, hello Labor Day - Events slated in several communities

Date Posted: August 31 2007

We don't know where the summer went, either - but as the end of August starts to loom, it's time to start thinking about Labor Day. Building trades workers are...

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