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The Building Tradesman Newspaper Editions

Trades work to reopen gate to the past

Date Posted: May 25 2007

DETROIT - The Hurlbut Memorial Gate at the city's Waterworks Park was completed in 1894 - in an era when communities were willing to devote the resources to build public...

Unionized Homeland workers would 'negatively impact' U.S. security, Bush Administration says

Date Posted: May 25 2007

WASHINGTON - President Bush has promised a veto of a Democrat-backed bill that would allow 125,000 Department of Homeland Security (DHS) workers to operate under a collective bargaining agreement. Bush's...

Motor City Casino on the rise

Date Posted: May 11 2007

The building trades are reaching for the top of the $275 million Motor City Casino, hotel and conference center. The top of the 17-story, 400-room hotel was nearing completion last...

New pains for pension plans aims to limit funding liability

Date Posted: May 11 2007

LANSING - For better or worse, the pension plan administration business ain't what it used to be. The 900-page Pension Protection Act (PPA) of 2006 has done a number on...

News Briefs

Date Posted: May 11 2007

Sheet Metal Workers Local 7: welcome The Building Tradesman puts out the welcome mat for Lansing-based Sheet Metal Workers Local 7. With this issue it joins the long list of...

'Spirit of Solidarity' monument is worth the wait

Date Posted: May 11 2007

LANSING - For better or worse, the pension plan administration business ain't what it used to be. The 900-page Pension Protection Act (PPA) of 2006 has done a number on...

State vows renewed vigor for Michigan's prevailing wage law

Date Posted: May 11 2007

LANSING - The benign neglect of the Michigan Prevailing Wage Act of 1965 is a thing of the past - at least for now. Keith Cooley, director of the state...

Survival story: worker responsibility key to future of construction unions, strategist says

Date Posted: May 11 2007

SOUTHFIELD - Mark Breslin called his seminar "Survival of the Fittest," but from the outset, he suggested that there's a better name for the presentation. "'What's in it for you'...

Budget crisis quickens drumbeat for anti-labor legislation

Date Posted: April 27 2007

LANSING - With Democrats in control of the state House and the governor's chair, passage of a right-to-work law and the outlawing of project labor agreements in Michigan are not...

Construction Marketing, 101 - The rules have changed

Date Posted: April 27 2007

Editor's note: across Michigan, local unions and contractor associations are increasingly hosting management and workplace consultants at seminars to talk to members about how to get an edge over the...

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