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The Building Tradesman Newspaper Editions

State's roads face funding pothole

Date Posted: March 2 2007

LANSING - Michigan spent about $1.5 billion on road and bridge construction projects in 2006 and will spend about $1.62 billion this year - but annual expenditures - are expected...

America's workers need the Employee Free Choice Act

Date Posted: February 16 2007

By Tula Connell via the AFL-CIO If your employer tries to cut your health care and pension by 98 percent, what do you do? As a rule, not much. Unless...

Bush seeks fast-track renewal

Date Posted: February 16 2007

By Mark Gruenberg PAI Staff Writer WASHINGTON (PAI) - Pursuing his determination to create free trade pacts without worker rights, President George W. Bush on Jan. 30 asked the Democratic-run...

Construction industry study: New strategies needed to win recruits

Date Posted: February 16 2007

A "radical change" in how workforce development is conducted - including a blunt suggestion to start recruiting a more non-white workforce - is needed to fill employment needs in the...

News Briefs

Date Posted: February 16 2007

Low trend for trade unions Long-term trends for union penetration in the construction industry may be stabilizing, but they're still not good. In our last issue, we reported that the...

Senate passes minimum wage hike, adds tax breaks

Date Posted: February 16 2007

WASHINGTON (PAI) - By a 94-3 vote on Feb. 1, the new Democratic-run Senate approved the first raise in the federal minimum wage in a decade. But to get enough...

Trades, contractors send message to MSU: thanks

Date Posted: February 16 2007

EAST LANSING - At a reception with Michigan State University officials held Thursday, Jan. 18, Mid-Michigan Construction Alliance (MMCA) members thanked the University for its utilization of the union construction...

Tribe appreciates union skills at Four Winds Casino

Date Posted: February 16 2007

NEW BUFFALO TWP. - A new hotel and casino are blowing into the extreme southwest corner of the state, in the form of the Four Winds Casino Resort, which is...

Labor keeps an eye on new 110th Congress

Date Posted: February 2 2007

WASHINGTON - Three months after organized labor played a big part in helping Democrats take control of Congress - and two weeks after House Dems successfully pushed through their "first...

Nation's unionization rate continues decline

Date Posted: February 2 2007

The nation's unionization rate continued to fall in 2006, as 12 percent of employed wage and salary workers were union members, compared to 12.5 percent at the end of 2005....

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