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Date Posted: February 8 2019

Construction wraps up strong year Michigan's construction industry finished out last year on a strong note, with bolstering employment numbers in December that added frosting to an already cake-like 2018....

Persistent malaise vexes U.S. union membership

Date Posted: February 8 2019

The percentage of union members in Michigan's workforce declined in 2018 to 14.5 percent from 15.6 percent in 2017, a steeper drop than steadier national unionization numbers. The decline nearly...

State attorney general to review petition gathering restrictions

Date Posted: February 8 2019

LANSING - A new restriction on petition signature gathering in Michigan could put a major crimp on any future attempt to use the already laborious method to reinstate the state's...

Trump's NLRB again widens independent contractor rule

Date Posted: February 8 2019

WASHINGTON, D.C. - The National Labor Relations Board on Jan. 25 reversed its policy set during the Obama Administration, and made it easier for companies to treat their workers as...

U.S. construction cost hikes are worrisome

Date Posted: February 8 2019

After a year marked by numerous price spikes, construction costs declined in December but remained elevated compared to year-earlier prices, while prices of new buildings also moved higher, according to...

WCCCD, trades, build space to play, learn and workout

Date Posted: February 8 2019

DETROIT - The Wayne County Community College District - long a fixture in the city with its campus along Fort Street on the western edge of downtown - is creating...

Lawsuit to reset prevailing wage law on hold in courts

Date Posted: January 25 2019

LANSING - A union-backed lawsuit that seeks to declare invalid the citizens initiative which led to the repeal of the Michigan Prevailing Wage Act last year enters the new year...

Fresh start for state governor, lawmakers, hopefully labor, too

Date Posted: January 25 2019

LANSING - It's a new year: Michigan has a new governor and new lawmakers, and it's certain to be a fresh start for organized labor. Unions and working people have...

Last wintertime auto show bittersweet for display builders

Date Posted: January 25 2019

DETROIT - For trades workers setting up the North American International Auto Show at Cobo Center, this year's diminished, final show in the month of January was still a significant...

Unlikely RTW repeal measures introduced

Date Posted: January 25 2019

LANSING - The chances of repealing Michigan's seven-year-old right-to-work laws are slim and none - and closer to none. But organized labor in the state appreciates the effort. Although newly...

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