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Date Posted: March 31 2006

Welcome aboard, Iron Workers 340 The Welcome Wagon goes out to Iron Workers Local 340, a Battle Creek-based local union that is subscribing to The Building Tradesman for the first...

Right-to-work returns to Lansing

Date Posted: March 31 2006

LANSING - There always seem to be a state lawmaker or two willing to make the perennial push to make Michigan a right-to-work state. The Michigan AFL-CIO reports that state...

Strike actions decline, but past work stoppages hold useful lessons, author says

Date Posted: March 31 2006

By Steve Early Three years ago in Boston, downtown streets and office buildings were the scene of inspiring immigrant worker activism during an unprecedented strike by local janitors. Their walkout...

GOP turnaround makes minimum wage hike likely in Michigan

Date Posted: March 17 2006

LANSING - The circulation of petitions asking Michigan voters to approve an increase in the state's minimum wage prompted state Republicans - surprisingly - to reconsider their long opposition to...

Lull follows report of new trades alliance

Date Posted: March 17 2006

A relative calm after the storm seemed to follow the bombshell Feb. 14 announcement that six international unions would form a new group, the National Construction Alliance. The six unions...

Masons ready new niche for 160-year-old gang of gongers

Date Posted: March 17 2006

Since 1931, Gog and Mogog have gonged on the quarter hour atop the Sir John Bennett clock tower at Greenfield Village, an attraction so popular that rows of benches were...

Michigan Supreme Court upholds prevailing wage

Date Posted: March 17 2006

LANSING - The state Supreme Court finally slammed the door on the Associated Builders and Contractors-Saginaw Valley Chapter's bulldog-like effort to overturn the Michigan Prevailing Wage Act. The end to...

News Briefs

Date Posted: March 17 2006

Status quo for construction pay Pay and benefit increases in the U.S. organized construction industry are expected to continue at a pace similar to the past two years. A 2006...

State seeks to accelerate $320 million in road funds

Date Posted: March 17 2006

LANSING -The Michigan Department of Transportation (MDOT) and Gov. Jennifer Granholm on March 7 announced a new plan to speed up local transportation projects across the state, putting more Hardhats...

Where the action is

Date Posted: March 17 2006

Construction is progressing at the new MGM Grand Casino, which makes a considerable, 25-acre footprint on the west side of downtown Detroit. Plans for the $275 million project include a...

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