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The Building Tradesman Newspaper Editions

Michigan's minimum wage needs a raise; here's how you can help

Date Posted: March 3 2006

LANSING - The Michigan AFL-CIO is leading an effort that requires people power more than anything else - a push to gather at least 320,000 petition signatures aimed at getting...

News Briefs

Date Posted: March 3 2006

'Deadbeat boss' lawheads to court The Retail Industry Leaders Association are fighting back against Maryland legislators, who in January adopted a law requiring companies employing more than 10,000 workers to...

Senate sidetracks asbestos trust fund bill - for now

Date Posted: March 3 2006

WASHINGTON (PAI) - By a 58-41 vote, the Senate on Feb. 14 sidetracked a controversial asbestos trust fund bill, at least for now. Though most senators backed the measure, S....

Time will tell: Labor splits may forge a 'new and more powerful' union movement

Date Posted: March 3 2006

One of the monumental junctures in U.S. labor history was when two enormous union groups, the American Federation of Labor and the Council of Industrial Organizations, merged at the zenith...

Trades operate at BC Health System

Date Posted: March 3 2006

BATTLE CREEK - A bigger and better Battle Creek Health System campus is on the way, in the form of a $29 million expansion project highlighted by a new lobby...

Union departures rock building trades - Six unions start new federation

Date Posted: March 3 2006

(PAI) - The AFL-CIO Building and Construction Trades Department was stunned Feb. 14 when six unions - the Laborers, Operating Engineers, Carpenters, Teamsters, Bricklayers and Allied Craftworkers and Iron Workers...

Union pay advantage grows

Date Posted: March 3 2006

Union members continue to earn substantially higher wages and receive superior benefits at work than nonunion workers, according to recently released data from the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics (BLS)....

Construction contracts up, but inflation isn't far behind

Date Posted: February 12 2006

First-year settlements in construction labor agreements negotiated in 2005 averaged $1.53 or 3.9 percent, according to the Construction Labor Research Council. The average first-year increases were just above the 3.8...

'Deadbeat boss' legislation takes roost in Michigan

Date Posted: February 12 2006

LANSING - The U.S. Congress has utterly unable or unwilling to provide Americans relief on health care costs. The cost of health care have been increasingly pushed to the states,...

'Friends Of Labor' cuts across job titles to boost local candidates

Date Posted: February 12 2006

By Guy Snyder Political involvement on the local government level by union members and organized labor supporters often proves difficult to achieve. Though labor's voice should be heard on school...

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