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Date Posted: December 23 2005

GOP rejects hike in minimum wage  LANSING - Michigan House Republicans on Dec. 4 voted against raising the state minimum wage to $7.15 per hour. House Democrats introduced legislation to...

Prevailing wage 'reinvigorated' with renewed state efforts

Date Posted: December 23 2005

This, the second in a series of articles about the fair enforcement of Michigan's Prevailing Wage law, discusses some of the coverage issues that have changed. By David Plawecki,  Deputy...

'A' for effort on DTE-Rouge powerhouse outage

Date Posted: December 9 2005

A new and improved Unit 3 at DTE Energy's River Rouge Power Plant is up and running. The 275-megawatt unit was shut down and underwent a $28 million outage to...

Construction pay fair to middlin' by comparison

Date Posted: December 9 2005

Construction workers, as a group, are about in the middle of all wage packages compared to other occupations, says a new report by the federal Bureau of Labor Statistics. Spread...

Granholm, GOP OK $1.5 billion jobs stimulus package

Date Posted: December 9 2005

LANSING - A "21st Century Jobs Fund" was created Nov. 21 when Gov. Jennifer Granholm signed bills that will invest more than $2 billion in diversifying Michigan's economy and increasing...

Mason's handy invention - arrives on store shelves

Date Posted: December 9 2005

Eric Gallup has a good grip on the five-gallon bucket market. As a marble mason, hauling five-gallon buckets, up, down and around job sites is a way of life for...

MDOT's road funding budget concentrates on 'preserve first'

Date Posted: December 9 2005

LANSING - A "21st Century Jobs Fund" was created Nov. 21 when Gov. Jennifer Granholm signed bills that will invest more than $2 billion in diversifying Michigan's economy and increasing...

News Briefs

Date Posted: December 9 2005

Building rate remains steady The value of new U.S. construction starts in October was valued at a seasonally adjusted annual rate of $668.5 billion, unchanged from September. That's according to...

The Gangbox

Date Posted: December 9 2005

No minimum wage in Congress. The Republican-controlled Congress, which has blocked a raise in the minimum wage three times this year, voted Nov. 18 to give itself its eighth pay raise...

Boilermakers 169: Don't forget, hire the vet

Date Posted: November 25 2005

Boilermakers Local 169 is expanding its base of organizing operations, seeking and accepting the resumes of a handful of military veterans into its apprenticeship program. The organizing effort is taking...

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