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The Building Tradesman Newspaper Editions

Rebuild structure of unionized construction, organizing guru suggests

Date Posted: May 13 2005

After unionized construction in the U.S. has "failed to turn the proverbial corner" toward increased market share after steady declines over the last half century - are the nation's building...

Trades raise the roof on two concert venues

Date Posted: May 13 2005

File this under "construction coincidences." The building trades last month were wrapping up the construction of roof structures over two significant open air concert venues. Both projects followed a similar...

'ABC programs do not work' - Study points out lousy nonunion training record

Date Posted: April 29 2005

WASHINGTON D.C. - The Building and Construction Trades Department, AFL-CIO on April 11 released the final report in an extensive two-year study of apprenticeship programs sponsored by the Associated Builders...

Blink and you might miss NMU's Magers Hall renovation

Date Posted: April 29 2005

MARQUETTE - The Magers Hall renovation at Northern Michigan University isn't the largest, most complex, or architecturally significant renovation to take place on campus. But it is the fastest. Three...

'Jobs Today' bill features many jobs aimed at construction

Date Posted: April 29 2005

LANSING - Gov. Jennifer Granholm last week called for immediate legislative action on a new jobs package which is expected to be a boon to the building trades. "The Jobs...

Landmark St. Hugo carillon a delight for the eyes and ears

Date Posted: April 29 2005

Question: What do you call a structure that's 10 stories tall, has no bathroom or elevator, with the only interior spaces being two closet-sized rooms? Hint: At the very top...

News Briefs

Date Posted: April 29 2005

Volunteers sought for Habitat blitz Habitat for Humanity and the Jimmy Carter Work Project are conducting a 30-home building blitz in Macomb County. Volunteers are being sought to install gas...

Public, Dems support hike in minimum wage; GOP won't budge

Date Posted: April 29 2005

By a nearly 3-1 margin, Michigan voters expressed support for Democratic legislation to increase the state's minimum wage from $5.15 per hour to $7.15 per hour, according to a March...

Sweeney to building trades: right to organize, filibuster top 2004 legislative agenda

Date Posted: April 29 2005

By Mark Gruenberg PAI Staff Writer WASHINGTON (PAI) - Campaigning for the right to organize and preserving the rights of minorities to impact legislation - by preserving filibusters - were...

When smart people do stupid things

Date Posted: April 29 2005

By Scott Schneider Director, Occupational Safety and Health Laborers International Union Every day we hear about people getting killed on construction sites (currently about four per day in the U.S.)....

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