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The Building Tradesman Newspaper Editions

Lost and found: Interlaken shipwreck found by plumber father and pilot son

Date Posted: January 21 2005

MUSKEGON - The shifting sands on the bottom of Lake Michigan moved aside long enough in September 2003 for Plumbers, Pipe Fitters and Service Trades Local 174 member Doug Freye...

Meet MITA: merged group represents heavy construction

Date Posted: January 21 2005

LANSING - The membership of Associated Underground Contractors - Michigan's Heavy Construction Association (AUC) and the Michigan Road Builders Association (MRBA) have approved a merger to form the Michigan Infrastructure...

News Briefs

Date Posted: January 21 2005

China gains as U.S. loses jobs The U.S. lost 1.5 million jobs to China between 1989 and 2003, the labor-backed Economic Policy Institute said in a report released this month....

Safety strongly stressed before sewer project starts

Date Posted: January 21 2005

Worker safety will be Job One as the building trades and general contractor Walbridge-Aldinger prepare to build the largest sinking caisson in the world. The $34 million project, which will...

Smaller increases for construction wages, benefits

Date Posted: January 21 2005

Construction collective bargaining agreement increases in the U.S. in 2004 averaged 1.36 per hour, or 3.8 percent for the first year, according to the Construction Labor Research Council. That increase...

Trades get workout at Detroit YMCA

Date Posted: January 21 2005

When it opens in early December, no doubt it will be fun to stay at the Y-M-C-A in downtown Detroit. But until then, there's a lot of work to be...

Beware of the costs, consequences of 'fixing' Social Security

Date Posted: January 7 2005

With privatization of Social Security at or near the top of President Bush's agenda, the House Ways and Means Committee Democratic staff prepared a report on the federal insurance program....

Innovative M-6 opens, complete with a 'spooey'

Date Posted: January 7 2005

One year ahead of schedule, one of Michigan's largest transportation projects is complete. The new $650 million M-6 (Paul B. Henry Freeway) in southern Kent and Ottawa counties was opened...

Labor needs to look 'long and hard at what we are doing'

Date Posted: January 7 2005

AFL-CIO Building Trades Dept. President Edward Sullivan recently sent a letter to AFL-CIO President John Sweeney, outlining the building trades' position on reforming the labor federation and any proposed union...

Michigan Construction Outlook 2005

Date Posted: January 7 2005

As we flip the odometer on 2005, Michigan's unionized construction industry is still having trouble finding a solid foothold to climb out of the hole it is in. A select...

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