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The Building Tradesman Newspaper Editions

Summit challenges unions: 'We've got to change our way of thinking'

Date Posted: November 26 2004

EAST LANSING - What may have been the first Michigan Construction Industry Labor-Management Economic Summit was held Nov. 8 at Michigan State University's Wharton Center. No punches were pulled in...

Construction tops worker fatality list

Date Posted: November 12 2004

Construction once again made its annual appearance at or near the top of the list of the nation's most dangerous industries, ranking first in the number of total workplace fatalities...

Election aftermath: Go right? Go left? Debate starts for Dems

Date Posted: November 12 2004

Or is love all we need? Union workers and their families were among the more than 100 million Americans who went to the polls on Nov. 2 to elect the...

Local 324 training helps bring GPS technology down to earth

Date Posted: November 12 2004

By J.D. Booth From the reaches of space to the depths of a roadbed or other construction surface: users of technology developed around the U.S. government's Global Positioning System (GPS)...

Poll trolling: union members divided on Bush, Kerry

Date Posted: November 12 2004

The polling numbers that emerged from the Nov. 2 general election hold some good news - and some sobering news - for people who wonder if American union political clout...

Trades operate in new surgical addition at Oakwood Hospital

Date Posted: November 12 2004

Operations are ongoing at Dearborn's Oakwood Hospital - both the kind with scalpels and the kind with shovels. Construction manager Barton-Malow and the building trades are erecting a $62 million,...

U.S. has higher health costs, lower outcomes, analyst tells labor

Date Posted: November 12 2004

WASHINGTON (PAI) - The U.S. not only has the most expensive health care in  the world, but its outcomes are often far lower than results in comparable countries, a top...

Your health and safety matters…Water thrown on asbestos removal plan

Date Posted: November 12 2004

A brain-dead asbestos-removal scheme has received a well-deserved burial. On Oct. 13, the city of Fort Worth, Texas abandoned the use of a "wet method" for asbestos remediation during the...

Hurry up and wait - 1st part of Michigan wage survey complete

Date Posted: October 29 2004

Now we wait. After undertaking an extensive 18-month project to help the U.S. Labor Department update Michigan’s prevailing wage rates, unions and their contractors have submitted thousands of wage survey...

More than a century later, labor's political mission hasn't changed much

Date Posted: October 29 2004

Whether George W. Bush or John F. Kerry wins the Nov. 2 election for president, one thing is clear: we live in a divided nation. We’re constantly reminded about the...

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