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The Building Tradesman Newspaper Editions

News Briefs

Date Posted: October 29 2004

Wage hikes don’t move too much Building trades labor agreements among all crafts so far in 2004 are about the same as last year – averaging $1.44 per hour, or...

The presidential election: Labor's greatest challenge?

Date Posted: October 29 2004

American unions are facing nothing less than what their top leaders describe as virtually a threat to their very existence. The leaders may be exaggerating – but not much. For...

Trades operate at expanded medical center

Date Posted: October 29 2004

MARQUETTE – The business of doctoring is alive and well in the Upper Peninsula’s largest city. General contractor Closner Construction and the building trades are in the process of expanding...

Who pays for personal protective equipment? Maybe workers should, OSHA suggests

Date Posted: October 29 2004

OSHA is considering a new rule which would require construction workers to pay for many types of personal protective equipment (PPE). The new rule under consideration would shift the burden...

Aggregate of trades nearly finished with huge cement silo

Date Posted: October 15 2004

It was a high-top topping-out at the giant Lafarge Distribution Facility on Detroit’s riverfront. The reputed largest cement products silo in North America recently took another step towards completion with...

Bush's hometown newspaper rates Bush: 'We trusted him. He let us down.'

Date Posted: October 15 2004

(Editor’s note: Following is an editorial that appeared in President Bush’s hometown newspaper, The Lone Star Iconoclast of Crawford, Texas. It is reprinted here with permission). Few Americans would have...

Manufacturing industry to lose the burger-builders?

Date Posted: October 15 2004

(PAI) – Many of our nation’s lawmakers are acknowledging that hamburger assembly is not the same as auto assembly. On Sept. 17, the Republican-led House voted to ban a Bush...

News Briefs

Date Posted: October 15 2004

Short-term road funding OK’d Unable to come together to adopt a plan that would have funded construction transportation spending for six years, Congress and President Bush approved a measure on...

Recent Supreme Court decisions have 'brutal' affect on trades' ability to win injury lawsuits

Date Posted: October 15 2004

In 1972, an ironworker named Michael McDonough was killed in a workplace catastrophe in Flint, resulting in a lawsuit. In the McDonough case, the Michigan Supreme Court recognized that construction...

Stagnant jobs numbers persist under Bush

Date Posted: October 15 2004

New jobs numbers released Oct. 8 show President George W. Bush is nearly 7 million jobs short of the job predictions his economic advisers made in February 2002 when Bush...

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