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The Building Tradesman Newspaper Editions

Fume hazards are real - but gaps in research need closure

Date Posted: May 14 2004

Welding is one of the most common tasks in the building trades. How concerned should construction workers be over welding fumes? “Welding rod fumes have been a known health hazard...

Getting a whiff of welding fumes…Jury verdict opens doors for personal injury cases

Date Posted: May 14 2004

Will welding rod disease become the next asbestosis? That’s becoming a hot topic in the medical and legal communities, following an Illinois jury’s verdict last fall that established a legal...

News Briefs

Date Posted: May 14 2004

3 percent hike for U.S. construction  New U.S. construction starts in March increased 3 percent from the month before to a rate of $537.2 billion, according to McGraw-Hill Construction, an...

The Gangbox Assorted News and Notes

Date Posted: May 14 2004

Highway spending. Negotiations are under way to determine how much money the federal government will spend on the nation’s transportation infrastructure from 2004-2009. According to the American Road and Transportation Builders...

'Will-It Run?' Absolutely

Date Posted: May 14 2004

The building trades have worked to renovate and upgrade at the Willow Run plant a number of times over the years, but its basic design and purpose haven’t changed since...

Building trades advance fight to strengthen apprenticeship

Date Posted: April 30 2004

The AFL-CIO Building and Construction Trades Department has filed a formal petition for rulemaking requesting U.S. Labor Secretary Elaine Chao to establish specific graduation requirements by craft for construction apprenticeship...

First take finds new overtime rules are probably more bark than bite for most workers

Date Posted: April 30 2004

New overtime guidelines for American workers were issued and approved on April 20 by the federal government – and the final rules probably aren’t quite as bad as Democrats and...

Multi-employer pensions are healthy, but warnings are raised for long-term

Date Posted: April 30 2004

One of the best benefits afforded to the nation’s unionized construction workers is their defined benefit pension that awaits them in their retirement. Given the decision by President Bush and...

News Briefs

Date Posted: April 30 2004

Congress to argue highway spending  A showdown has been set between the Congress and President Bush over how much the nation should spend on transportation construction over the next several...

PLA helps construct latest generation of jail in St. Clair County

Date Posted: April 30 2004

PORT HURON TWP. – In just about any Western movie – or in fictional Mayberry, North Carolina – the jail cells are usually made up of brick walls with iron...

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