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The Building Tradesman Newspaper Editions

Plan to help nation's pensions doesn't spell relief for trades

Date Posted: April 30 2004

Congress provided relief to thousands of cash-strapped U.S. pension programs earlier this month, by approving accounting changes that will allow many retirement plans to change the way liabilities are computed....

There's more to Wal Mart than meets the eye

Date Posted: April 30 2004

There is no good reason to spend even one hard-earned dollar at Wal-Mart and Sam’s Club. Most union members know that this company does not deserve your business and your...

Trades build partner span to no-name historic bridge

Date Posted: April 30 2004

A relatively small but important portion of the state’s billion-dollars-plus in highway expenditures this year will fund the replacement of an historic bridge near Hale in Iosco County. The building...

Big, beautiful Saline High School nears completion

Date Posted: April 16 2004

SALINE – If you wanted to put a headline over the new Saline High School building, it would be a little long but would go something like this: “It’s big,...

Building trades focus on politics, pensions and transportation bill

Date Posted: April 16 2004

WASHINGTON (PAI) – Politics, pensions and the fate of the massive highway-mass transit bill captured the attention and the focus of 3,000 Building Trades delegates meeting in Washington. The delegates,...

Construction union membership remains steady

Date Posted: April 16 2004

Construction union membership remains steady The AFL-CIO’s membership report released last month revealed that building trades unions did relatively well compared to other unions when it came to preserving their...

Michigan may continue to be a reluctant donor of road money

Date Posted: April 16 2004

Michigan, which is one of a number of states seeking to lose its status as a “donor” state for highway funding, will apparently have to get used to that status...

News Briefs

Date Posted: April 16 2004

Asbestos bill still unresolved Organized labor’s political clout may have slipped over the years, but it isn’t gone entirely. AFL-CIO opposition is helping to hold up a bill that would...

New signs for start, end of road work zones close legal loophole

Date Posted: April 16 2004

Michigan’s road work zones now have an official beginning, and ending, with legislation that went into effect April 8. Work zones will be marked with “Work Zone Begins” and “End...

Republicans, Bush provide pension relief - except to construction industry

Date Posted: April 16 2004

WASHINGTON – Changes in federal law are on the way that will provide about $80 billion in relief in the form of lower contributions for all U.S. pension plans –...

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