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The Building Tradesman Newspaper Editions

Granholm to building trades: Why are we subsidizing this kind of job loss?

Date Posted: March 19 2004

LANSING – The pending closure of the Electrolux plant – which makes Frigidaire refrigerators in Greenville – is the latest poster child for job losses in Michigan. Our state has...

News Briefs

Date Posted: March 19 2004

Trades get to work at $800M GM plant DELTA TWP. – Ground was officially broken by dignitaries March 9 on the construction of a new $800 million vehicle assembly plant...

"Jobs, jobs, jobs" Unemployment dilemma looms over 2004 election cycle

Date Posted: March 19 2004

Michigan’s statewide unemployment rate improved a full percentage point to 6.6 percent from January to December . But it is still well above the national jobless rate of 5.6 percent,...

Trades support CLEAR choice to fix electrical deregulation

Date Posted: March 19 2004

Cable television. Telephone service. Now, electricity. The federal and state governments have a lousy record when it comes to deregulating public utilities. Costs have increased, and service has certainly not...

An economic theory only Mayor McCheese could love

Date Posted: March 5 2004

Who knew that assembling a Whopper or a Big Mac may be just like building an automobile. “When a fast-food restaurant sells a hamburger, for example, is it providing a...

Bush's economic chief: Outsourcing U.S. jobs is 'probably a plus'

Date Posted: March 5 2004

Perhaps the defining issue in this year’s presidential election is our nation’s loss of manufacturing and other good-paying jobs that have taken place since the Bush Administration has been in...

Hard work, education under way to make prevailing wage prevail

Date Posted: March 5 2004

In some counties, on federally funded building projects, the prevailing wage and benefit package for construction workers in various trades is $7.50 to $8 per hour. You would figure those...

Legislation affecting asbestosis cases may do more harm than good

Date Posted: March 5 2004

Will Congress finally approve a reformed agenda for dealing with present and future asbestosis cases? The issue over how to compensate asbestosis/mesothelioma victims – thousands of whom have worked in...

Visteon Village offers new version of corporate headquarters

Date Posted: March 5 2004

VAN BUREN TWP. – Here comes the neighborhood. Visteon Corp., one of the world’s largest automotive suppliers, has taken an unusual approach to the construction of its new world headquarters....

With more Wolverine fans over the years, U-M Stadium has grown with the times

Date Posted: March 5 2004

ANN ARBOR – Renovated and expanded over the years, the University of Michigan Stadium today has one of the nation’s largest seating capacities for football stadiums – but it could...

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