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The Building Tradesman Newspaper Editions

Bricklayers rediscover lost art of lighthouse construction

Date Posted: February 20 2004

It looks like a lighthouse. It was modeled after a lighthouse. But the U.S. Coast Guard prefers that we don’t call it a lighthouse. We’re going call it a lighthouse,...

In 2003, another drop for union membership

Date Posted: February 20 2004

WASHINGTON (PAI) – Union membership declined again in 2003, dropping to 12.9 percent of the nation’s workforce, compared to 13.3 percent in 2002. The federal Bureau of Labor Statistics (BLS)...

Kerry endorsed by building trades for U.S. president

Date Posted: February 20 2004

All aboard the Kerry bandwagon. With a candidacy given up for dead just two weeks before the Iowa caucuses, Democratic presidential candidate John Kerry has swept nearly all the states...


Date Posted: February 20 2004

House reinstates jobless $ – sort of First the good news: the Republican-run U.S. House of Representatives approved a six-month reinstatement of federal jobless benefits on Feb. 4. And now...

The Gangbox - Assorted news and notes

Date Posted: February 20 2004

More money for Michigan? Maybe. Michigan may be in line to get an increase in federal transportation funding, and at a rate faster than other states. But there are two big...

Trades transform Merchants Row

Date Posted: February 20 2004

The huge dust cloud from the imploded J.L. Hudson’s building on Woodward Avenue in 1998 has been long been settled. Across the street from the old Hudson’s site in Detroit,...

Construction fatalities level in 2003, but more safety inspectors added

Date Posted: February 6 2004

There were 24 construction worker fatalities in Michigan in 2003 – the same number as in 2002. Those numbers were down from the 28 fatalities that took place in 2001,...

How you can help stop potholes and employ Hardhats

Date Posted: February 6 2004

LANSING -Michigan is in the unenviable position of being a “donor” state when it comes to funding for federal transportation spending on our state’s highways. That means we send more...

News Briefs

Date Posted: February 6 2004

Jobless benefits are taxable With tax season in full swing, and to help the unemployed get ready, the State of Michigan has completed the mailing of year-end statements to anyone...

Pressure from Bush ends overtime for 8 million Americans

Date Posted: February 6 2004

The U.S. Senate caved in to pressure from President George W. Bush and approved his plan to cut U.S. workers’ overtime pay on Jan. 22. Bush had threatened to veto...

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