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The Building Tradesman Newspaper Editions

Union trades re-gain voice on construction safety panel

Date Posted: November 14 2003

LANSING - Tom Boensch, secretary-treasurer of the Michigan Building Trades Council, was one of three new appointees who will serve on the state Construction Safety Standards Commission. The appointments were...

Congress goes to work on more unemployment money

Date Posted: October 31 2003

Here comes yet another round in what has become an unending fight to secure additional jobless benefits for laid-off workers. Both House Democrats and Republicans are looking into approving the...

First chapter opens in Book-Cadillac renovation

Date Posted: October 31 2003

The building trades are finally checking into the Book-Cadillac hotel. Three months after the City of Detroit announced that the 33-story building would undergo $146.8 million in renovations, the first...

Heat's On/Water's Off: Another helpful effort by pipe trades volunteers

Date Posted: October 31 2003

About 120 volunteers gave their time and talents on Saturday, Oct. 18 for the Southeast Michigan Heat's On/Water's Off Program, performing plumbing and heating service work for disadvantaged people. It...


Date Posted: October 31 2003

Small rise seen for U.S. construction  Total U.S. construction is likely to rise 1 percent in 2003 vs. 2002, according to Mcgraw-Hill Construction. Unfortunately, home-building, which is hardly a bastion...

Poor jobless numbers are tip of the iceberg for President Bush

Date Posted: October 31 2003

As of the end of October, the U.S. stock market had risen 30 percent since March, consumers were spending more, industrial activity was on the rise, and 57,000 jobs had...

Too much overtime can be too much of a good thing

Date Posted: October 31 2003

Nearly all construction projects these days have one thing in common: the owners want the work done yesterday. Unless their project has a spring running through where they're trying to...

Bush seeks to bury unions under a costly pile of new accounting paperwork

Date Posted: October 17 2003

WASHINGTON - President Bush sent another signal of his open disdain for the nation's workers and organized labor on Oct. 3, by imposing new onerous and costly bookkeeping rules on...

Latest vote on OT hands labor a win

Date Posted: October 17 2003

In a win for the nation's workers, the U.S. House on Oct. 2 defeated President Bush's efforts to make changes to federal labor law that would have made up to...

Michigan, 14 other states tire of being 'donors' of U.S. highway money

Date Posted: October 17 2003

LANSING - During the past six years, Michigan has averaged an 88 percent return on highway funding it sends to the federal government, giving it the dubious distinction of being...

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