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The Building Tradesman Newspaper Editions

'This bill is horrible' Trades won't breathe easier under asbestos plan

Date Posted: July 11 2003

Editor's note: For months, the labor movement, the business community, and Democrats and Republicans in Congress have been wrangling over streamlining the asbestosis litigation process through the creation of a...

Two firms slammed for 'willful disregard of worker safety' after Ford Field fatality

Date Posted: July 11 2003

The horrific death of painter Gjon Gojcac at Ford Field nearly a year ago resulted in penalties and citations totaling more than a half-million dollars against two companies that were...

Carhartt's blue jean promotion fits trades to a 'T'

Date Posted: June 27 2003

The Carhartt Co. isn't normally in the business of giving its products away. But that's what the work clothes manufacturer did on June 5, when more than 500 construction workers...

Hilton Garden Inn construction is a rarity for Detroit

Date Posted: June 27 2003

  The resurgent Harmonie Park area of Detroit is getting a new tenant, the $26 million Hilton Garden Inn. The first hotel to be built in the City of Detroit...

LECET to the rescue in strapped Hamtramck

Date Posted: June 27 2003

With the City of Hamtramck in dire financial straits, the city's Fire Department barely has funds to maintain current staffing levels - much less any money in the budget for...

Michigan seeks a greater share of federal road funding

Date Posted: June 27 2003

When it comes to national highway funding, Michigan is a "donor" state, but would rather be on the "recipient" side of the equation. Congressional lawmakers from Michigan and 14 other...

National Maintenance Agreement gives the customer what he wants

Date Posted: June 27 2003

Just like any other deal between labor and management, portions of the National Maintenance Agreement don't sit well with rank-and-file workers. For that matter, I expect owners and contractors who...


Date Posted: June 27 2003

United Way's Ray West dies Ray West, organized labor's liaison to the United Way of Southeast Michigan, died June 10, 2003. A Pipe Fitters Local 636 member, Ray was 68...

Trades help restore power at flooded Presque Isle plant

Date Posted: June 27 2003

MARQUETTE - When the Silver Lake dam broke on May 14, causing $102 million in flooding damages to residents and businesses, the rush of water was a particular torment for...

Bravo - trades perform at Detroit school

Date Posted: June 13 2003

The building trades have taken center stage in the process of constructing the Fine, Performing and Communication Arts High School for the Detroit Public Schools. Structural iron on the new...

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