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The Building Tradesman Newspaper Editions

Federal jobless benefits extension kicks in for Michigan

Date Posted: June 13 2003

Last month's extension of federal unemployment benefits means about 95,000 additional jobless workers in Michigan will qualify for federal benefits as they use up their state benefits from June through...

Labor's bark bites Republicans, who shelve comp time bill

Date Posted: June 13 2003

Sometimes the organized labor movement isn't very organized. Other times, such as what happened earlier this month, look out. "Labor unions are working this very, very hard," said Rep. Jack...

NEWS BRIEFS

Date Posted: June 13 2003

Support sought for sprinkler bill The lack of an automatic fire suppression system in the Rhode Island nightclub fire last winter that killed 99 was another tragic reminder of how...

Solution to asbestos litigation falls apart

Date Posted: June 13 2003

WASHINGTON - More than four months of talks between the labor movement, affected businesses and the insurance industry over a solution to asbestos illness lawsuits - through creation of a...

Trades lock up PLA then help break ground on new jail

Date Posted: June 13 2003

PORT HURON TWP. - Patience, perseverance and political action by the building trades helped foster the pending construction of one of the largest construction projects ever in St. Clair County,...

Trades transform grade school for university's use

Date Posted: June 13 2003

MARQUETTE - While it's almost always sad to see an elementary school close, Whitman Elementary is getting new life in the service of Northern Michigan University. NMU purchased the 40,000...

Border crossings, helmets to hard hats, 'smart' cards on trades' agenda

Date Posted: May 30 2003

In the late 1990s, some areas in Michigan briefly flirted with a shortage of construction workers. In other areas of the country, the worker shortage was more severe, causing much...

Building trades' skills bring union labor landmark to life

Date Posted: May 30 2003

At first, it sounded like a typical construction job for Ken Gilbey, Joe Malinao, and Craig McEntyre - three skilled iron workers who are used to placing, welding, and bracing...

Federal tax cut of $350 billion'does very little for those who need it most'

Date Posted: May 30 2003

In April, President Bush said the Senate's proposed $350 billion tax cut was a "little bitty" measure compared to the $726 million cut he wanted. On May 21, the president...

NEWS BRIEFS

Date Posted: May 30 2003

ENR ranks top U.S. contractors Three Michigan construction contractors made the Engineering News Record's annual ranking of the top 100 contractors (in terms of revenue) and several more made the...

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