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The Building Tradesman Newspaper Editions

Union membership declines in 2002

Date Posted: March 7 2003

(PAI) - The number of union members nationwide declined by 280,000 in 2002, the Labor Department reported - a drop the AFL-CIO said was caused by continued job losses in...

GOP leader charges unions are exploiting nation's security needs

Date Posted: February 21 2003

WASHINGTON (PAI) - Thomas Delay (R-Texas) drew strong responses from organized labor, after the House majority leader alleged that "union bosses" were sanctioning worker actions that allegedly brought harm to...

Lansing trades offer kids HOPE through personal contributions

Date Posted: February 21 2003

LANSING - Lansing area building trades union members will help children facing personal and economic obstacles attend Lansing Community College by donating five cents per hour, per worker, to the...

Miscounted, misunderstood: Welcome to the world of construction statistics

Date Posted: February 21 2003

It's hard to get a handle on Hardhats in the U.S. construction industry. Workers and job sites are here today, gone tomorrow. Injury statistics are probably greatly undercounted. And with...

News Briefs

Date Posted: February 21 2003

Construction up 1% in U.S. in 2002 The final figures are in: total U.S. construction for 2002 advanced 1 percent over the year before to $498.7 billion, according to information...

State opens three more unemployment offices

Date Posted: February 21 2003

Michigan's troubled Unemployment Compensation system is opening three more walk-in centers to help jobless workers who have questions about, or problems with their unemployment claims. The three new help centers...

UA becoming part of the landscape at Washtenaw Community College

Date Posted: February 21 2003

YPSILANTI - Every August for the last 13 years, more than 1,800 United Association of Plumbers, Pipe Fitters and Sprinkler Fitters members from across the U.S. and Canada have flocked...

A few points to ponder regarding jobless comp

Date Posted: February 7 2003

"We know how bad the problems are," BWUC Acting Director David Plawecki said of the situation at the Bureau of Workers and Unemployment Compensation. Following are some of the things...

Asbestos litigation overwhelms courts

Date Posted: February 7 2003

Thousands of active and retired building trades workers in Michigan are interested in the status of asbestos litigation in our nation. They won't like the headline "Asbestos quagmire" that appeared...

New leader: no quick fix for state's unemployment compensation mess

Date Posted: February 7 2003

You know the system is in trouble when the acting director of the Michigan Bureau of Workers' and Unemployment Compensation (BWUC), David Plawecki, asked a group of labor leaders, "Is...

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