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School inspection bill finally makes the grade among state lawmakers

Date Posted: July 7 2000

LANSING - A bill mandating inspections during construction or renovation of school buildings seems poised for passage. Senate Bill 805 is the culmination of more than a decade of efforts...

To reduce prices, we must make gasoline market more competitive

Date Posted: July 7 2000

By Rep. Michael Hanley House Democratic Leader Although gas prices have declined somewhat recently, there is little argument that they are still too high. Michigan is experiencing its peak season...

Unions contribute to building boom, too

Date Posted: July 7 2000

Lately, building trade union workers have been serving a different customer: their own local unions. Several new union halls and training centers have been refurbished or have been constructed from...

What you can expect if wage law is repealed

Date Posted: July 7 2000

What can the average unionized construction worker expect if the State of Michigan repeals its prevailing wage law? A new study by Harvard and Stanford University researchers found that in...

In the swamp or on an ice floe, zoo animals will feel right at home

Date Posted: June 23 2000

It's a good time to be a polar bear or a frog at the Detroit Zoo. The contracting team of Turner/White and the building trades are in the process of...

Kowynia puts his mind to it, wins sheet metal competition

Date Posted: June 23 2000

Phil Kowynia, Jr. didn't think he could beat out a national pool of talent in the Sheet Metal Workers National Apprenticeship Contest as a second-year apprentice in 1999 - and...


Date Posted: June 23 2000

Leno against union busting Jay Leno is a pretty stand-up guy. The Tonight Show host showed his union colors when he was willing to forgo a lucrative corporate gig and...

Prevailing wage clout depends on dwindling resource: enforcement

Date Posted: June 23 2000

Governmental red tape, the lack of money for enforcement and the complete absence of political will to enforce state and federal laws are taking money out of pockets of Michigan...

Road workers still need a brake

Date Posted: June 23 2000

How can the rate of death and injury in highway traffic zones be reduced? Forcing motorists to slow down in work zones is the most popular answer, and it's probably...

Trades power construction of new gas-fired power plant

Date Posted: June 23 2000

Some sorely needed electrical generating capacity is on the way in Michigan, in the form of the 710-megawatt Dearborn Industrial Generation plant across the street from the Ford-Rouge and Rouge...

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