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Help 'set the table' at Marine memorial site

Date Posted: May 18 2018

By Tom Ward BAC Local 2 CHESTERFIELD TWP. - The First Battalion, 24th Marines suffered their 2nd greatest loss during the Iraq War 2006-2007. An effort to build a fitting...

No class: mandatory arbitration poised to become go-to method of settling work disputes

Date Posted: May 18 2018

By Heidi Shierholz and Celine McNicholas Economic Policy Institute The Supreme Court will soon decide whether employers can lawfully require workers to sign mandatory arbitration agreements that include class and...

News Briefs

Date Posted: May 18 2018

Nice hike for construction wages Wage levels in the U.S. construction industry seem to finally be following the law of supply and demand. The Associated General Contractors of America reported...

Another somber report ranks workplace death, injury rates in the U.S.

Date Posted: May 4 2018

The depressingly titled report Death on the Job: The Toll of Neglect, released last month by the AFL-CIO offered another sobering look at the state of safety in U.S. workplaces....

Building materials costs climb, and tariff threats aren't helping

Date Posted: May 4 2018

U.S. construction costs climbed again in March, with increases for a wide range of building materials, including many that are subject to proposed tariffs that could drive prices still higher...

Crapo Building's old beauty bared behind Modern aluminum skin

Date Posted: May 4 2018

BAY CITY - In 1959, the owners of the Bay City Bank Building at Washington and Center avenues decided their building was due for a facelift. A local company was...

Michigan, U.S. enjoy a strong first quarter '18

Date Posted: May 4 2018

Michigan's first quarter 2018 construction industry picked up where a strong 2017 left off. At the end of March, employment in Michigan's construction industry rose by a very healthy 7.5...

State board declines to OK prevailing wage repeal petitions

Date Posted: May 4 2018

LANSING - The Michigan Board of State Canvassers on April 26 deadlocked 2-2 on whether to certify petition language that would repeal the state Prevailing Wage Act of 1965. The...

Supreme Court narrows OT pay eligibility

Date Posted: May 4 2018

By Mark Gruenberg PAI Staff Writer WASHINGTON (PAI)--A new Supreme Court ruling against a small group of workers – auto dealership service advisors – potentially blows a big hole in...

Trades need to corral assets, keep high standards, and push for infrastructure now, NABTU chief says

Date Posted: May 4 2018

WASHINGTON, D.C. - Parts of the nation, including Michigan, are in the grips of a "race to the bottom" mentality among state and federal lawmakers, who seek a low-wage, low-skill...

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