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Save prevailing wage: Time to contact state reps

Date Posted: November 24 2017

LANSING - With the conclusion of the petition drive intended to repeal the Michigan Prevailing Wage Act, the focus turns to the counting of the signatures. That will likely be...

'Stupid' tradition that needs to end: apprentice abuse

Date Posted: November 24 2017

By Mark Breslin "I can't believe I signed up for this sh*t.” And so began a tale of stupidity, short-sightedness and tradition that reflects a broken culture and wasted talent....

ABC’s front group turns in excess signatures to overturn prevailing wage

Date Posted: November 10 2017

Protecting Michigan Taxpayers - the inaccurately named group for those pushing prevailing wage repeal in Michigan - has spent about $1.2 million this year for the petition drive that would...

What do we know? Prevailing wage laws aren't a burden for U.S. taxpayers

Date Posted: November 10 2017

Yet another study has supported the case for retaining construction prevailing wage laws. Released on Oct. 26, the paper titled Prevailing Wage Laws: What Do We Know? takes a bit...

Dem group pushes petition reform in Michigan

Date Posted: November 10 2017

LANSING — State Rep. Jeremy Moss (D-Southfield) is leading a group of representatives who have introduced a seven-bill package to reform petition circulation legislation in the state. The bills are...

Wise investment: Trades upgrade residence hall for Eastern Michigan

Date Posted: November 10 2017

YPSILANTI - The fourth and final phase of an $11.2 million wholesale renovation of Wise Hall on the campus of Eastern Michigan University is now complete. It was the first...

'Mature' construction expansion still has upside

Date Posted: November 10 2017

The 2018 Dodge Construction Outlook, released Nov. 2, predicts that total U.S. construction starts for 2018 will climb 3 percent to $765 billion. Not a great increase, but it's better...

Let's reintroduce unions to our Southern friends

Date Posted: November 10 2017

By C.J. Atkins  Opinion editor, People’s World ST. LOUIS (PAI)--For decades, the South has been the Achilles heel of the labor movement. While unions took root and thrived in places...

News Briefs

Date Posted: November 10 2017

2 new power plants to be built in U.P. LANSING - Get ready to build two new power plants in the Upper Peninsula. The Michigan Public Service Commission on Oct. 25...

Prevailing wage repeal petition in the home stretch

Date Posted: October 27 2017

"Protect Michigan Taxpayers," the dubiously named group collecting signatures to repeal the state's prevailing wage law, is likely winding down its 2017 petition effort. State law gives the group 180...

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