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The Building Tradesman Newspaper Editions

Redistricting case matters to workers, and U.S. democracy

Date Posted: October 27 2017

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Force free-riders to pay for union representation? Careful what you wish for

Date Posted: October 27 2017

Michigan became the nation's 26th right-to-work state in December 2012, with the passage of two laws that allow "free riders" in both the public and private sectors to enjoy the...

Nonprofit initiates fresh start for old Saginaw News Building

Date Posted: October 27 2017

SAGINAW - These days, the revitalization of Michigan's downtowns, big and small, are often tied to the adaptive re-use of old buildings into new purposes. So it goes with the...

Medicare For All pushed by union coalition

Date Posted: October 27 2017

By Mark Gruenberg PAI Staff Writer Led by National Nurses United, the longest backer of the cause, 12 unions, three state labor councils and three central labor councils are demanding...

Construction employment is up - pay is, too

Date Posted: October 27 2017

U.S. construction employment increased by 8,000 jobs in September to the highest level since October 2008, amid a tight labor market that may be keeping contractors from hiring as many...

News Briefs

Date Posted: October 27 2017

Raise Mexican pay in new NAFTA: UAW As trade negotiators from U.S., Mexico, and Canada met last week in Washington D.C. to revamp the North American Free Trade Agreement, "they...

News Briefs

Date Posted: October 13 2017

Palisades plant gets extension The Palisades Nuclear Power Plant in Covert, a consistent employer for the building trades performing maintenance and outage work, will remain open through 2022, and not...

Pending case in U.S. Supreme Court could bring national right-to-work law

Date Posted: October 13 2017

By Mark Gruenberg PAI Staff Writer WASHINGTON (PAI)—Union leaders denounced the latest right-wing attempt to deprive workers and unions of money – via a Supreme Court case the justices have...

Prevailing wage repeal gets thumbs up from Schuette, Calley

Date Posted: October 13 2017

The two leading Republican candidates for Michigan governor in 2018 both announced last month that they support repealing the Michigan Prevailing Wage Act. Speaking to a reporter on Sept. 23...

RTW laws often handicap union organizing drives

Date Posted: October 13 2017

The presence of a right-to-work law usually has had a chilling effect on union organizing drives, with unions filing one-third fewer election petitions in the nation's 28 right-to-work states than...

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