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The Building Tradesman Newspaper Editions

Stalled import decision, cheap foreign steel kills U.S. jobs

Date Posted: October 13 2017

By Mark Gruenberg PAI Staff Writer WASHINGTON (PAI)—Ignoring bipartisan protests from three senators and legislative lobbying by the Steelworkers, Trump administration Commerce Secretary Wilbur Ross delayed a decision on whether...

Union-busters in GOP lick their chops at new NLRB majority

Date Posted: October 13 2017

WASHINGTON (PAI)—By a strict 49-47 party-line vote – all Republicans for, all Democrats against – the GOP-run Senate approved the appointment of Los Angeles management-side labor lawyer William Emanuel to...

New co-generation turbine to power, heat EMU campus

Date Posted: October 12 2017

YPSILANTI - A new 55-ton co-generation turbine installed at Eastern Michigan University's Heating Plant will reduce annual energy costs, significantly reduce the school's carbon footprint, and bring about a campus...

News Briefs

Date Posted: September 29 2017

State employee unions targeted LANSING - Another day, another way to put the screws to Michigan's union members. On Sept. 20, the Michigan Civil Service Commission (MCSC), over the vehement...

School Days for trades

Date Posted: September 29 2017

A $30 million,  30-year bond approved by Battle Creek Lakeview School District voters in May 2016 to implement building upgrades and additions, initially focuses on two elementary schools, Minges Brook...

Silica rule births more tools with built-in safety

Date Posted: September 29 2017

By Walter Jones Laborers International Union Many critics of OSHA’s rule on respirable crystalline silica have claimed that it is “unworkable and infeasible.”  Their concern is that the rule will...

Supreme Court cases could further weaken clout of organized labor

Date Posted: September 29 2017

By Mark Gruenberg PAI Staff Writer WASHINGTON (PAI)—The two top labor cases pending before the U.S. Supreme Court are part of a concerted corporate campaign to deprive workers of their...

Union approval rating on the rise, Gallup finds

Date Posted: September 29 2017

WASHINGTON, D.C. - A solid majority - 61 percent - of Americans "approve" of labor unions, says a poll released last month by the Gallup organization. That's up five percentage...

Construction industry now beset by 'chronic' labor shortage, survey finds

Date Posted: September 15 2017

It's getting harder and harder to deny that there is a worker shortage in the U.S. construction industry. An industry-wide survey released Aug. 29 by the Associated General Contractors and...

Keep prevailing wage: Don't be fooled by lying petitioners

Date Posted: September 15 2017

With the summer season winding down, petition gatherers are still at work in public places around the state, asking for signatures to repeal the Michigan Prevailing Wage Act of 1965. ...

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