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News Briefs

Date Posted: September 15 2017

New construction jobs still lag vs. others The U.S. economy has added 8.2 million jobs in the private sector since the Great Recession began in December 2007, but creation of construction...

New working class statue pays tribute to labor

Date Posted: September 15 2017

SAGINAW - Just in time for Labor Day, a new statue honoring the working class has been unveiled in front of the city's Art Museum.  A dedication ceremony was held...

Oh Canada: thanks for trying to eliminate our state RTW laws

Date Posted: September 15 2017

Canada is known for its good beer, wide open spaces, interesting football games, and passion for hockey.  It's also a nation that's a helluva lot more union-friendly than its neighbor...

Trades' work opens Little Caesar's Arena

Date Posted: September 15 2017

DETROIT - The race to build Little Caesar's Arena and get it open in time for its opening act, Kid Rock's Sept. 12 concert, was won by the project management...

Building trades playing defense with prevailing wage repeal options

Date Posted: September 1 2017

BATTLE CREEK - The lawyer leading the effort to combat the ongoing prevailing wage repeal petition drive said the state's building trades unions don't have many "attractive" options available. The...

Labor Day's radical roots could bring new growth

Date Posted: September 1 2017

It’s become commonplace to complain about how the true meanings of our American holidays have been forgotten in favor of weekend sales, cookouts and family gatherings. But the problem is...

News Briefs

Date Posted: September 1 2017

Hot summer for U.S. construction The regular hiccups that have given pause to upward momentum in the U.S. construction industry have stopped, for now, as the good times have returned in...

Summer school for trades includes renovations at two elementaries

Date Posted: September 1 2017

BATTLE CREEK - Building trades workers last month were moving quickly on renovations and additions to two elementary schools to get them ready for the arrival of students next week,...

'Tough time' for labor in Washington; Stabenow vows Dems' support

Date Posted: September 1 2017

BATTLE CREEK - U.S. Senator Debbie Stabenow called it a "crazy, interesting, challenging time" in Washington D.C. under the Trump Administration. Invited to speak to delegates at the 51st convention...

Unemployment Agency to issue $20.8M refunds for false jobless fraud

Date Posted: September 1 2017

LANSING - The Michigan Unemployment Agency (UIA) announced last month that it is in the process of refunding $20.8 million to people who were falsely determined to have committed fraud...

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