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The Building Tradesman Newspaper Editions

Hardware, wigs, sewing machines... Shinola Hotel next for Woodward site

Date Posted: August 4 2017

DETROIT - Anything goes when it comes to rehabilitating old buildings into new uses. So it goes with the block at and just north of 1400 Woodward in Detroit, where...

Labor board tilts against nation's workers (From the IBEW Media Center)

Date Posted: August 4 2017

The National Labor Relations Board is about to shift dramatically in favor of big corporations, as two controversial Donald Trump appointees cleared Senate committee hurdles on July 19. Trump’s NLRB...

News Briefs

Date Posted: August 4 2017

17-year low for MI jobless rate LANSING - Michigan's unemployment rate dropped to 3.8 percent in June, the state's lowest jobless rate since 2000, the state announced July 19. The...

No action yet on anti-lying legislation for petitioners

Date Posted: August 4 2017

LANSING — Michigan House Democratic Whip Jeremy Moss (D-Southfield) and state Sen. Curtis Hertel Jr. (D-East Lansing) introduced legislation on May 22 that would amend Michigan election law to prohibit...

State drops charges against falsely accused jobless benefits claimants

Date Posted: August 4 2017

The State of Michigan is dropping criminal charges and arrest warrants against 186 people accused of illegally collecting unemployment benefits, state officials announced July 20. Wanda Stokes, head of the...

Trump rolls back DOL's overtime rule

Date Posted: August 4 2017

WASHINGTON (PAI)--To no one’s great surprise, the GOP Trump administration Labor Department wants to get public comments – read “business opposition” – to a rule that would open millions of...

Decline to sign prevailing wage repeal petition

Date Posted: July 21 2017

We know that the ongoing petition drive to repeal Michigan’s Prevailing Wage Act of 1965 will come with a price tag approaching $2 million. Court documents revealed that as the...

Jail time becoming more frequent for habitually unsafe employers

Date Posted: July 21 2017

By Nick Fox Laborers Health and Safety Fund of North America In October of 2016, two construction workers in Boston were killed when a water main broke and flooded the...

Lots of upside for U.S. construction industry

Date Posted: July 21 2017

Construction jobs are up, the pay is higher, industry spending is steady and there's momentum aplenty.  The nation's construction industry moved into summer in very good shape, with economic indicators...

New logo on roof, new work beneath at Little Caesars Arena

Date Posted: July 21 2017

Now adorning the top of Little Caesars Arena for the benefit of blimp cameras, downtown Detroit high-rise dwellers and passing plane passengers is a new 243-foot-tall Little Caesar logo painted...

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