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NLRB legal chief: Let's define what makes a strike, a strike

Date Posted: October 21 2016

When fast food workers walk off the job for an hour, and then do it again months later, are those brief strikes legally protected under labor law? How about when...

Next idea for pension reform: Congress introduces new 'composite' plans

Date Posted: October 7 2016

WASHINGTON, D.C. - The "Do-Nothing Congress" has generally earned its nickname over the past several years. But when it comes to throwing a lifeline to the nation's struggling pension plans,...

No easy road for saving failing pension plans By Paul O. Catenacci, Esq. Novara Tesija PLLC

Date Posted: October 7 2016

Editor's note: On May 6, 2016, a U.S. Treasury Department mediator rejected a huge proposed cut in retirement payouts for hundreds of thousands of workers tied to the woefully underfunded...

A.G. Scheutte signs on to lawsuit to remove overtime protections

Date Posted: October 7 2016

LANSING –Michigan Attorney General Bill Schuette (R) on Sept. 15 signed onto a lawsuit with 21 states to stop the Obama Administration’s new overtime rule, which would extend mandatory overtime...

Lofty perspective: new apartments rise above existing parking deck

Date Posted: October 7 2016

DETROIT - Building an 80-unit apartment complex on ground level is fairly commonplace. Build that apartment complex atop a ten-level parking structure - now that's a tall order. That's the...

Michigan is No. 1, but that's not really saying too much

Date Posted: October 7 2016

Michigan, for one month anyway, got its construction mojo back. Long-term, though, construction employment in our state, and elsewhere, remains middling, although a positive change could be around the corner....

News Briefs

Date Posted: October 7 2016

Congress OKs money for Flint WASHINGTON, D.C.  – The U.S. House of Representatives on Sept. 28 by a vote of 399-25, passed H.R. 5303, the Water Resources Development Act (WRDA),...

DTE Energy announces $1B+ in new generation

Date Posted: October 7 2016

DETROIT - DTE Energy on Sept. 29 announced it will build new energy generation plants to  replace a portion of the capacity from coal-fired plants DTE intends to retire by...

Despite assailants, prevailing wage law to survive 2015-16

Date Posted: September 23 2016

LANSING - A lot of bad laws for organized labor have been adopted during the state Legislature's "lame duck" session - the worst of which was the passage of right-to-work...

New Holland, Michigan power plant moves toward completion

Date Posted: September 23 2016

HOLLAND - Construction activity heated up this summer at the Holland Energy Park, with more than 300 tradespeople on site working to get the baseload generating plant ready for its...

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