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The Building Tradesman Newspaper Editions

Better vibe for unions, Gallup poll finds

Date Posted: September 23 2016

Americans are feeling a bit better about labor unions. A new Gallup poll shows 52 percent of Americans believe labor unions benefit the broader U.S. economy, while 41 percent believe...

Finally, a raise for U.S. households

Date Posted: September 23 2016

One of the major markers of a constrained U.S. economy has been the lack of income advancement for its workers. But that's changing for the better. New data released Sept....

Not registered to vote? It's about time

Date Posted: September 23 2016

Not registered to vote? You have some time, but not much, to do so to have your say in the Tuesday, Nov. 8 general election. In Michigan, the last day...

Some employers press workers to vote their way, new report says

Date Posted: September 23 2016

By Mark Gruenberg PAI Staff Writer Employers are transmitting political messages to some one-quarter of all workers at their jobs, a new doctoral study says. And the author’s interviews with...

AFL-CIO chief to Iron Workers: 'We built the middle class once and we'll do it again'

Date Posted: September 9 2016

AFL-CIO President Richard Trumka spoke to Iron Workers International Union's 43rd convention in Las Vegas last month. Following are a few excerpts of his speech, which came the same week...

Labor Day Celebrated in Michigan

Date Posted: September 9 2016

FROM  MARQUETTE  to Monroe, Muskegon to Mackinac City, labor union members, family, friends and supporters took part in Labor Day parades and festivities around Michigan. Former President Bill Clinton attended...

New federal rule intended to weed out bad actors irks contractor community

Date Posted: September 9 2016

By Mark Gruenberg PAI Staff Writer The Obama administration has issued its final rule, and 369 pages of guidance, telling federal contracting officers about how to evaluate labor law compliance...

Laborers push jobs-friendly pipeline plan

Date Posted: September 9 2016

Saying the U.S. faces a looming energy crunch as nuclear power plants shut down and coal-fired electric plants are taken offline, the Laborers have launched a “Clean Power Progress” campaign...

Study suggests stronger unions can hike wages, slow inequality

Date Posted: September 9 2016

Fact: The unionization rate for the U.S. workforce in 2015 was 11.1 percent in 2015, the most recent low point in a long, steady decline in union penetration since there...

Survey finds acute worker shortages

Date Posted: September 9 2016

Two-thirds of construction firms report they are having a hard time filling hourly craft positions that represent the bulk of the nation’s construction workforce, according to the results of an...

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