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The Building Tradesman Newspaper Editions

State Supreme Court upholds some local prevailing wage laws

Date Posted: June 2 2016

LANSING - Michigan municipalities that have had a prevailing wage law in place prior to Dec. 31, 2014 can keep it: that's the upshot of a May 17 ruling by...

'It helps us find and hire some of the best Boilermakers out there' Local 169 hosts welding competition

Date Posted: June 2 2016

ALLEN PARK - "This shows our kids what the industry is all about. This shows our kids what is required on the job. This is the real deal." It's apparent...

Labor hails new federal overtime rule

Date Posted: June 2 2016

Organized labor is liking – and the ruling congressional right wing Republicans are slamming – the new final overtime pay rule the Labor Department announced on May 18. The rule,...

News Briefs

Date Posted: June 2 2016

Judge reinstates Wisconsin's RTW law A Wisconsin appeals court on May 24 granted an emergency request to put on hold a Dane County circuit judge’s ruling striking down the state’s...

New GOP scheme snubs NLRB, limits franchise liability

Date Posted: May 20 2016

LANSING, Mich. (PAI)—Tucked into a batch of anti-worker laws the Republican-run Michigan legislature approved late last year is a little-known statute that protects franchise granters – think McDonald’s headquarters –...

News Briefs

Date Posted: May 20 2016

New protests, but no new pact with Verizon The 39,000 striking Verizon workers, members of the Communications Workers and the Electrical Workers from Maine through Virginia, are introducing a new...

Obama gives shout out to union pipe trades during visit to Flint

Date Posted: May 20 2016

FLINT - The weight of a presidential visit on May 4 emphasized the tragic importance of the city's poisoned water situation. President Barack Obama's motorcade traveled past the Flint water...

Prevailing wage repeal drive still seems stalled

Date Posted: May 20 2016

The petition drive to repeal Michigan's Prevailing Wage Act of 1965 apparently continues to be staying in neutral. For the last six weeks, phone calls to the Michigan Building and...

Rejection of pension cuts for Teamsters plan a head-scratcher for other administrators

Date Posted: May 20 2016

A U.S. Treasury Department mediator on May 6 rejected a huge proposed cut in retirement payouts for hundreds of thousands of workers tied to the Teamsters Central States Pension Fund....

Slow wage growth calls worker shortage claims into question

Date Posted: May 20 2016

(From We Party Patriots) A recent CNBC Reality Check column cast doubt on the widespread yet false theory that there is currently a “labor shortage” in the U.S. construction industry....

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