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Date Posted: April 22 2016

For now, Wisconsin RTW law overturned A Dane County judge struck down the Wisconsin right-to-work law on April 8 a year after the law took effect. Judge William Faust agreed...

New silica rule already making court appearance

Date Posted: April 22 2016

Industry pushback against a new worker-friendly silica rule quickly went into the courts, barely a week after the rule was released by the Obama Administration's Labor Department. The Louisiana chapter...

Potential utility deregulation the latest threat to building trades jobs

Date Posted: April 22 2016

LANSING - Over the past few years, the positives have been scarce in the state Legislature for the state's organized construction industry. The presence of right-to-work, the threat to prevailing...

Study predicts big-time job losses if TPP is passed

Date Posted: April 22 2016

By Mark Gruenberg PAI Staff Writer Workers in the U.S. and Japan, and indeed worldwide, are likely to lose tens of thousands of jobs, and those two economies are likely...

Trades help write new history for repurposed Detroit News building

Date Posted: April 22 2016

DETROIT - While the newspaper business isn't exactly a healthy industry these days - real estate, especially in the city's downtown, is doing pretty well. So the future looks bright...

Wind energy fanning coal plant retirements

Date Posted: April 22 2016

JACKSON - Consumers Energy shuttered seven of its oldest coal-burning units as of April 15 after serving Michigan for more than 60 years. Collectively, the plants – affectionately nicknamed by...

After failed prevailing wage petition, ABC sues to get their money back

Date Posted: April 6 2016

ABC's use of anti-union group blows up in their face LANSING - The irony is delicious. A sales motto used by Silver Bullet LLC says that "successful initiative petitions are...

Senate OKs bill expanding electrical apprentice ratio

Date Posted: April 6 2016

LANSING - The state Legislature made more progress on its path to weakening professional licensing in Michigan, with a March 23 vote of the Senate to raise the ratio of...

Unions cheer as high court ties, 4-4, on key Friedrichs labor case

Date Posted: April 6 2016

By Mark Gruenberg PAI Staff Writer WASHINGTON (PAI)—Union leaders cheered as the U.S. Supreme Court tied, 4-4, on a key labor case, Friedrichs v. California Teachers Association et al, on...

Finally! Labor Department tees up new silica standard

Date Posted: April 6 2016

WASHINGTON D.C. - A long-awaited workplace rule establishing new, more stringent safety standards for silica exposure was announced March 24 by U.S. Secretary of Labor Tom Perez. The new rule...

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