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The Building Tradesman Newspaper Editions

GOP Legislature brings labor more irritation with dues deduction rule

Date Posted: January 29 2016

LANSING - The state Legislature's flurry of lawmaking at the end of 2015 didn't have anything to do with addressing pressing needs that would make Michigan a better state, like...

State House lowers electrical apprentice oversight ratio

Date Posted: January 29 2016

LANSING - A long-time standard ratio for training in the state's electrical industry - one journeyman supervising one apprentice - is teed up to be the latest rule abolished by...

High Court case a looming disaster for U.S. unions

Date Posted: January 29 2016

By Mark Gruenberg Press Associates For workers and their allies, especially union workers, it’s time to get ready to combat a looming disaster, coming to us courtesy of the U.S....

GM Paint Shop project wrapped up with flying colors

Date Posted: January 29 2016

FLINT - The colors were scheduled to start spraying this week at General Motors' massive new paint shop on the grounds of the Flint Assembly plant on Van Slyke Rd....

Local 370, other unions contribute to clean water in Flint

Date Posted: January 29 2016

FLINT - Last fall, members and contractors affiliated with the United Association of Plumbers and Pipe Fitters Local 370 donated their time to install hundreds of home faucet filters in...

Flint water situation: 'What we're seeing here is a disaster'

Date Posted: January 29 2016

FLINT - Building trades union volunteers from across the state - and across most of the union crafts - have been giving their time and talent to help provide relief...

News Briefs

Date Posted: January 29 2016

Plenty of room for better job numbers The nation's jobless rate dropped by 0.6 percent, or 800,000 workers, during the course of 2015, but momentum was evident during the last...

Construction expansion seems certain in 2016

Date Posted: January 15 2016

Contractors expect a range of public and private markets to grow, and 71 percent of U.S. construction firms plan to expand their payrolls in 2016, according to survey results released...

Democracy faces another hurdle in Michigan with anti-union, straight-ticket voting laws

Date Posted: January 15 2016

By Steve Bieda (D) State Senator, 9th District Lawmakers in Lansing recently worked late into the night to pass a series of controversial bills, one of which grew from 12...

GOP, Snyder, toss out straight-ticket voting, invite more big money into state campaigns

Date Posted: January 15 2016

Editor's note: IBEW Local 275 Business Manager Sean Egan, who is also president of the Kent-Ionia Labor Council, wrote this piece for the council in late December. It is updated...

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