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The Building Tradesman Newspaper Editions

Economy solid as new year starts; lackluster wage hikes still concern

Date Posted: January 24 2020

Many of the major economic markers have been calculated for 2019, and with the exception of wage growth, the results show an all-around healthy U.S. economy. So said the labor-backed...

Hated 'Cadillac Tax' meets its demise

Date Posted: January 24 2020

WASHINGTON D.C. - The "Cadillac Tax" is finally dead. Funeral services took place in Congress in December, with both the House and Senate adopting a spending bill that included repeal...

News Briefs

Date Posted: January 24 2020

Republicans- 3, Dems- 0 on NLRB National Labor Relations Board Member Lauren McFerran’s term expired on Dec. 16, leaving what is supposed to be a worker watchdog agency without a Democratic...

On the Mackinac Bridge... Scaffold system recognized for giving painters safe place to work

Date Posted: January 24 2020

ST. IGNACE - In the depths of a Michigan winter, let's think warm-weather thoughts about our state's most recognizable symbol - and it's greatest engineering masterpiece. Last year the project...

Trades' work sets up Wayne Assembly for new Bronco

Date Posted: January 24 2020

WAYNE - The Bronco is back.  And building trades union workers worked a 24-hour, two-week shutdown over the holidays in the plant where it will be built, as part of...

U.S. construction is on course

Date Posted: January 24 2020

As 2019 ended, U.S construction employment was up, spending was trending higher and momentum was moving in the right direction, too. The federal Bureau of Labor Statistics reported on Jan....

AFL-CIO's blessing gives 'New NAFTA' new momentum

Date Posted: January 10 2020

By Mark Gruenberg PAI Staff Writer WASHINGTON (PAI)—The AFL-CIO announced last month it backs the revised “New NAFTA,” the so-called “free trade” pact GOP President Donald Trump and the U.S....

News Briefs

Date Posted: January 10 2020

Ford to invest 1.45B in SE Michigan DEARBORN - Ford Motor Co. announced Dec. 17 that it is investing $1.45 billion in two Southeast Michigan manufacturing facilities and adding 3,000...

Road funding redo on tap in 2020

Date Posted: January 10 2020

LANSING - The anniversary of the first year of Gov. Gretchen Whitmer's administration has come and gone, and the state seems no closer to solving its chronic problem of inadequate...

U.S. construction survey suggests 75% of firms to add workers in 2020

Date Posted: January 10 2020

Despite signs the overall economy may be slowing, most construction firms expect demand for their services and hiring will expand in 2020, yet even more firms are worried about their...

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