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The Building Tradesman Newspaper Editions

Support sought for new U.P. mining road

Date Posted: August 21 2015

MARQUETTE - The federal Environmental Protection Agency's steadfast refusal to allow construction of a proposed 21-mile road that would connect the Eagle Mine with its ore processing facility at the...

Cleaned, sealed, painted, tuck-pointed: Capitol Building ready to gleam again

Date Posted: August 7 2015

LANSING - The Michigan State Capitol Building - perhaps the state's second-most iconic structure after the Mackinac Bridge - is getting some TLC from some skilled trades and contractors. Since...

Construction expansion continues, with Michigan still leading the pack

Date Posted: August 7 2015

Michigan steered around a bump in the road for U.S. construction between May and June this year, and - as it has for much of this year - continued to...

News Briefs

Date Posted: August 7 2015

UA, Roofers unions forge affiliation pact Citing strong ties and common interests in water conservation, General President William P. Hite of the United Association of Union Plumbers, Pipefitters, Sprinklerfitters, Welders...

Prevailing wage supporters raise voices

Date Posted: August 7 2015

'Any so-called windfall savings would be short-lived at best.' - Herb Spence III, owner, Spence Brothers The effort to repeal Michigan's Prevailing Wage Act of 1965 continues to move along...

Right-to-work law upheld for public workers

Date Posted: August 7 2015

LANSING - Legal efforts to overturn the state's right-to-work laws have just about run their course. The Michigan Supreme Court ruled on July 29 that some 36,000 state employees working...

State AGC expresses support for workforce retention, prevailing wage

Date Posted: August 7 2015

LANSING– The Associated General Contractors of Michigan (AGC) Labor Relations Division focused on the workforce challenges of apprentice recruitment, journeyman training, and workforce retention during its second annual Labor and...

'Bad bargain' awaits state's taxpayers if repeal is successful

Date Posted: July 24 2015

By Frank Manzo IV Public policy choices have consequences. Some can facilitate middle class job creation, robust economic growth, a higher skilled workforce and balanced government budgets. Others can have...

Board-Up Program could lead to career path for some youths

Date Posted: July 24 2015

DETROIT - For some youths in the city, the path to a potential career in the building trades could start with boarding up the schools. The mixed-blessing task of sealing...

Health care 'Cadillac Tax' still riles labor

Date Posted: July 24 2015

WASHINGTON, D.C. - The 6-3 U.S. Supreme Court vote on June 25 over health care exchanges saved the Affordable Care Act as we know it. The ruling was a huge...

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