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The Building Tradesman Newspaper Editions

What's On Tap- New Pipeline, Pumps, Key to new Water Plan

Date Posted: July 10 2015

SANILAC CO. - A year from now, the spigots and faucets of residents of five communities north of I-69 are going to have a permanent conduit into Lake Huron. The...

Just one thing to know about prevailing wage repeal: Don't sign the petition!

Date Posted: June 26 2015

Signature gatherers are expected to be fanning out across Michigan this summer, asking registered voters to sign a petition intended to repeal the Prevailing Wage Act of 1965.   Backed...

Prevailing wage laws 'serve the interests of the public'

Date Posted: June 26 2015

By Dr. Dale Belman Professor, Michigan State University School of Labor and Industrial Relations Although it would be polite to characterize the current effort in the Michigan legislature to repeal...

Second poll finds state has little appetite for prevailing wage repeal

Date Posted: June 26 2015

LANSING - A great majority of the state's Republican lawmakers want to repeal the Michigan Prevailing Wage Act of 1965. A great majority of people in Michigan: perhaps, not so...

Treatment facility upgrades keep water flowing - and safe

Date Posted: June 26 2015

DEARBORN - When the sprawling Springwells Water Treatment Plant at 8300 W. Warren Avenue opened in 1935, it became the largest water treatment facility in the world. Eighty years later,...

Lansing lawmakers know best, say Lansing lawmakers

Date Posted: June 26 2015

LANSING – Should state law trump local law when it comes to governments setting prevailing and minimum wages, sick time rules or other employee benefits? Among Michigan's ruling Republican lawmakers,...

Construction worker shortage? New survey still says, 'maybe'

Date Posted: June 26 2015

When we last asked that question about six months ago following an industry survey by the Associated General Contractors, the answer was "maybe." It depended on geographic location, industry sector...

News Briefs

Date Posted: June 26 2015

Who will fund prevailing wage ads? Indiana’s repeal of its common wage (aka prevailing wage) law in May for the construction industry included an advertising war, with unions spending $1.1 million...

Cool! Trades create habitat for zoo's penguin exhibit

Date Posted: June 12 2015

ROYAL OAK - If you love to watch penguins - and who doesn't? - you're going to love the new Polk Penguin Conservation Center under construction at the Detroit Zoo....

Nation divided in opinion on unions, poll finds

Date Posted: June 12 2015

There weren't many shocking headlines out of major Pew Research Center polling released April 27 concerning public and political perception of the nation's unions. "The public expresses mixed views of...

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