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The Building Tradesman Newspaper Editions

Fast-track, TPP, advance over labor's protests

Date Posted: May 1 2015

By Mark Gruenberg PAI Staff Writer WASHINGTON (PAI) - Seizing their most-prominent public chance to blast fast-track “free trade authority” for the president – any president – labor leaders denounced...

Iron Workers re-up commitment to WCC

Date Posted: May 1 2015

ANN ARBOR - Washtenaw Community College (WCC) and the International Association of Bridge, Structural, Ornamental and Reinforcing Iron Workers Union signed a five-year contract extension March 18 to continue to...

Michigan construction enjoying a resurgence

Date Posted: May 1 2015

Michigan's construction industry, so far, is thoroughly enjoying 2015. Our state was ranked No. 4 nationwide in construction industry job gains in March 2015 vs. March 2014, up 10.4 percent...

News Briefs

Date Posted: May 1 2015

RTW states' wages are 3.1% lower  Something to look forward to in Michigan... Wages are 3.1 percent lower in so-called “right to work” (RTW) states, for union and nonunion workers...

Study vouches for state's lousy roads, Proposal 1 offers path to long-term fix

Date Posted: May 1 2015

Just in time for a vote on Proposal 1, the May 5 ballot issue that will determine if voters want to allocate more money to repair Michigan's roads, a nonprofit...

Trades could have a lot riding on Proposal 1

Date Posted: April 17 2015

The Michigan Building and Construction Trades Council is supporting Proposal 1 - the May 5 statewide ballot issue that focuses on raising the state sales tax in order to increase...

Failure of ballot issue could strengthen effort to repeal prevailing wage

Date Posted: April 17 2015

If Proposal 1, fails at the ballot box on May 5, what then? Gov. Snyder, an active proponent of the ballot issue, has said "there is no Plan B" if...

Training, quality work drives John E. Green fabrication shop

Date Posted: April 17 2015

SAGINAW - Carbon steel, copper, stainless, plastic, alloy... from a half-inch circumference up to 72 inches - the workforce at John E. Green's fabrication shop have processed just about  every...

Construction pullback likely short-term

Date Posted: April 17 2015

U.S. construction employment hit a bump in the road in March, dropping, albeit slightly, for the first time in the past 14 months. Construction jobs fell by 1,000 in March...

Obama vetoes curb on union organizing rules

Date Posted: April 17 2015

WASHINGTON (PAI) - In a rare win for the labor movement, President Obama upheld streamlined union election rules issued by the National Labor Relations Board that could make it easier...

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