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The Building Tradesman Newspaper Editions

Potential mash up of Proposal 1 and prevailing wage repeal concern trades

Date Posted: March 6 2015

Few people in Michigan are crazy about raising the sales tax by a penny, even if passage of Proposal 1 on May 5 means raising at least $1.2 billion more...

Construction in Michigan rises 6% during 2014

Date Posted: February 20 2015

Statewide, Michigan enjoyed a nice jump in construction employment over the course of the past year, rising 6 percent between December 2013 and December 2014. With a rise of 7,200...

Judge dumps open meetings challenge to state's right-to-work law

Date Posted: February 20 2015

LANSING - The state's Open Meetings Act was not violated when the Michigan Legislature adopted a statewide right-to-work law in December 2012, a state Court of Claims judge ruled Feb....

Record low for construction deaths, injury trend down, too

Date Posted: February 20 2015

LANSING – Historically low construction industry fatality rates continued in Michigan in 2014, with MIOSHA's Construction Safety Division recording an all-time low of seven program-related on-the-job deaths. The previous record...

Short lull in prevailing wage repeal effort gives trades time to lobby GOP

Date Posted: February 20 2015

LANSING - Republicans in both the state House and Senate have made repeal of the Michigan Prevailing Wage Act of 1965 their top priority in 2015 - with the first...

Trades building colorful-kid friendly hospital in Troy

Date Posted: February 20 2015

TROY - The new Children's Hospital of Michigan-Troy will have all the primary colors on the outside, and a full gamut of pediatric, primary care health care resources on the...

News Briefs

Date Posted: February 19 2015

LANSING - Voter passage of the ballot plan to provide some $1.3 billion in funding to improve the state's roads fund would be a boon to road-building construction workers -...

Contractors 'extremely optimistic' for 2015 prospects

Date Posted: February 4 2015

The nation’s building industry may be primed for a breakout year in 2015, with 80 percent of construction contractors planning to expand their payrolls. That’s according to a survey called Ready...

Help sidetrack prevailing wage repeal effort

Date Posted: February 4 2015

LANSING – The proposed repeal of Michigan’s Prevailing Wage Act is not a done deal. And Michigan’s building trades workers are asked to do their part to make sure it...

News Briefs

Date Posted: February 4 2015

Road ballot issue faces headwinds The Michigan Building and Construction Trades Council strongly supports this year’s Proposal 1, a May 5 ballot proposal that will generate about $1.3 billion to repair...

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