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The Building Tradesman Newspaper Editions

Obama calls for stronger labor law

Date Posted: February 4 2015

WASHINGTON (PAI) – For the first time in his six years in the Oval Office, President Barack Obama took to prime-time TV and a nationwide audience to demand stronger labor...

State's unionization rate drops significantly, RTW a likely contributor

Date Posted: February 4 2015

LANSING - Labor union membership in Michigan took a significant hit in 2014, dropping to 14.5 percent union workforce penetration from 16.3 percent in 2013. The decline represents a loss...

Time to speak up, support prevailing wage, The law helps create 'a better construction industry'

Date Posted: February 4 2015

LANSING - So what happens if prevailing wage goes away in Michigan? It's simple, says state Senate Majority Leader Arlan Meekhof (R-West Olive). He has cited an Anderson Economic Group...

U-M sends trades back to school

Date Posted: February 4 2015

ANN ARBOR - The University of Michigan campus was busy again last month. And it wasn't only because of students returning from the holiday break. The U-M campus was also...

About the plane you flew in during World War II... Airman who served on C-47 during D-Day gets unlikely chance to fly with her again

Date Posted: January 23 2015

The twin-engine transport plane nicknamed “Placid Lassie” participated in the D-Day invasion on June 6, 1944, dropping paratroopers over France. In the weeks afterward, the C-47A Skytrain and its crew...

Ballot plan would restore woeful roads, bridges if backed by state's voters

Date Posted: January 23 2015

LANSING – Gov. Rick Snyder on Jan. 12 signed legislation that would start the long road back to restoring Michigan’s crumbling streets and bridges, in part by ensuring taxes paid...

Business groups again sue NLRB over new union election rules

Date Posted: January 23 2015

(By Mark Gruenberg, PAI Staff Writer) WASHINGTON (PAI) – Here we go again.  Business groups are suing the National Labor Relations Board over the new union election rules it finalized...

Help for Care House

Date Posted: January 23 2015

MT. CLEMENS – Contributions from building trades union representatives to Care House totaled a bit more than $4,000 this year, continuing a tradition of generosity to the facility for women...

Legality of RTW for public employees goes before Supreme Court

Date Posted: January 23 2015

LANSING – Arguments were heard Jan. 13 before the Michigan Supreme Court as part of organized labor’s first major attempt to overturn the state’s right-to-work laws. At issue: is it...

Repeal of state's prevailing wage law: Top of the priority list for state Republicans

Date Posted: January 23 2015

LANSING - Pundits predicted after last November's elections that the makeup of the state Legislature would get more conservative, more pro-Tea Party, and even more anti-union than the group that...

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