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The Building Tradesman Newspaper Editions

Trades assemble paint shop at GM-Flint plant

Date Posted: November 6 2014

FLINT – General Motors’ next generation of paint shop technology is taking shape at its Flint Assembly plant on Van Slyke Rd. And it’s no small undertaking: the 560,000 square-foot...

Among labor's biggest battles in '14: apathy

Date Posted: October 24 2014

What’s the old saying? “When labor votes, labor wins.” That’s still true nowadays, sort of.  In recent elections, labor isn’t voting. Or, they’re voting for candidates who are anti-labor. And...

Long reach, nice work at U-M’s Granger Lab renovation

Date Posted: October 24 2014

Erected in 1958, the George Granger Brown Memorial Laboratories building on the University of Michigan campus in Ann Arbor is getting renovated, big time. The university is spending some $47...

Michigan's right-to-work law was all about GOP's attempt to bust state's unions

Date Posted: October 24 2014

LANSING – After two years in office of denying that RTW was on his agenda, Michigan Gov. Rick Snyder signed the measure in December 2012. According to the AP, Snyder...

News Briefs

Date Posted: October 24 2014

ABC and GOP should get a room  The Associated Builders and Contractors is the arch-enemy of Michigan building trades unions, acting as the primary proponent for keeping industry wages low,...

Totten for state attorney general: he'll take trades' case on prevailing wage

Date Posted: October 24 2014

The Michigan Building and Construction Trades Council has endorsed Democrat Mark Totten as he seeks to unseat incumbent Bill Schuette for state attorney general in the Nov. 4 general election....

Vote Nov. 4: Show that labor still has muscles to flex

Date Posted: October 24 2014

Your pension. Your health care. Your wage scale. Your workplace safety. Your union. Those things are really what will be on your ballot – should you choose to fill one...

AFL-CIO's Trumka: To avoid an 'ass-kicking,' labor needs to step up its political outreach, big-time

Date Posted: October 10 2014

DETROIT – Passage of Michigan’s right-to-work law in 2012 by Gov. Rick Snyder and the Republican Legislature “shivered the timbers of every union in every state,” said AFL-CIO President Rich...

GOP leaders disavow prevailing wage repeal

Date Posted: October 10 2014

LANSING – Can the state’s construction industry expect a repeal of the Michigan Prevailing Wage Act this year? Senate Majority Leader Randy Richardville (R-Monroe) told MIRS News Service on Sept....

I Did Not Crash The Economy. You Didn’t, Either.

Date Posted: October 10 2014

If you listen to FOX news, the angry billionaires, and most of the Republican politicians, you’d think that middle class Americans and poor Americans are public enemies. Here’s the reality:...

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