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Date Posted: August 29 2014

U.S. construction up 4 percent this year New construction starts in July rose 6 percent from the month before to a rate of $588.8 billion, McGraw Hill Construction reported Aug. 21....

On deck: Labor Day events and activities

Date Posted: August 29 2014

With the sun setting on another summer, Labor Day is making its annual melancholy appearance on the calendar. There’s still time to support each other and the institution of organized...

So far, I-96 repair a smooth operation

Date Posted: August 29 2014

LIVONIA – The I-96 Fix is in the mix. Completed in 1971, the seven mile stretch of the I-96 Expressway between Newburgh and Telegraph Rds. has been at the end...

The Pullman Strike: 'President Cleveland seized the chance at conciliation, and Labor Day was born'

Date Posted: August 29 2014

Conceived by America’s labor unions as a testament to their cause, the legislation sanctioning the Labor Day holiday was shepherded through Congress amid labor unrest and signed by President Grover...

Waiting, waiting, for multiemployer pension reform

Date Posted: August 29 2014

(Editor’s note: this is yet another article on the funding crisis involving multiemployer pension plans, which cover all over the building trades unions). Congress has left Washington for the summer...

ABC says wage proposal isn't about wages. It's about wages.

Date Posted: August 15 2014

The anti-union Associated Builders and Contractors call themselves an advocate for open shop contractors. As such, they rarely pass up the opportunity to lobby for legislation and regulations that keep...

Congress goes home with no GOP action on extending jobless benefits

Date Posted: August 15 2014

(Editor’s note: On Aug. 1, Congress began its summer recess. Left undone was any attempt to extend emergency unemployment benefits. House Speaker John Boehner (R-Ohio) has said that extending benefits...

Latest executive order will make it harder for federal contractors to violate workers’ rights

Date Posted: August 15 2014

A new executive order from President Obama will make it harder for companies to win federal contracts if they violate their workers’ rights and withhold their wages, the White House...

New and much-improved Jamrich Hall opens at NMU

Date Posted: August 15 2014

MARQUETTE – The new Jamrich Hall is open for education. A 16-month construction process resulted in the completion of the new hall on the campus of Northern Michigan University. The...

News Briefs

Date Posted: August 15 2014

No long-term fix for highway funding WASHINGTON (PAI)—Congress’ literally last-minute passage of a $11 billion bill to fund highway, bridge and mass transit projects through next May still left union...

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