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August 6, 1999

  • What's wrong with defeat of Patients Bill of Rights
  • Let's lighten the burden of prescription drug costs
  • New HQ for Jackson National
  • Employers pushing for drug and alcohol testing on job sites
  • Benefit set for paralyzed mother

August 20, 1999

  • With or without Y2K, unions are changing the way we operate
  • Decade of partnership, education
  • Pro-prevailing wage coalition trounces ABC with facts and hard work
  • Iron highways rebuilt, too
  • Electricians pull heavy duty cable to power new terminal
  • Workers who died building Mighty Mac are honored again

September 3, 1999

  • 'Americans owe working families and their unions a great debt'
  • On track to build Millenium Park
  • Come help labor celebrate its day Monday, Sept. 6
  • Time to start making a stink about sanitary conditions
  • Construction continues to shape up WSU campus
  • More workers connect with IBEW

September 17, 1999

  • Union, nonunion finally enjoying economic gains
  • New roof for the Glass House
  • Labor Day celebrates our 'collective feeling of power'
  • Lesson from Las Vegas - Organizing works when there's respect, commitment
  • Clean hands, clean gloves the key to good skin care
  • Early retirees may get tax break, compliments of Congress

October 1, 1999

  • Ice man gives way to 'mechanical air cooling'
  • Gaffney pledges to help mobilize members, AFL-CIO
  • Help make a difference with your vote and your voice
  • Better pollution controls coming to B.C. Cobb Plant
  • Trades grapple and pin heavy Rouge Plant span

October 15, 1999

  • Prevailing wage costs more? Consider the source
  • Mackinac Center signals GOP ready for attack
  • Team of trades on the field to build Comerica Park
  • 'Save a LifeClub' would like you as a member
  • Local 190, PMC take good care of community
  • Well, done, Heat's On volunteers…Local 174, contractors come through again in Grand Rapids

October 29, 1999

  • First, they came for the teachers...
  • It's deer season, and it's open season on workers, too
  • 'Paycheck' comp time on agenda at hearing
  • Local 169er wins national apprenticeship skills contest
  • New digs for local 58's Training Center
  • Gore gets (most of) AFL-CIO endorsement

November 12, 1999

  • Double whammy for ABC
  • 'Big' describes plenty about new metro airport
  • Bill of rights? It's a bill of goods
  • Local 32, IMI promote union skills, training
  • Local 514 celebrates a century

November 26, 1999

  • Record year expected again for construction Activity in U.S.
  • Lions bring outdoors inside with Ford Field design
  • Help wanted: group seeks to match trades jobs with applicants
  • Schools again excluded from state inspections
  • Wide-flange beams still enjoy wide usage
  • Final beam goes up at WSU law school
  • BUILD Fund ready to build union with pension dollars

December 10, 1999

  • New millennium, same old story...Construction boom continues
  • Trades make more room for Genesee County's sewage
  • Ergonomics rule 'major step forward' but construction is still on sidelines
  • 'The sad part is that hearing loss is irreversible' ('but it's also easily preventable')
  • 'Sham'-paign finance reform ignores the real problem

December 24, 1999

  • 'Just because you're paranoid, doesn't mean that they're not out to get you.'
  • Whose union will be next on the block?
  • New union hall for Local 636
  • Contractor charged in trench cave-in death
  • Plenty of fuel for industry expansion
  • Motor City Casino ready for action



January 7, 2000

  • OSHA slow to move sanitation Standard
  • 'Senate Bill 32 is clearly about union busting'
  • Building Condat plant is a smooth operation
  • Milder climate for labor in D.C.
  • New union hall ready for action
  • Help wanted: Construction employment wide open through 2008

January 21, 2000

  • Busy industry claims 31 workers in 1999
  • Building will bring together MSU's spread-out scientists
  • Auto show exhibits work of trades, too
  • GE's affection for low wages:'Free trade run amok'
  • Contributions help Local 292 member following home fire
  • Here's how to lay low from Old Man Winter

February 4, 2000

  • A welcome new trend for labor: an increase in members
  • BCTD's Georgine to retire; Elevators' Sullivan on deck
  • Seaborg Complex to carry on scientific tradition at NMU
  • You could drive a truck through this income gap
  • Action starts on Ford Field
  • 30 Hardhats from U.P.'s Hautamaki Mechanical now signatory

February 18, 2000

  • It will take some extra effort to vote for president
  • Rail trestle goes down in history
  • Flint Engine South Plant's safety record: outstanding
  • State surplus: How should we spend it?
  • Makeup comes off U-M Stadium
  • 'If you work union you have a future'

March 3, 2000

  • Lacking votes, GOP is forced to bury 'FAIR' Act
  • Trades ready 'hellacious hole' for new Detroit parking deck
  • School inspection rules move closer to passage
  • Trauma programs should be moved to prime time
  • Human resources in the trades build new center for UAW-GM
  • Marlinga announces bid for Supreme Court seat

March 17, 2000

  • Trades plan for Nov. 7 election 'Are we going to fight for the future of our families?'
  • 'Between now and Election Day, each of us has a role to play'
  • Conference builds the case against state Republicans
  • Quality conscious trades, Walbridge build Flagstar HQ
  • Time to arrest the assault on your hearing

March 31, 2000

  • Comerica Park construction 'rounding third, headed home
  • Safety inspector money here today, gone tomorrow
  • Rare, beautiful and durable - Greektown mosaic has it all
  • Make sure you are counted in Census 2000
  • NOVA Award celebrates industry's ingenuity

April 14, 2000

  • Trades greet new president; Clinton urges more prosperity with Gore
  • Transportation tax, temps politics top trades agenda
  • A tribute to promoted trades reps
  • 1099 abuse, MIOSHA inspectors on agenda for House Democrats
  • Major Campbell outage will keep plant humming
  • Old courthouse getting new space

April 28, 2000

  • Temps threaten trades' pay and safety standards
  • Motown to become Geektown with new Compuware building
  • Doors open on new union hall
  • Workplace inspectors, gun safety on House Dems' agenda
  • Contractor appreciates trades' work at Marathon
  • Aaron Mechanical's ex-employee list grows

May 12, 2000

  • Stiffer employer fines, more money proposed to improve worker safety
  • MIOSHA inspectors hustle, but employer penalties are lacking
  • Trades raise money for parishes
  • Rail trestle down for the count
  • Let's direct our resources to supporting our candidates
  • Detroit Building Trades among GARDE honorees for fast-paced school work
  • Metro Airport expansion cruises along
  • May 26, 2000

    • Whether you know it or not, GOP feels you need 'empowerment'
    • GENERAL MOTORS letters retired gracefully, thanks to work of MBM, trades
    • Trench safety is expensive; the cost of life is incalculable
    • Don't vouch for vouchers: plan would hurt all students
    • Wayne State's construction boom a boon to the building trades
    • Monument planned to honor Michigan vets killed in Vietnam
    • Young people can use help to work safe this summer

    June 9, 2000

    • The Big Normal Majority needs your participation
    • UA Local 174's pride evident as new building is unveiled
    • Expo gives prospective Hardhats insight on construction industry
    • A dime at a time, trades help Make-A-Wish
    • THE GANGBOX: Building trades odds and ends
    • Ready to sign your life away?

    June 23, 2000

    • Prevailing wage clout depends on dwindling resource: enforcement
    • Road workers still need a brake
    • Trades power construction of new gas-fired power plant
    • In the swamp or on an ice floe, zoo animals will feel right at home
    • Working safely…Don't take your work home with you
    • Kowynia puts his mind to it, wins sheet metal competition

    July 7, 2000

    • School inspection bill finally makes the grade among state lawmakers
    • Prevailing wage language not open to interpretation appeals court says
    • What you can expect if wage law is repealed
    • Unions contribute to building boom, too
    • To reduce prices, we must make gasoline market more competitive
    • ABC better at marketing than building

    July 21, 2000

    • Primary election is easy to ignore - please don't
    • Trades straighten U.S. 131 S-Curve
    • Let's restore balance to Michigan Supreme Court
    • Class act Atkins retires from Cement Masons
    • Bricklayer King has Unlimited potential

    August 4, 2000

    • Irritated Western ABC offers tips to halt union incursion
    • New lease on life for landmark library
    • 'The greater the political power, the greater the bargaining power'
    • 'Fight for the future of Michigan' kicks off with primary
    • Stabenow for Senate: 'Working families deserve someone who will fight on their side'
    • Newspaper struggle continues after appeals court wallop
    • Boilermakers are tops on Rouge-Edison project

    August 18, 2000

    • Low voter turnout makes your vote a high priority
    • Sullivan stays on at building trades; vows aggressive organizing, political push
    • Top to bottom trades have right stuff at Metro's Midfield Terminal
    • Under a runway, tile setters provide a nice finishing touch
    • With George W., 'compassion' is in the eye of the beholder
    • State's jobless can expect new recordkeeping; not new benefits

    September 1, 2000

    • Labor Day 2000 'When Working Families Vote, We All Win'
    • State Supreme Court makeup has far-reaching implications
    • We mourn death of building trades giant Jack Wood
    • Topping out of Rouge powerhouse another step toward more power
    • Michigan, unions key to presidency as campaign heats up
    • Pipe trades instructors back for more instruction

    September 15, 2000

    • Positions, everyone - Issues more in focus as election season advances
    • Candidates come calling to court very important voters: Michigan's
    • 58er Jones on target at archery championships
    • Centennial celebration for Local 190
    • Construction deaths lead all industries
    • Voucher system doesn't play by the rules of the game

    September 29, 2000

    • On the record…Who's bad? See where Gore, Bush stand on issues
    • Looking down…And looking up
    • C'mon, send 'em in! Return voter forms to clerk by Oct. 10
    • Raising nonunion standards - for all the wrong reasons

    October 13, 2000

    • State Supreme Court supremely important this year - and this decade
    • We're fighting for your fair wages and safe jobs - won't you join us at the polls on Nov. 7?
    • Stabenow's plan: Bring an end to bloated prescription drug prices
    • Job well-done is evident after Consumers retrofit
    • On Target in the Upper Peninsula
    • Reorganized, re-energized Painters meet in Michigan

    October 27, 2000

  • Now more than ever, your vote is vital - please use it on Nov. 7
  • Now's not the time to get side-tracked by side issues
  • Who will lead the fight for working families?
  • Rare high-rise goes up in Ann Arbor
  • Unions set pace for productivity
  • Luther West Science Building at Northern Michigan
  • Election 2000: 'We have the power in our votes'
  • November 10, 2000

    • Today's lesson for ABC: How to get away with paying workers substandard wages
    • Maintenance work by trades helps 'Mighty Mac' stay mighty
    • New building a good fit for Pipe Fitters Local 636
    • Honoring a new building and an old friend
    • Labor news from around the nation
    • Indoors or out, welders should try to clear the air

    November 24, 2000

    • Voters speak with forked tongue
    • Few glad tidings after viewing vote results
    • The real winner: special interests
    • Air ride equipped: New overhead tram arrives at Metro
    • Union-built shopping center ready to go
    • Trades salute 3 retirees
    • New focus on 'appalling' hazard: silica dust

    December 8, 2000

    • Privatization plan is latest threat to prevailing wage
    • Political course likely to stay in the middle
    • Trades establish rushing game to build Ford Field by next year
    • IBEW training center opens doors to the future
    • Laborers expand training facility

    December 22, 2000

    • Wage standards upheld -- at least for this year
    • Trades, Walbridge help improve togetherness among GM engineers
    • Good times continue in construction, but warning signs loom
    • 'A' for effort on early S-Curve completion
    • Sanitation standard moves slowly, but now, not-so-surely
    • Union movers picket



    January 5, 2001

    • Tradesman survives, thrives when others haven't in labor press
    • Huge Cobo Center remains a vital, but undersized asset
    • Double deckers twice as nice for trades at auto show
    • Most of Michigan expect good times to continue in 2001
    • Record work for now, but 'a bump in the road'could await Motor City'
    • Unions end newspaper boycott
    • Election show labor's 'unmatched power'

    January 19, 2001

    • Construction deaths drop; is more training the key
    • Michigan is failing at on the job safety
    • Bush extends fist to workers with Labor Dept. pick
    • Big chill project revives Ottawa Street Station
    • Dollar-an-hour won't cut it; union wages continue to rise in Michigan
    • St. John building to consolidate cancer treatment

    February 2, 2001

    • GM thinks big with new Grand River Assembly Plant
    • Union membership slide resumes after 2 even years
    • OSHA hopes to save lives with new steel erection rules
    • Makeover, maintenance, fortify Detroit's 'defining' skyscraper
    • Labor finds Chao a better choice
    • Bracelet drawing benefits St. Rita

    February 16, 2001

    • Needs of Working Families Top Democratic Agenda
    • Cross the t's, dot the i's before crossing Michigan's Workers Comp panelists
    • Water Works Park II features new technology in an old setting
    • Fitter crusades against GHB, which killed her daughter
    • Number of union construction workers takes a dip in 2000
    • Bush places steel erection standard on the shelf

    March 2, 2001

  • Needed: effort to 'restore the balance of power in Michigan'
  • Early signs show Bush supporters who their man is listening to
  • Metamorphosis on course at Ren Cen to make it barrier-free, user-friendly
  • Time for ABC contractors to 'step up' was 50 years ago
  • Follies and foibles of blue collar workers featured in new book
  • March 16, 2001

    • GOP eradicates ergonomics rules
    • Prevailing wage repeal betrays Michigan workers
    • Early on, Bush starts battles - and he's fighting against labor
    • From boondoggle to boon, Zilwaukee span serves state well
    • Expo exposes construction as a potential career choice
    • New Midfield Terminal gets new power plant, too

    March 30, 2001

    • U.S. construction pay barely beats inflation during 1990s
    • Asbestos claim date looms; do you know your rights?
    • Labor Ready hounded by building trades
    • Silverdome still a great facility, but that probably won't save it
    • Unions welcome Aaron workers

    April 13, 2001

    • Carpenters break with AFL-CIO and building trades
    • Paltry GOP support helps sustain prevailing wage
    • School's still out on school inspection legislation
    • Once the world's longest bridge, Ambassador now distinguished for its years of stately service
    • Want to improve industry's image? Ask the people who wear the hard hats
    • Bricklayers provide crash course so courses will be straight in Kosovo

    April 27, 2001

    • Democrats propose inflation-adjusted hikes in jobless $; response: 'hell no!'
    • Another study weighs in to bolster prevailing wage
    • Michigan's Hall of Justice takes shape
    • GARDE Award honors construction industry diversity
    • Benson Ford Research Center to showcase Henry's stuff
    • PLAs drive up costs? Bridge project points out myth vs. reality

    May 11, 2001

    • Building Trades OK informal relations with Carpenters
    • State official ties on-the-job deaths to 'fate' and 'luck'
    • Worker fatality rate down in U.S.; state's numbers are worse
    • Delphi headquarters expansion puts operations in one place
    • Guardian Building a monument to 'workmen of unusual merit'
    • Utility group seeks to limit underground mishaps

    May 25, 2001

    • Two 'stand up' groups fight for U.S. steel and iron ore industries
    • U.P.'s Tilden, Empire mines carve out niche in state history
    • IBEW, NECA dedicate new training center
    • Project labor agreement at work as Mott Tech Center gets topped out
    • Tile wall displays professional, amateur skills
    • Additional safety inspectors proposed

    June 8, 2001

    • Summer's here, and time is right for 'Give 'em a Brake' campaign
    • City grew up around old S-Curve; new version ready for the future
    • Trades' issues grow cold on the back burner
    • Study offers disquieting news about hearing mentality in trades
    • 'Protection of the construction worker is clearly a matter of politics'
    • Rebate checks (may be) coming

    June 22, 2001

    • Any fast track deal should respect needs of people
    • Bush takes initial stand to help U.S. steel firms
    • Outage work helps to make cleaner-burning Campbell plant
    • Trades help offer a better menu at NMU
    • Covenant Health Care project displays union-contractor skills
    • Trades, contractors are final piece in the puzzle to build expanded shelter

    July 6, 2001

    • St. Clair Co. turns to union PLA to make 'the best building possible'
    • Ciao, now - U.A. Rep. Sposita honored as retirement nears
    • UA picks McNamara for International Union post
    • Pension reforms especially helpful to building trades
    • Softball-booster Sam T. Hart honored with 'fair play' plaque
    • 'Opportunity industry' seeks to attract workers

    July 20, 2001

    • Redistricting time
    • Trades get ready for Ford Field blitz
    • State set to beef up penalties for drivers who hit Hardhats
    • Fitters' warmth sends welcome chill to St. Pat's
    • Boilermakers have a go-'round with orbital welding training

    August 3, 2001

    • Construction fatalities up in 2001
    • State, feds get more alert to roadwork zone safety
    • Iron Workers 25 celebrates climb to the century mark
    • Davison: Nation's first freeway was built right the first time
    • Topping-out held for Ren Cen's Winter Garden
    • Electrical work on the Madeline is ship-shape, thanks to 498'er

    August 17, 2001

    • Where did the summer go? Time for Labor Day festivities
    • Summer's heat is still here: So let's be careful out there
    • Compuware's new HQ starts to rise
    • Unlucky boaters found a friend in Joe Herro
    • Rappeller's work helps leaky turret repel the elements
    • Still waiting for your turn to work? Poor planning vexes construction

    August 31, 2001

    • Labor Day festivities slated around Michigan
    • MBCTC meeting unveils new operating plan, returns officers
    • 'Original grandeur' the goal for Griswold Place renovation
    • UA to take up permanent residence at Washtenaw Community College
    • Another year atop standings for Operators Red

    September 14, 2001

    • Nonunion contractors agonize over income of their 'poor people'
    • Trades celebrate Labor's day
    • Teamsters extend olive branch to Bush during an unusual presidential visit
    • 116-year life-span for a roof? St. Anne's got its money's worth
    • Labor Legacy arch unveiled
    • Going up: new sequencing facility

    September 28, 2001

    • Michigan laborer brings home news of Ground Zero 'The union construction presence was awesome'
    • Construction union members weigh in with skills, equipment to aid New York
    • Hardhats' work now in session at Michigan's Hall of Justice
    • 'Buy union now' website up and running
    • Three Towers now a union-signatory contractor

    October 12, 2001

    • 911 fund established to aid NY construction industry workers
    • Message to Michigan voters: Democrats support gun rights, too
    • Trades wrap up another outage at Mead paper mill
    • New hotel on the radar screen
    • Okies OK right to work…
    • Dedication scheduled for Michigan Vietnam Monument

    October 26, 2001

    • Putting the screws to Michigan's workers…
    • Freeze on jobless benefits still hurts workers
    • Displays of patriotism in these uncertain times
    • These colors won't run on Monroe Co. farmhouse
    • Another helpful effort by Heat's On volunteers

    November 9, 2001

    • For some in GOP, union members' political leanings are the greater security risk
    • What's on tap: a modernized version of Water Works Park
    • Unions, contractors get prepared for biological hazards
    • Trades, contractors begin the end of long effort to build shelter
    • 15-year study confirms deadly grip of falls
    • Effective safety planning effectively saves lives

    November 23, 2001

    • New roof truss bridges Ford Field
    • Bush's ban on project labor agreements tossed out by judge
    • Insurance costs expected to rise after Sept. 11
    • Pipeline had a lot of character - but it leaked like a sieve
    • Nuke plants an important source of energy, employment
    • Michigan labor continues push for enhanced jobless benefits

    December 7, 2001

    • New hygiene standard for construction: still plugged up, but not forgotten
    • New chief brings new plan of business to OSHA
    • Fountain Walk development spouts variety of new shops
    • Will low wages in Louisiana lead to union resurgence?
    • Feds release down payment for new Soo Lock
    • World Trade Center site: 'very dangerous'

    December 21, 2001

    • Consumers Energy new HQ: two buildings for the price of one
    • Bush's appeal of PLA decision bolsters friendship with ABC
    • Unemployed still unassisted - state and feds are slow to help
    • Straight-party voting killed by state GOP
    • Decision on Carpenters' link with AFL-CIO due in mid-January
    • A safer site for workers the goal of U-M program
    • Lions score with new practice facility



    January 4, 2002

    • Nifty Fifty - Tradesman paper survives industry's ups and downs to reach half-century
    • Tradesman to 'promote the general welfare of the construction industry worker'
    • Safe2Work wins major endorsements
    • Michigan has its own Vietnam Memorial
    • Higher health care costs prescribed for 2002
    • Trades prep Detroit Statler Hotel for an uncertain future

    January 18, 2002

    • Jobless workers, rights of voters are maligned in Michigan
    • Trades appeal for help to ease nonunion grip on Borgess Medical Center
    • Muddy Rochester village takes shape
    • Union skills expand Wal-Mart
    • State's construction fatality rate up, but injury rate is trending lower

    February 4, 2002

    • 'Waiting week' kills enthusiasm for hike in jobless benefits
    • $2.9 billion in jobless money is beginning to stink like hell
    • Final destination nears for Midfield Terminal
    • Union membership numbers flat in 2001
    • Union density unrelated to higher wages, researchers say
    • Jewelry drawing raises $7,000

    February 15, 2002

    • Painters' 'Southern Initiative' offers lessons for us all
    • Michigan unions risk loss of market by keeping 'comfortable,'says GP Monroe
    • Final truss installation latest milestone for Ford Field
    • As Kmart's blue light dim, readers are asked to help
    • Meanwhile, at the nation's largest retailer…
    • Compuware's HQ movin' on up

    March 1, 2002

    • Carpenters demand drastic changes before re-affiliation with Building Trades Dept.
    • Borgess remains committed to 'open market bidding process'
    • Smooth landing for Midfield Terminal
    • OSHA flushes sanitation standard for construction
    • Pay hikes for Michigan trades continue to outpace nation
    • Wayne State builds new center to meet and greet
    • Boilermakers help rescue ice anglers

    March 15, 2002

    • Building trades' goal: to restore balance in state government
    • Republicans backpeddle on jobless benefit max
    • Building trades move quickly to iron out Compuware HQ
    • Granholm cautions against sale of Blue Cross
    • Bush OKs weaker tariff package for relief of U.S. steel, ore industries
    • Trades ready Spartan gridiron for grass

    March 29, 2002

    • Three months later, GOP hasn't cleaned up jobless benefits train wreck
    • Totally wired Wayne State building nears completion
    • Engler seeks expensive legacy with early-out plan for judges
    • Congress OKs U.S. campaign finance reform, but ultimate effects unknown
    • Rokuski laid groundwork for Local 169 training center, now his name's on the wall

    April 12, 2002

    • 2002 a vital year for voting in Michigan - are you registered?
    • Labor, Dems reach out to white male gun owners
    • New Holt High School makes a big footprint
    • Owners of restored GTO, souped-up Chevelle, win their divisions at Autorama
    • ABC won't win merit badge from workers

    April 26, 2002

    • Finally - modest increase Ok'd for unemployment insurance
    • Federal court agrees to hear Dems on Michigan redistricting plan
    • It's a tight squeeze, but trades fit in nicely with Palmer Drive project
    • Painters' Monroe blasts BT's Sullivan; no action on UBC re-affiliation
    • Maddaloni urges solidarity: 'building trades are 'the lifeline of all of our members'
    • Borgess continues to snub local trades
    • 'Mother Church' undergoes extensive makeover

    May 10, 2002

    • Most jobless workers to see a bounce in benefits
    • Peaker plants boost employment; add to nation's power capacity, too
    • Laborers expand training center
    • Mark 1 Restoration signs with Bricklayers Local #1
    • Middle schoolers introduced to piping industry
    • 9-11 iron worker volunteer gets token of appreciation

    May 24, 2002

    • More protection for road workers; more penalties for drivers
    • Modern makeover for GM Tech Center
    • Petitions drive revives straight-party ballots
    • Senate vote slows Fast Track
    • Together, Local 80, SMACNA get a brand name
    • Iron workers' CPR efforts saves bolt supplier
    • First-of-its-kind training programlinks operators, iron workers

    June 7, 2002

    • Could Michigan OK a better sanitation standard in 2002? 'Forget about it'
    • Need a lift? Headache ball's role as an elevator will continue
    • A great fender bender Trades press to build G.M. stamping plant
    • Senate adopts Fast Track, but pro-worker add-ons may prove a deal-killer
    • Innovative buildings win top honors for steel construction
    • Ground breaks on Labor Legacy monument 'Transcend'

    June 21, 2002

    • Opposites attract? Not the building trades and the ABC
    • All trades urged to use caution around high (or low) wires
    • Covert operation: Bog power plant a big employer for trades
    • Nation's steel difficulties remain
    • Roofers navigate a sea of PVC atop Ford Field

    July 5, 2002

    • Federal jobless money will be used to plug leaks in state budget
    • Two firms join 'race to the bottom'
    • Work remains before trades hand off Ford Field
    • Scout's honor: Mix-Fix volunteers improve ranch
    • Local 58 powerboater paying his 'Dooz'

    July 19, 2002

    • Big drop in fatalities for Michigan's Hardhats
    • OSHA law improves safety, but toll on workers continues
    • Trades playing the right notes during Orchestra Hall renovation
    • Construction levels up from 2001
    • Quiet, please: Industry needs to look at stopping construction noise at its source

    August 2, 2002

    • Appeals court allows Bush to bar PLAs on federal jobs
    • Election Time: Michigan Primary scheduled for Aug. 6
    • Not over the hill, Hill Auditorium undergoes massive renovation
    • Happy birthday, air conditioning
    • It's time to put some weight behind ergonomic issues
    • Voter outrage pushes congress to approve anti-corporate crime bill

    August 16, 2002

    • Election Year 2002: November ballot features Granholm vs. Postuhumus, other important races
    • Labor Day 2002 celebrations scheduled
    • Congress gives final OK to Fast Track
    • Greatest challenge to installing new pollution controls at Monroe Power Plant is the plant itself
    • Save-a-Life Club invites you to join
    • Another busy season for road work(ers)

    August 30, 2002

    • 'Working North America has held up its end of the bargain'
    • Michigan trades endorse Granholm
    • Granholm puts out welcome mat for the building trades
    • MBTC delegates challenged: 'It's time to take back the state'
    • 1,777 UA instructors go back to school at Washtenaw Community College
    • Operators Blue take 2002 softball title

    September 13, 2002

    • Who are those guys?
    • Labor celebrates Labor Day
    • Mi-Dems vow: 'It's time for a change in Michigan'
    • New Soo Lock money tied up in Congress
    • Take a swat at the West Nile Virus

    September 27, 2002

    • Who are those guys? Part 2
    • Labor rallies, but will members vote?
    • There's still time: Register to vote by Monday, Oct. 7
    • Thanks for your generosity after Sept. 11
    • Steam-powered scoop: historic crane's days may be numbered
    • Heimlich, CPR training can save a life
    • Health care costs likely to start incursion into your paycheck

    October 11, 2002

    • There are good reasons to endorse Granholm and most Democrats
    • Who are those guys? Part 3
    • Big footprint for new Saline High School
    • Union Statistics

    October 25, 2002

    • No. 1 priority: Good voter turnout on Nov. 5
    • Time to bring building trades 'back to the table' in Michigan politics
    • Granholm's goal: taking this state back for the working families of Michigan
    • As AG, Peters pledges to take building trades' case
    • Hollowell wants to streamline election process, improve voter education

    November 8, 2002

    • Privatize Blue Cross? The idea has supporters - and bears watching
    • Compuware HQ readies to load tenants
    • Lame duck session threatens workers
    • File jobless apps through the mail
    • Iron workers, operators strengthen ties with completion of training frame
    • Christmas comes early for Heat's On recipients
    • Are you drinking enough water?

    November 22, 2002

    • Granholm wins; but GOP is even stronger
    • Lame-duck session may or may not hold nasty surprises
    • Beasts of the field will get a diagnostic research center to call their own
    • Plumbers 98's new union hall: 'You should be proud of this building'
    • Construction's crystal ball: Activity to decline slightly in 2003

    December 6, 2002

    • Lame duck legislators have been benign so far- but there's time
    • Steel's up on Beaumont's bigger, better South building
    • Boensch, Devlin, Radjewski Help with Granholm's transition
    • Carpenters make amends with BT Department; status in AFL-CIO, Michigan unresolved
    • Building operation allows growth for Pioneer

    December 20, 2002

    • Election 2002 - Union members went with Dems, even with Dems' weak message
    • Foreman given jail time after worker is electrocuted
    • Pollution control project brings droves of trades to Consumers plant
    • The Gangbox Assorted News and Notes
    • Trades care about Care House



    January 10, 2003

    • Construction in Michigan rocks or reels, depending on your whereabouts
    • 'Democracy is not a spectator sport,' new Gov. Granholm declares at inauguration
    • Four more years at GDBTC for Devlin, Hamilton
    • A home addition that breaks the mold
    • GOP controls a not-so-worker-friendly legislative agenda

    January 24, 2003

    • Construction fatalities decline in 2002
    • New HQ for Consumers Energy brings together old and the new
    • Jobless insurance extended, but a million are left behind
    • Feds ready to embark on important prevailing wage survey in Michigan
    • Shedding some light on the auto show
    • The Gang Box

    February 7, 2003

    • Prevailing wage paper chase could stabilize pay rates for trades
    • New leader: no quick fix for state's unemployment compensation mess
    • A few points to ponder regarding jobless comp
    • Roofers provide cover for landmark water tower
    • Asbestos litigation overwhelms courts
    • Old library spiffs up for new neighbors

    February 21, 2003

    • State opens three more unemployment offices
    • Miscounted, misunderstood: Welcome to the world of construction statistics
    • UA becoming part of the landscape at Washtenaw Community College
    • GOP leader charges unions are exploiting nation's security needs
    • Lansing trades offer kids HOPE through personal contributions

    March 7, 2003

    • Michigan House moves to outlaw prevailing wage and living wage, But Granholm pledges a veto
    • Trades supply new backbone for aging Greenfield Village
    • Union membership declines in 2002
    • Survey says: nation has a better opinion of unions
    • Secretary of Labor…or Secretary of Commerce?
    • CAM: Uncertain year awaits Michigan construction

    March 21, 2003

    • Granholm to labor: 'You've got a backstop'
    • Michigan's unemployment system getting back on track
    • Jobless workers who need help now have a few more options
    • Sparrow expansion provides more room for patients and their cars
    • New Cass Tech building rises in old building's shadow

    April 4, 2003

    • U.S. Senate Republicans deny extension of unemployment benefits
    • General contractors get amnesty from court
    • As new HQ goes up, Carhartt doesn't wear thin with building trades
    • Slight dip in the road for state highway spending
    • IUPAT roll out welcome on new union hall/apprenticeship school

    April 18, 2003

    • Delegates seek to overcome prevailing wage protests, start construction spending
    • Building trades support the troops
    • Building trades have an 'in' at MeadWestvaco outage
    • American Axle's headquarters campus rolls toward completion
    • Work stoppages a thing of the past
    • Can't help falling…You can, with a good safety plan, well-fitting harness

    May 2, 2003

    • State's get-tough law on work-zone speeders gets first court review
    • A tuck-point here, a new panel there provide facelift for Maccabees Building
    • Steam crane still alive and scooping
    • Your health and safety matters…Since you're not stronger than dirt, make trench safety a priority
    • Trades take center stage at performing arts center

    May 16, 2003

    • Trades' work at Fermi 2 generates acclaim from DTE
    • With big deficit due, Bush's tax cut plan leaves Dems dubious
    • No action yet on extension of jobless benefits
    • Time to revive an old 'innovation' - responsibility
    • Boilermakers, high schoolers get early introduction

    May 30, 2003

    • Republicans approve 'absolutely the minimum' in jobless extension
    • Federal tax cut of $350 billion'does very little for those who need it most'
    • Trades, Christman get rolling on Journal's new printing press
    • On GARDE: several honored for race and gender diversity
    • Building trades' skills bring union labor landmark to life
    • Border crossings, helmets to hard hats, 'smart' cards on trades' agenda

    June 13, 2003

    • Labor's bark bites Republicans, who shelve comp time bill
    • Bravo - trades perform at Detroit school
    • Federal jobless benefits extension kicks in for Michigan
    • Trades transform grade school for university's use
    • Solution to asbestos litigation falls apart
    • Trades lock up PLA then help break ground on new jail

    June 27, 2003

    • Michigan seeks a greater share of federal road funding
    • National Maintenance Agreement gives the customer what he wants
    • Trades help restore power at flooded Presque Isle plant
    • Carhartt's blue jean promotion fits trades to a 'T'
    • LECET to the rescue in strapped Hamtramck
    • Hilton Garden Inn construction is a rarity for Detroit

    July 11, 2003

    • Repeal prevailing wage? Any savings 'likely to be small,' researcher says
    • Two firms slammed for 'willful disregard of worker safety' after Ford Field fatality
    • Inspiring work by masons working at Islamic Center
    • Health care dilemma highlights ABC's various shortcomings
    • 'This bill is horrible' Trades won't breathe easier under asbestos plan
    • New use for old NMU fieldhouse

    July 25, 2003

    • Bush pushes plan to deny overtime for more workers
    • OSHA kills requirement to count ergo injuries
    • Trades restore lofty part of Fisher Building's opulence
    • Wage increases take a slight dip
    • State re-funds road projects
    • Book-Cadillac set to write new chapter

    August 8, 2003

  • Bush and Granholm offer a study in contrasts
    Wide gap illustrated between president, governor
  • Checking in: New Doubletree Hotel will add more hotel rooms, meeting space
  • One of our 'most respected,' Hart decides its about time to retire
  • Yet another attack on prevailing wage
  • Building trades's hard drive to construct Compuware's HQ wins accolades from owner
  • 'Union by choice' - Labor celebrates its day on Sept. 1
  • August 22, 2003

    • Pipe trades unveil new Great Lakes training facility
    • 'Union by choice' - Labor celebrates its day on Sept. 1
    • 'Our mission has been the protection of the worker'
    • New rail tunnel on the right track with union commitment
    • AFL-CIO further delays action vs. Carpenters
    • Michigan due for whopper construction worker shortage, demographer claims

    September 5, 2003

  • Bush hangs his hat on tax cuts to cure U.S. economic ills
  • Labor's agenda 'is not the agenda of this administration'
  • Trades celebrate a soggy Labor Day
  • File by phone system in place for jobless apps
  • Landmark marks labor's 'rich heritage'
  • Legacy Landmark also highlights link between the building trades and AGC
  • September 19, 2003

    • Appeals Court upholds prevailing wage, but Supreme Court looms
    • Trades convene at Convention Center
    • Senate cancels rules to deny OT for workers
    • We built this village… Visteon HQ is topped out
    • Hardhats help form new safety measures following disasters
    • State offers more phone access for jobless benefits

    October 3, 2003

    • Granholm puts 'Labor' back in re-organized Michigan government
    • Campus Martius' historic monuments mark city's place in the past
    • Detroit's Point of Origin marker? It was right here.
    • Construction pay, benefit rates up, but they've been higher
    • UP employers expect better times
    • Trades conduct new masterpiece: the renovated Orchestra Hall

    October 17, 2003

    • Latest vote on OT hands labor a win
    • Bush seeks to bury unions under a costly pile of new accounting paperwork
    • Technically, trades erect new facility for Lansing CC
    • Michigan, 14 other states tire of being 'donors' of U.S. highway money
    • Unique 3-auger system creates columns of 'soilcrete' to hold back sodden earth

    October 31, 2003

    • Congress goes to work on more unemployment money
    • Poor jobless numbers are tip of the iceberg for President Bush
    • First chapter opens in Book-Cadillac renovation
    • Too much overtime can be too much of a good thing
    • Heat's On/Water's Off: Another helpful effort by pipe trades volunteers

    November 14, 2003

    • Trades, nire advocat to promote responsible approach to gain work
    • Going deep - foundations anchor new Capitol City office high-rise
    • ABC training needs to go back to school, new study finds
    • Union trades re-gain voice on construction safety panel
    • Maybe time is right to stop toilet sanitation from going medieval
    • 22 pipe trades students from Michigan are first in line at UA building

    November 28, 2003

    • Plenty of second opinions over Medicare overhaul
    • Down on the farm? Not this silo
    • Most of labor keeps powder dry during presidential primary
    • Construction forecast calls for a slightly better 2004
    • The Gangbox
    • New look for Northern's east campus

    December 12, 2003

    • Labor, allies fear the wrong diagnosis for Medicare plan
    • Bush puts nation over a (pork) barrel
    • Bush gets his way as workers lose overtime benefits
    • Trades, Walsh say no to overflows with new sewage holding facility
    • The Gangbox

    December 26, 2003

    • Republican inaction brings long, cold winter for nation's jobless
    • 'Do no harm?' New Medicare law may be a cure worse than the disease
    • Defined road work zones strengthen law in Michigan
    • Trades fix fabulous Fox's fascia
    • Hand sanitizers and more toilets = a more sanitary jobsite
    • Industry leaders put construction safety on agenda



    January 9, 2004

    • 'If the economy picks up…'A familiar refrain to construction industry hoping for a better 2004
    • Auto show 2004 Trades light up Cobo Center
    • Overtime ban gets stay of execution, but prospects are poor
    • Scaffold safety: Don't let what goes up, come down

    January 23, 2004

    • 'I don't think they care…' Levin assails GOP for not extending jobless benefits
    • Trades restore Hill Auditorium's lost luster
    • Granholm signs road worker safety laws
    • State decides it is better to receive than to give away federal highway money
    • Big job, big crane at Ford Rouge

    February 6, 2004

    • Construction fatalities level in 2003, but more safety inspectors added
    • Pressure from Bush ends overtime for 8 million Americans
    • To pour salt into workers' wounds, Bush issues ideas for keeping pay low
    • Trades return to Karn-Weadock for 'major, major modifications'
    • Responsible contracting seen as a 'building block' for unions, contractors
    • How you can help stop potholes and employ Hardhats

    February 20, 2004

    • Kerry endorsed by building trades for U.S. president
    • In 2003, another drop for union membership
    • Trades transform Merchants Row
    • The Gangbox - Assorted news and notes
    • Bricklayers rediscover lost art of lighthouse construction

    March 5, 2004

    • Hard work, education under way to make prevailing wage prevail
    • Visteon Village offers new version of corporate headquarters
    • Legislation affecting asbestosis cases may do more harm than good
    • Bush's economic chief: Outsourcing U.S. jobs is 'probably a plus'
    • An economic theory only Mayor McCheese could love
    • With more Wolverine fans over the years, U-M Stadium has grown with the times

    March 19, 2004

    • Granholm to building trades: Why are we subsidizing this kind of job loss?
    • "Jobs, jobs, jobs" Unemployment dilemma looms over 2004 election cycle
    • A better way to burn coal introduced to Erickson Station
    • Construction industry, say hello to your new trend: Outsourcing
    • Trades support CLEAR choice to fix electrical deregulation
    • News Briefs

    April 2, 2004

    • Irked by terminated jobless benefits? Inform Republicans
    • How to contact your member of Congress
    • New entry plaza will be the end of Renaissance Center renovation
    • Price jumps for steel, other materials bite construction
    • Trades flock to Michigan Tech for new work and renovations
    • Soo Locks - ever dependable through the ups and downs of great Lakes shipping
    • Mackinac Bridge construction commemorated
    • News Briefs

    April 16, 2004

    • Building trades focus on politics, pensions and transportation bill
    • Republicans, Bush provide pension relief - except to construction industry
    • Michigan may continue to be a reluctant donor of road money
    • New signs for start, end of road work zones close legal loophole
    • Construction union membership remains steady
    • Big, beautiful Saline High School nears completion
    • News Briefs

    April 30, 2004

    • First take finds new overtime rules are probably more bark than bite for most workers
    • Plan to help nation's pensions doesn't spell relief for trades
    • Multi-employer pensions are healthy, but warnings are raised for long-term
    • PLA helps construct latest generation of jail in St. Clair County
    • Building trades advance fight to strengthen apprenticeship
    • There's more to Wal Mart than meets the eye
    • Trades build partner span to no-name historic bridge
    • News Briefs

    May 14, 2004

    • Bush's overtime pay plan bludgeoned again, but they haven't quite killed the beast
    • The Gangbox Assorted News and Notes
    • From B-24s to GM transmissions, versatile Willow Run plant thrives
    • 'Will-It Run?' Absolutely
    • Getting a whiff of welding fumes…Jury verdict opens doors for personal injury cases
    • Fume hazards are real - but gaps in research need closure
    • News Briefs

    May 28, 2004

    • Asbestos talks collapse in Congress
    • Pharmacists issue wrong prescription for mail-order drugs
    • 'Sumptuous' Wayne County building menu of trades, Chezcore
    • The Gangbox Assorted News and Notes
    • Dig this: keep safe in the trenches
    • News Briefs

    June 11, 2004

    • Labor asked to tip the scales for John Kerry
    • Time to register to vote
    • Local 174's Bennett wants 'to do some good;' runs for state representative
    • Operation nears completion on Beaumont's beautiful new addition
    • GOP measures threaten OSHA safety standards
    • At Costco, good paying jobs are good business
    • News Briefs

    June 25, 2004

    • Bush's NLRB may set another hurdle for union organizing
    • Trade unions open a can of tax worms for ABC
    • Spartan fans can go up another level
    • Coming clean on hand sanitizers: They're good, but soap and water are better
    • Trades' talents on display during DIA renovation
    • Gang Box
    • News Briefs

    July 9, 2004

    • Labor's top priority:Targeting, convincing swing voters in Michigan
    • On the record: Bush's anti-worker bias isn't hard to find
    • Steady pace marks construction operations at Crittenton Hospital
    • The Gangbox - Assorted News and Notes
    • Granholm urges full funding, road spending equity for Michigan
    • Ad campaign points out union advantage
    • News Briefs

    July 23, 2004

    • Educated voters key to making every vote count in 2004
    • Of primary importance: vote on Tuesday, Aug. 3
    • Clean slate: new roof for an old school
    • Bush vs. the American worker…President picks fight on various fronts
    • Rained out May 20-24? Disaster $ may be available
    • Trades at the top of the Fox
    • The Gangbox - Assorted News and Notes
    • News Briefs

    August 6, 2004

    • Pro-worker themes Mark Kerry speech before Democrats
    • Bush's new OT rules ready to reclassify workers, reduce pay
    • Poof! You're an executive! Now take a cut in pay
    • Get ready for Labor Day, 2004
    • Undergrad Science Building goes up on dense, immense Palmer Drive
    • Clearly, you can help improve Michigan's electrical deregulation law
    • News Briefs

    August 20, 2004

    • President Bush: Hardly a bystander in war on workers
    • Labor walks, talks in Michigan on Sept. 2
    • New expansion at Metro Airport as Northwest capitalizes B and C terminals
    • The Gangbox - Assorted News and Notes
    • Approval nears for Gun Lake Tribe casino; you can help
    • Silicosis dust risk nothing to sneeze at
    • News Briefs

    September 3, 2004

    • Wake up call at MBTC convention
    • As union membership drops toward 10 percent 'We will not have the strength to come back'
    • 'Your strength is impaired You have fewer people. Lawmakers don't want to listen to you'
    • Bush's new overtime rules amount to a pay takeaway from workers
    • Trades give time, talent to improve treatment center
    • News Briefs

    September 17, 2004

    • House snubs Bush, votes to overturn new overtime rules
    • Union employers gain 'a powerful bargaining chip' with OT rules
    • Labor Day, 2004 - Edwards states case for Kerry presidency
    • State of the union? 'No relief in sight' for working families
    • New iron looks over Spartans' gridiron
    • The Gangbox - Assorted News and Notes
    • News Briefs

    October 1, 2004

    • Lawmakers try to save overtime provisions; Bush threatens veto
    • Your vote for U.S. president
    • Trades help put educational house at home in Hands-On Museum
    • A day in the life of Joe Middle-Class Republican
    • DOT director is operator for a day: 'I can see your people work hard'
    • News Briefs

    October 15, 2004

  • Stagnant jobs numbers persist under Bush
  • Bush's hometown newspaper rates Bush: 'We trusted him. He let us down.'
  • Aggregate of trades nearly finished with huge cement silo
  • Recent Supreme Court decisions have 'brutal' affect on trades' ability to win injury lawsuits
  • Manufacturing industry to lose the burger-builders?
  • News Briefs
  • October 29, 2004

    • Hurry up and wait - 1st part of Michigan wage survey complete
    • The presidential election: Labor's greatest challenge?
    • Trades operate at expanded medical center
    • More than a century later, labor's political mission hasn't changed much
    • Who pays for personal protective equipment? Maybe workers should, OSHA suggests
    • News Briefs

    November 12, 2004

    • Election aftermath: Go right? Go left? Debate starts for Dems
    • Poll trolling: union members divided on Bush, Kerry
    • Trades operate in new surgical addition at Oakwood Hospital
    • Your health and safety matters…Water thrown on asbestos removal plan
    • U.S. has higher health costs, lower outcomes, analyst tells labor
    • Local 324 training helps bring GPS technology down to earth
    • Construction tops worker fatality list
    • News Briefs

    November 26, 2004

    • Labor looks to future, then looks at itself, following Bush win
    • Summit challenges unions: 'We've got to change our way of thinking'
    • New emergency/trauma center goes up at Marquette General
    • Employers slap lawsuits on retirees to slither out of health care obligations
    • Roofers follow pattern of quality with new slate roof
    • Good and hard
    • News Briefs

    December 10, 2004

    • 'This is what happens when you vote that way'
    • House of labor to be rebuilt? And with straw, wood or brick?
    • Stay a while: Wayne State invites students with new residence hall
    • Personal Protective Equipment, Who Pays? The MIOSHA View
    • Slow release for Soo Locks money
    • Ren Cen nearly a wrap
    • News Briefs

    December 24, 2004

    • Supreme Court hears arguments: Can ABC bring lawsuit to overturn prevailing wage?
    • Masons to put a handsome new face on old Beaubien House
    • Jobs faucet turns off at Water Works Park
    • Recipes for revitalizing labor leave out key ingredient: members
    • News Briefs




    January 7, 2005

    • Michigan Construction Outlook 2005
    • Labor needs to look 'long and hard at what we are doing'
    • Sweeney acknowledges AFL-CIO changes, Teamsters suggest how
    • Innovative M-6 opens, complete with a 'spooey'
    • Beware of the costs, consequences of 'fixing' Social Security
    • News Briefs

    January 21, 2005

    • 22 Michigan Hardhats die on the job in 2004
    • Trades get workout at Detroit YMCA
    • Conservative 'working class movement' wins over voters abandoned by Dems
    • Safety strongly stressed before sewer project starts
    • Smaller increases for construction wages, benefits
    • Lost and found: Interlaken shipwreck found by plumber father and pilot son
    • Meet MITA: merged group represents heavy construction
    • News Briefs

    February 4, 2005

    • AFL-CIO must be 'willing to make radical changes in tactics,'Laborers president says
    • Cool concept - district chillers take the heat off multiple buildings
    • MIOSHA - Making a difference for 30 years
    • Hill's renovation top-notch, AIA says
    • Gangbox Assorted News and Notes
    • Lost and found: Interlaken shipwreck found by plumber father and pilot son
    • Meet MITA: merged group represents heavy construction
    • News Briefs

    February 18, 2005

    • U.S. union membership numbers drop, so does optimism for rebound
    • Trades bridge a gap to expand U-M's School of Public Health
    • Your health and safety matters
    • Big contractors tapped for two big projects
    • Grand hotel planned in Grand Rapids
    • In a 'hissy-fit,' Wal Mart says it will close store about to unionize
    • News Briefs

    March 4, 2005

    • Bush wants more union watchdogs
    • Campaign to privatize Social Security: lies, damn lies and statistics
    • Speed bump ahead for Michigan's road spending?
    • Bricklayers, Roofers say bigger unions aren't better
    • Trades click on new computer science building
    • News Briefs

    March 18, 2005

    • Revival plan for state focuses on construction spending
    • Race is on to complete MIS expansion
    • Study: PLAs are cost-neutral, but ultimately benefit unions
    • How budget hacks have put the state budget out of whack
    • Trades, Barton Malow help Whitmore Lake high school go green
    • Road money increase around the bend - and a fairer system, too?
    • News Briefs

    April 1, 2005

    • Labor summit leader: Union reps, members need new business plan focused on 'profits, productivity, and value'
    • Trades work to clear the air at Consumers Campbell plant
    • NLRB works overtime - against workers
    • No pallets or forklifts in this new 'warehouse': only lofts
    • News Briefs

    April 15, 2005

    • Union pension funds start throwing their weight around
    • Unions seek to create financial services powerhouse
    • New cardiovascular center implanted at U-M hospital
    • Building trades to benefit from Granholm's jobs plan
    • Highway overpass makeovers: New philosophy beautifies bridges
    • MDOT takes context sensitive approach to transportation projects
    • News Briefs

    April 29, 2005

    • Sweeney to building trades: right to organize, filibuster top 2004 legislative agenda
    • 'ABC programs do not work' - Study points out lousy nonunion training record
    • Landmark St. Hugo carillon a delight for the eyes and ears
    • Public, Dems support hike in minimum wage; GOP won't budge
    • 'Jobs Today' bill features many jobs aimed at construction
    • When smart people do stupid things
    • Blink and you might miss NMU's Magers Hall renovation
    • News Briefs

    May 13, 2005

    • Trades raise the roof on two concert venues
    • Big top covers Phoenix Center
    • Labor begins new push for Employee Free Choice Act
    • Rebuild structure of unionized construction, organizing guru suggests
    • Consensus lacking among plans to revamp AFL-CIO
    • Battle Creek Oks prevailing wage law
    • News Briefs

    May 27, 2005

    • Unions wonder if huge pension bailout sets nasty precedent
    • Trades pension plans are healthier than their sick, 'single' cousins
    • Federal Reserve Note: New facility 'is built like a bank'
    • MDOT director sets up 'office' to highlight work-zone speeding
    • Trades complete Cliffs Michigan mine maintenance
    • $120 million+ expansion set for Van Andel Institute
    • News Briefs

    June 10, 2005

    • Is organized labor headed for Splitsville?
    • Most building trades leaders allied with Sweeney
    • What's Next: power on at unique energy center
    • Carpenters end jurisdiction pacts
    • Volunteers sought for Habitat blitz
    • Unique 'Toxecon' project targets mercury emissions
    • News Briefs

    June 27, 2005

    • AGC: union trades may 'expedite extinction' with ongoing battles
    • Monday, Monday, Can't trust that day? Report says it's as safe as any other
    • Unique arches to create gateway to Detroit
    • 'Bigger picture' sought with reorganization of West Michigan Construction Alliance
    • Pssst…feds clamping down on law-breaking employers
    • What's a-Foote: work starts on new emergency department
    • News Briefs

    July 8, 2005

    • Senate panel rejects labor rights in CAFTA, passes bill
    • New middle school rises in Flushing
    • Trades, contractors seek pension relief
    • Family leave backers make pre-emptive strike to defend law
    • Trades' part of blitz to build Habitat homes
    • Union reporting rules upheld
    • News Briefs

    July 22, 2005

    • CAFTA opens doors in the global 'race to the bottom'
    • Schools have trades seeing double
    • Rally message: 'Finish the job'
    • MDOT celebrates a century of service
    • Historic 5-year multi-craft pact inked in U.P.
    • News Briefs

    August 5, 2005

    • Three unions break from AFL-CIO
    • Various views: 'As dysfunctional as we are, we're a family'
    • Extreme makeover will improve I-96
    • Michigan appeals court declines invitation to repeal prevailing wage
    • Surprise - Supreme Court places generals on the hook for some injuries
    • Granholm gives nod to unions in latest round of appointments
    • News Briefs

    August 19, 2005

    • Delegates approve restructuring of Michigan Building Trades Council
    • Michigan trades council sought 'solid front' in 1957 formation
    • 'Trying times' for labor, but opportunities, too
    • Michigan AFL-CIO's Gaffney: Labor split not a 'short-term deal'
    • Congress Oks 6-year plan for highway construction
    • More room for Linden students
    • News Briefs

    September 2, 2005

    • Today's K.I. Sawyer a model for redevelopment
    • Celebrate Labor's Day on Sept. 5
    • The workingmen's (and women's) holiday: 'who from rude nature have delved and carved all the grandeur we behold.'
    • Building trades assess affect of new coalition
    • Electricians keep tabs on union food bank
    • Gateway bridge topped off, nearly ready for traffic
    • News Briefs

    September 16, 2005

    • Operators unveil first responder facility
    • 'One big family' on Labor Day
    • 'Widespread improvement' for U.S. construction, but Katrina raises questions
    • Bush bans Davis-Bacon for Katrina rebuilding
    • AFL-Cio Executive Council OKS 'solidarity charters' for locals from departed unions
    • News Briefs

    September 30, 2005

    • Bush's strategy for hurricane relief calls for lower wages
    • GAO affirms problems with apprenticeship oversight
    • New Detroit tower rises
    • Trades restore, modernize Detroit Southeastern HS
    • The Gangbox - Assorted News & Notes
    • Post-hurricane material prices expected to rise
    • News Briefs

    October 14, 2005

    • Introducing… the Change to Win Federation Breakaway union group formally established
    • Laborers to leave AFL-CIO - Not 'if' but 'when'
    • Trades' operations make more room for surgery
    • 37 Republicans urge Bush to reconsider his veto of prevailing wage
    • Labor News and Notes
    • New rolling billboards for sheet metal industry
    • News Briefs

    October 28, 2005

    • The low-wage global infusion: workers get it; why don't policymakers?
    • Globalization without rules leads race to the bottom
    • Expanding campus brings more power to Spartanville
    • Years of planning pay off with new Local 98 Training Center
    • Union benefits not apparent to John Q. Public
    • Governor Pays Visit
    • News Briefs

    November 11, 2005

    • Political heat causes Bush to flip over prevailing wage in Gulf region
    • Re-enforcement has arrived: State seeks more compliance with prevailing wage law
    • No strain for this crane - 508,000-lb. lift caps major Marathon project
    • The apprentice: in Michigan it's Scott Daly of IBEW 58
    • 324's Hamilton tapped for conference VP
    • Senate GOP kills minimum wage hike
    • Consumers Karn-Weadock plant honored by Chamber for development
    • News Briefs

    November 25, 2005

    • IBEW hurricane victims blown off U.S. Navy job: their pay was too high
    • Post-Katrina, market seems to be trumping prevailing wage, at least for now
    • Trades go to work on psychiatry, depression center
    • The building materials price market: not for the faint of heart
    • Boilermakers 169: Don't forget, hire the vet
    • Designer, erector, trades rise to the occasion at LCC

    December 9, 2005

    • Granholm, GOP OK $1.5 billion jobs stimulus package
    • MDOT's road funding budget concentrates on 'preserve first'
    • 'A' for effort on DTE-Rouge powerhouse outage
    • Mason's handy invention - arrives on store shelves
    • Construction pay fair to middlin' by comparison
    • The Gangbox
    • News Briefs

    December 23, 2005

    • House Dems push jump in state jobless benefits
    • Prevailing wage 'reinvigorated' with renewed state efforts
    • He shoots he scores: tinknocker's other job is Red Wings team photographer
    • Icon on Bond illustrates Grand Rapids' growth
    • News Briefs




    January 6, 2006

    • Congress takes steps to bolster pension plans
    • Federal report raises fear that asbestos fund is inadequate for victims
    • Construction instruction part of new Lawrence Tech center
    • The world's economic race to the bottom goes through China
    • New Wal-Mart meets resistance from Flint area trades
    • Wal-Mart's P.R. effort can't mask lousy deal for taxpayers
    • News Briefs


    January 20, 2006

    • Michigan construction outlook, 2006 State emerging from long hibernation
    • 22 Michigan Hardhats die on-the-job in 2004
    • Numbers reveal the state of Michigan construction
    • U-M modernizes LS&A Building
    • Noise associated with high blood pressure, stroke
    • Wal-Mart's P.R. effort can't mask lousy deal for taxpayers
    • News Briefs


    February 3, 2006

    • Steady as she goes for U.S. union membership
    • Trades get ready for some football
    • Pre-game efforts help Cass Activity Center
    • NFL Theatre here today, gone tomorrow
    • The future of U.S. construction...It's about demographics
    • It's the Masonic Center all right
    • Unions are looking for a few good public office candidates
    • Granholm promotes health plan, construction, instruction
    • News Briefs

    February 12, 2006

    • 'Deadbeat boss' legislation takes roost in Michigan
    • Timely prevailing wage survey means more union job opportunities
    • Have a seat - community re-welcomes Johnson Controls
    • Construction contracts up, but inflation isn't far behind
    • 'Friends Of Labor'cuts across job titles to boost local candidates
    • Weill Hall provides home to policy center
    • News Briefs

    March 3, 2006

    • Union departures rock building trades - Six unions start new federation
    • Time will tell: Labor splits may forge a 'new and more powerful' union movement
    • Trades operate at BC Health System
    • Union pay advantage grows
    • Senate sidetracks asbestos trust fund bill - for now
    • Michigan's minimum wage needs a raise; here's how you can help
    • News Briefs

    March 17, 2006

    • Michigan Supreme Court upholds prevailing wage
    • Lull follows report of new trades alliance
    • Where the action is
    • GOP turnaround makes minimum wage hike likely in Michigan
    • Masons ready new niche for 160-year-old gang of gongers
    • State seeks to accelerate $320 million in road funds
    • News Briefs

    March 31, 2006

    • Law would bar workers with criminal history from MI schools…But building industry seeks exemption from poorly written rules
    • Building trades get to work modernizing Bronson Hospital
    • Strike actions decline, but past work stoppages hold useful lessons, author says
    • Right-to-work returns to Lansing
    • Big Mac Bridge Museum to return
    • Hockey ref calls the shots at state high school finals
    • News Briefs

    April 14, 2006

    • Building trades hold major stake in immigration debate
    • Barton-Malow, trades briskly build for Bosch
    • Contractor/owner survey reflects uncertain economy
    • Trades renovate Borgess Medical Cen
    • Prevailing wage still doesn't raise overall costs, seminar shows
    • Why has Michigan's oldest pavement lasted so long?
    • News Briefs

    April 28, 2006

    • Michigan Building Trades OK new constitution
    • State exempts school construction workers from background checks
    • Trades see nickel mine in U.P. paying off with jobs
    • State to grant communities road money to attract $320M in federal grants
    • A spark in Michigan's heavy metal industry
    • News Briefs

    May 12, 2006

    • GOP lawmaker tries, fails to kill labor pacts on state college jobs
    • Michigan senator wants to cozy up to corporations in asbestos cases
    • DTE-Monroe plant to become bigger, cleaner after pollution control work
    • Employers, trades sign on to safety alliance at Metro North job
    • HealthSource ready for renovation
    • News Briefs

    May 26, 2006

    • 'Buy American' campaign revs up to tout domestic automakers' impact
    • Reviled man's fountain restored to original glory
    • Reuniting doesn't feel so good, as Change-to-Win's attempt to link with AFL-CIO fails
    • Low-key start for National Construction Alliance
    • Where road workers are present, give 'em a brake
    • Trades ready to leave dock at luxury boathouse condos
    • News Briefs

    June 9, 2006

    • State Republicans, Supreme Court push for limits on asbestos victims' legal rights
    • Metro Hospital gets fresh start with advanced design, new location
    • 'More supervisors!' expected to be NLRB anti-union battle cry
    • Republicans kill pro-worker amendment to immigration bill
    • Who supports labor? Here's the perfect test…
    • Dormant for years, UA sparks up statewide apprenticeship contest
    • News Briefs

    June 23, 2006

    • 'We know there's more to do…'Granholm promotes building Strategy; pipe trades endorse her
    • Icon on Bond starts to rise
    • Asbestos bill revived; should been left for dead?
    • A matter of priorities
    • Things are steaming up on NMU campus
    • Material price inflation
    • News Briefs

    July 7, 2006

    • House Republicans vote to extend keep-away rules for overtime pay
    • What did you make last year? Average U.S. CEO earned that yesterday
    • Under way on Michigan Street: New level of medical development
    • Time to take cover and screen the sun
    • Minimum wage hike gets Senate majority of votes - but it's not enough
    • St. Joe's renews its facilities, in a big way
    • News Briefs

    July 21, 2006

    • More supervisors = fewer union members: NLRB weighs rules on classifying workers
    • Steel's up on MGM's grand casino
    • NMU'S Jacobetti Center to house apprenticeship programs
    • New and improved: NMU's Meyland Hall
    • OSHA delays, worker safety denied
    • Get a room…Trades ready to renovate historic hotels - The Book is back… really
    • Fort-Shelby ready, too?
    • News Briefs

    August 4, 2006

    • 'I'm your backstop, Granholm tells trades audience
    • Labor is too quiet as Bush's NLRB mulls anti-union cases
    • Supervisor in name only: Union rights of 8 million workers at stake
    • State's second ethanol plant fuels bounty of work for trades
    • State releases first Local Jobs money
    • Congress gets closer to pension plan overhaul
    • News Briefs

    August 18, 2006

    • Trades like plan to stabilize pensions
    • Tax break for wealthy is 'poison pill' that kills minimum wage hike
    • Masons preside at federal courthouse
    • If you love a parade, or even if you only like one, Labor Day is for you
    • Bike ride benefits cerebral palsy
    • Radio host Brian James moves left with new show
    • News Briefs

    September 15, 2006

    • State of working America: corporations profits up; worker incomes - not so much
    • It's all about the 0: 3 million man-hours, zero injuries nets gold for Walbridge
    • Granholm on Labor Day: 'What we need is a law to make sure no workers are left behind'
    • Ethanol plant shuts out local workers as construction starts
    • Here comes the sun (and wind): School's open to energy alternatives
    • News Briefs


    September 29, 2006

    • Labor seeks to ride the wave, help Dems take control of House
    • Cyclical auto industry, not business taxes, is state's millstone, study says
    • Expanding Sparrow Hospital goes west
    • Bigger and better health care…St. John Providence tops out
    • Three building trades unions beef up commitment to organizing
    • Unfortunately, OSHA pushes paper with new respirator standard
    • Madame President - Local 58's president breaks gender barrier
    • News Briefs


    October 13, 2006

    • Landmark case could dump union rights for 8 million workers
    • Enough is enough? At the ballot box, unions can change our nation's course
    • U-M's Mosher-Jordan hall gets much-needed facelift inside
    • Chamber's plan to kill SBT shifts burden to taxpayers
    • Building trades' signs say 'Granholm'
    • Kennecott Mine clears hurdle
    • News Briefs

    October 27, 2006

    • Get out the vote effort is job one for unions on Election Day, Nov. 7
    • Help wanted: We share responsibility for our political future
    • It's (union-backed) Granholm vs. (business-backed) DeVos on Nov. 7
    • High scrap iron prices create new value for old cement kiln
    • Jury still out on effect of NLRB's anti-union supervisor decision
    • 8.2% rise in drug costs is (don't gag) a good thing
    • News Briefs

    November 10, 2006

    • The other shoe drops after anti-union NLRB decisions
    • New heart, surgery center added to Ingham Regional
    • Residential housing doldrums may bring 1st decline in U.S. construction in 16 years
    • Workplace injuries, illness down a bit; construction still leads
    • Men: it's time to talk prostate with your doctor
    • This Book starts a little slow…
    • News Briefs

    November 24, 2006

    • Voters' message: time to try a little tenderness towards workers
    • 'Extraordinary' union vote fuels election results in Michigan
    • Organized labor helps itself by electing friends
    • SVSU readies for bigger Pioneer hall
    • Teamsters: Kroger boycott still in place
    • Duchess of York leaves good impression on plasterers
    • Major fight brewing on free trade pacts
    • News Briefs

    December 8, 2006

    • NAFTA, 12 years later…Workers are still waiting for the benefits to kick in
    • Helping working families leads Dems' priorities, but vetos loom
    • Maybe it's time for a new/old idea: fixing labor laws
    • Trades on track with fast-track casino
    • MGM-Detroit Hardhats rock; roll in dough for homeless
    • What's up with the holes in those beams?
    • News Briefs

    December 22, 2006

    • Construction level in '07 - And there's much more in latest industry update
    • More room, down by the Bay
    • Grand Rapids Oks rules for responsible contracting
    • Detroit, Michigan AGC chapters join
    • Iron Workers use shovels, just this once Ground broken on new training facility
    • News Briefs



    January 5, 2007

    • The shift to a part-time economy widens split between haves/have-nots
    • Metro North Terminal takes off
    • CNN's Dobbs urges IBEW: 'raise some hell' about U.S. workers, trade policies
    • MASCI names Gedge 'Apprentice of The Year'
    • Michigan case a beacon for bolstering OSHA enforcement
    • Michigan Construction Safety Day expands training
    • News Briefs

    January 19, 2007

    • Michigan construction outlook, 2007 Generally, the trend is up in Michigan
    • 24 Michigan Hardhats die on-the-job in 2006
    • Will OSHA get back on track?
    • Port Huron tunnel workers won't be forgotten
    • Trades focus on auto show
    • News Briefs

    February 2, 2007

    • 'We have to change the way we do business'
    • Providence Park progresses
    • Nation's unionization rate continues decline
    • Labor keeps an eye on new 110th Congress
    • U.S. construction for '06 on the level
    • Sluggish protective equipment rule brings union lawsuit
    • News Briefs

    February 16, 2007

    • Bush seeks fast-track renewal
    • Senate passes minimum wage hike, adds tax breaks
    • America's workers need the Employee Free Choice Act
    • Tribe appreciates union skills at Four Winds Casino
    • Construction industry study: New strategies needed to win recruits
    • Trades, contractors send message to MSU: thanks
    • News Briefs

    March 2, 2007

    • House panel approves Employee Free Choice act; Cheney issues Bush veto threat
    • Court to Bush Labor Dept.: Why the holdup with the protective equipment rule?
    • It's game on for building trades working at MGM's grand casino
    • State's roads face funding pothole
    • New concrete mix has the bends
    • Mackinac Bridge's 50th anniversary slated
    • News Briefs

    March 16, 2007

    • Employee Free Choice Act passes House; but now comes the hard part
    • New York unionists push for 9/11 victim health care funds
    • WCC's health and fitness center is shaping up
    • New Soo lock is dead in the water?
    • Eagle Mine application has ground to a halt
    • 50 candles for the Michigan Building and Construction Trades Council
    • News Briefs

    March 30, 2007

    • Chasing low wages won't fix what ails Michigan
    • Building trades pension funding improves, mostly
    • Pension watchdog a habitual snoozer
    • Marriott tower adds to Grand Rapids skyline
    • Labor Monument to be dedicated April 19
    • Trades handle the air handlers
    • News Briefs

    April 13, 2007

    • Building trades legislative conference, '07 'It shouldn't be this hard to give American workers a voice in the workplace'
    • Senate hearing shows partisan divide on EFCA
    • Icon on Bond moves toward a high-end finish
    • Mock training teams up rescue, construction personnel
    • Building trades council mainstay Mary Bechtol retires
    • News Briefs

    April 27, 2007

    • No easy answers for state's budget - The Michigan Building and Construction Trades Council Legislative Conference, 2007
    • Granholm lays out plan for 'investment' in Michigan
    • Budget crisis quickens drumbeat for anti-labor legislation
    • For road work, it may not get any better than this
    • Construction Marketing, 101 - The rules have changed
    • North Terminal reaches for the top
    • News Briefs

    May 11, 2007

    • Survival story: worker responsibility key to future of construction unions, strategist says
    • New pains for pension plans aims to limit funding liability
    • 'Spirit of Solidarity' monument is worth the wait
    • State vows renewed vigor for Michigan's prevailing wage law
    • Motor City Casino on the rise
    • News Briefs

    May 25, 2007

    • Booming out to Baghdad…Michigan tradesmen play key role in building U.S. embassy in Iraq
    • 'Absurd' ruling transforms nurses into supervisors; what group is next?
    • Unionized Homeland workers would 'negatively impact' U.S. security, Bush Administration says
    • Trades work to reopen gate to the past
    • Pipe trades apprentice contest is taking root
    • News Briefs

    June 8, 2007

    • Yet another dorm renovated at NMU
    • Labor pushes for workers' rights in Immigration debate
    • ABC never fails to disappoint - and they're at it again
    • Laborer rails against OSHA's waiting room
    • An update on the rights of asbestos victims, and how they've been wronged
    • Cerebral palsy bike run set for July 28
    • News Briefs

    June 22, 2007

    • Veto threat aside, Senate Dems to move on key organizing bill
    • A PAI Special Report: Labor law turned upside down...Taft-Hartley signed 60 years ago
    • Outage results in extreme makeover at Consumers' J.H. Campbell plant
    • High Court ruling advances Indian casinos
    • Reduced work zone speeds are working
    • News Briefs

    July 6, 2007

    • Republicans derail pro-union EFCA; Labor vows return in friendlier Congress
    • Positive spin aside, labor lost - now what's Plan B?
    • Out with the old blast furnace, in with the new… in 100 days
    • Unions laud demise of immigration bill
    • Steel's up on GM test lab
    • The big 5-0 for the Mighty Mac
    • News Briefs

    July 20, 2007

    • 'Broken' labor law stays that way; unions need more friends
    • Crime does pay for union-busters
    • Trades play their hand in Greektown
    • No mourning for Fast Track expiration
    • OSHA seems better at correcting grammar than workplace hazards
    • Cooley's faulty towers renovated
    • News Briefs

    August 3, 2007

  • Rulings show why the NLRB isn't working for workers
  • House cuts funds for anti-union Labor Department agency
  • Doors open at Odawa Casino
  • Trades try to leave a light footprint at Motor City Casino
  • State's roads could take another hit with reduced federal funding forecast
  • Does your hard hat deserve to be retired?
  • News Briefs
  • August 17, 2007

    • Right-to-work crowd eye ballot process to do their dirty work
    • Unions and members should focus on friends - but not with blind loyalty
    • 'My heart is with the Mighty Mac' - Old-time Hardhats have their say during 50th anniversary celebration
    • Authentic statue marks workers' role in building Mackinac Bridge
    • Ingham Regional opens new heart and surgery center
    • Goodbye summer, hello Labor Day - Events slated in several communities
    • News Briefs

    August 31, 2007

    • Right-to-work proposal the latest struggle in cycle of labor history
    • Goodbye summer, hello Labor Day - Events slated in several communities
    • 'Hire Michigan First:' Dems win first round in local hiring effort
    • Will we let YO-YOs decide our future?
    • On a roll, trades complete MSU dorm work
    • News Briefs

    September 14, 2007

    • What's good for workers is good for America
    • Without unions, there's no Labor Day - and no pensions… no 8-hour day… no OT pay…
    • Two strategies pursue improved safety on jobs
    • Right to work - wrong for Michigan
    • 'Designed to bust unions'
    • News Briefs

    September 28, 2007

    • Consumers Energy picks Karn/Weadock site for new $2B plant
    • Memorial dedicated to tunnel workers: 'to lift some heavy hearts'
    • North Terminal nearing its destination
    • Senate moves to prevent potential Mexican truck menace
    • Panel OK's bill overturning NLRB's 'workers are supervisors' ruling
    • Trades energize solar house project
    • News Briefs

    October 12, 2007

    • 'Toot your horn' - consultant urges unions, contractors to improve marketing efforts
    • Trades bring their case to Miller-Canfield
    • The health care crisis '47 million of us cannot afford to get sick'
    • Bush vetoes health care expansion for children
    • DTE-Monroe partners latest to sign on for safety
    • News Briefs

    October 26, 2007

    • 50 years for the Mackinac Bridge
    • Mackinac Bridge workers recall the highs and the lows… and tell tall tales
    • More Mackinac memories…'They showed what union people can do'
    • Mighty Mac's chief engineer: 'Finest, safest, and most beautiful bridge the world has ever seen'
    • Good maintenance keeps the Mighty Mac mighty
    • Men built the Mackinac Bridge, but money made it happen
    • Lansing council weighs local worker, expanded prevailing wage rule
    • SCHIP is off the block: OP stops expansion of health care for kids
    • Held at arm's length in the past, top Dems now arm-in-arm with labor
    • News Briefs

    November 9, 2007

    • Seminar gets trades ready for battles over right-to-work, prevailing wage
    • Prevailing wage helps make 'a middle class out of the working class'
    • United States' low-wage path now moves through China
    • Are low wages an effective strategy for Michigan? Rutgers professor says: no
    • Virginia contractor's business model: repairing work done by nonunion shops
    • Mission accomplished: New Blast furnace in 100 days
    • AFL-CIO tries new tactic to take takes its case against Bush's NLRB...
    • News Briefs

    November 23, 2007

    • Trades writing their chapters in Book-Cadillac's renovation
    • Challenges to prevailing wage don’t add up
    • ‘Better times’ ahead for Michigan construction, says latest forecast
    • Congress provides the key to new Soo lock
    • News Briefs

    December 7, 2007

    • Michigan on the highway to steadily declining roads - and road funding
    • The problem with the NLRB: It's rolling over workers rights
    • There's fabrication work in the pipeline at W. Soule
    • Big House to get bigger, better
    • OSHA finally orders employers: buy protective equipment for workers
    • News Briefs

    December 21, 2007

    • Union ties that bind are a little loose
    • 'General nonsense' guides logic in splits among union
    • 'What bonds us is much more compelling than what divides us'
    • Preserving data is Job One at technology center addition
    • On-the-job injury numbers don't always add up
    • News Briefs


    January 11, 2008

    • Use - not abuse - of apprentices will pay dividends later
    • HealthSource Saginaw transformation moves to next phase
    • Kennecott's Eagle Mine wins state's OK
    • Christmas presents given by building trades, contractors
    • Local 80's Ingalls accepts IU position
    • News Briefs

    January 25, 2008

    • Construction prospects in Michigan: Maybe not great in'08, but not bad
    • State sees major drop in fatalities, as job injuries trend downward
    • Was anyone almost hurt on your work site today?
    • Trades move quickly to expand, renovate St. John
    • Trades set up field for Fabiano, others
    • Time to write the obituary on the union entitlement mindset
    • News Briefs

    February 8, 2008

    • Nation's union membership sees rare, slight jump
    • The Silent Majority waits for slackers to get their lumps
    • Chilly building trades ramp up work on Gerald Ford airport parking deck
    • Union volunteers stand up against a right-to-work effort that hasn't shown up - yet
    • Radio program lets labor step up to the mike
    • There are signs of life in nonresidential, AGC says
    • News Briefs

    February 22, 2008

    • Why hike wages when taxpayers can borrow their own money?
    • On mountaintops or at work: no risk, no reward
    • Construction unions reverse declines in membership
    • High praise for union work at new Royal Oak high-rise
    • State utility deregulation law blocks billions in Michigan construction
    • Granholm makes push for energy alternatives
    • News Briefs

    March 7, 2008

    • Michigan Republicans to state's unions: drop dead
    • Whining by contractors: Now there's a lousy plan for removing deadbeats
    • 'Gateway' work to improve border, freeway exchanges
    • Turtle Creek Casino coming out of its shell
    • Federal workers unions vs. Bush: 'We won. They lost. Game over.'
    • News Briefs

    March 21, 2008

    • Labor makes other plans while presidential race sorts itself out
    • Old dogs need new tricks when it comes to dealing with apprentices
    • Trades help Spartan football with their game planning
    • IBEW organizing blitz sparks union interest in Florida
    • O*Net website shows why right-to-work is wrong for Michigan
    • Michigan State OKs PLAs, responsible contractor language
    • News Briefs

    April 4, 2008

    • Lots of energy at building trades conference
    • Billions in utility construction hinge on repeal of state law
    • New BT president stresses worker accountability
    • You're a union Hardhat: define yourself
    • Progressive, labor groups to Spend at least $150m on election
    • From oldest to newest, Bell Hospital makes modern movement
    • News Briefs

    April 18, 2008

  • GOP lawmaker makes right-to-work pitch to Michigan businesses
  • Our industry needs to redefine role in education
  • Trades check in to create new Fort Shelby Hotel
  • Anti-union bias in U.S. isn't the norm worldwide
  • Brits see U.S. anti-unionism 'in a different league'
  • News Briefs
  • May 2, 2008

    • Clinton, Obama build their case before building trades delegates
    • Bringing foremen to the forefront is path to higher union share
    • MI Supreme Court maintains legal path for injured workers
    • Trades creating a bigger Big House
    • Unions show off May 16-18 in Detroit
    • News Briefs

    May 16, 2008

    • Nationwide IBEW training program seeks new home, finds it at U-M
    • 'Hire Michigan First' clears some hurdles, but many remain
    • Union apprentices are an investment worth protecting
    • U-M envisions growth for expanded eye center
    • McCain's voting record shows worker issues not his priority
    • Iron Workers show off new training center
    • News Briefs

    May 30, 2008

    • Toilet legislation for construction sites starts to move
    • Special interest group? History shows unions are good for America
    • Unions good for American wages, too, study reveals
    • A column about safety training on the job, or 'When I Was an Idiot'
    • Union Industries show gone, probably for good
    • Young welders get an elbow up during Boilermakers competition
    • News Briefs

    June 13, 2008

    • With primaries over, unions start planning fall campaign
    • Bad news for the master sergeants: Today's young workers are not created in your mold
    • Bigger cancer center starts taking shape on the 'Hill'
    • Laborers launch campaign to get America moving on infrastructure construction
    • Marathon job fair another step toward start of $1.9 billion project
    • News Briefs

    June 27, 2008

    • Portable toilet bill held up in House; it's time to speak up
    • Nowhere but up for airport job
    • NMU's Hunt Hall the latest to get renovated
    • What can we learn from the 50-Year-Old Apprentice?
    • Local 80 photographer shoots Red Wings' 'joyride'
    • News Briefs

    July 11, 2008

    • Right-to-work effort heats up in Michigan
    • Anti-union survey aimed squarely at trades
    • AFL-CIO endorses Obama
    • U-M Flint residence hall seen as an economic catalyst
    • Take the bull by the horns: Construction's risks need to be understood
    • News Briefs

    July 25, 2008

    • Building trades endorse Obama
    • Industrial construction to bring labor shortages, group predicts
    • 'From factory town to college town' Trades help transform Flint
    • Leadership ethics can replace the handshake
    • Industry 'clobbered' by surging material costs
    • News Briefs

    August 8, 2008

    • Rally seeks to spark new attention for Employee Free Choice Act
    • Obama: 'I'll sign EFCA'
    • 'Broken business model'? Contracts need new focus on training, market share
    • Pipe trades workers set sail on Lake Huron
    • Trades on track for Fabiano
    • News Briefs

    August 22, 2008

    • The Employee Free Choice Act
    • Wanted: a president who wants government to work for U.S. workers
    • Think Ford's first: Masons renovate façade at Ford's Piquette plant
    • Goodbye summer, hello Labor Day - Events slated in three communities
    • Bigger Troy-Beaumont in the works
    • Trade deficit with China a U.S. jobs killer
    • News Briefs

    September 5, 2008

    • Obama vs. McCain - How they stack up on matters that matter to working Americans
    • Obama gives short tribute to labor
    • A new look this fall for U-M Stadium
    • Heads up: West Michigan trades try billboard campaign
    • News Briefs

    September 19, 2008

    • Labor starts biggest blitz ever to appeal to members to vote Obama
    • Opulent Book-Cadillac reappears
    • Business leaders now worry about workers' voting rights on the job? How… touching
    • Trades give MCV plant more operating options
    • News Briefs

    October 3, 2008

    • Labor's perspective on Wall Street meltdown
    • Let's pull nation up by its bootstraps with public works construction
    • Trades safely land construction at Metro's North Terminal
    • Energy law to spark billions in power plant construction
    • Right-to-work Wrong for Michigan? Not for these union busters
    • Green machine rolls through Michigan
    • News Briefs

    October 17, 2008

    • Election 2008: An end and a beginning
    • Employee Free Choice Act should be part of the solution
    • Here come the judges: A vital part of voting, at the bottom of ballots
    • Plenty of action at FireKeepers casino
    • Governor signs off on renewable energy plan
    • Michigan electricians help restore power to flooded Cedar Rapids
    • News Briefs

    October 31, 2008

    • 'On issues from A to Z, Barack Obama is with us'
    • Union trades rally for Employee Free Choice Act
    • Labor's push for labor law reforms are overdue, NLRB member says
    • Bonior: 'We have a union-busting mentality in this country
    • 'We built this country and it's time we took it back' - Union members urged to vote
    • Don't be distracted on Election Day
    • News Briefs

    November 14, 2008

    • AFL-CIO: unionists were 'firewall' for Obama in key swing states
    • In Michigan, labor flexed muscles, made a difference
    • Road back to prosperity should include infrastructure work, labor leaders say
    • Academics propose a new, New Deal for infrastructure work
    • Durant Hotel ready for renovation
    • 'Slow it down': a phrase the industry could do without
    • News Briefs

    November 28, 2008

    • Help for U.S. auto industry isn't a bailout - it's a bargain
    • Trades' stay nearing end at new Greektown hotel
    • Same-old, same-old funding 'not an option' for MI roads, report says
    • Employee Free Choice Act: Largely unknown, labor's top priority needs P.R. - and a plan
    • 'If you can't be safe for you, do it for your loved ones' Take personal responsibility, accident victim urges
    • News Briefs

    December 12, 2008

    • Unions, employers push for relaxed pension rules
    • Why rescue Big Three?: 'Cascade of financial damage' awaits with failure of rescue
    • Trades help Fort-Shelby Hotel make an unlikely comeback
    • Smooth journey for giant Marathon coker drums
    • News Briefs

    December 26, 2008

    • They're 'willing to risk a worse global economic calamity in order to break a union'
    • Do we become a nation that…no longer has a path to middle class prosperity?
    • Delta Dental's HQ becomes bigger, greener with expansion
    • MSU reels in $550M isotope beam facility
    • Dow Corning announces $1B expansion
    • Obama signals support for jobs proposal that any Hardhat would love
    • News Briefs



    January 16, 2009

    • Stretched funding rules give pension plans a much-needed break
    • Most building trades pension plans are healthy, but negative numbers lurk
    • Topped out C.S. Mott Hospital replacement 'right on schedule'
    • 'Devastating' outlook for U.S. construction without stimulus
    • Job losses explode in final quarter of 2008
    • A few simple truths to guide the way…
    • News Briefs

    January 30, 2009

    • 2009 Construction Outlook: Michigan's forecast mostly calls for pain
    • State's construction fatalities remained relatively low in '08
    • Topped out C.S. Mott Hospital replacement 'right on schedule'
    • Stimulus plan for Michigan worth about $1.2 billion
    • Obama inaugural address begins 'task of remaking America'
    • News Briefs

    February 13, 2009

    • Governor's green initiative blacks out thousands of construction jobs
    • First order of business: Obama signs Fair Pay Act
    • Union membership numbers make a significant move up
    • A northern lodge? No, it's Henry Ford's new $310M hospital
    • Senate keeps 'Buy American'provision in stimulus bill
    • Is Obama serious about supporting union expansion? So far, so good
    • News Briefs

    February 27, 2009

    • Stimulus bill has something for everyone; but trades would like more
    • Imperfect bill a 'cushion,' not a cure for construction unemployment
    • Michigan stimulus windfall pegged at about $7 billion
    • Will the New, New Deal be enough?
    • Finishing touch for HealthSource
    • Today's lesson: Employee Free Choice Act 101
    • 'Hire Michigan First' would put local workers first in line

    March 13, 2009

    • 'Unions matter' in restoring prosperity
    • Divvying Michigan's share of stimulus: It will take a while
    • New labor secretary gets pro-union course from Obama administration
    • $1 billion development hinges on sewer upgrade
    • AFL-CIO, Change To Win move toward reuniting
    • News Briefs

    March 27, 2009

    • 'Hire Michigan First' passes House; reception may be 'frosty' in Senate
    • Biden pledges Obama accord on key labor movement goals
    • Gallup poll: majority support Employee Free Choice Act, but most are clueless about it
    • Trades help Madonna expansion to go green
    • As new turbine turns, more power comes from Consumers' Hardy Dam
    • News Briefs

    April 10, 2009

    • Major setback for Employee Free Choice Act
    • Smooth road for Gateway project
    • Granholm relaxes stance on power plant permits
    • Road work the first sector to get stimulus money; others in line
    • Hire Michigan 1st stalls in state Senate
    • News Briefs

    April 24, 2009

    • For trades, misery now moves from unemployment, to pensions, to politics
    • Difficult to light a fire under several big power plant projects
    • Kennecott Mine work awaits rebound in nickel market
    • Former power plant begins transformation into office space
    • New leadership, new opportunities for labor
    • News Briefs

    May 8, 2009

    • Right now is the right time to pass reforms to labor law
    • Looks good for passage of PLA in Ingham County, Board chair says
    • College has new designs on revamped Argonaut Building
    • Specter's move could bolster EFCA, other labor causes
    • Right-to-work states aren't on right track, either
    • Weren't low wages supposed to curb high unemployment? Not in South Carolina
    • News Briefs

    May 22, 2009

    • New sheriff at OSHA
    • More money, increased focus on enforcement expected at OSHA
    • 'OSHA lost its focus' - New chief ready to advocate for workers
    • More room for research at Van Andel Institute
    • Trades restore class to renovated schoolhouse
    • News Briefs

    June 5, 2009 

    • Building trades chief: Construction unions share 'enormous stake' in Employee Free Choice
    • Good, safe work at J.H. Campbell outage brings acclaim to trades
    • Weak version of 'Hire Michigan 1st' adopted by Senate
    • Employer intimidation 'standard practice' in fighting union drives
    • Slip in April construction 'establishing a bottom' for industry?
    • Trades sprinkle, help refurbish this old house
    • News Briefs

     June 19, 2009

    • The Employee Free Choice Act: time for a compromise in Congress?
    • Kids, families are the focus at new children’s hospital
    • ‘Work is just getting started’ – Slow roll-out for stimulus
    • Trades: Don’t harm our existing health care plans
    • Funding outlook is grim for crumbling state roads
    • More room to operate at Munson Hospital
    • News Briefs

    July 3, 2009

    • Ingham County PLA rule easily adopted
    • PLAs: ‘Valuable tools’ that provide value for taxpayers
    • Trades serving time expanding Washtenaw Co. courts, lockup
    • Automotive downturn arrives at trades’ doorstep, 10% givebacks set for Chrysler, Ford work 
    • NMU lobby work brings residence halls together
    • GM nods: make it in Michigan
    • News Briefs

    July 17, 2009

    • Jobs ‘fell off a cliff’ – Report says slump is the worst in 80 years
    • Recession has ‘devastating impact’ on construction industry
    • ‘A ton of pain in the pipeline’
    • New U-M data center is all about redundancy 
    • Franken signs on to first bill: Employee Free Choice Act
    • OSHA to clear the air on silica rule?
    • News Briefs

     August 3, 2009

    • Employment numbers continue to be a downer
    • First half of 2009 shows immense drop in construction activity
    • Much, much better working space set for the A2 Municipal Center
    • Businesses with house in order 'have nothing to fear' from EFCA
    • Obama supporting, not yet pushing, Employee Free Choice Act
    • Solis to unionists: go out to push for Employee Free Choice Act
    • Scrubbers, SCRs will further clean the air at Detroit Edison's Monroe Power Plant

    August 14, 2009

    • State AFL-CIO chief: ‘We’re losing a helluva lot of members’ – now’s time to push labor’s goals
    • Devlin, Gleason re-elected to building trades offices
    • Action starts at Firekeepers Casino
    • Detroit River terminal seeks to become a hub for Great Lakes cruises
    • Without compromise, prospects dim in ’09 for EFCA passage
    • IBEW training program finds a home at U-M
    • News Briefs

    August 28, 2009

    • In health care debate, unions ready to rumble with wavering Dems, and maybe each other
    • Labor Day, 2009 Parades, picnics planned to celebrate workers’ holiday
    • ‘Long overdue’ – new Mackinac Straits Hospital is taking shape
    • UA instructors follow IBEW after leading them to AA
    • Keys to northern work prospects: paper, power and pulp…Paper maker wants the economy to turn the page
    • Soo region ideal site for new-tech ethanol plant
    • Hurdles aplenty as Wolverine group seeks more power
    • News Briefs

    September 11, 2009

    • ‘Remarkable slowdown’ in wage growth imperils economy, study says
    • Obama proposes pro-PLA rules, seeks to extend them to other projects
    • Thousands of workers from around Michigan celebrated labor’s day, anyway on Labor Day 2009
    • Big drop for construction fatalities
    • Decade-long safety record shows improvement, too
    • Bigger, better, Battle Creek Central H.S. on the way
    • News Brief

    September 25, 2009

    • More roadblocks for power plant work
    • Guardian Building’s remodel will keep office space viable
    • Obama to AFL-CIO: ‘When organized labor succeeds, the middle class succeeds’
    • New AFL-CIO chief Trumka pledges to lead labor in fight to rebuild middle class
    • Passage of Employee Free Choice Act is about details,and more details
    • News Brief

    October 9, 2009

    • Trades protest coal plant obstacles
    • Rally time: Trades demand permits for clean coal plants
    • Church’s old joints will be made new again
    • U.S. construction’s 17.1% jobless rate packs wallop for nonresidential sector
    • Tradesman wins top award among labor publications
    • News Brief

    October 23, 2009

    • ‘I want not only green jobs. I want any job that pays green.’
    • ‘What is the problem? Put us to work!’
    • Project labor agreements…A form of ‘win-win,’ or the bane of free enterprise?
    • ‘Moderate expansion’ forecast for construction industry
    • Protective equipment isn’t accepted – until it is
    • News Brief

    November 6, 2009

    • When it comes to employment,the hits just keep on coming
    • ABC’s business model: Cheap, subservient workforce contributes to our race to the bottom
    • Saginaw Valley State University’s unique aquathermal system…
    • Want to save money on heatingcosts? First, you need a pond...
    • NLRB nominees one step closer to full OK
    • Trades among hundreds of volunteers who helped build rescue simulator
    • News Brief

    November 20, 2009

    • Dreams of economic boon from green energy just blowin’ in the wind
    • It matters where things are made
    • State highway repairs, jobs on the road to nowhere
    • Lost time for swine flu prompts paid leave proposal
    • Rail bridges ease traffic through Spartan land
    • News Brief

    December 4, 2009

    • Low wages, union hate sustain nonstop war on workers
    • Full course renovation of Brody Hall in the works
    • Steep drop in 2009 for U.S. construction, but hopeful signs sprout
    • What is ‘cap and trade’ anyway?
    • Face of the U.S. labor movement is changing, report says
    • Volunteers provide new home, new start for injured veteran
    • News Brief

    December 18, 2009

    • Kissed and coddled, corporations, bankers have rewarded us with the mess that we’re in
    • New building, old style at landmark Wards site
    • 40 years later, plumber honored for valor in Vietnam
    • Retirement awaits Michigan Building Trades’ Ed Coffey



    January 8, 2010 

    • Consumers Energy’s proposed coal plant passes major state air permit hurdle
    • Not much love for health care bill from union leaders
    • Part of health care bill removes bidding edge for nonunion
    • Trades erecting bigger, better Marysville High
    • Around the corner in 2010, new pro-worker rules
    • Fitter makes a rare bone marrow match, gives hope to cancer victim
    • News Briefs

    January 22, 2010

    • Ugly era for Michigan construction
    • Unions cut deal to move universal health plan
    • Labor isn’t going to accept a bad bill” Oh really? A viewpoint by by Press Associates Union News Service
    • Employee Free Choice Act: ‘It has to be this year…’
    • ‘We’re glad to be here’ Trades set up Detroit auto show
    • News Briefs


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