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Unions cheer Court's PLA Stance

The U.S. District Court for the Eastern District of Michigan, Detroit, has struck down the state’s “Fair and Open Competition in Governmental Construction Act” (Public Act 98) curtailing local government units’ ability to exercise project labor agreements (PLAs) on construction contracts.

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HUD releases disaster-proofing building guide

Consulting firm Newport Partners in Davidson, Md., recently announced the initial results of a U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development-funded research project, Safer, Stronger Homes: Protecting Your Risk During a Natural Disaster. The project team created a how-to guide of simple, low-cost mitigation strategies for both builders and homebuyers alike to improve their home performance during natural disasters.

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Obama talks transportation funding, Jobs Act at Hilltop Concrete

With a rickety, steel trestle bridge as a backdrop, President Obama told a late-September gathering at Hilltop Concrete’s downtown Cincinnati plant, “We used to have the best infrastructure in the world.

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