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by GREAT PLAINS LABORERS' DISTRICT
GREATPLAINSLABORER.ORG
Illinois —Thanks to legal action by the Midwest Region Laborers (LIUNA), Illinois construction workers hopefully will have their prevailing wage rates again current with local government. 

by DOUG LeDUC
KPC NEWS
Fort Wayne —The Northeast Indiana Building & Construction Trades Council and Northeast Indiana Works are considering the state’s four northeastern-most counties for their next round of pre-apprenticeship construction trades training.

by ALEX LANTSBERG
LOS ANGELES TIMES
Los Angeles —Some builders and developers falsely claim that paying prevailing wages would lead to higher housing prices and make the state’s affordability crisis worse. They’re wrong; they want to maintain a status quo that allows them to line their pockets at the expense of workers and taxpayers.

by PAULA C. SQUIRES
VIRGINIA BUSINESS
Virginia —A new survey by the Consumer Energy Alliance shows that a majority of voters polled in Virginia, West Virginia and North Carolina support the expansion of domestic energy production, including construction of the proposed Atlantic Coast Pipeline (ACP).

by NICK COLTRAIN
COLORADOAN
Colorado — Colorado's roads are leaving its economy vulnerable to its neighboring states, transportation advocates and the governor warned Tuesday. 

By SANDRA CHEREB
REVIEW-JOURNAL CAPITAL BUREAU
CARSON CITY — Labor groups squared off with critics Wednesday over a Democrat-backed bill to roll back prevailing wage thresholds passed by the Republican-controlled 2015 Legislature.

From Mass.Gov: Continuing her commitment to advance the economic opportunity of Massachusetts residents, Attorney General Maura Healey today announced a new grant program aimed at providing opportunities for women and minority workers and small business owners in the public construction industry.

Canada won’t choose between jobs, energy generation and the environment, Canadian Prime Minister Justin Trudeau told oil and gas leaders in Houston on Thursday. The country will drill for oil and gas, build pipelines, reduce carbon emissions and develop green energy, all at once.

President Trump’s $1 trillion infrastructure package is slowly beginning to take shape. Although the debate over repealing and replacing ObamaCare is hogging the spotlight in Washington, work is underway behind the scenes to craft comprehensive legislation aimed at repairing U.S. roads, bridges and airports.

By Vicki Salemi
Meet three of the tri-state area’s superheroes — veterans and members of Long Island City-based Steamfitters Local 638, as they weld, pipe and construct the metropolis, one project at a time.

BY JOHN WOJCIK
SAN ANTONIO, Texas – Sean McGarvey, the president of North America’s Building Trades Unions, says he fully expects President Trump to keep his promises to push a trillion-dollar infrastructure program and that he expects Congress to enact it by the end of the year.

The St. Joseph Co. council went against a veto to pass the Responsible Bidder law.

By Herbert Lash and Luciana Lopez | NEW YORK
A group advising U.S. President Donald Trump on infrastructure has proposed an arbitration-style pilot program to slash the current 10 years it often takes to break ground on projects, without short-changing environmental standards.

The group, led by billionaire New York real estate developers Richard LeFrak and Steve Roth, made the suggestion to Trump and others in the White House last week, LeFrak told Reuters on Monday.

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The Occupational Safety and Health Administration has rolled out its "Safe and Sound" initiative, which asks employers to review their safety programs and identify areas for improvement, according to an agency press release.

By Mark Bliss ~ Southeast Missourian
Missouri's prevailing wage law may not prevail much longer.
The Republican-dominated Legislature has set its sights on repealing or revising the state law.
Missouri Gov. Eric Greitens called for the law's repeal in his State of the State speech because it "drives up the cost of important construction work that needs to get done."

By Mark Bliss ~ Southeast Missourian
Missouri's prevailing wage law may not prevail much longer.
The Republican-dominated Legislature has set its sights on repealing or revising the state law.
Missouri Gov. Eric Greitens called for the law's repeal in his State of the State speech because it "drives up the cost of important construction work that needs to get done."


Democratic U.S. Senator Sherrod Brown of Ohio has rolled out an infrastructure rebuilding blueprinhe and other senators call a guide for President Trump.

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