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Contractors want guidance in recruiting, retaining women, minorities (access required)

By Marie Rohde The construction industry didn’t get what it wanted in the Legislative Audit Bureau’s report on women and minorities in apprenticeship programs for the trades. “We were hopeful that we’d hear some success stories,” said Kelly Tourdot, director ...

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Get a job: Construction groups work to boost industry’s image (access required)

By Marie Rohde A shortage of skilled blue-collar workers could slow the global economy’s recovery, but the image of the construction trades is discouraging students from entering the industry, according to a study from Manpower Inc. The Manpower study warned ...

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Industry seeks journeymen, apprentice balance

By Paul Snyder Contractors working on state projects should have a choice between hiring apprentices and journeymen, according to construction groups asking the state to ease its employment rules. “We want to see apprenticeship standards used as encouragement; not a ...

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State measures penalties for contractor paperwork

By Darryl Enriquez Longtime roofing contractor Leo Kaltenbrun of Sheboygan is skeptical of proposed penalties as high as $2,000 for generals and subs that fail to register with the state before going on a work site. When Kaltenbrun, 90, founded ...

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Project delivery bill withers in Legislature

By Paul Snyder The state Building Commission probably will have the rest of the year to decide whether Wisconsin’s bidding process is as efficient as it could be. The state Legislature is unlikely to vote Thursday on a bill that ...

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Who’s driving that 40,000-pound piece of equipment?

By Paul Snyder A proposal to license heavy equipment operators is overkill for an industry already with plenty to lose if the wrong person is running a big machine, according to a 31-year construction veteran. “There are some operators that ...

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Crane bill raises ire: Operator licensing adds training, experience requirements to OSHA rules

By Paul Snyder Construction industry representatives Wednesday pounded on a state bill that would add to upcoming federal certification requirements for crane operators. The bill, sponsored by state Rep. Joe Parisi, D-Madison, would require a state license for crane operators ...

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