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Carpenters to kick off member-to-member canvassing in NH Posted by on

The New England Regional Council of Carpenters is kicking off general election efforts in New Hampshire this weekend, with members going door-to-door to talk to fellow members. There are more than 2,000 members of the UBC that live in New Hampshire, which is expected to be the only New England state realistically up for grabs in the Presidential election. The senate and both congressional races in New Hampshire are also nationally targeted contests.

Members of all Local Unions in all New England states are invited to join the effort. To participate, members should meet Saturday morning at 8:30 am at the New Hampshire office at 991 Candia Road in Manchester. The contact for activity is Brother Joe Donahue, who can be reached at the Manchester office, or by calling 603-621-0004.

Canvassing will continue every Saturday and Sunday until the election. For future weekends, Local Unions will ??adopt?? weekends, when members of those locals will lead the efforts. For a full schedule, see the News and Events section of necarpenters.org.




Fierro elected RI State Rep Posted by on

Chris Fierro, a researcher for the New England Carpenters Labor Management Program, won a six-way Democratic primary for state representative in Woonsocket, Rhode Island yesterday. Because there is no Republican running in the general election, the victory means Fierro is assured a seat in the Rhode Island House.
Fierro ran for the open seat in District 51 on an economic platform, vowing to fight for green jobs that can??t be exported and holding the line on property taxes. He is also planning to fight for a statewide education funding formula and to rollback tax breaks given to the state??s 500 richest citizens. He will, of course, also bring his expertise on issues specific to carpenters and the construction industry.
Only 28, Fierro is the third generation of his family to live in the Woonsocket neighborhood that he, his wife and three children call home. He holds both a Bachelor??s Degree in Political Economy and a Master??s Degree in Labor Relations.




Carpenters Center clears another hurdle Posted by on

The Boston Redevelopment Authority (BRA) yesterday gave approval to the New England Regional Council of Carpenters for construction plans submitted for the union??s ??Carpenters Center?? at 750 Dorchester Avenue. The approval moves the project one vital step closer to the demolition and construction phase. The BRA is responsible for reviewing and approving virtually all planning and development in the City of Boston and making recommendations to zoning authorities.

Plans for the project will now go to the Zoning Board of Appeals, where final approval will be needed to start the project. If given, NERCC expects to begin work on the site before the end of the year.




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