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Mass 1099 task force makes news in MetroWest Posted by on

Posted Oct 23, 2008 @ 02:26 PM
FRAMINGHAM ?? Allen the licensed contractor briefly supplanted Joe the unlicensed plumber as the tradesman of the moment inside the Blumer Room Wednesday morning.

Framingham resident Allen Grome, who owns AG Reliable Remodeling, told state officials that he struggles to earn a living when others in his profession cut corners.

"It's difficult to compete when other people aren't following the rules," Grome told members of the state Task Force on the Underground Economy and Employee Misclassification.

To read the story online and comment, follow this link.





Carpenters Offer HOPe to Families in Need Posted by on

In Spring 2008, carpenters working for Auburn Construction broke ground at a special project on two acres of donated land located on the campus of Stonehill College in Easton, MA. The House of Possibilities (HOPe) began as the dream of Paula Kavolius, the mother of three sons. Her youngest son, Timmy, has FG syndrome, a rare congenital disorder with multiple symptoms, including mental retardation.
Kavolius quickly learned that caring for Timmy was a full-time job, one which left her with little time for the "normal" day to day activities of a family. She dreamed of a safe place where she could leave her son Timmy for a few hours to run errands or just spend time with her other children and husband.

Kavalius' dream turned into the grassroots group that is building the Yawkey House of Possibilities in Easton. The building will be a respite home for children with physical and cognitive disabilities and life threatening illnesses.

Auburn Construction is the General Contractor on site. Very early on in the process the company reached out to Local 624 and asked about collaborating on the community effort. The project has brought together both commercial and wood frame Locals as well as apprentices from the New England Carpenters Training Center in Millbury, MA.





State task force targets underground economy Posted by on


FALL RIVER ?? Unscrupulous employers cost the state millions in unpaid workers' compensation and gain an advantage over businesses that follow the rules, a state task force says.

This type of cheating, part of the so-called underground economy, was the focus of a task force meeting Monday at UMass Dartmouth's Advanced Technology & Manufacturing Center. The group met Monday with local businesses, union officials and community activists to discuss the problem.

Responsible companies are forced to compete with employers that avoid withholding payroll taxes, fail to pay workers' compensation and unemployment insurance, and give employees substandard wages, said state Director of Labor George E. Noel, task force chairman.





Worker misclassification getting more notice Posted by on

The Commonwealth of Massachusetts has taken an increasingly aggressive stance in regards to the misclassification of workers as independent contractors. And well they should. It costs the state millions of dollars in lost tax revenue, strips workers of vital workers compensation coverage and puts honest businesses at a significant competitive disadvantage.

In addition to improving coordination and enforcement by state agencies, leading enforcement agencies are holding meetings around the state to notify businesses and workers about the crackdown.

The latest was held in Southeastern Massachusetts and received prominent coverage in the New Bedford Standard Times. Read the full coverage and post your comments at their web site here. Remember these are public forums, so be direct, but respectful of others. Site editors do reserve the right to remove comments they find objectionable.





A message to undocumented workers Posted by on





What We Do - Mill Cabinet Production and Installation Posted by on

The details and fine craftsmanship that go into creating the woodwork, cabinetry and décor in shopping malls, bank buildings, hotels and office buildings are created by shop and mill cabinet carpenters. They cut, shape and assemble wood products including molding and panels. They also fabricate store fixtures, which includes the use of metal, plastics and glass. From design and manufacture of custom pieces to on site installation, these are the carpenters that give your space the look and feel you imagine.





Jobsite accident in Waltham leads to two member deaths Posted by on

Two members of New Hampshire Local 118 were killed as the result of an accident on a job in Waltham, Massachusetts on Friday. Union Brothers Peter Marchese and Chris Beste were hurt when a lift they were moving went over. Marchese was killed instantly. Beste passed away Monday evening due to head injuries suffered in the accident.

The members were employed by Lymo Construction of Merrimack, New Hampshire and had been putting exterior metal panels on an AstraZeneca building.

Marchese, 40, was a resident of Nashua, New Hampshire a 4-year member of the UBC, and a longtime employee of Lymo. He leaves behind a wife, and two children: a daughter, age five, and a son, age two. A service was held Tuesday afternoon in Nashua; it was standing room only.

Beste, 30, was also a four year member who was engaged to be married. He was a resident of Manchester, New Hampshire. Marchese was a husband and father to a five year-old daughter and a two year-old son.

Donations for Marchese??s wife and two children should be made out to The Marchese Family Fund and taken to any Bank of America branch or mailed to:
Bank of America
356 Daniel Webster Highway
Merrimack, NH 03054
Attn: The Marchese Family Fund

Donations for Beste??s family will go to his parents. They should be made out to The Rick and Janice Briggs Assistance Fund and taken to any Bank of America branch or mailed to:
Bank of America
356 Daniel Webster Highway
Merrimack, NH 03054
Attn: The Rick and Janice Briggs Assistance Fund





Midwest carpenters given award for safety Posted by on

Congratulations to the Brothers and Sisters in Indiana, who recently earned recognition from ZISA (Zero Injury Safety Awards) for their cooperative focus on safety with contractors.

This year's top award --The Gold Star - goes to Solid Platforms, Inc., working with the Indiana/Kentucky Regional Council of Carpenters Northern Office at BP Products North America's Whiting Refinery in Whiting, Ind. At 2,569,267 hours, the three groups set a record for the most injury free hours ever worked. BP's Whiting Refinery is familiar with safety -- they also won last year's Gold Star award.

The Indiana-Kentucky Regional Council of Carpenters consists of 32 Local Unions representing Carpenters, Floor Coverers and Millwrights. They provide training to members at nine campuses in the two states.

If you're willing to let Union Solidarity trump regional sports loyalties for spell, check out the picture gallery on their website of Union Carpenters building the Lucas Oil Stadium, the brand new home for the Indianapolis Colts.


TAGS: Safety, Training



States chasing tax cheats, including 1099s Posted by on

The Boston Globe today contained an article about one of the few expanding segments of the economy: tax compliance. In the rough times, many states are ramping up efforts to bridge the income gap by collecting more of the taxes that have been going unpaid.

The article specifically mentions efforts to increase collections of taxes not paid in Massachusetts as a result of workers being misclassified as independent contractors.

The story said: ??Massachusetts tax collectors expect to squeeze another $30 million out of some businesses by cracking down on those that improperly classify workers as independent contractors instead of full-time employees to avoid taxes.??

The full story can be read online.





States chasing tax cheats, including 1099s Posted by on

The Boston Globe today contained an article about one of the few expanding segments of the economy: tax compliance. In the rough times, many states are ramping up efforts to bridge the income gap by collecting more of the taxes that have been going unpaid.

The article specifically mentions efforts to increase collections of taxes not paid in Massachusetts as a result of workers being misclassified as independent contractors.

The story said: ??Massachusetts tax collectors expect to squeeze another $30 million out of some businesses by cracking down on those that improperly classify workers as independent contractors instead of full-time employees to avoid taxes.??

The full story can be read online here.





UBC commitment to training continues Posted by on

If you're heard UBC General President Doug McCarron talk to a group of carpenters, you know how much he emphasizes the need for training in our industry and our union. The commitment to constantly upgrade our training facilities and our training programs is clear to anyone who visits the International Training Center in Las Vegas.

That work is ongoing throughout the country. Within the New England Regional Council, work has been done to establish or upgrade facilities in all six New England states.

The latest efforts to upgrade facilities come from the North Central States Regional Council, whose training program is building two new training centers, one in Rochester, Minnesota, the other in Sioux Falls, South Dakota.

Ground was broken on the 16,000+ square foot Rochester project on Monday. The following day, the NCSRC broke ground on a similar-sized facility in Sioux Falls.

The North Central States training program--a partnership of the North Central States Regional Council of Carpenters and signatory contractors from throughout the region--will spend more than $2 million on each of the projects.


TAGS: Training



NERCC Convention, Part II Posted by on

The B.U.I.L.D. program was prominently featured at the Convention. B.U.I.L.D. is a brand new program developed by NERCC to give members information about the construction industry, the Carpenters Union's place within the industry and what we need to do to thrive in the future.

The most impoortant element in our future success is membership involvement. This video, "Union Town," features some members who have stepped up to the plate to help promote union carpenters and union contractors.


TAGS: B.u.i.l.d.



Who We Are - Union Town Posted by on

This video, first intruduced at the 2008 NERCC Convention, is titled "Union Town," features members who are active community members.





Who We Are - 6 States, 30 Locals, 1 Council Posted by on

This past weekend, the NERCC held a convention at the MGM Grand at Foxwoods. Here's the video that opened the convention Saturday morning. It's a look at projects built by union Carpenters throughout New England.





Convention videos online Posted by on

Two of the videos featured at the recent NERCC convention have been posted online. Please visit the ??News and Events?? section of necarpenters.org to view them and share them with your fellow union members. The video montage of union jobs throughout New England, which opened the convention is there, as is ??Union Town,?? featuring rank-and-file members actively promoting union carpenters and union contractors within their communities.

The videos can be viewed here.

Both of the videos are posted using YouTube, which means they can be linked from that site or embedded in other sites using YouTube embedding codes. They will also be burned to DVD for distribution to Local Unions for showing at monthly meetings. Anyone interested in receiving DVDs, should contact Celia McDonough at the Council.

More video content from the convention is being edited and produced so that it can be shared with members who were not able to attend.


TAGS: Nercc



2008 NERCC Convention, Part I Posted by on

This weekend's convention at the MGM Grand at Foxwoods was very well received. We'll be posting some highlights, including video highlights from speakers and programs from throughout the day.

For now, here's the video that opened the convention Saturday morning.


TAGS: Nercc


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