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Public Hearing and Information Session with the Joint Task Force on the Underground Economy Posted by on

Who: George Noel, Director of Labor, and other Representatives of the Governor??s Joint Task Force on the Underground Economy and Employee Misclassification join employees, employers, and advocates.

What: A public hearing and information session to hear testimony and provide resources.The Task Force, created by Governor Deval Patrick in March of 2008, is charged with coordinating the efforts of several state agencies to stamp out fraudulent employment activities and bring those workers under the protective umbrella of statutes and regulations that protect their rights and ensure a safe working environment.

Why: Employees deserve a safe work environment. Employers deserve a level playing-field in their marketplace. The Commonwealth deserves the revenue lost to the Underground Economy.

: NorthShoreCareerCenterof Lynn 181 Union St., Lynn, MA

When: Friday, February 6th, 2009 12pm - 2pm
The Joint Task Force on the Underground Economy and Employee Misclassificationis a collaboration between the following agencies; the Executive Office of Labor and Workforce Development and its subsidiaries, the Division of Apprenticeship Training, Division of Career Services, Department of Industrial Accidents, Division of Occupational Safety, Division of Unemployment Assistance. The Office of the Attorney General??s Fair Labor Division. The Executive Office of Administration and Finance??s Division of Capital Asset Management and Department of Revenue. The Executive Office of Public Safety and Security??s Department of Public Safety. The Executive Office of Health and Human Services?? Massachusetts Office for Refugees and Immigrants.The Executive Office of Housing and Economic Development??s Department of Housing and Community Development, Division of Professional Licensure, Office of Small Business & Entrepreneurship and State Office of Women and Minority Owned Businesses. The Office of the Treasurer??s Alcoholic Beverages Control Commission and the Insurance Fraud Bureau.

"Our" new president Posted by on

Upon creating a White House Task Force on Middle Class Working Families last Friday, President Barack Obama added these comments:

"I also believe that we have to reverse some of the policies' toward organized labor. "I don't see organized labor as part of the problem. To me, it's part of the solution.'

"When I talk about the middle class, I am talking about folks who are currently in the middle class, but also folks who are aspiring to be in the middle class,' the president said. "You cannot have a strong middle class without a strong labor union.'

TAGS: Unions

Unions continue to be topic of conversation Posted by on

Robert Kuttner, Co-Founder and Co-Editor of The American Prospect wrote a column for the Huffington Post on the common agendas of President Barack Obama and America's labor unions.

What a difference a new President makes.

TAGS: Unions

Fed holding forclosure-preventions seminar Posted by on

The Boston Federal Reserve Bank is holding another foreclosure-prevention workshop on Feb. 14 in Hartford (open to all but targeting Connecticut and Central Mass.) and has respectfully invited and welcome any steps the New England Regional Council of Carpenters might take in helping us "spread the
word" about the event among members and contacts

Details are available on their website.

TAGS: Economy

Abatement Update Posted by on

Yankee Environmental Services began asbestos abatement at the building on January 28th. They have completed the floor tile abatement as well as the abatement of the entire crawl space area. They are currently working on the first floor and second floor pipe covering/insulation.

The abatement and final air sampling is expected to be complete by February 13th. Demo at the building is scheduled to begin on February 17th.