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Contract extended 2 weeks in RI as negotiations continue Posted by on

Contract negotiations for a new collective bargaining agreement in Rhode Island between the New England Regional Council of Carpenters, Local 94 and the AGC Labor Division and the Construction Industries road builders have not been completed.

Both of the associations and the union have agreed to a two week extension, with the understanding that any increase in wages or benefits will be retroactive to June 7. As a result of this extension, the membership meeting scheduled for Sat June 6 has been canceled. Another meeting has been scheduled for Saturday June 20 at 9 am at the Carpenters Local 94 hall to consider contract proposals.

Welcome to the blog world, Jon Chesto Posted by on

Jon Chesto, Business Editor/Columnist/Reporter for the Quincy (MA) Patriot Ledger started a blog and recently sent out an email to draw readers.

I've had a blog going at The Patriot Ledger for several months now. Well, I've finally figured out how to carve out the time to post at least five items a week. So I figured it was as good a time as any to draw your attention to the blog in case you haven't seen it already.

Jon's done several columns in recent years about the construction industry, including the problems tied to misclassification of workers. You can check out Jon's blog at

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Mass 1099 Task Force public hearing Posted by on

Massachusetts Secretary of Labor and Workforce Development Suzanne M. Bump and Director of Labor George E. Noel will hold a public hearing with members of the Joint Taskforce on the Underground Economy. The event will highlight efforts of the State to fight fraud in the workplace, including misclassification of workers as independent contractors.

The public hearing will be held Friday, June 19 from 10 am to 12 noon in Lecture Hall C202, Second Floor C Building, Bunker Hill Community College.

The Task Force is welcoming attendance and testimony and comments from general public, businesses, labor organizations, and community groups.

Find out directions, RSVP info and other details here.