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2009 Apprenticeship Contest/Expo Posted by on

October 1-3, 2009

The New England Regional Council of Carpenters will hold the 2009 Apprenticeship Contest and Expo on October 1-3, 2009, at the New England Carpenters Training Center located at 13 Holman Road, Millbury, MA.

The best of the best will compete in the following categories:

· General Carpentry
· Interior Finish/Cabinet Install
· Floorlayer
· Interior Systems/Drywall
· Concrete Forms

Demonstrations will held in the following areas:

· Piledriving
· Millwright
· Mill Cabinet

On Friday, October 2, vocational school students and instructors will be given guided tours of the facilities and will observe contestants working on their projects and giving demonstrations. If a school in your area is interested in attending the Expo, please have them contact Cathy Fenton at 508-792-5443 or

This year??s reception and awards banquet will be held on October 3, 2009, at the DCU Center located at 50 Foster Street, Worcester, MA.

TAGS: Training

Garcia Drywall agrees to pay workers, fines and take one year debarment Posted by on

Garcia Drywall has reached a settlement agreement with the Massachusetts Attorney General in regards to complaints the company failed to properly pay prevailing wages and overtime to carpenter employees. Twenty-six carpenters who worked for Garcia on projects in Dartmouth, Boston and Chelsea Massachusetts will be paid $41,600 in restitution.

Garcia Drywall, Inc. and its president, Emanuel Garcia, have agreed to pay over more than $18,000 in fines for intentionally violating Prevailing Wage and Overtime and Record Keeping Laws. In addition, Garcia and his company have agreed to a one-year debarment, which prevents them from bidding on any public construction projects, as well as from accepting any contracts for public work for a one-year period in the Commonwealth.

The AG??s investigation began in January when they received a complaint that employees weren??t being paid the prevailing rate.

Investigator??s from the AG??s Fair Labor Division reviewed a self-audit prepared by the company and discovered that the company had misclassified 26 employees at four public construction sites, including: two projects at UMass-Dartmouth; the Massport State Police Station at Logan Airport; and the Prattville Apartments in Chelsea.

Additionally, Garcia Drywall failed to submit certified payroll records to the awarding authorities at these job sites. Investigators also discovered that the company failed to pay time and a half to employees for working more than 40 hours in a work week.

Click here to read the Attorney General??s Press Release.

The New Bedford Standard Times reported on the AG??s filing today. The Herald News also ran a story in today??s paper.

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Eastern District Vice President tours Carpenters Center Posted by on

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On June 15, 2009, Mark Erlich, Executive Secretary-Treasurer of the New England Regional Council of Carpenters, gave a tour of the Carpenters Center to Frank Spencer, Eastern District Vice President of the United Brotherhood of Carpenters.

Third Floor Concrete Work Complete Posted by on

Cement Finishers and Laborers working for S&F Concrete completed the concrete pour on the third floor of the building earlier this week.

A view of the 3rd floor q-deck before concrete pour.

After the Q-deck was shot in place, WWF (welded wire fabric) was laid out on top. The WWF serves as reinforcement for the concrete keeping it from expanding to the extent where it will then collapse. The concrete was then pumped into the 3rd floor Q-deck.

Over 350 yards of light weight concrete was poured into the 26,000 square foot space. The work was completed in 12 hours.

View a short video of the process: