Members of Massachusetts Floorcoverers Local 2168 last night voted to ratify a new three-year collective bargaining agreement. The agreement provides total wage and benefit increases of $1.25 in the first year, $1.50 in the second year and $2.50 in the third year. The contract will also change the package for floorcoverers working in western Massachusetts. Members doing floorcovering work in Local 108s geographic jurisdiction will be given the western Massachusetts carpenter rate for wages and annuity fund contributions.
Carpenters working for H. Carr & Sons began hanging drywall on the third floor of the building this week. Before starting the drywall, the area needed to pass electrical and plumbing inspections. After passing inspection, crews were given the go-ahead to close up the walls.
Drywall screws are used to attach the drywall to the metal stud frame. The carpenter screws one in every eight inches along the four edges of the board and every twelve inches through the center of the sheet.
After the boards are hung, tapers come in and tape along the joints, where two boards meet. They apply a compound to the area, put the tape down and scrape the area with a broad knife to ensure the tape is wet and embedded in the compound. A second and third coat of compound is applied and finally the taped areas are sanded down flush to the drywall. When this process is complete the walls are ready to be primed and painted.
The third floor of the Carpenters Center will include office space for the New England Regional Council of Carpenters, the New England Carpenters Labor Management Program, and various Local Unions. The third floor will have * 1 reception/waiting area * 35 offices * 6 conference rooms * 14 storage/file rooms * 4 copier rooms * 1 men??s and 1 women??s restroom * 2 break rooms