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Kronish named to MassDevelopment Posted by on

Rick Kronish, who works for the New England Carpenters Labor Management Program, has been named to the Board of Directors for MassDevelopment by Governor Deval Patrick.

Started in 1989, MassDevelopment is the state??s finance and development authority. They offer direct financing and consult with developers to find investors and help them connect with available public funding sources.

Kronish has worked with the Carpenters union in Boston directly and indirectly for close to twenty years. In addition to his work over the years with the Labor Management program, he served on the Board of Directors and was an interim President of First Trade Union Bank. First Trade was started by the Massachusetts Carpenters Combined Pension and Annuity Fund.

Impact on members of health care reform Posted by on

The House of Representatives?? vote to pass a Senate version of health care reform will lead to a dramatic change for many Americans, even some union members covered by one of the funds in New England.

The following information is provided by The Segal Company, a consulting company that works with benefit funds throughout the country, including carpenter union funds in New England. For even more information, visit this page.

Significant portions of the bill will not take effect right away??and some may still be modified??but there are some important changes that will benefit members and go into effect within the next year, such as:

? No lifetime benefit limits and only limited annual benefit limits
? Coverage for dependent children up to age 26, as long as they do not have access to other employer-sponsored health coverage (the reconciliation bill also assures that this coverage can be provided on a tax-free basis)
? No preexisting conditions for children under age 19
? No rescission of health coverage, except in cases of fraud (primarily an individual insurance policy issue)

Other items that are immediately effective include a Medicare Part D provision that provides that beneficiaries who are in a Prescription Drug Plan and who reach the doughnut hole in 2010 would receive a one-time $250 rebate, as well as a reinsurance program for pre-Medicare retirees (discussed below)

Additional reforms would be effective for plan years beginning on or after January 1, 2014, including a ban on waiting periods over 90 days.

In 2011, Health Flexible Spending Arrangements, Health Reimbursement Arrangements, and Health Savings Accounts can only reimburse participants for over-the-counter drugs with a prescription written by their health care provider.

This could be your big break! Posted by on

Announcement recieved from the DIY Network:

THE DIY DOMINATOR, a new DIY Network series, pits three of the country??s top rough carpenters in a showdown for one grand prize. Competitors will face off in three rounds testing their speed, ability and problem-solving ingenuity in a battle royale of Nailing! Cutting! & Framing!

If you??re interested in competing and have the skills to be the best rough carpenter in the country, we want to know.

The showdown is tentatively scheduled for April 27th 2010 in Denver CO. Three contestants will get an all expenses paid trip to Denver with a three-day commitment, April 26-28. Competitors will compete for a grand prize and the right to be called DIY??s Carpentry Dominator!

For more info and to receive an application to participate, email with ??Carpentry_ YOUR LAST NAME?? as the subject line.

DIY DOMINATOR is produced by High Noon Entertainment, a Denver based television production company. High Noon Entertainment also produces DIY??s Cool Tools and Deconstruction, Food Network??s Unwrapped and Food Network Challenge, TLC??s Cake Boss and HGTV??s top-rated My First Place. DIY Network reaches over 52 million homes. The website,, attracts 2.8 million users in a single month. Check out more at

what A GREAT job !back in the day the apprentices ... Posted by on

what A GREAT job !back in the day the apprentices sat in the local hall and looked at the chalk board while the teacher tried to show us,no chance for hands on,this is like going from single engine planes all the way to the space shuttle! the future of Boston is UNION!
thanks to the vision of the leadership for results not just dreams.