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Local 275 to participate in Earth Day activities Posted by on

Notice from Carpenters Local 275...
Carpenters Local Union 275 will be participating in this year??s Earth Day Celebration in Wayland hosted by Wayland Schools ??Green Team?? on Sunday April 11th.

This event gives us a great opportunity for public relations with both our local and union carpenters helping in our own communities

We are looking for members to... help boys & girls build toolboxes at the Wayland Town Building, 41 Cochituate Road Wayland on Sunday, April 11, 2010 from 10:00am till 2:00pm.

Please contact the Union Hall (617) 965-6100 to add your name to the volunteer list.

NH Senate passes gaming bill Posted by on

The New Hampshire Senate voted yesterday by a 14-10 margin to expand gaming to six locations, which would include existing race tracks and new casinos.

The bill will now head to the House, where it will face a stiff challenge.

In addition to the many construction and permanent jobs that would be created, expanded gaming is expected to have a huge financial benefit for the state. The licenses for slot machines could generate an initial $200 million. License fees for facilities that want to offer table games would generate an additional $10 million each. Other area businesses would also receive a direct benefit of additional visitors.

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Water workers: Students being trained for undersea jobs Posted by on

As reported by Donna Boynton in today's TELEGRAM & GAZETTE

MILLBURY ?? Tucked away on Holman Road is the New England Carpenters Training Center, which now also features a 7,000-gallon, 12-foot-deep tank where commercially licensed divers are trained in underwater pipeline construction.

Yesterday, the center was toured by Gov. Deval L. Patrick, who also observed training in the tank his administration funded. Mr. Patrick and Joanne F. Goldstein, secretary of the Executive Office of Labor and Workforce Development, spoke to carpenters in the apprentice program and instructors during an hourlong visit.

The underwater program and tank exist because of $160,000 in state grants awarded the Pile Drivers Local 56 Apprenticeship program through the Executive Office of Labor and Workforce Development. The first award ?? $80,000 in 2007 ?? created the Underwater Pipeline Construction Skills Training Program. The second, $80,000 received in 2008, was to construct the underwater welding training tank and expand the training to include underwater bridge inspection and nuclear power plant maintenance diving.

More than 60 divers have been trained through the program, and have been able to work on four offshore pipeline projects, perform maintenance at Vermont Yankee, Fitzpatrick and Indian Point nuclear power plants; perform inspections of 76 bridges in Rhode Island; and conduct work when tanker ships arrive in local ports. That training has also generated more than $141,000 in state taxes and $650,000 in federal taxes, and an estimated $4.5 million has been paid in wages and benefits to local divers.

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US House passes jobs bill Posted by on


Local governments would receive billions of dollars for construction projects and welfare programs in the latest in a series of election-year jobs bills Democrats are pushing in Congress.

The House passed a bill yesterday that combines $13.2 billion in interest subsidies for local construction bonds with $3.6 billion in tax cuts for small businesses and $2.5 billion in aid to states to pay for expanded welfare programs through September 2011.

The House passed the bill on a vote of 246 to 178, with nearly all Republicans opposed. The measure now goes to the Senate.

The Democrats aim to pass a series of modest measures to address unemployment as congressional elections approach in November.

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