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Kirk faces multiple charges Posted by on

John Kirk of National Carpentry will be in a Connecticut court April 5, his latest appearance related to personal or business charges. He faces a charge of violating wage payment laws and 20 counts of defrauding an alien worker of wages.

Kirk faces a separate outstanding felony charge of violating wage payments in excess of $2000. He has also been charged and is facing a jury trial for disorderly conduct, a second degree threatening charge and illegal use of a facsimile firearm, in relation to an incident in June 2008.

National Carpentry has become infamous in New England. They were part of a team of subcontractors working for AvalonBay who were busted for misclassifying workers as independent contractors.

It was about the same time that workers sued in Connecticut over the 20 wage violates listed above. Connecticut Attorney General Richard Blumenthal held a press conference in support of the workers and Gary Pechie, the director of the state labor department??s Wage and Workplace Standards Division called Kirk ??the poster child of how not to do business in the state of Connecticut."

It was also National Carpentry which was involved with Oscar Pintado, who fell 45 feet to his death on an AvalonBay job in Woburn, Massachusetts when an elevator shaft was not properly protected.

Though many of the problems Kirk and National Carpentry are facing have been of their own doing, it has been the efforts of NERCC staff and members in multiple states who have worked together and with victims and enforcement agencies to bring them to justice.

Tentative agreement for new 723 CBA Posted by on

Massachusetts Woodframe Carpenters Local 723 has reached a tentative agreement with signatory contractors on a new collective bargaining agreement. A ratification vote will be taken among members on April 13.

The one year agreement provides a total package increase of $0.91 with $0.46 being added April 1 and $0.45 being added on October 1. Of the $0.46 being added April 1, $0.30 is expected to be added to hourly contributions to health benefits and $0.16 is expected to be added to hourly pension contributions. In October, $0.29 will be added to hourly health fund contributions and $0.16 will be added to hourly pension contributions.

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Scholarship reminder Posted by on

The Scholarship Sub-Committee of the New England Regional Council of Carpenters has established the guidelines for the eligibility, application, and awarding of scholarships for 2010.

Applicants should submit the completed essay, application form and most recent transcript of grades by 5:00 p.m. on April 16, 2010 to:

NERCC Scholarship, ATTN: Malerie Anderson

750 Dorchester Ave.

Boston, MA 02125.

Applications received after April 16, 2010 will not be eligible.

To eliminate bias, the scholarship committee is blind to the identity of the applicant. Essays are numerically coded to prevent any reader from having knowledge of the writer. Winners of the top two prizes will be asked to read their essays at the June 2010 delegate meeting. Persons awarded first or second place in a prior year are ineligible for first or second place in subsequent years.

Please read the following guidelines before submitting your application. After reading the guidelines, you can download the application by clicking on the link below.

2010 NERCC Scholarship Guidelines
2010 NERCC Scholarship Application