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Lynn Community Health Center breaks ground Posted by on

The Carpenters union has been working with staff and elected officials in Lynn to find funds to expand the Lynn Community Health Center. The facility provides badly needed access to care for the area and will now provide quality union construction jobs.

A ground breaking was held last week with Congressman John Tierney, Governor Deval Patrick, Mayor Judith Flanagan Kennedy and others in attendance.

"This is the first construction project of this size in downtown Lynn in many years," said Patrick, adding that more than 100 jobs will come from the actual construction work and later through the health center's expanded services. "This is just so many cylinders all going at once. The residents of Lynn are fortunate to have such a vibrant resource that is growing and changing in response to community need."

Read the full story from the Lynn Daily Item.




RI company nabbed for cheating in Mass Posted by on

Lockheed Window Corporation and its President, Michael Kosiver, both of Rhode Island will be paying workers more than $56,000 in back wages after the Massachusetts Attorney General's Office found them to have violate state prevailing wage laws. They will also pay a $10,000 penalty to the Commonwealth.

"investigators discovered that during work performed at 26 public works projects from September 2006 through February 2009, the company failed to pay the proper prevailing wage rate to 22 employees who were installing windows."

"Workers who believe they have been misclassified or that their rights have been violated are strongly urged to call the Attorney General??s Fair Labor Hotline at (617) 727-3465. More information about the wage and hour laws is also available in multiple languages at the Attorney General??s Workplace Rights website: www.massworkrights.com."

More information.





As Seen on the LED Posted by on




As Seen on the LED Posted by on




Common Boston and the Carpenters Center team up for photo contest Posted by on

Common Boston, a volunteer committee of the Boston Society of Architects that organizes Boston??s only free, public festival that opens up city to celebrate architecture and design in our neighborhoods, has teamed up with the Carpenters Center in a photography contest, with winners' work to be displayed on the LED screen.

Each year, Common Boston features events around a number of ??common points?? which are areas of activity, typically focused within one of Boston??s many neighborhoods. Programs are centered around neighborhoods to enable the general public to explore good design that has benefited their communities, while also allowing designers to connect with specific communities regarding their ideas for future projects. They organize active programming with the goal of upholding our mission to inspire people who live and work in the Boston area to collectively and effectively shape a sustainable, equitable, and beautiful built environment.

Common Boston Week 2010 will open up the city for its fourth annual event this June 17-27, 2010. The week will feature a rich program of more than forty open buildings, neighborhood tours, exhibits, and events concentrated in six ??common points?? around the city. This year??s featured neighborhoods are Chinatown, East Boston, Fort Point Channel, Jamaica Plain, Lower Roxbury, and Uphams Corner.

As part of this year's events, Common Boston has teamed up with the Carpenters Center on a photography contest to "showcase the often invisible process behind the building of our physical landscape."

From the Common Boston Photo Project website:

Common Boston invite submissions of photos that tell the story of how places and physical communities are built. We are specifically looking for construction photos ?Cthose that suggest how we connect with buildings on a visceral level through their making. The best photos will ideally demonstrate how the making and construction of buildings strengthens community within their neighborhoods.

Photos must be from somewhere with an address in Boston and preferably from the neighborhoods that we will be featuring during Common Boston Week 2010-Chinatown, East Boston, Fort Point Channel, Jamaica Plain, Lower Roxbury, and Uphams Corner.


Look for contest winner??s submissions on the Carpenters Center LED screen and on this website later this week. You can also see web gallery submissions by visiting http://www.cpphotoproject.org/ .





Erlich named to state convention board Posted by on

Mark Erlich, Executive Secretary-Treasurer of the New England Regional Council of Carpenters was appointed yesterday by Massachusetts Governor Deval Patrick to the Massachusetts Convention Center Authority (MCCA).

The MCCA owns and oversees the operation of the Boston Convention & Exhibition Center (BCEC), the John B. Hynes Veterans Memorial Convention Center, The MassMutual Center in Springfield, MA and the Boston Common Garage.




What it's really like to be long-term unemployed Posted by on

Brother Bill Frost, a member of Carpenters Local 218 spoke this week at a Massachusetts State Senate hearing on the issue of expanding casino gaming in the Commonwealth. Earlier this year, Frost spoke at a rally before a lobby day by union members at the State House when the House of Representatives were considering their own bill. (more from that event here.

At a time when Frost was working steadily, his wife was struck with cancer. Feeling lucky to have health coverage, Frost was able to focus entirely on helping his wife fight for her life. Now, after a long stretch of unemployment, Frost can't help but wonder what would happen if his wife's cancer had come now. How would he pay for her treatment? And much would his support of her have suffered from the distraction of worrying about the bills rather than his wife?

This week, he spoke about the response to his earlier statements and gave insight into the real impact of long-term unemployment.

First, let me apologize for my appearance, I wouldn??t show up to speak dressed like this, except I??ve been lucky enough to have been called back to work and I came directly from the job. After the year that I had, blowing off a full days pay was out of the question.

When Speaker DeLeo first kicked off this push for destination casinos, I was invited up here to The Hill for the first time to speak about job creation and what those jobs would mean to unemployed construction workers.

I told of my wife??s battle with breast cancer, and how I could focus on her needs because I had steady work and excellent health coverage. I explained that if I were today, faced with the same challenge, instead of ??what can I do to facilitate Deb??s recovery???, my first thought would have been ??How am I going to pay for this???

The response that I received tells me that while all the guys in the orange T-shirts get it, only a few of the suits really understand the effect of long term unemployment.

First, you don??t know that it??s long term until its way too late. Lay offs have always been a part of the construction industry, and they always will be. The joke is, ??Don??t kill the job, let it die by itself,?? and the truth behind that joke is, that the better you are at what you do, the sooner you finish, and the sooner you finish, the sooner you find yourself unemployed. So you always know that a lay off is coming.

If the weather is good, you paint your house. You cut, split, and stack next winter??s cord of wood. You clean out the attic, the garage, and then the basement, then, all the closets. You take down the drapes, and then in heated discussion, decide with your wife, who is going to pay to clean them.

After 3 months, the house is spotless. You??re cutting the grass before it needs it, and a weed wouldn??t dare grow in the flower beds even though you didn??t buy mulch this year.

At 5 months, you hear your wife telling someone on the phone that ??he runs out to the mailbox the minute after the post man comes by, and he makes stacks out of everybody??s mail.?? And you realize that, yeah, you do. You have stopped answering the phone without first checking caller ID, it might seem like a little thing, but first you need to find your reading glasses.

And that 18 months of living expense monies that the experts tell you to keep liquid for emergencies was actually more like 4 months, because technically, the emergency started when Deb first got sick and missed 2 years of work. So, you are tapped and when the truck starts making a weird noise, you ignore it because you can??t afford to fix it.

The health and welfare sends you a letter with C.O.B.R.A. buy-in prices. It looks more like your mortgage. You can??t possibly come up with that much money, but your wife has already had cancer, so you have to. The question then becomes, what are you not going to pay?

Opponents of Destination Casinos will tell you that gaming will lead to a rise in foreclosure rates. Where I live, foreclosure rates would decline. Opponents will speak of the despair felt by a potential compulsive gambler, but the members of the building trades who have lived for the past two years as I have just described are not the potential unemployed, they are real men and women who need work, and need it now. The jobs that this plan would create mean much more than simply the ability to pay our bills on time. These jobs will allow us to plan our futures and to confidently make life altering decisions.

Thank you.





Good questions, what are the answers? Posted by on

Some good and important questions asked in the NH-based Foster's Daily Democrat in the Letters to the Editor section today

Peas in a pod!

To the editor:
What's the deal with the Avis Goodwin Medical Center that is going to be built in Somersworth? Besides a current investigation by the county commissioners office and the office of the attorney general, has anyone looked into how fair the bidding process was for this ARRA funded project? This medical center received a $5,000,000 grant for construction; this is stimulus dollars at work.

Looking at the bids it appears Hutter Construction was able to come in 1 month after all of the other General Contractors and--surprise, surprise--they were the low bidder. Are these bid numbers public?

Were these bids sealed? What kind of oversight happened in this bidding process?

If this is an ARRA funded project why is there no sign indicating the funding source as a requirement of a project receiving stimulus funds?

Residents in New Ipswich are launching an investigation with the AG office due to illegal and unfair bidding process on a recent school construction project in New Ipswich awarded to Hutter Construction without going out to public bid, according to a recent article a couple of weeks ago in the Monadnock Ledger.

I hope that Avis Goodwin and Hutter Construction realize that ARRA funded projects require paying Davis Bacon prevailing wages. FOIA requests will be made on the certified payrolls

Who is the clerk of the works for this publicly funded project? Who is collecting certified payrolls and who are they being submitted to?

Marty Coyle
Dover




Carpentry event in Boston this weekend Posted by on




Hi Susan, Nice picture of you with the "boys... Posted by on

Hi Susan,

Nice picture of you with the "boys"

Marianne and Bruce Anderson




Governor Patrick's visit to the Carpenters Center Posted by on

Following is video taken during Massachusetts Governor Deval Patrick's visit to the Carpenters Center where he held a monthly meeting of his cabinet.





Governor Patrick's visit to the Carpenters Center Posted by on

Following is video taken during Massachusetts Governor Deval Patrick's visit to the Carpenters Center where he held a monthly meeting of his cabinet.





Governor Patrick holds cabinet meeting, tours Carpenters Center Posted by on

Earlier today, Governor Deval Patrick held a cabinet meeting at the Carpenters Center. Following the meeting, the Governor, along with various cabinet members, toured the facility.

The group made a stop at the Boston Training Center on the first floor to get a first hand look at training happening at the facility, specifically the Best Practices in Health Care Construction training course. He spoke with instructors and carpenters currently taking the class.

Below are pictures from the Governor??s visit.





Governor holds cabinet meeting, tours Carpenters Center Posted by on

Earlier today, Governor Deval Patrick held a cabinet meeting at the Carpenters Center. Following the meeting, the Governor, along with various cabinet members, toured the facility.

The group made a stop at the Boston Training Center on the first floor to get a first hand look at training happening at the facility, specifically the Best Practices in Health Care Construction training course. He spoke with instructors and carpenters currently taking the class.

Below are pictures from the Governor??s visit.





Local carpenters save young boy's life Posted by on

A group of carpenters at a jobsite in Jamaica Plain saved a young boy??s life and came to the aid of his mother who was struck by a car trying to protect him.

The incident happened last Friday in front of the carpenters?? jobsite at 365 Center Street. The group witnessed a young boy walking down with the street with his mother. Suddenly, the boy darted out in to the busy street. As the boy ran off it appeared he was unable to hear the yells from his mother warning him of the danger he was in.

Carpenters Almarie ??Annie?? Condry (LU 67), Michelle ??Mikey?? Myles (LU 67) and Joan Bennett (LU 33) saw the incident unfold and ran out to the street, scooping the boy up and out of harm??s way while stopping traffic. Unfortunately, in a panic, the boy??s mother ran in to the street and was struck by a car. Condry, a former medic in the US Army, lay on the ground next to the woman. Condry immobilized the mother while reassuring her that her child was not hurt and that she would also be ok.

The other carpenters called 911 and comforted the young boy while they waited for help. Paramedics leaving the scene told the group that the woman appeared to have only suffered minor injuries.




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