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Members to demonstrate in Worcester Posted by on

Members in Central Massachusetts will gather Friday morning to protest the use of substandard contractors at building being renovated for eventual lease to the Worcester County District Attorney??s office.

Northpoint, the General Contractor on the project, has hired a New Hampshire-based company by the name of Drycon to do metal stud and drywall work. Drycon took over from Metro Walls, another New Hampshire-based company that was debarred from performing public work in the state of Massachusetts as a result of misclassifying workers.

The protest rally will take place from 8am-1pm at 184 Main Street in Worcester. All members are invited and encouraged to attend.

The building is owned by 184 Main Street Associates, which is owned by Robert Oftring. The project received a $2.8 million dollar loan from Mass-Development, $600,000 for Historic Tax Credits, and is now seeking $550,000 in Tax Increment Financing from the City of Worcester.





Carpenters welcome students back to Quinnipiac Posted by on

Members of the New England Regional Council of Carpenters greeted students and parents arriving yesterday for the fall semester at Quinnipiac with some questions and concerns about the school??s judgment when it comes to its building practices.

The school is in the midst of a 10-year building plan but has had some problems recently with contractors hired to do work. Two flooring contractors were issued Stop Work orders by the state while working directly for the college on small rehab projects.

??Union carpenters and union contractors have done work at Quinnipiac and will in the future, I??m sure?? said NERCC Organizer Jeff Wolcheski. ??But we think the way they??ve made some of their decisions leaves a bit to be desired. It??s understandable, given they are educators, not builders. Maybe they??re getting bad advice from outside experts who only care about bleeding profit out of the school. Maybe President John Leahy has too many outside interests or has grown complacent when it comes to details and follow-through after so many years here.??

Wolcheski and the union have been making a point that their issue is not strictly a matter of nonunion contractors working on campus. Union carpenters have worked alongside nonunion carpenters at Quinnipiac and on other sites. Union organizers have even built relationships with nonunion carpenters, offering to help them if they encounter wage or safety problems. What??s troubling is the lack of concern for quality and legal compliance by contractors allowed to bid and work on campus.

??We make our living in the construction industry,?? says Wolcheski. ??We know the good guys, the bad guys and the really bad guys. We know all the scams and shortcuts that hurt not just workers in the industry, but owners like Quinnipiac and the local communities. For the University to simply fold their arms and claim ??we know best?? seems shortsighted and needlessly close minded.??

The New Haven Register published a story, which includes video comments by NERCC Representative/Organizers Jeff Wolcheski and Bill Jordan. It can be seen here.

A story also appeared on istockanalyst.com, an investment information site.





You can contact Wentworth's Arioch school or N... Posted by on

You can contact Wentworth's Arioch school or NERCC's Frank Santa Fe. I've forwarded your message to Frank directly, so you should hear back from him.




how do you sign up for this,what are qualification... Posted by on

how do you sign up for this,what are qualifications?




Outstanding Student Eamonn Murphy featured on Wentworth website Posted by on


Twenty-nine union carpenters graduated from the Arioch Center at Wentworth Institute of Technology with and Associate's Degree in Building Construction Management (read more here).

Graduate Eamonn Murphy, a twelve-year member of Local 33, was recognized as the Outstanding Associate Degree Student for the 2009-2010 academic year.

"I am extremely honored to be recognized as the Outstanding Student," said Murphy. "As I look back, however, I realize that my fellow students are all outstanding students. We encouraged each other and worked together collaboratively in accomplishing this goal."

Murphy first joined the Carpenters Union as an apprentice in 1998. When the opportunity arose to enroll in the Construction Management program at Wentworth, Murphy was enthusiastic about being able to continue his training and further advance his career.

"Obtaining a Construction Management degree from Wentworth was the logical choice in expanding my knowledge of the construction industry, and the program certainly provided that for me."

Murphy, along with many of his classmates that just received their Associate's Degree will be continuing on in to the Bachelor's Degree program.

Wentworth ran a student profile of Brother Murphy on their website.





Carpenters Graduate from Wentworth Institute of Technology Posted by on

The New England Regional Council of Carpenters (NERCC) is proud to recognize and congratulate the 29 union carpenters who graduate this Sunday with and Associate's Degree in Building Construction Management Associate from the Arioch Center at Wentworth Institute of Technology.

This is the first class to graduate since the NERCC launched this special program with Wentworth in the fall of 2008. The tailored program enables union carpenters to earn an Associate??s degree in Construction management from the prestigious school in as little as two years. The program gives members credit for completing a four-year apprenticeship in Massachusetts and could also give credit for other qualified classes members have taken.

Members also receive reduced tuition rates and may be eligible for financial aid, as they are full-fledged students of Wentworth. In January 2011 the program will be expanded, giving members the opportunity to earn their Bachelor??s Degree.

The program includes classes that provide technical knowledge, such as physics, construction graphics, construction law, and economics as well as those that teach the critical skills needed in a more professional environment, such as writing composition; leadership and management; and introduction to computers.

The program offers tremendous opportunity for members and will put some of the practical on-the-job experience back into construction management. This is a true testament to the dedication of the Carpenters Union to lifelong training, improving the lives of working carpenters and the entire industry.

Congratulations to the graduates!

Sean Abraham, Local 275
David Aldrich, Local 40
Jonathan Aprile, Local 33
Krzysztof Barcikowski, Local 67
Duane Bastarache, Local 107
Michael Biasella, Local 40
Brian Burrill, Local 218
Joseph Byrne, Local 33
Michael Cormier, Local 275
*Nicholas Cuzzupe, Local 33
Anthony Harrington, Local 107
Patrick Hartigan, Local 111
Kimberly Hokanson, Local 275
Thomas Holt, Local 107
Zachary Jonsson, Local 1305
Scott Knowlton, Local 218
David Kulikowski, Local 67
Aaron Lacombe, Local 1305
Daniel Lovendale, Local 424
William Lynch, Local 67
John McGillicuddy, Local 33
Steven Monteiro, Local 26
**Eamonn Murphy, Local 33
Colin Murphy, Local 33
Shakil Oba, Local 40
Kevin Reynolds, Local 33
Michael Ryan, Local 67
Nathan Silvaggio, Local 94
Andrew Wall, Local 107

*Alumni Award recipient ?C recognizing students who achieve the highest grade point average in the program. Brother Cuzzupe finished with a 4.0 GPA

**Arioch Center Outstanding Associate Degree Student Award winner for the 2009-2010 academic year




Prompt Pay bill passes in Mass Posted by on

Massachusetts made it easier for construction subcontractors to collect payments for work completed this week when it passed into law a ??prompt payment?? bill. Under the law, schedules will be set for the timely billing and payment of money to subcontractors. If the schedule is not met, bills submitted by subcontractors will be considered conditionally approved.

The law will cover all private construction projects valued at more than $3 million. Public projects are already subject to such requirements.

The New England Regional Council of Carpenters was joined by the Building and Construction Trades and subcontractor associations in lobbying for the bill??s passage to protect smaller companies who struggle to keep cash flow going when payments for work are withheld.

Massachusetts is the 33rd state to enact such a law.





Mass invests in Carpenter training Posted by on

The Boston Carpenters Apprenticeship and Training Program will receive a $166,000 award from the Commonwealth of Massachusetts, one of eight programs to receive money for workforce training, Governor Deval Patrick??s office announced today.

Governor Patrick, Lieutenant Governor Tim Murray, Secretary of Labor and Workforce Joanne Goldstein and other state officials awarded a total of $1.2 million in Federal stimulus money to support ??efforts to equip Massachusetts workers with 21st century economy skills.??

The money awarded to the Boston program, based at the Carpenters Center in Dorchester, will fund drywall training and certification for long-term unemployed carpenters.





Mass invests in carpenter training Posted by on

The Boston Carpenters Apprenticeship and Training Program will receive a $166,000 award from the Commonwealth of Massachusetts, one of eight programs to receive money for workforce training, Governor Deval Patrick??s office announced today.

Governor Patrick, Lieutenant Governor Tim Murray, Secretary of Labor and Workforce Joanne Goldstein and other state officials awarded a total of $1.2 million in Federal stimulus money to support ??efforts to equip Massachusetts workers with 21st century economy skills.??

The money awarded to the Boston program, based at the Carpenters Center in Dorchester, will fund drywall training and certification for long-term unemployed carpenters.





Video: Organizers help carpenters in Holliston, MA Posted by on

Organizers from the New England Regional Council of Carpenters help non-union carpenters in Holliston MA, collect their unpaid wages on another JJ Welch jobsite (read more here). The carpenters were working for subcontractor Hampton Building.





Organizers help carpenters in Holliston claim unpaid wages Posted by on

Thanks to the help of union organizers, carpenters working at the Cutler Heights affordable housing project in Holliston, MA, have finally received pay for 2-3 weeks of work. The group was employed by framing subcontractor Hampton Building Inc. The General Contractor at the site, located just behind Town Hall, was James J. Welch & Co.

The problems started on July 23rd when Hampton Building owner Anthony Iannacone issued checks to his employees. The checks all bounced. Iannacone passed the blame on to J.J. Welch saying the General Contractor was late in making payments, therefore leaving Iannacone??s company unable to cover the carpenters?? wages. The ten carpenters were owed an estimated $38,000 in unpaid wages.

The story was first reported in the MetroWest Daily News on August 6th. In the article, Hampton Building Foreman Dean Morin was quoted as saying ??since it was not a union job??the carpenters have been having trouble finding any sort of recourse.??

After reading the story, Union Organizers Mario Mejia contacted Daily News reporter Kendall Hatch and asked if would have one of the carpenters contact him. Mejia received a phone call late Sunday night and coordinated with the carpenter to meet the group at the jobsite with other Union Organizers.

On August 10th, Union Organizers met the carpenters at the site and spoke with the project superintendant Jim Estrella. After getting nowhere with the project superintendent, the Union representatives stood with the employees to strike at the site (Read more here).

After weeks of getting nowhere, thanks to the help of the Carpenters Union, the group was finally issued checks; however this did not happen without a hitch. Initially, the carpenters were given joint checks by the General Contractor James J. Welch & Co. The joint checks were filled out using the word ??and?? between the two entities (i.e. Joe Carpenter and Hampton Building Co.), instead of ??or??, so the bank was unable to cash the checks.

A second set of checks were finally issued yesterday at 5:30 pm, however the banks were closed for the day. The carpenters reached the end of yet another day with empty pockets.

To read more about this story in the MetroWest Daily News click here.

Update: Organizer Mario Mejia has reported the carpenters were able to cash their checks first thing this morning when the banks opened.





Labor Guild's School of Labor Relations announces start of Fall term Posted by on

Labor Guild's School of Labor Relations
Monday evenings September 13 thru November 15 2010

FIRST PERIOD 7:00 - 8:10pm
THE STEWARD??S JOB Paul Hannon, USW , Mark Bernard, Rep Council 93, AFSCME
The steward as the dynamo for making collective bargaining work. Duties as first-line administrator of the contract: problem solving, grievance handling, membership solidarity. Role playing

BUILDING TRADES?CISSUES & STRATEGIES Frank Callahan, Mass Building Trades Council
Explore key issues facing the Building Trades & strategies to address them. Topics will include: Project Labor Agreements, Responsible Employer Ordinance, Public Bid Laws, Industry Sector Targeting, Lobbying, The Media and more.

PUBLIC SPEAKING George Embleton, AFSCME Ed Dept.
How to feel comfortable and confident speaking before a group, be it running for Union office, defending Union positions or speaking at a community meeting. Expand you skills by practicing with mic, video and powepoint.

LABOR STRATEGIES Joseph Sandulli, Esq , Sandulli & Grace ., PC
How to coordinate legal action, political action, public relations and negotiations to deal effectively on the range of labor-management issues in both public and private sectors. Guest speakers


2nd period 8:10 to 9:30
How to Think and Act Strategically - Part II Paul McCarthy, Pres. Collective Bargaining Assoc.
The art of creating leverage by mobilizing union members and developing contract campaigns.
First time students are welcome.


LEAD, FOLLOW OR GET OUT OF THE WAY!! John Hudson, Pres., IBAC
A provocative and unconventional look at leadership. Building leadership skills through self empowerment. Learn about yourself and prepare to lead others. Guest speakers.


ROOTS OF LABOR LAW Paul Kelly, Esq Segal, Roitman LLP
The relation between the US legal system and American labor from the mid-19th Century, including anti-trust laws, The Railway Labor Act, the, Norris-LaGuardiaAct, Wagner Act, Taft-Hartley Act. Landrum Griffin Act and major judicial decisions

??UNIONS SHOULDN'T BE IN POLITICS!?? OH, WHAT PLANET DO YOU COME FROM?
An overview of the political life of labor unions in the metropolitan area and beyond. Guest Speakers.



Classes are held at Labor Guild Headquarters - 85 Commercial St in Weymouth Landing.

Tuition remains $100 total for both time frames. Scholarships are available Choose one course from each period.


LABOR GUILD"S SCHOOL OF LABOR RELATIONS www.laborguild.com

$100 whether you take one or two periods. Scholarships available.

Register by mail, phone, fax or email:

Name: _________________________ Organization: _________________ Position_______
address:_________________________ City: ____________ St:_____zip:___________
email: ____________________ phone:_____________ employer:__________________
1st period________________________ 2nd period:__________________________

The Labor Guild, 85 Commercial St weyouth MA 02188 781 340 7887, fax:781 340 5885,
email: laborguild@aol.com.

web: www.laborguild.com

For more info or see us on facebook.


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Videographer position available Posted by on

Full-time videographer/editor position available with the New England Carpenters Labor Management Program. Great opportunity to advance skills and gain experience in video production and editing while promoting social justice and workers rights. Job involves shooting and editing videos of various events and interviews for internal and external use in a variety of styles. Familiarity and experience with relevant camera, lighting and sound equipment essential. All equipment is provided.

Editing duties include ability to produce original titles, graphics and create/select appropriate music. Graphic design ability such as to create packaging for videos or within videos also required.

Job includes archiving and organizing footage for future use. Also requires learning and advising on the use of new programs and equipment.

Multiple software programs are used, requiring knowledge of , including, but not limited to:
Final Cut Pro 6
Adobe Photoshop CS4
Adobe After Effects CS4
Compressor
Garageband
Soundtrack
Adobe Soundbooth CS4
DVD Studio Pro
Powerpoint
iMovie
Adobe Acrobat
Adobe Illustrator CS4,
Adobe InDesign CS4
Adobe Acrobat
Microsoft Powerpoint.
Some knowledge of PC-based systems necessary to access photo libraries.

Send resumes and samples of work to:

Bert Durand bdurand@neclmp.org
or
Bert Durand
New England Carpenters Labor Management Program
750 Dorchester Ave, Unit 1
Boston, MA 02125




McCarron visits the Carpenters Center Posted by on

UBC General President Douglas McCarron was in Boston today with General Secretary-Treasurer Andy Silins and ITC Director Bill Irwin to meet with AGC member contractors from throughout New England. McCarron and Operating Engineers General President Vincent Giblin have been regularly meeting with AGC members around the country to talk about the National Construction Alliance.

While he was here, we got a chance to ask the General President a few questions about the NCA, the UBC and the future of the construction industry.





McCarron visits the Carpenters Center Posted by on

UBC General President Douglas McCarron was in Boston today with General Secretary-Treasurer Andy Silins and ITC Director Bill Irwin to meet with AGC member contractors from throughout New England. McCarron and Operating Engineers General President Vincent Giblin have been regularly meeting with AGC members around the country to talk about the National Construction Alliance.

While he was here, we got a chance to ask the General President a few questions about the NCA, the UBC and the future of the construction industry.





Union Carpenters question United Illuminating, Whiting Turner Posted by on

On Tuesday morning, August 3 starting at 9:30 am members of the New England Regional Council of Carpenters will protest in front of the site of the future headquarters of United Illuminating on Orange Street. Chief among the union??s concerns will be the screening, hiring and supervision practices on the site, where a subcontractor was issued a ??Stop Work?? order on Friday for not having proper workers?? compensation coverage.

??We have noticed a pattern of problems with subcontractors hired by Whiting Turner,?? said Tim Sullivan, a Representative of the New England Regional Council of Carpenters. ??Throughout the process, we have also been concerned with United Illuminating??s seemingly cavalier attitude toward the screening contractors and subcontractors. Construction is a dangerous and often ruthless business. To have workers on the job without any protection should there be an accident is appalling.??

Davis Tree and Logging was the subcontractor on site ordered to stop work from proceeding with work after investigators from the Department of Labor Friday. They join a list of multiple subcontractors for Whiting Turn on multiple other sites who have been issued ??Stop Work?? orders or other legal citations.

??On Friday, the state found a subcontractor on this site without workers?? compensation coverage,?? said Sullivan. ??If a worker gets injured in that situation they are likely out of work and out of luck for a long, long time. Our concern is that, with Whiting Turner??s track record of hiring, we??ll see more violations of tax and insurance laws. Maybe workers being underpaid or not being paid at all. These things happen every day and they happen because companies like Whiting Turner and United Illuminating turn a blind eye and pretend that everything??s alright.??

Sullivan said the union will continue to visit the site to monitor compliance and to notify the public of any and all violations that occur.

The New England Regional Council of Carpenters represents more than 22,000 union members in six states who are employed by more than 1,500 union contractors. As part of their mission to bring fair wages and working standards to all carpenters, they regularly work with nonunion workers, educating them on their rights and helping them seek legal recourse when necessary.





Organizers take INSTALL to architects Posted by on

Connecticut Organizers Bill Jordan and Dean Pallotti took the INSTALL marketing campaign on the road Friday, July 30th, to the American Institute of Architects (AIA) Connecticut Chapter. They delivered a one hour continuing education program titled THE GREEN FLOOR to more than twenty Architects. This event culminated three months of planning with Joanne Rees, Program Director from the AIA and CT organizing staff.



INSTALL is a comprehensive training and certification program for its floor covering installers, and a marketing program for its alliance members. Core skills are taught in carpet, resilients, hardwood, artificial turf, and much more. INSTALL professionals can efficiently install any kind of floor, in any configuration, for residential, commercial, and institutional settings.

Future plans for CT Organizing include a Symposium scheduled for September 23, 2010, for the benefit of their local specifier communities.

To learn more about the INSTALL program, visit www.installfloors.org.


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