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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.

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

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.


$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,


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