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Mock Election to be held at Quinnipiac University Posted by on

After months of leafleting outside of Quinnipiac University's campus, carpenters are holding a mock election on Monday November 1, 2010 from 8:00AM until 1:00PM to see how the faculty, students, and area residents feel about President John Lahey's handling of their concerns in regards to illegal contractors working on Quinnipiac University projects.

Carpenters have been greeting, and passing out informational leaflets to local residents, faculty, and students since June 17, 2010, trying to raise awareness of the misclassification of workers by contractors hired directly by Quinnipiac University to work on campus projects.

The Connecticut Department of Labor already has issued Stop Work Orders, for illegal misclassification of employees as independent contractors against two contractors working on Quinnipiac University campus projects.

Wolcheski and the carpenters have made a point to let people know that this is not a matter of nonunion workers on campus. If Quinnipiac University was acting responsibly and hiring responsible contractors who abide by community standard wages, benefits, retirement packages, and state and federal laws, we would not be out here right now.

??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 ??they know best?? seems shortsighted and needlessly closed minded.??

Check in to the campaign??s website to learn more about what??s going on at Quinnipiac and find out the results of Monday??s campus poll.

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Members encouraged to get out the vote for endorsed candidates Posted by on

This Tuesday, voters throughout New England and the United States will cast ballots electing candidates on the federal, state and local level. The winners in these elections will have a significant impact on many aspects of our lives. In particular, they will decide legislation regarding the construction industry and enforcement agencies that oversee existing laws. The New England Regional Council of Carpenters, Local Union affiliates and rank-and-file members have talked with and read up on issues and candidates. After thorough consideration and discussion of their positions in regards to economic, construction-related and union issues,the union has endorsed a number of candidates as worthy of votes by union carpenters. Below is a partial list. For information regarding more local races, please contact the Local Union within the district.

No matter where you live or who you choose to vote for, please exercise your right to vote. Encourage your family, friends and co-workers to cast a ballot as well. We all share responsibility for governing our communities. The future is in our hands.

For United States Senate: Richard Blumenthal
For Congress: Jim Himes and Chris Murphy
For Governor: Dan Malloy

For Congress: Richard Neal, Jim McGovern, Barney Frank, John Tierney and Bill Keating
For Governor: Deval Patrick
For Treasurer: Steve Grossman
For Auditor: Suzanne Bump
Ballot Questions: No on Question 3.

For Congress: Chellie Pingree, Mike Michaud
For Governor: Libby Mitchell

New Hampshire
For Senate: Paul Hodes
For Congress: Carol Shea-Porter, Ann Kuster
For Governor: John Lynch

Rhode Island
For Congress: David Cicilline
For Governor: Lincoln Chafee

For Senate: Patrick Leahy
For Governor: Peter Shumlin