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Website offers resource for prevailing wage support Posted by on

In California, the ABC has been pushing cities to drop prevailing wage requirements on municipally funded jobs. In response to this push, a web-based resource was created for elected officials, UBC members and the public, illustrating the benefits of prevailing wage. The website - SmartCitiesPrevail.org - educates the public, news media and decision makers within city governments about how prevailing wages paid on public projects benefit Californians by preserving quality local jobs for working families.

The site contains some great resources including statistics, facts/myths about prevailing wage, and links to research and case studies collected from cities and states that have kept or eliminated prevailing wage. The site also offers useful tools and downloads, including a prevailing wage fact sheet.

Visit SmartCitiesPrevail.org to learn more!

Facebook users can also follow the group online here.





Walter A. Furman Co., Architectural Woodwork | A UNION shop Posted by on



Architectural millwork is a key element of any building project. When done right, it can really open eyes. At Walter A. Furman Company, craftsmanship and commitment are key, as union carpenters and company management carry on a long-standing company tradition of exceeding client expectations. Take a look behind the scenes to see how they bring it all together.





2011 NERCC Scholarship Opportunity 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 2011.

The official guidelines and application can be found here.

Applicants should submit the completed essay, application form and most recent transcript of grades by 5:00 p.m. on April 15, 2011 to NERCC Scholarship, ATTN: Malerie Anderson, 750 Dorchester Ave., Boston, MA 02125.

Applications received after April 15, 2011 will be ineligible.

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 2011 delegate meeting. Persons awarded first or second place in a prior year are ineligible for first or second place in subsequent years.


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NERCC uses high efficiency equipment, receives rebate Posted by on

The New England Regional Council of Carpenters (NERCC) recently received a rebate check in the amount of $103,880 from NSTAR Electric. The rebate was part of NSTAR??s Construction Solutions Program, which provides incentives for purchasing and installing high-efficiency equipment for us in commercial and industrial operations.

Before breaking ground at the NERCC??s new headquarters, the Carpenters Center, various rebate and incentive programs were examined as a means to not only cut costs, but improve overall efficiency over the lifetime of the building. NSTAR??s Construction Solutions Program was the best fit in terms of the lighting line and dealt specifically with the purchase of light fixtures and switches throughout the building.

In order to qualify for the program, certain terms and conditions had to be met. The project had to be completed in one year, in this case by May 11, 2010; the application had to be submitted with all paid invoices for material costs and labor; and a post installation verification had to be completed, verifying that the equipment was installed and consistent with sound engineering practices. The application had to be received and approved by NSTAR before construction began.

The lighting at the Carpenters Center has individual controls every regularly occupied space. Private and shared offices have two-level occupancy sensors, individual workstations have flexible, integrally-switched task lights, and classroom/conference spaces have multiple levels of switch controls to allow for adjustment of lighting levels in accordance with the activity happening in the space. By selecting incandescent lights with motion sensors and automatic shut off, the Carpenters Union hoped to save over 30% off of total annual consumption.

As part of its building plan, the Carpenters Union utilized its own Commissioning Study as an extra review process in the design and purchase of various elements throughout the building, including the lighting. This separate layer of review assured the Carpenters Union that the organization is given some kind of refund or equivalent in its operation on a daily basis, that true savings would be realized over the lifetime of the building.

Substantial completion of the project happened in January 2010, well ahead of the May deadline as set by the rebate parameters. With the deadline met and the application otherwise complete, the final step was to pass the post installation verification, during which a throughout audit of the system took place, with every fixture examined throughout the building. After passing the inspection, the rebate check was issued to NERCC.

The lighting line for the Carpenters Center, installed by union contractor McDonald Electric, was $217,000. After passing the final inspection, the NERCC was issued a check in the amount of $103,880. At the time the check was issued, representatives from the Carpenters Union were told that the check was one of the largest to be issued by NSTAR under this program.

??We have training programs for our members to learn the fundamentals of Green Building and prepare for LEED AP certification, however it??s very difficult to preach about the virtues of these practices if we??re not doing it ourselves at home,?? notes David Dow, NECMLP Special Projects and Facilities.

??Here at the Carpenters Center we now have a great example of how a building can be Green and efficient. The rewards and benefits of good planning and good design will be realized well beyond this onetime rebate payment and will be seen over the lifetime of the building.??





Carpenters Center receives Project of the Year Award from the Construction Institute Posted by on


(l-r) Marshall Felix- Project Superintendant, Suffolk Construction;
David Dow- NERCC Special Projects; Jeff Wade- Principal, ADD,
Inc.; Liviu Marza, Associate Principal, ADD, Inc.

The Carpenters Center has been recognized by the Construction Institute as a winner of their Pride in Construction Project of the Year award. Yesterday, The Construction Institute (TCI) presented the Pride in Construction Project of the Year Awards and the Volpe-Eagan Construction Safety Awards at their annual meeting and holiday luncheon.

The Construction Institute??s Pride in Construction Project of the Year Awards recognize projects that have been constructed in Massachusetts using union contractors and workers that have had a positive impact on the construction industry, the community, and the clients The Construction Institute serves. Entries submitted for Project of the Year were judged on quality of construction, design innovations, impact on the community, safety achievements, labor-Management relations and customer satisfaction

TCI awarded three Pride in Construction Project of the Year Awards recognizing The Carpenters Center (private sector project), the Fall River Justice Center (state public sector project) and the Haystack Ultra-Wideband Satellite Imaging Radar Antenna (federal public sector project).

The Carpenters Center was recognized for being an adaptive re-use of the property, by renovating and converting the existing building, which was in a state of disrepair and an eyesore for the community, into an appropriately-designed, mixed-use building. The Carpenters Union worked very closely with the surrounding community members to ensure that the design of the building complimented the neighborhood??s architectural character. The building stands as a symbol of pride and tradition of the Carpenters Union and its membership.

David Dow, NERCC Special Projects, accepted the award on the behalf of the Carpenters Union. Dow recognized and thanked the membership involved in the construction of the facility as well as the NERCC staff who ??had a vision and saw that vision through?? in the planning, design and execution of the project. He also acknowledged the project architecture firm ADD, Inc. and Construction Manager Suffolk Construction.

Following the Project of the Year Awards, two individuals were recognized as recipients of the Volpe-Eagan Safety Award. Receiving the safety awards were George Allen, Principal and Treasurer of signatory contractor Archer Corporation, and Trustee of the Boston Carpenters Apprenticeship and Training Fund and with Jamie Merloni, Training Director for the New England Laborers?? Training Trust Fund.


George Allen, recipient of the Volpe-Eagan
Safety Award stands with David Dow, who
accepted the Project of the Year Award on
behalf of the Carpenters Union.

The safety awards are conferred in honor of Patrick Volpe and Edward F. Eagan, both pioneers in promoting health and safety in the construction industry. Volpe was Safety Director for Volpe Construction and Chairman of Bulletin 12, a former state committee charged with revising the Commonwealth's occupational safety and health regulations. Eagan was a member of IBEW Local 103, had over twenty years of service with the Occupational Safety and Health Administration and was highly regarded by both labor and management for his tireless dedication to safeguarding the lives and health of workers. Because of his outstanding contributions to safety and health in the construction industry, Eagan received the Volpe Safety Award in 1979.

TCI has continued this tradition with the hope that the awards program will encourage other individuals to emulate honorees by their dedication to safeguarding the lives and health of union construction workers.

George Allen is the Co-Founder and Treasurer of Archer Corporation, a company known for providing quality interior construction services, with an emphasis on installation. Located in Malden, Archer Corporation is the largest company of its kind in the greater Boston area. Archer Corporation combines "new world" technology with "old world" craftsmanship working for some of the most prestigious owners in the area.

Allen has overseen his company??s exemplary safety program for 40 years and holds several OSHA instructor certifications. But his resolute dedication to safety excellence does not end with Archer Corporation. As a trustee of the Boston Carpenters Apprenticeship & Training Fund (BCATF), he is an avid promoter of safety training programs for all Boston area carpenter apprentices and journeypersons and is responsible for implementing mandatory safety training for all BCATF apprentices.

Allen has demonstrated his commitment to advancing excellence in the construction industry beyond safety and health through his active participation in other industry organizations as well. He serves as President of the Building Trades Employers Association, is a Director for the Associated Subcontractors of Massachusetts and a Trustee of the Massachusetts Construction Advancement Program, and is a former Director of the Massachusetts Building Congress.

The Construction Institute (TCI) is a partnership comprised of building trades unions, union contractors, contractor associations, industry professionals, and 75,000 skilled union crafts men and women, dedicated to being the premier provider of construction services in Massachusetts. TCI promotes quality construction and a skilled construction workforce for the benefit of the Massachusetts construction industry, the local communities and the customers it serves.For additioanl information about all the award recipients click here.





Grant Writer Position Available Posted by on

The Massachusetts Carpenters and Apprenticeship Fund is hiring a full time Grant Writer who will work on behalf of the Massachusetts, Boston, and New England Carpenters Apprenticeship and Training Funds.

Job Location: Millbury, MA, United States
Salary: Commensurate with experience

Job Description
1. Write applications for federal, state local and private grant-funding opportunities according to organization??s strategic priorities.
2. Work with outside grant writing consultants as necessary.
3. Research to create a database of grant opportunities that match organization??s priorities.
4. Work with grant team to prioritize opportunities and map out strategy for each fiscal year and beyond.
5. Track federal and state legislation as appropriate to ensure organization is aware of potential future funding opportunities.
6. Identify opportunities for program growth which could be grant-funded.
7. Coordinate weekly (or more frequent) grant team meetings.
8. Assign workload and task to each member of grant team if team determines organization should pursue grant; hold team members to pre-established deadlines. Coordinate development of project narratives and project budgets with appropriate teams members and grant team overall.
9. Manage grant submission, subsequent reporting, and maintenance of grant data to satisfy funders?? needs.
10. Manage grant library for future reference.
11. Performs other duties as assigned.

Qualifications:
? 3-5 years experience writing training related grants.
? Experience working with outside consultants writing grants.
? Excellent team building skills, especially with multi-disciplinary teams.
? Strong written and verbal communication skills.
? Ability to coordinate overlapping projects and deadlines required.
? Excellent command of the English language.
? Strong analytical skills and experience with all Microsoft Office Suite applications and databases required.
? Portfolio of written work and official college transcript(s) will be required from finalists.

Reports To:
Director Massachusetts Carpenters Apprenticeship & Training Fund

Salary:
Hiring salary commensurate with education and experience

Work Schedule:
Non-standard, 40 hours per week

Licenses, Tools and Equipment:
Ability to use personal computer systems and accompanying software. Must have access to and use of own transportation.

To Apply:

*Please mail resume, cover letter and salary requirements to Massachusetts Carpenters Apprenticeship & Training Fund, 350 Fordham Rd, STE 201, Wilmington, MA 01887.

*The Massachusetts Carpenters Apprenticeship & Training Fund is an Equal Opportunity / Affirmative Action Employer and is committed to attracting a wide range of diverse candidates.

*NO Email or Fax applications will be accepted.

Application Deadline: January 3, 2010

About the New England Carpenters Union Training Funds: The New England Carpenters Apprenticeship & Training Funds offers a four-year apprenticeship program to thoroughly develop the talents and skills of up-and-coming carpenters. The programs are a combination of classroom learning and job site employment.

The Carpenters Union also offers apprentices and journeymen a comprehensive Skills Training Enhancement Program (STEP) providing hands-on evening and weekend classes in a wide range of carpentry skills, general knowledge, certification, and safety. These training programs are designed to advance members?? careers and keep their skills current as the construction industry changes.




NERCC uses high efficiency equipment, receives rebate Posted by on

The New England Regional Council of Carpenters (NERCC) recently received a rebate check in the amount of $103,880 from NSTAR Electric. The rebate was part of NSTAR??s Construction Solutions Program, which provides incentives for purchasing and installing high-efficiency equipment for us in commercial and industrial operations.

Before breaking ground at the NERCC??s new headquarters, the Carpenters Center, various rebate and incentive programs were examined as a means to not only cut costs, but improve overall efficiency over the lifetime of the building. NSTAR??s Construction Solutions Program was the best fit in terms of the lighting line and dealt specifically with the purchase of light fixtures and switches throughout the building.

In order to qualify for the program, certain terms and conditions had to be met. The project had to be completed in one year, in this case by May 11, 2010; the application had to be submitted with all paid invoices for material costs and labor; and a post installation verification had to be completed, verifying that the equipment was installed and consistent with sound engineering practices. The application had to be received and approved by NSTAR before construction began.

The lighting at the Carpenters Center has individual controls every regularly occupied space. Private and shared offices have two-level occupancy sensors, individual workstations have flexible, integrally-switched task lights, and classroom/conference spaces have multiple levels of switch controls to allow for adjustment of lighting levels in accordance with the activity happening in the space. By selecting incandescent lights with motion sensors and automatic shut off, the Carpenters Union hoped to save over 30% off of total annual consumption.

As part of its building plan, the Carpenters Union utilized its own Commissioning Study as an extra review process in the design and purchase of various elements throughout the building, including the lighting. This separate layer of review assured the Carpenters Union that the organization is given some kind of refund or equivalent in its operation on a daily basis, that true savings would be realized over the lifetime of the building.

Substantial completion of the project happened in January 2010, well ahead of the May deadline as set by the rebate parameters. With the deadline met and the application otherwise complete, the final step was to pass the post installation verification, during which a throughout audit of the system took place, with every fixture examined throughout the building. After passing the inspection, the rebate check was issued to NERCC.

The lighting line for the Carpenters Center, installed by union contractor McDonald Electric, was $217,000. After passing the final inspection, the NERCC was issued a check in the amount of $103,880. At the time the check was issued, representatives from the Carpenters Union were told that the check was one of the largest to be issued by NSTAR under this program.

??We have training programs for our members to learn the fundamentals of Green Building and prepare for LEED AP certification, however it??s very difficult to preach about the virtues of these practices if we??re not doing it ourselves at home,?? notes David Dow, NECMLP Special Projects and Facilities.

??Here at the Carpenters Center we now have a great example of how a building can be Green and efficient. The rewards and benefits of good planning and good design will be realized well beyond this onetime rebate payment and will be seen over the lifetime of the building.??





4 Star now in trouble in Mass Posted by on

With a Stop Work order in place against them in Connecticut since December 3, 4 Star Drywall ran into more trouble today, when the Department of Industrial Accidents issued a Stop Work order against them in Massachusetts.

As in Connecticut, the Stop Work order was issued when authorities found out the company was performing drywall work without having workers compensation insurance in place. Today's order was issued at the future site of a Walgreen's in Somerset, where the company is believed to have had seven carpenters working. PM Construction, based in Maine, is the general contractor on the project. The Connecticut order is in place on a CVS site in Guilford, where 4 Star was hired by TRB Development.





NH contractors STOPped in CT Posted by on

Two contractors working on a CVS store in Guilford, Connecticut were issued STOP WORK orders on December 3 by the Connecticut Department of Labor because they did not have workers' compensation coverage in place for their employees. Those Stop Work orders remain in place.

4 Star Drywall of Manchester, New Hampshire and MPC Construction of New Ipswich, New Hampshire were hired by general contractors TRB Development, of Hooksett, New Hampshire.
The Stop Work orders were issued after a site visit by the DOL.

4 Star had at least 6 employees working on site without coverage. The company is responsible for drywall and ceiling work on the project.

It is unclear how many workers were employed by MPC on the project or what type of work they were doing. MPC generally does concrete work but also has a drywall division. The concrete work on the store was completed before the Stop Work orders were issued.





Walmart to look at NERCC contractors Posted by on

Eight senior representatives managing renovation and construction of Walmart and Sam's Club stores came to the Carpenters Center last week to talk to over fifty union contractors about future building projects in New England. The retail giant reviewed their internal contractor prequalification process and talked in general terms about upcoming projects in a two-hour meeting. The developing relationship is the result of coordination between the New England Regional Council of Carpenters and the New Jersey State Council of Carpenters, which has had significant success having Walmart stores build union there.

"Walmart is a huge company that has taken some hits about how they do business," said Mark Erlich, Executive Secretary-Treasurer of NERCC. "As a result, they appear to be focused on eliminating future problems including those that might occur during construction. They have a comprehensive prequalification process for general contractors and they've brought in serious people from the industry and regulatory agencies to help them become compliant with the law."

The company plans to build more than 150 new stores in the next year and doesn't want any store to go more than 5-7 years without being renovated.

For NERCC, the meeting highlighted the business development role the union plays for contractors: "Some union contractors only see us as a supplier of labor, affordable benefits and craft training," Erlich said. "We also view the relationship as a partnership in which we can help them generate business and, therefore, jobs for our members."






Health Fair Cancelled Posted by on

The Health Fair sponsored by the New England Carpenters Health Benefits Funds scheduled for December 11 at the Carpenters Center has been canceled.




Its time to step up the 50% annuity withdrawal rul... Posted by on

Its time to step up the 50% annuity withdrawal rules. Members are taking whatever hours they can right now whther its 16 hours a week or whatever the case is. Its nnot right to say hey you worked 16 hours 8 weeks ago so we cant help you out. loans are no good to people who arent working so the 50% rule is the only hope for alot of members. Stop putting all these restrictions on this and help the members who need it. remember we are supposed to be a brotherhood and alot of members arent feeling that brotherly love. Do whatever it takes to help.Do a case to case basis if need be. Its now 160 hours in 12 months but cant work the first month or last 3 of the 12 month period. Why? what about the people that are taking these short weeks in hopes they might get insurance again sometime? Since when is it the policy of this union to say stay home from work and then we'll help. I was told when i was an apprentice to never turn down work because you never know when its going to come again, now im being told i worked 16 hours 8 weeks ago so we cant help. STOP the nonsense and start helping each other. Stop all these lil restrictions and months and this and that. just take a little look at someones work history and help them.



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