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2011 Fishing Derby a Success Posted by on

This past weekend, Local 535 sponsored the annual Great New England Carpenters Ice Fishing Derby. The Derby, held at the Norton Reservoir, was cosponsored by the New England Carpenters Labor Management Program, The New England Carpenters Training Center and Bill's Bait and Tackle in Norton.

A single grand prize was awarded for the heaviest fish of any species and the remaining twenty-five percent of the proceeds were donated to Blackstone Valley Technical Education Fund.

This year??s Derby drew 100 fishermen, doubling the participation from last year??s event. Registration began at 4 am and the Derby ended at 2 pm. The entry fee for the event was $20. Nearly half of the participants were members of various Locals from surrounding communities.

The winning 6-pound fish was reeled in by a 10-year old Walpole resident, who participated in the event with his father. He received the $1,473.00 grand prize.

State Senator Jim Timilty awarded the Grand Prize to the Walpole resident and announced the $676 donation to be made to the Blackstone Valley Technical Education Fund.

GOP not united against labor Posted by on

Though conservative efforts to limit or eliminate the activity of unions is underway in several states this year, Republicans in Congress are running into opposition to some of their labor-related efforts from within their own party.

Twice in the last week a significant block of Republicans broke party ranks to support union positions on two significant votes. The first was an amendment to a spending bill that would have prohibited Davis Bacon prevailing wage requirements for any federal projects this year. Forty-eight Republicans in the House of Representatives joined every voting Democrat in opposing the measure, which was soundly defeated 189-233.

Republicans Charlie Bass and Frank Guinta of New Hampshire were the only New England Representatives to support the amendment. Roll Call vote results.

In a clear message to House Speaker John Boehner that he had over-reached, 60 Republican members of the House of Representatives also broke ranks last week to vote with Democrats on a bill amendment regarding funding for the National Labor Relations Board. The amendment would have de-funded the agency, which governs elections for union representation and rules on complaints of unfair labor practices by workers or management. Conservatives have complained that appointments to the Board by President Barack Obama have pushed the body to make more worker-friendly decisions.

Republican Frank Guinta of New Hampshire was the only New England Representative to support the amendment, which was defeated 176-250.

Follow up from Fox 5 in Georgia Posted by on

The Local Fox affiliate in Georgia that ran a piece about illegal immigrants being hired to work on public school projects in that state has run a follow-up. The second piece focuses on a group of more than 50 workers who were not paid for work they performed for a masonry contractor.

I-Team: Hiring Illegal Immigrants Pt. 2: