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Replacement OSHA cards Posted by on

Members who have lost their OSHA certification cards should contact their local training program to obtain replacements. Members who are not able to produce their OSHA card could be prevented you from working.

OSHA has guidelines for obtaining replacement cards that members should be aware of." From page 15 of the linked document:

"Replacement student course completion cards will not be issued if the training took place more than three years ago. Trainers must provide their name, the student??s name, the training date, and the type of class to receive a replacement. Only one replacement may be issued per student. A fee may be charged by the Authorizing Training Organization to replace a course completion card."

TAGS: Osha, Training

Become a Union Carpenters' Apprentice Posted by on

Become skilled in a trade, and get paid to do it.
Benefits of Apprenticeship:

  • Paid "scholarship" - no or low-cost supervised training
  • Progressively increasing wage with excellent benefits
  • Nationally recognized credential - completion of Apprenticeship Certificate
  • Improved job security and standard of living
  • Opportunity for college credit
  • Pride and Dignity

Who: Anyone age 17 or older who is a High School graduate or has a GED, or has completed of a prejob preparatory course in Carpentry of at least six (6) months, such as United Brotherhood of Carpenters (UBC), Job Corps, or other approved carpentry apprentice preparatory course, or on-the-job training of six (6) months or 1500 hours experience in the construction field that would qualify an applicant as having met the minimum educational requirements. Women, minorities and veterans are strongly encouraged to apply.

How do I apply?
Applicants must attend an informational session at 6:00 PM on any one of the following Wednesday evenings:
June 22, 2011
July 27, 2011
August 24, 2011
September 28, 2011
October 26, 2011
November 30, 2011
January 25, 2012
at the New England Carpenters Training Center, 13 Holman Rd, Millbury, MA 01527

What is a Carpenters?? Apprenticeship?
Apprenticeship is a training program where you earn wages while you learn to become a skilled carpenter. Apprenticeship combines classroom studies with on-the-job training supervised by a trade professional. Much like a college education, it takes several years to become fully trained in the trade that you choose. Unlike college, though, as an apprentice you??ll earn while you learn. At first, you??ll make less money than skilled workers; but as you progress, you??ll get regular raises. Once you have mastered the craft, you will receive professional wages.

Carpenters Union:
The United Brotherhood of Carpenters is North America??s largest building-trades union, with more than a half-million members in the construction and wood-products industries. We recognize that for the union to remain strong, our signatory contractors need to succeed in today??s highly competitive marketplace ?C and our signatory contractors do that with workers committed to safety, productivity, and the proud legacy of our Brotherhood. Skills, safety, and productivity have brought our members fair wages, good benefits, and dignity in work and retirement since the Brotherhood was founded in 1881.

Equal Opportunity:
The Massachusetts Carpenters Apprenticeship and Training Fund (MCATF) is committed to equal opportunity for applicants. The recruitment, selection and training of apprentices during their apprenticeship shall be without discrimination because of race, color, religion, national origin, sex, age, creed, handicap, marital status, ancestry, sexual orientation, arrest record, conviction record, or membership in the military forces of the United States. MCATF will take affirmative action to provide equal opportunity in apprenticeship, and we will operate the apprenticeship program as required under Title 29 of the Code of Federal Regulations, Part 30 and all other applicable laws.

For more information about Apprenticeship, contact:
MA Carpenters Apprenticeship and Training Fund
13 Holman Rd, STE 100
Millbury, MA 01527
(978) 752-1197

TAGS: Training

Mortgage help becoming available to unemployed/underemployed Posted by on

About a year ago, Congress passed the Emergency Homeowners' Loan Program (EHLP) to provide no interest, forgivable loans to unemployed/underemployed homeowners to prevent foreclosures. Initiated by the Massachusetts Communities Action Network (MCAN) and the Brockton Interfaith Community and championed by Congressman Barney Frank, the program has $1 billion in funding which will be spent this year.

Applications for the Housing and Urban Development (HUD) program will begin to be accepted later this month through the HUD website.These pre-applications will be due around July 22. Then a lottery will be held to choose homeowners who can get loans program. Homeowners chosen will have to submit certain named documents to show that they meet program qualifications.

More information is available here for those interested.

Attacks on Davis-Bacon, PLAs fail in US House Posted by on

Last week, the United States House of Representatives considered and defeated two amendments to the Homeland Security Appropriations Bill that would have weakened or eliminated prevailing wage protections or the use of Project Labor Agreements on federal construction projects.

Democrats were joined by a significant number of Republicans in defeating the two amendments. The vote on the Davis Bacon amendment was 183-234, with 52 Republicans joining all but one Democrat to prevent passage. The PLA language lost by a smaller, but still significant 207-213 vote. Twenty-eight Republicans joined Democrats on that vote.

Neither Republican Congressmen from New Hampshire--Charlie Bass or Frank Guinta--joined the side of union members to defeat the amendments. They are the only two Republican members of the House from New England.

RI members approve new contract Posted by on

Members of Carpenters Local 94 in Rhode Island unanimously ratified a new, two-year collective bargaining agreement at a meeting last Saturday. The contract was negotiated with the Associated General Contractors of Rhode Island and includes increases of $1.50 each year.

Seventy-five cents is being added to wages this month. The remaining seventy-five cents for the first year will be added to benefit contributions in January. The allocation for those increases will be determined in December by member vote.

The second year of the agreement is also schedule to include a wage increase of seventy-five cents in June and an increase to benefit contributions of seventy-five cents in January of 2013.

Language changes made to the agreement included mostly housekeeping issues such as a change from benefit stamps to electronic receipts for employer contributions to benefit funds.

The collective bargaining agreement with the Construction Industries of Rhode Island included a wage reopener, only. Wage and benefit changes negotiated as part of the AGC agreement will be applicable to the CCRI contract, but language changes will not.

Both the AGC and CCRI agreements will expire on June 2, 2013.