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Union Talk: Mark Erlich's Winter Report Posted by on

In this episode of Union Talk, Mark Erlich, Executive Secretary Treasurer of the New England Regional Council of Carpenters, gives a report on current issues and activity. Topics include membership numbers, work hours, training and the 2016 Dues Holiday. ‪





“Falls, broken bones, and death” – Callahan Subcontractor Fined $91,000 Posted by on

In a scathing press release issued on December 17, OSHA fined Force Corporation, a Woburn, MA carpentry subcontractor with ties to Callahan, Inc., $91,000 in what OSHA is calling an “imminent danger situation” on a roofing project in Andover, MA.

“These employees were one slip, trip or misstep away from a deadly or disabling fall,” said Anthony Covello, OSHA’s area director. “Even after the employees donned fall protection equipment, it was defective and inadequate at preventing falls. Force Corp.'s disregard of this safety requirement placed its employees at risk needlessly. This is unacceptable behavior that must change before a worker's life or career is destroyed.”

Force Corporation was the wood-frame subcontractor on Callahan’s Pinehills Independent Living project in Plymouth, and is rumored to be a candidate for the framing on Callahan’s Assembly Square project in Somerville.

In 2013, the company, which was then known as Twin Pines, was fined $290,700, also for willful and repeat fall hazards. “The sizable penalties proposed here reflect the gravity and recurring nature of these hazards, plus this employer's knowledge of and refusal to correct them," said OSHA’s area director at the time.

Force Corp was also in the news (Boston Globe,11/26/15) recently for accusations of wage theft on the CATS academy project in Braintree, where workers have come forward to report that they did not receive proper overtime pay and did not have the proper taxes taken out of their paychecks.

This habitual disregard for worker safety is endemic to Callahan’s subcontractors. For more about Callahan, please visit callahantruth.com.




​Teaching more than carpentry skills Posted by on

Think you've been bringing the holiday spirit this year? Local 218's Cheryl Lieteau has set the bar pretty high.

Sister Lieteau, an instructor at the New England Carpenters Training Center in Millbury, just completed restoring Santa's sleigh! Ok, maybe it's not "THE" sleigh, but it's the one that's been a part of Millbury's Chain of Lights celebration for many years. The sleigh was in need of work, so the town of Millbury asked if the school could help.


Lieteau took up the project on her own time, with apprentices Christine Dufour, of Local 118, Brian Crowley of Local 33, and Darrell Pagnani of Local 67 helping out. The sleigh was taken apart entirely to determine what could be reused and what had to be recreated.

After six weeks, the sleigh was rebuilt and ready to go. It's firm and strong, but with the same charm it's had for years.

Lieteau says her interest in the project was that "it looked challenging and fun and I was hoping Santa wouldn't leave me a lump of coal this year."

With 25 years in the union, she's clearly proved she's up to the challenge. More importantly, she's sharing her skills with a grateful community and passing on her skills to the next generation of carpenters.





Erlich, Joyce named MA AFL-CIO VPs Posted by on

The New England Regional Council of Carpenters recently re-affiliated with the Massachusetts AFL-CIO, for the first time since 2002. On December 10, NERCC's Mark Erlich and Steve Joyce were sworn in as Vice Presidents of the organization.




20k Call for Probe of Lead Handling by Brady Sullivan Posted by on

More Than 20,000 Signatures on Petition Calling for Environmental Agencies to Protect Families Exposed to Dangerously High Lead Levels

Organizations Deliver Petitions To Environmental Agencies Regarding Property Company That Redeveloped Mill Where Residents Were Exposed to Lead Levels More Than 600 Times Legal Limit

Washington, D.C. – More than 20,000 concerned citizens, including New England residents, today called on the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) and state environmental agencies to take aggressive steps to investigate a company’s lead policies following an incident that left residents of a Manchester, N.H., building exposed to alarming levels of toxic lead dust earlier this year.

Today, Public Citizen, Clean Water Action and the New England Regional Council of Carpenters delivered petition signatures from their members and supporters to EPA Region 1 staff and state environmental regulators, demanding that Brady Sullivan Properties, a large developer of residential and commercial property, be held accountable for exposing its residents to high lead dust levels in the Mill West complex in New Hampshire, a mixed-use building on the site of a former mill. In addition, the groups urged a thorough audit of all properties in the region owned or managed by Brady Sullivan to ensure that no other New England families are exposed to lead pollution where proper management could prevent the tragic health impacts associated with the dangerous neurotoxin.

New Hampshire Public Radio reported that the property was the site of the biggest known lead hazard in recent New England history. One spot tested showed a lead level more than 600 times the legal limit.

Brady Sullivan hired a contractor to sandblast lead paint off the walls of lower floors apartments – even as the upper part of the building was occupied by families, including children and a pregnant woman. The contractor did not have a proper permit to sandblast and its employees apparently lacked the proper training required.

Lead is a neurotoxin that causes permanent, irreversible brain damage. Any amount of lead in a child’s bloodstream is, according to the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, unsafe. Lead also is highly toxic for adults.

Tenants, mistrusting Brady Sullivan’s assurances that sandblasters were following protocol, tested for lead in and around several apartments. The tests – plus the revelation that the contractor lacked a proper city permit – resulted in the Manchester Health Department putting a stop to the sandblasting in May. The EPA has since issued an enforcement action to require Brady Sullivan to clean up the existing lead dust contamination.

“There’s no excuse for choosing to cut corners and put people’s health in jeopardy when sandblasting lead paint,” said Susan Harley, deputy director of Public Citizen’s Congress Watch division. “I hope state and federal regulators audit all of the Brady Sullivan properties. If corporations are found to be reckless and to have put families and workers in harm’s way, they must be held accountable.‎”

“Lead is one of the best-studied toxic chemicals, with a well-documented track record of damaging generations of exposed children,” said Cindy Luppi, New England director of Clean Water Action. “We hope that the Environmental Protection Agency takes aggressive enforcement actions in the wake of this senseless tragedy and that the audit of all Brady Sullivan properties moves forward to prevent other New England families from experiencing this kind of health trauma.”

“In Manchester and across New England, behind Brady Sullivan’s multimillion-dollar taxpayer-funded projects are a lot of problems for the underpaid workers who build them and the taxpayers who pay for them. And now, sadly, the tenants at Mill West are exposed to the biggest known lead hazard in recent New England history,” said David Minasian, organizer for the New England Regional Council of Carpenters.“The lead dust incident at Mill West is not surprising as Brady Sullivan’s business model is based on maximizing profits by hiring low-road contractors that cut corners to increase profits. Unfortunately this approach has endangered workers and now has put their tenants at risk.”

Though the EPA has issued a cleanup order, the organizations’ petition signers urged the EPA and state environmental regulators to undertake a full audit of Brady Sullivan’s many converted mill properties in New Hampshire, Massachusetts and Rhode Island and levy appropriate fines against Brady Sullivan to hold it accountable and to ensure that no more of its residents or workers are exposed to dangerous levels of lead.

The full petition can be read here.




Erlich appointed to Advisory Board for Fed Reserve of Boston Posted by on

New England Regional Council of Carpenters (NERCC) Executive Secretary-Treasurer Mark Erlich has been appointed to the New England Advisory Council of the Federal Reserve Bank of Boston for 2016. NERCC represents nearly 19,000 carpenters in the six-state area. He is also the Chair of the New England Carpenter Benefit Funds with combined assets of $3.5 billion.


"Given the Federal Reserve Bank's impact on the economy of our region, I appreciate the opportunity to both learn and reflect the perspectives of working families in their policy discussions," said Erlich.


Erlich is a graduate of Columbia University and a 40-year member of the United Brotherhood of Carpenters. He is the author of two books and numerous articles which have been featured in local, regional and national media. He currently resides in Jamaica Plain.




More wage theft alleged on Callahan, Inc site Posted by on

More carpenters working on a site being managed by Callahan, Inc have come forward with complaints that they have been victims of wage theft. They continue a consistent and disturbing pattern that has led to protests at numerous Callahan sites across Eastern Massachusetts.

Last week, two carpenters completed statements against J Kerrissey, an open shop subcontractor to Callahan, working on the demolition of the old YMCA in Quincy. One of the workers says he is owed $3,300 in wages, the other is owed $1,600. Indications are that at least three other workers are in the same situation.

The site is adjacent to a new facility built by Callahan, which was the source of controversy and questions about building quality.

More than thirty union carpenters turned out to support the workers at a demonstration on Thursday. During the demonstration, the workers presented their complaints to the manager of the YMCA. Later, he returned and asked for the names and phone numbers of the workers so that he could follow up and provide assistance.

The workers will also speak to representatives of Massachusetts Attorney General Maura Healey this week about their experience.






Funds introduce members to Carpenters Care space Posted by on

The New England Carpenters Benefit Funds held a holiday open house to show off its refreshed space and organization. The health and wellness services on the second floor of the Carpenters Center in Boston is now known as Carpenters Care. In one coordinated and expanded space, it includes the Vision Center, Iora Primary Care and the Carpenters Assistance Program.

More than 130 members and children attended the event, attracted by the prospect of prize drawings and a chance to meet Santa!

The event also included flu shots, audiology screenings and health information from attending vendors, including Blue Cross/Blue Shield MA, David Vision, Delta Dental, Hear USA, Iora Primary Care and KGA.

Visit carpentersfund.org for more information on benefit services, including Carpenters Care.


Congratulations to the following attendees, who won prize drawings.
Shane Devine, Local 40; 55” Samsung Flat Screen TV
Joel Rodriguez, Local 26; Samsung Galaxy Tablet
Gustavo Siguenza, Local 40; African Mahogany Adirondack Chair
Ederado Pedroza Galvan, Local 275; African Mahogany Adirondack Chair
Anhielo Gomez, Local 111; Dinner & Movie
Ellen Webber, NERCC; $100 Visa gift card
Jose Diaz, Local 2168; $25 AMEX gift card
Jose Chavez, Local 2168;$25 AMEX gift card
Michael Silvio, Local 33; $25 AMEX gift card
Michael Sullivan, Local 33; $25 Amazon gift card
David Primmer, Local 40; Fit Bit Zip
Stephen O’Toole, Local 67; Fit Bit Zip
Victor Valles, Local 67; Fit Bit Zip
Thomas Hernon, Local 218; Fit Bit Zip
Ramon Sanchez, Local 2168; Fit Bit Zip




Clinton, McCarron visit Boston Posted by on

Clinton, McCarron visit Boston
On Sunday afternoon over Thanksgiving weekend, 350 rank and file members of the New England Regional Council of Carpenters came out to support Democratic Presidential Primary favorite Hillary Clinton, who was visiting Boston as part of a "Hard Hats for Hillary" event with Mayor Marty Walsh.

Joining members were UBC General President Doug McCarron, UBC General Secretary Andy Silins, UBC Second Vice President Frank Spencer, UBC Eastern District Vice President Mike Capelli, New England Regional Council of Carpenters Executive Secretary-Treasurer Mark Erlich and other regional and local union leaders, who gathered at the Carpenters Center in Dorchester for an informational and discussion session.

McCarron spoke to members and answered questions at the Carpenters Center. He noted Hillary Clinton's strong campaign, her opposition to trade deals that hurt American workers and her support of economic policies that help the middle class. He also talked about the importance of the Supreme Court nominees that are expected to be made during the next president's term. Members took advantage of McCarron's visit to talk to him about not only political action, but their experience in the union.

Erlich spoke about the proud legacy of union carpenters in New England as strong campaigners who make a difference in elections.

Buses took the group to City Hall Plaza where more members had gathered. Chants of "Carpenters for Clinton" echoed off the historic walls of Faneuil Hall plaza as members marched together into the plaza prior to the event.
Pictures can be viewed in the NERCC Facebook page.

The NERCC is currently producing a video of the Clinton endorsement, using footage taken at Sunday’s event. Check NERCC Social Media pages for the video release coming soon.

See media coverage of Sunday’s endorsement event
online here




Clinton, McCarron coming to Boston Posted by on

Carpenters in the Boston area are invited to a special event to support Hillary Clinton for President on Sunday in Boston's Faneuil Hall.

Mayor Marty Walsh and a number of national labor leaders, including UBC General President Doug McCarron, will be there.

Most important, the New Englad Regional Council of Carpenters will be hosting a pre-rally event members can meet and hear from General President McCarron, at the Carpenters Center at 750 Dorchester Ave, starting at 11am on Sunday.

There will be buses to take people downtown where carpenters will assemble near the stage on Boston City Hall Plaza at 1pm.




NERCC shows off to architects Posted by on

Last week the New England Regional Council of Carpenters participated in ABX, the annual trade show organized by the Boston Society of Architects. It's the largest annual industry trade show in the region and provides excellent visibility for the union's work and partnerships.

The union's booth was organized by NERCC Organizer/Representative Paul Vilela and Molly Walsh, the Communications Coordinator for the New England Carpenters Labor Management Program, with lots of support from other staff at NERCC, NECLMP and the New England Carpenters Training Center.

Special thanks go out to Dan Lynch and Lymo Construction, which donated the sleek metal panels for the booth and assisted with its design. The booth drew interested show visitors, who learned about the diverse work jurisdiction of the carpenters and the expertise of Lymo and other subcontractors who partner with the union.

In addition to the booth, more than 30 architects received professional credits when they participated in a NERCC-sponsored class at the show. The session was a modified version of the Infection Control Risk Assessment training and was led by UBC Instructor (and Local 107) member Sue Field. It was similar to the class offered to members to identify dangers to themselves and health care facilities when construction is done in facilities where patients are being treated.




Trump on unions Posted by on

How does Donald Trump really feel about unions? He's now made it pretty clear. Trump made a campaign visit to Iowa this week, where he sat down in a town hall-style format and interacted with middle-class residents. It's a format that's clearly not his favorite and he struggled with the lack of control over question topics.

According to reports form the event, for example, he struggled with questions about how families get by when a large portion of income gets spent on child care or how low wage workers who want to learn a technical skill at a community college have trouble with the cost of tuition and books.

His lack of connecting with voters was even more stark when he was asked about unions. Ignoring the benefits that individuals in his audience might enjoy from unions, Donald focused on his two favorite topics: himself and bragging about himself.

Trump said he has had "great success" building with unions in New York, where he has had to and also in Florida, when building without unions. But made it clear where he stood: "If I had my choice, I think I'd take it without."

American workers would do well to remember that when considering the potential success for themselves and our country with or without Donald Trump in the White House.




RI DLT announces further enforcement Posted by on

The Rhode Island Department of Labor and Training (DLT) has come down hard on a cheating contractor for the second time this month, ordering Mancieri Flooring Company to pay more than $330,000 in back wages, interest and civil penalties for payroll and miscassification violations. The company has also been debarred from public work in the state for three years.

Attording to a DLT press release, Mancieri was found to have failed to pay prevailing wages for work it performed at the University of Rhode Island from 2012-2014; failed to pay overtime rates; falsely reported payments to workers on cerrified payroll records; misclassified 17 workers as independent contractors and giving workers false 1099 forms to the state to hide its behavior. Mancieri's had previously been discovered filing false payroll records on a federal prevailing wage project and continued their practices.

The company will pay $70,000 to workers, a $210,000 civil penalty and $51,000 for misclassification. The civil penalty is three time the owed wages and the misclassification penalty is $3,000 for each employee misclassified.

Just weeks ago, the DLT ordered Cardoso Construction to pay more than $700,000 for similar violations affecting 27 workers employed for work at the University of Rhode Island.





Third year apprentices lead the way Posted by on

Mark Erlich, NERCC Executive Secretary-Treasurer, spoke to a group of apprentices attending the Third-Year Apprentice Program at the International Training Center (ITC) in Las Vegas.

The UBC developed this leadership training program to give third year apprentices a greater understanding of the Brotherhood and the construction industry, and of the role union members play in the success of both. Participants learn how professionalism, productivity, skill, and attitude contribute to their own success as well as that of their employers.

One hundred and eighteen NERCC members have participated in this training program to date.

The following members participated in this skills development program earlier this month: Matthieu Chandler, Local 33; Jeannot Dube, Local 111; Elvis Elezi, Local 24; Chris Evans, Local 107; Jonathan Falcucci, Local 26; Nathan Fontaine, Local 56; Christopher Garabedian, Local 33; Andre Gatlin, Local 94; Daniel Harpool, Local 94; Rashon Holloway, Local 94; Cameron Howell, Local 624; Kelly Johnson, Local 210; Peter Kopchik, Local 210; Dakota Lannan, Local 67; William Lavallee, Local 43; Roman Malkinski, Local 67; Marlon Martinez, Local 40; Jonathan Miller, Local 535; Hermenegildo Modesto, Local 1305; Christopher Nocella, Local 218; Neal-Dra Osgood, Local 40; Nickolas Rasetta, Local 535; Tyeka Robinson, Local 108; Nicholas Schulz, Local 56; Kenneth Schuurman, Local 26; Zachary Sharby, Local 275; Daniel Sharpe, Local 2168; Solomon Smith, Local 108; Shawn Spellman, Local 218; Patrick Varone, Local 33; Samantha Webster, Local 33; W. White, Local 40; Moneisha Williams, Local 40; and Michael Wonoski, Local 33.



TAGS: NECTF, Training



Carpenters cheer Hillary's opposition to TPP Posted by on

The United Brotherhood of Carpenters and Joiners of America (UBC) is proud to stand with Secretary Clinton in opposition to the Trans Pacific Partnership (TPP) and the damage it would do to the average American worker. We agree that there are too many unanswered questions about this free trade deal.

“It is encouraging to have Secretary Clinton join the majority of Americans and a growing number of groups and leaders who see the flaws in this bad trade deal and the harm that it would cause,” said Douglas J. McCarron, General President of the UBC. “Our members want a fair chance to compete and provide a good standard of living for their families but the TPP undermines that effort.”

The UBC supports fair trade but not agreements such as the TPP that are negotiated in secret, with the undue influence of multi-national conglomerations, that give away rights of US citizens, that have no protections for American workers, and which would send hundreds of thousands more jobs overseas and be another blow to the middle-class.

Like Clinton, we cannot support any agreement that has no protections for workers or against currency manipulation. We applaud Hillary Rodham Clinton for taking a stand for US workers and against the TPP.




Retirement Seminar scheduled for November 21st Posted by on

The New England Regional Council of Carpenters and the New England Carpenters Benefits Funds are hosting a complimentary seminar "Planning for Retirement" on Saturday, November 21, 2015. The seminar will be held at the Wyndham Boston Andover Hotel located at 123 Old River Road, Andover, MA, from 8:30-12:00 pm.

Seating is limited, so register early! Members can register online at CarpentersFund.org or by contacting the Seminar Registration Line at 978-253-5100 - Option 2.

Breakfast will be available at 8:00 AM.

Some of the topics that will be discussed at the seminar include:

Choosing your Pension, Annuity and Health Benefit Options

  • Reviewing your eligibility for retirement
  • Customized Pension Benefit calculations
  • Understanding which of our Benefit Plan options fit best with your lifestyle
  • Explore your Annuity Benefit options
  • Explanation of our Retiree Health Benefit Plan
  • Overview of Social Security Benefits

Essentials for Estate Planning

  • Protecting the assets you've accumulated
  • How to plan for the transfer of assets
  • Avoiding probate
  • Keeping your documents current



Retirement Seminar scheduled for November 21st Posted by on

The New England Regional Council of Carpenters and the New England Carpenters Benefits Funds are hosting a complimentary seminar "Planning for Retirement" on Saturday, November 21, 2015. The seminar will be held at the Wyndham Boston Andover Hotel located at 123 Old River Road, Andover, MA, from 8:30-12:00 pm.

Seating is limited, so register early! Members can register online at CarpentersFund.org or by contacting the Seminar Registration Line at 978-253-5100 - Option 2.

Breakfast will be available at 8:00 AM.

Some of the topics that will be discussed at the seminar include:

Choosing your Pension, Annuity and Health Benefit Options

  • Reviewing your eligibility for retirement
  • Customized Pension Benefit calculations
  • Understanding which of our Benefit Plan options fit best with your lifestyle
  • Explore your Annuity Benefit options
  • Explanation of our Retiree Health Benefit Plan
  • Overview of Social Security Benefits

Essentials for Estate Planning

  • Protecting the assets you've accumulated
  • How to plan for the transfer of assets
  • Avoiding probate
  • Keeping your documents current



Unions Contribute to Children’s Prosperity Posted by on

A new study detailed in a New York Times article last week suggests that union density in an area may increase economic mobility, helping children move up the economic ladder. The study, a combined effort from Harvard, Wellesley, and the Center for American Progress, shows that children born to low-income families typically progress to higher incomes in areas where union membership is higher. A 10 percentage point increase in union density correlated with a 3-4.5% increase in the incomes of all children.

The article delves further into what might contribute to this effect, and it is well worth a read. Check out the article here.


TAGS: industry, Unions



RI fraud unit makes first big splash Posted by on

The state of Rhode Island has sent its first significant message to the construction industry that Governor Raimondo's administration is serious about cracking down on payroll fraud and wage theft. Yesterday, it announced it had finalized a settlement agreement with Cardoso Construction that will have the company pay a total of $730,000 for a list of violations related to misclassification of workers.

Twenty-seven carpenters who were victimized by the scheme will each be paid about $13,000 in owed wages, totaling more than $351,000. An additional $351,000 in penalties will be paid to the state as well as a $27,000 fine; $1,000 for each employee.

The state's investigation was the result of outreach work done by Local 94 Representative Tom Savoie to carpenters working for Cardoso on a project at the University of Rhode Island. Savoie passed away earlier this year.

The state of Rhode Island formed a Joint Task Force on the Underground Economy and Employee Misclassification last year. It brings together the Attorney General's office, the Division of Taxation, Department of Business Regulation, Department of Public Safety and Workers' Compensation Court, all of which hold a piece of enforcement jurisdiction regarding misclassification. Such task forces have been effective investigative bodies in other states because they allow agencies to share information they otherwise would not, leading to faster, more effective prosecutions.





Labor Day weekend promotion for all union members Posted by on

In celebration of working men and women over the Labor Day weekend, the Edward M. Kennedy (EMK) Institute will be offering 50% off admission to all union members when they show their card at admission from Friday, September 4th through Monday, September 7th.

From the EMK Institute: "The labor community was near and dear to the Senator's heart and we would not be standing if it wasn't for the hundreds of tradesmen and women that erected this building. We wanted to make sure that we recognized the labor community in some way during the holiday weekend."

Admission for children from Massachusetts is always free so bring your family!




Secretary Hillary Clinton learns about value of Union carpenters Posted by on

Secretary Hillary Rodham Clinton spent an afternoon at the Carpenters International Training Center in Las Vegas, Nevada, and learned, first-hand, about the skills, productivity, and attitude of a professional union carpenter.

General President Douglas J. McCarron as well as General Executive Board members and staff accompanied Secretary Clinton on a tour of the Carpenters International Training Center (ITC) on Tuesday, August 18.

Read more about her visit by clicking here.




Sign the petition today! Posted by on

Public Citizen, a non-profit, consumer rights advocacy group and think tank has launched a campaign to have the EPA fully investigate and fine Brady Sullivan Properties, a New Hampshire-based non-union developer/builder that specializes in mill renovations. Residents of Brady Sullivan Properties’ Mill West development were subjected do dangerous lead levels by their non-permitted and non-trained lead removal contractor.

The following is a letter from Ray Claypool of Public Citizen asking people to challenge Brady Sullivan's business practices by signing a petition today

Dear Carpenters union members,

The potential effects of lead poisoning are horrific.

Lead is a neurotoxin. It can cause seizures, permanent brain damage, nerve damage, kidney failure and, in children, severe developmental problems.

Any amount of lead in a child’s bloodstream is, according to the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, unsafe. Lead is highly toxic for adults too.

So when families learned that lead dust was detected — over 600 times the legal limit — inside the building where they live, they were shocked.

And when their landlord downplayed the risk, they were appalled.

Stand up to this callous corporation that put families in harm’s way.

Urge the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) to hold this reckless corporation accountable.

The corporation — a landlord and developer called Brady Sullivan Properties — was removing lead paint from walls inside the building, a partially refurbished 19th century cotton mill in Manchester, New Hampshire.

So the landlord had a contractor sandblast the lead paint off the walls of the lower floors — even as the upper part of the building was occupied by families, including children and a pregnant woman.

Tenants, mistrusting the landlord’s assurances that sandblasters were following protocol, tested for lead in and around several apartments.

That test — plus the revelation that the contractor lacked a proper city permit — resulted in the Manchester Health Department putting a stop to the sandblasting. Authorities soon discovered that the contractor also lacked proper training.

Brady Sullivan Properties, meanwhile, failed to warn tenants about the risk of lead poisoning until after a story about the problem broke in the local newspaper.

The cleanup, tenants fear, is substandard — and the landlord even REFUSED to let tenants break their leases to get out of their potentially lead-contaminated apartments.

To ensure that no tenant of Brady Sullivan Properties suffers the debilitating consequences of lead poisoning, the EPA should conduct a full audit of Brady Sullivan’s converted mill properties in New Hampshire, Massachusetts and Rhode Island.

And the EPA should levy appropriate fines against Brady Sullivan Properties to hold it accountable for what New Hampshire Public Radio has called the “biggest known lead hazard in recent New England history.”

Sign the petition to hold Brady Sullivan Properties accountable.

Thanks for all you do,

Rick Claypool Public Citizen’s Online Action Team action@citizen.org

You'll find links to news stories about the lead hazard at Brady Sullivan Properties on the Public Citizen website




Beware dangerous heat this week Posted by on

Don't take a chance with your health or the safety of other
workers on your job. Heat illness can not only cause you problems, it could lead to mistakes that hurt others. Take care of yourself and watch out for Brothers and Sisters on your job. NOTHING pays like safety.

Be sure there's plenty of clean, cold drinking water on your jobs. If there's not, bring it up with your carpenter steward. Government regulations and our collective bargaining agreement require employers to provide it.

And review the other other tips provided in the video below by OSHA.




MA Earned Sick Time law takes effect Posted by on

The Massachusetts’ Earned Sick Time law went into effect July 1st and entitles employees to earn and use up to 40 hours of sick time per calendar year. Click here to read a bulletin published by the Attorney General’s Office.

Some other items of note for contractors and members not mentioned in the bulletin:

  • Paid sick time does not include benefit contributions.

  • Time worked outside of Massachusetts can be counted toward accrual of earned sick time as long as the employee spends the majority of his time working in Massachusetts.

  • Example: A carpenter with a single employer works 40% of his hours in Massachusetts, 30% in New Hampshire and 30% in other states. Massachusetts is his primary place of work and all of his hours worked count toward the earned time off.

  • Break in Service - If a worker has a break in service and returns to work with the same employer
    • Within four months - All unused accrued sick time prior to the break in service is retained;
    • Between four and 12 months – the employee will maintain the right to use his unused earned sick time provided he has 10 or more hours of unused accrued sick time;
    • For all breaks in service less than 12 months, the employee will not need to restart the 90-day vesting period.
  • Further information:
    • Click here for full text of the regulations
    • Webinars have been scheduled for July 7 at 10 a.m., July 14 at 2 p.m., July 16 at 10 a.m., July 21 at 2 p.m. and July 23 at 10 a.m. and can be accessed by logging on here



UPP: Camp Arrowhead project wraps up tomorrow Posted by on

Check out this great project at Camp Arrowhead in Natick, MA, which offers day and residential camp for children and adults with special needs. Saturday, June 27th is the final day of this great volunteer UPP event.Click here to learn more.

Events like the Camp Arrowhead build project are happening throughout New England. Visit upp.nercc.org to find an event happening near you!


TAGS: Upp



Is July 3 a holiday for union carpenters? Posted by on

There have been numerous inquiries from union carpenters and contractors throughout New England about the language in the collective bargaining agreements pertaining to the July 4th holiday. The Contractor Relations Department would like to share the following information and asks you to share it with others.

For work being performed under the collective bargaining agreements for Western Massachusetts and Connecticut, July 3, 2015 is a recognized holiday. For work being performed under any other agreements in New England, July 3 is considered a regular work day.




UPP Cycle 2: Every Event Counts! Posted by on

The Union Participation Program has entered Cycle 2. That means members have more chances to create work, build communities and make a difference in the industry. It also means more chances to qualify for the next Carpenters Appreciation Night.
Every event counts! Get active now at upp.nercc.org.


TAGS: Upp



Hearing on changes at the MBTA Posted by on

Transportation Committee chairs, Representative
William Straus and Senator Thomas McGee will hold a hearing Wednesday, May 27 at 6pm at Tufts University's Cohen Auditorium at 40 Talbot Avenue in Medford. The subject will be Governor Charlie Baker's plan to overhaul the MBTA. Many jobs--including those of union carpenters--will be impacted. All available members are encouraged to attend.




Outside classes must be checked for "Basic Training" Posted by on


Members in Massachusetts who are completing required classes for the "Basic Training" program should check with the New England Carpenters Training Fund if using programs from outside the union.

While many programs for scaffolding, safety or others may be acceptable, some do not. The curriculum of the classes must be checked by NECTF to ensure it includes the necessary material and training hours. Your best bet is to contact NECTF before you take any outside classes to ensure you're getting what is required.




Everyone can learn from UBC training facilities Posted by on

Thousands of apprentices and journey-level carpenters visit UBC training centers each week. The skills they learn enable them to improve their employment opportunities. The more you know, the more valuable you are to a contractor.

That goes for elected officials, as well. The more they know about the union and its work, the more effective they are in representing our interests. Recently, Congressman Jim McGovern and State Representative Dan Donahue visited the New England Carpenters Training Center in Millbury. The two were given a tour of the facility and learned about the experience of apprentices, the UBC-developed curriculum and the value that union training programs bring to the construction industry.

The visit was one of a series of tours by elected officials of UBC training centers in New England and throughout the Brotherhood. In this case, McGovern and Donahue are already supporters of union carpenters. But in other situations, the visits have been the turning point in the relationship between contractors or elected officials who had previously not thought favorably about the union.




New study examines wage theft in Mass construction Posted by on

New research published by the University of Massachusetts Amherst Labor Center asserts how the illegal theft of workers’ wages, especially those of undocumented immigrant laborers, has reached epidemic levels in the residential construction industry in Massachusetts. In the working paper “The Epidemic of Wage Theft in Residential Construction in Massachusetts,” Tom Juravich, professor of sociology, with research assistants and co-authors Essie Ablavsky and Jake Williams, present three case studies examining the subcontractors for one of the nation’s largest homebuilding companies, regional drywall-hanging companies and affordable housing construction by a community development corporation.

Based on legal records, news reports and 27 in-depth interviews with construction workers, contractors, homeowners, union staff and community-based organizers, Juravich and his co-authors present evidence that contractors in residential construction responded to their financial losses from the Great Recession by the wholesale and illegal misclassification of their workers as independent contractors.

“By not paying taxes on workers’ wages and by not contributing to worker compensation funds, contractors reduced their building costs by 30 percent,” the paper states. “These contingent workers—the majority of who are undocumented immigrants—are routinely cheated out of their wages by contractors who pay late, do not compensate for overtime, and sometimes do not pay for work at all. Firms generate profits by victimizing some of the most vulnerable workers in Massachusetts, delivering poor quality homes to consumers, and leaving citizens of the commonwealth on the hook to make up for hundreds of millions in lost tax revenue.”

Juravich and his co-authors focused on residential construction in and around Worcester and Framingham, two modest-sized cities with populations of 182,000 and 68,100, respectively. “We chose this location, in part, because of the belief that innovation (and the violations that prompted them) often begin in smaller markets like this one before entering larger urban markets such as nearby Boston,” Juravich says. “In the case of construction, practices such as these emerge in these regional markets in residential construction, far away from the watchful eye of labor organizations and other regulatory bodies that tend to focus on larger cities and commercial construction projects.”

Juravich and his co-authors illustrate the tactics allegedly used by a major national homebuilder and its subcontractors, five of which were ordered to pay more than $400,000 in unpaid wages and penalties by the Commonwealth of Massachusetts’ Attorney General’s office for wage theft violations in the state. The researchers say documentation shows that while the homebuilder financially benefited from this wage theft, the company was legally insulated from being charged with any wrongdoing and few of these wages and fines were ever collected, as many of its subcontractors simply closed their doors or reopened under new names.

They also highlight regional drywall firms that they say have a long history of illegal misclassification and wage theft in New England, demonstrating how easy it is to reorganize and resume operations under new names in order to avoid prosecution and to continue these practices.

“Because no existing mechanism prevents such firms from avoiding prosecution, we have seen an explosion of firms that employ illegal misclassification and wage theft in the drywall industry,” Juravich says. “This phenomenon deeply threatens the economic viability of legitimate contractors who play by the rules. Perhaps more troubling is that the growth of these companies who make their profits from illegal employment practices has begun to move beyond residential construction into more commercial and public types of construction.”

The paper suggests a number of policy recommendations for Massachusetts to combat illegal misclassification and wage theft, including strict enforcement of penalties and fines, public identification of violators, better permanent inter-agency coordination and a dramatic increase in workplace raids.

“We have seen how woefully inadequate the regulatory structure has been and watched the emergence of a whole new production regime in residential construction built upon a foundation wage theft,” Juravich says. “Without concerted change, these new methods of production will both intensify and spread to other forms of construction victimizing largely immigrant workers in the industry. The quality of construction will continue to decline delivering a poor value to homeowners while leaving the taxpayer on the hook to cover lost revenue and the medical cost of those not covered by workers’ compensation.”

Ultimately, however, the authors state that the real solution to the crisis lies with immigration reform.

“The single, most important policy action to combat wage theft and misclassification is genuine immigration reform,” they conclude in the paper. “Without real immigration reform that will provide a path to citizenship for the more than 10 million undocumented workers in the United States, it will be difficult to control forced misclassification of work and the theft of workers’ wages. As long as immigrants remain hidden in the shadows and largely excluded from regularized employment, unscrupulous employers will continue to exploit their vulnerability to increase their own profit.”





Rally to support union carpenters Monday Posted by on

A rally is scheduled for Monday, May 11 at 11am at the Statehouse in Boston to support MBTA workers--including dozens of union carpenters--who are fighting back against Governor Charlie Baker's attempts to eliminate the Taxpayer Protection Act.

Baker's hand-picked new board at the MBTA is looking to take advantage of the winter failures of private Commuter Rail operators Keolis to privatize the MBTA system. The Taxpayer Protection Act requires that any privatization efforts demonstrate a real benefit, not just elimination of jobs, wages and service levels.





Another win for Local 1302 Posted by on

Carpenters Local 1302, representing members working at the Electric Boat Shipyard in Groton, Connecticut, has won a major victory against the AFL-CIO Metal Trades Council's attempts to eliminate the local and move carpenters into unions affiliated with other trades. A decision announced late last week from the National Labor Relations Board in Washington, D.C. will allow for the opening of ballots in an election union carpenters held more than eight months ago to decide how they would be represented in contract negotiations.

The fight to protect Local 1302 and its members began when the Metal Trades Department of the AFL-CIO issued a directive to Metal Trades Councils (MTC) across the country to remove UBC-affiliated locals from their councils and prohibit them from representing their carpenter members. Early last year, Local 1302 was barred from participating in contract negotiations, a process which resulted in an agreement without any reference to the Carpenters union. The MTC then stripped Local 1302 of its ability to represent carpenters in grievances.

Local 1302 challenged the Metal Trades Council with a petition to the NLRB and won a decision from the Regional Director allowing for a "severance election," giving carpenters the right to choose the Carpenters union to represent them in bargaining separate from the MTC. After a vote that was expected to be favorable for the Carpenters union, the MTC appealed the decision to the full NLRB in Washington, D.C. Ballots were impounded and left unopened.

While awaiting the Board's decision, the Metal Trades Council took additional moves against members at the facility, stripping the local of any remaining rights and repeatedly attempting to persuade carpenters to join other unions, with little success.

Ballots from the original election will be opened soon, perhaps as early as this week. The result is expected to be a victory for carpenters selecting the UBC and Local 1302 for representation. Following that, the local will begin bargaining for an agreement between Local 1302 and Electric Boat, independent of the Metal Trades Council. All rights and privileges for the local to represent carpenters would also be restored immediately.

"I am pleased by the Board's ruling and proud of the members of Local 1302 for not wavering from their desire to be Union Carpenters," said Mark Erlich, Executive Secretary-Treasurer of the New England Regional Council of Carpenters.


TAGS: Local 1302, NLRB



Rally to protect the T Posted by on

A rally is being held Monday morning at 9am at the Massachusetts State House in Boston to protect wages, jobs and service at the MBTA.

While resentment over the failure of private operators Keolis to keep the commuter rail running this winter is running high, Governor Charlie Baker is trying to make it easier to privatize the entire MBTA system.

A transportation hearing is scheduled to take place Monday to consider exempting the MBTA from the Pacheco Law, which requires a demonstration of cost reduction and service protection for privatization efforts.

Representative Nick Collins has sponsored and amendment--amendment #665--to protect MBTA employees and fare-paying users of the T. There are a number of union carpenters who are employed by the T and even more who use it to get to work every day. If you are available, please attend this rally at 9am on Monday at the State House. If you can not attend, please spread the word and contact your State Representative and ask them to support amendment #685 to keep the T public!




NERCC is Building a Winning Lineup Posted by on

The United Brotherhood of Carpenters is using a comprehensive program to educate and activate members who have shown they have the stuff to lead the union into a successful future. Informally called the ".300 Hitters" program, in reference to baseball's most productive hitters, it is held in the the union's spectacular International Training Center in Las Vegas over the course of several days. The first group of 150 members from throughout New England participated in the program and share their impressions in this video. At least one additional group of members from New England will participate each year.


TAGS: Training, Ubc



Carpenters speak out for local hires in Worcester Posted by on

Union carpenters in Worcester had their message heard last night at a City Council meeting called to discuss redevelopment of an unused courthouse in the city.

New Hampshire Developer Brady Sullivan was seen by power brokers to have the inside track on buying the property and building market rate apartments and retail space. But what some of them didn't know is that such a move might lock local workers out of a chance to participate.

Jack Donahue, Regional Manager for Central and Western Massachusetts, spoke at the meeting and expressed his well-founded concerns that "locals need not apply" if the property was sold to Sullivan. Donahue was joined by the Worcester Community Labor Coalition.

Sullivan is currently developing the Junction Shops on Beacon Street in Worcester where not only are locals being locked out, but state investigators recently stopped work because of insurance violations by a project contractor.

Interior Partition Specialists did not have a workers compensation insurance policy in place when state officials visited the site recently, leading to a "Stop Work" order. Such orders automatically result in the contractor being unable to work on or bid on state funded work for a year.

After hearing the concerns of local workers, the Council voted to have the issue discussed by its economic development committee, which will meet next week.


TAGS: Worcester



Members Make the Difference: John Burrows Posted by on

Spring elections are coming up soon in many cities and towns in New England. At least one member is putting his name on the ballot in his hometown. Brother John Burrows, a member of Local 275, is running for a seat on the Planning Board in Billerica.

Burrows is a 15-year member of the union and last year attended the ".300 Hitters" program at the UBC's International Training Center in Las Vegas. He called the experience "amazing" and said it influenced his decision to run. Another factor was something he learned while doing a Union Participation Program (UPP) event.

"I've always been active in the local with the volunteer organizing committee. But when I organized a UPP effort in Billerica to build dugouts, I found out that 90 union carpenters lived in town," he said. "Planning Board has a say in the zoning and what the town's people want and what works for Billerica. To be a part of a community, you have to be involved."

While employment at the Billerica Mall has fallen to a quarter of what it once was and the downtown area has become stagnant, Burrows says the Planning Board has been slow to approve worthwhile projects. He feels like his election to the Planning Board could tip the balance toward approval of positive developments in town, including a rumored solar farm.

Burrows is currently working as a carpenter steward for Turner Construction at Massachusetts General Hospital's Waltham campus. He also recently applied for a position as a Business Manager/Organizer with the New England Regional Council and is scheduled to attend a "Three Day" in Las Vegas next month.

In addition to union carpenters, Burrows has been getting help from members of IBEW Local 103. Members interested in helping can contact Burrows through Local 275 or on his campaign Facebook page "Burrows for Planning Board."





Carpenters union to support workers in Cambridge, highlight abuse by contractors requiring legislative action Posted by on

Carpenters union to support workers in Cambridge, highlight abuse by contractors requiring legislative action

What: Mass demonstration against Callahan, Inc, a construction contractor with a history of hiring subcontractors who break the law.

Who: The New England Regional Council of Carpenters (NERCC), the Greater Boston Labor Council (GBLC) and Community Labor United (CLU)

When: 4pm, Wednesday, March 18.

Where: 165 Cambridgepark Drive, Cambridge, site where construction of a $45 million 244-unit apartment building is ongoing.

callahantruth.com

The New England Regional Council of Carpenters will be joined by additional labor and community groups on Wednesday as it protests the use of Callahan, Inc. as the construction manager for a new apartment building being developed in Cambridge. The action will begin at 4 pm on Wednesday with a march to the job at 165 Cambridgepark Drive from the Alweife MBTA station.

“You can tell a lot about Callahan by the company they keep. They’ve regularly hired subcontractors who have brought with them death, tax fraud and lawsuits,” said John Cusack, Business Representative for Carpenters Local 40. “The action of Callahan and its subcontractors cost every single taxpayer in the Commonwealth millions of dollars. Nearly $56 million in lost revenue has been collected in Massachusetts since 2008 because of issues like those that are commonly found on Callahan, Inc. sites. That money and more should have been going to pay for schools, municipalities and safety nets for workers. Callahan, Inc is not the kind of contractor Cambridge wants building housing.”

Callahan, Inc. was the subject of lengthy litigation over their controversial qualification to bid a high school project in Hanover, during which the Massachusetts Supreme Judicial Court found that they had “knowingly made false or misleading statements of material fact in the SOQ (Statement of Qualification) with the intention of misleading the prequalification committee.”

Callahan’s behavior is not just a concern of workers, unions and individual taxpayers. The behavior of the company and their subcontractors undermines the ability of both union and nonunion construction companies who comply with the law to competitively bid projects. Visit callahantruth.com for a documented history.

Repeated abuse in the construction industry has prompted calls for stronger laws and enforcement at the state level. Representative Aaron Michlewitz and Senator Sal DiDomenico have sponsored HD 1833 and SD 673, respectively. “An act to prevent wage theft and promote employer accountability” is supported by NERCC, the GBLC, CLU and many other labor and community groups.





And the winners are... Posted by on

Here are the winners drawn at the UPP Carpenters Appreciation Night. They are listed with the member's name, Local Union, and the last four digits of their U-number. Prizes will be sent to members' Local Unions for pickup.




Tonight's the Night! Posted by on

Tonight the New England Regional Council of Carpenters will have its first ever Carpenters Appreciation Night as a wrap-up for the first cycle of the Union Participation Program. All members who took part in UPP events will be entered into drawings for great prizes, including $5,000 cruise vouchers, big screen TVs, iPads, Sonos speakers, Kindles and surround sound speaker sets.


The event will take place at the Carpenters Center in Dorchester and streamed live at www.nercc.org/upp. In addition to the event at the Carpenters Center, members will be getting together at 15 locations throughout New England for social events to watch the drawings. These events will be a great opportunity for members to re-connect with their Brothers and Sisters from their local and their area. There will also be drawings for additional door prizes at the viewing events.

Most events are serving dinner or light refreshments and doors will open at 4:30 pm with the live broadcast beginning at 5:30 pm, but please confirm. Members are encouraged to arrive early at locations where parking may be a concern.

Members are invited to attend any of the events, whether they are being sponsored by their own local union or not. Events are currently scheduled to take place in the following locations:

Connecticut
Hartford, sponsored by Local 43--Local 43 Hall at 885 Wethersfield Ave
Monroe, sponsored by Local 210--Local 210 Hall at 618 Main Street
New London, sponsored by Local 24--Local 24 Hall, 597 Broad Street
Yalesville, sponsored by Local 24--Local 24 Hall, 500 Main Street

Maine
Portland, sponsored by Local 1996. Local 1996 hall. 65 Rainmaker Drive, Portland.

Massachusetts
Boston, sponsored by NERCC--Carpenters Center, 750 Dorchester Ave

Fall River, sponsored by Local 1305--Local 1305 hall, 239 Bedford Street
Newton, sponsored by Locals 275 and 475--American Legion Post 440, 295 California Street
Millbury, sponsored by Local 107 and NERCC--New England Carpenters Training Center, 10 Holman Road
Pittsfield, sponsored by Local 108--264 West Housatonic Street
Springfield, sponsored by Local 108--29 Oakland Street
Wilmington, sponsored by Locals 26 and 111--Shriners Auditorium, 99 Fordham Road
Walpole, sponsored by Local 535--Italian-American Club, 109 Stone Street

New Hampshire
Manchester, sponsored by Local 118--New Hampshire Training Center, 900 Candia Road

Rhode Island
Warwick, sponsored by Local 94--Local 94 Hall, 14 Jefferson Park Road

Vermont
Burlington, sponsored by Local 1996. Local 1996 hall, 5 Gregory Drive, South Burlington.

Members may also watch from any location by visiting www.nercc.org/upp. The live stream will begin at 5:30.

Members do not need to be present at an event to win, with the exception of door prizes. Members are entered for each UPP event for which they were given credit for attending and may win more than once, with the exception of cruise vouchers. Prizes will be awarded only to those participants who have maintained membership in the United Brotherhood of Carpenters.

Employees of the New England Regional Council of Carpenters are not eligible for drawings.




Come to Carpenters Appreciation Night Posted by on

This Wednesday, the New England Regional Council of Carpenters will have its first ever Carpenters Appreciation Night as a wrap-up for the first cycle of the Union Participation Program. All members who took part in UPP events will be entered into drawings for great prizes, including $5,000 cruise vouchers, big screen TVs, iPads, Sonos speakers, Kindles and surround sound speaker sets.


The event will take place at the Carpenters Center in Dorchester and streamed live a
t www.nercc.org/upp. In addition to the event at the Carpenters Center, members will be getting together at 15 locations throughout New England for social events to watch the drawings. These events will be a great opportunity for members to re-connect with their Brothers and Sisters from their local and their area. There will also be drawings for additional door prizes at the viewing events.

Most events are serving dinner or light refreshments and doors will open at 4:30 pm with the live broadcast beginning at 5:30 pm, but please confirm. Members are encouraged to arrive early at locations where parking may be a concern.

Members are invited to attend any of the events, whether they are being sponsored by their own local union or not. Events are currently scheduled to take place in the following locations:

Connecticut
Hartford, sponsored by Local 43--Local 43 Hall at 885 Wethersfield Ave
Monroe, sponsored by Local 210--Local 210 Hall at 618 Main Street
New London, sponsored by Local 24--Local 24 Hall, 597 Broad Street
Yalesville, sponsored by Local 24--Local 24 Hall, 500 Main Street

Maine
Portland, sponsored by Local 1996. Local 1996 hall. 65 Rainmaker Drive, Portland.

Massachusetts
Boston, sponsored by NERCC--Carpenters Center, 750 Dorchester Ave

Fall River, sponsored by Local 1305--Local 1305 hall, 239 Bedford Street
Newton, sponsored by Locals 275 and 475--American Legion Post 440, 295 California Street
Millbury, sponsored by Local 107 and NERCC--New England Carpenters Training Center, 10 Holman Road
Pittsfield, sponsored by Local 108--264 West Housatonic Street
Springfield, sponsored by Local 108--29 Oakland Street
Wilmington, sponsored by Locals 26 and 111--Shriners Auditorium, 99 Fordham Road
Walpole, sponsored by Local 535--Italian-American Club, 109 Stone Street

New Hampshire
Manchester, sponsored by Local 118--New Hampshire Training Center, 900 Candia Road

Rhode Island
Warwick, sponsored by Local 94--Local 94 Hall, 14 Jefferson Park Road

Vermont
Burlington, sponsored by Local 1996. Local 1996 hall, 5 Gregory Drive, South Burlington.

Members may also watch from any location by visiting www.nercc.org/upp. The live stream will begin at 5:30.

Members do not need to be present at an event to win, with the exception of door prizes. Members are entered for each UPP event for which they were given credit for attending and may win more than once, with the exception of cruise vouchers. Prizes will be awarded only to those participants who have maintained membership in the United Brotherhood of Carpenters.

Employees of the New England Regional Council of Carpenters are not eligible for drawings.




Carpenters Appreciation Night is around the corner Posted by on

70 BIG prizes, 3 ways to watch LIVE on March 11! Come to the Carpenters Center in Dorchester, watch from the comfort of your home or hang out at one of FIFTEEN viewing events throughout New England. All members welcome at all locations. Additional door prizes available at all live events with 25+ members! For details, click here.





Tocci signs union agreement Posted by on

On Friday, February 13, NERCC signed a collective bargaining agreement with Tocci Building Corp of Woburn, MA.

John Tocci is the third generation leader of a nearly 100-year old family-owned business. Unlike his father and grandfather, John led his company out of the union sector of the industry in the 1970s. For many years, the Carpenters Union and Tocci went down different paths, frequently in an adversarial position.

Nearly a year ago, conversations began between the two organizations about shared views of the industry, including a common commitment to skill, training, productivity, and innovation. John Tocci has become a national spokesman for BIM, LEAN, and other systems designed to promote collaboration and innovation in the industry and is seeking to bring that approach to owners that typically build on a union basis.

According to Tocci, "This partnership will yield positive results and new opportunities for our firm." NERCC Executive Secretary-Treasurer Mark Erlich agrees. "Our mission is to ensure that every carpenter in New England works for decent wages and benefits and under safe conditions. Bringing Tocci into the fold means that, going forward, the carpenters on their jobs will be treated with the respect they deserve."





MBTA asking for assistance Posted by on

The MBTA is again requesting assistance in clearing the Braintree branch of the Red Line. They will need shovelers for Wednesday through Friday.

At this point they are only interested in hiring union members.

Procedure for those interested in working tomorrow (Wed. 2/18/15):

By 5:00 PM today they should either:

  • Go directly to LM Heavy Civil, 100 Hancock St., Quincy, or,
  • Call the office at (617) 845-8000.

They do not want people just showing up without calling first.

Members will need their union card and two forms of I.D.

Those unable to contact LM Heavy Civil by 5:00 PM today should call the office after 7:00 AM tomorrow (Wed. 2/18/15) for details on working Thursday and Friday.

Details:

  • Pay will be $30 per hour.
  • Shift will be from 7:00 AM to 4:00 PM. They may also need crews for a night shift but that has yet to be determined.
  • Workers will be working for LM Heavy Civil of Quincy.
  • They are working to arrange for food but suggested that you prepare like you would for any other work day regarding food.
  • Dress appropriately for the weather.
  • Tools will be provided but they did say they were running short on shovels and suggested to bring one if you can.



MBTA Seeking Help Posted by on

The MTBA is looking for help in clearing the Braintree branch of the Red Line between JFK/Umass and Braintree.

Anyone who is interested should report to the Bayside Expo Parking lot at 6:30 tomorrow morning, (Monday Feb. 16th). There will be signage and they should be looking for MBTA personnel to direct them to the proper place.

Details:
• Pay will be $30 per hour.
• Shift will be from 7:00 AM to 4:00 PM.
• Parking will be provided as well as transportation to the work location. You will be transported from Bayside Expo to location and returned there at end of the shift
• Workers will be hired and paid by one of three contractors: JF White, McCourt or Barletta
• They are working to arrange for food but suggested that you prepare like you would for any other work day regarding food.
• Dress appropriately for the weather.
• Tools will be provided but they did say they were running short on shovels and suggested to bring one if you can.




Retirement Seminar scheduled for March 21st in Boston Posted by on

The New England Regional Council of Carpenters and the New England Carpenters Benefits Funds are hosting a complimentary seminar "Planning for Retirement" on Saturday, March 21, 2015. The seminar will be held at the Carpenters Center located at 750 Dorchester Ave., Boston, from 8:30-12:00 pm.

Seating is limited, so register early! Members can register online at CarpentersFund.org or by contacting the Seminar Registration Line at 978-253-5100.

Breakfast will be available at 8:00 AM.

Some of the topics that will be discussed at the seminar include:

Choosing your Pension, Annuity and Health Benefit Options

  • Reviewing your eligibility for retirement
  • Customized Pension Benefit calculations
  • Understanding which of our Benefit Plan options fit best with your lifestyle
  • Explore your Annuity Benefit options
  • Explanation of our Retiree Health Benefit Plan
  • Overview of Social Security Benefits

Essentials for Estate Planning

  • Protecting the assets you've accumulated
  • How to plan for the transfer of assets
  • Avoiding probate
  • Keeping your documents current




Helping Hammers: Peddocks Island Chapel Restoration Posted by on

This past summer, apprentices with the New England Carpenters Training Fund ( NECTF) completed work on a unique project on Peddocks Island, one of the largest islands in Boston Harbor. Over a hundred apprentices traveled to the island over the course of a year for onsite hands-on training restoring the Peddocks Island Chapel.

Considered one of the most historic of the thirty-four Boston Harbor Islands, Peddocks has the longest shoreline of any of the islands and a very diverse landscape making it very attractive to visitors. With many of the island’s buildings in severe disrepair, the Massachusetts Department of Conservation and Recreation (DCR) implemented a plan to preserve the island’s history while keeping it safe for visitors. One of the most significant projects was the restoration of the most iconic feature of the island: the chapel located near the island’s main dock.

The scope of work needing to be done at the chapel was daunting, and the Boston Harbor Island Alliance reached out to the New England Regional Council of Carpenters and the NECTF asking for help with labor on the $1.8 million chapel restoration project.

The island experience offered a unique work opportunity for apprentices. While being taught general work conditions and site safety, apprentices also learned the logistics of planning to work in an isolated environment and how to adapt and adjust accordingly.

NERCC produced this documentary video of the work the apprentices completed at the chapel, including footage from various stages of the project and interviews with some of the people involved.

Peddocks Island is open to the public and accessible by private boat or by ferry. Visit Mass DCR or BostonHarborIslands.org to learn more.





Thanks for Participating! Now you can win...Cruises and more! Posted by on

A few years ago, NERCC started the Union Participation Program in order to encourage every member to participate in organizing, political or community activity. The request is minimal -- a two-hour commitment.

The program has been a huge success. Thousands of members have participated in hundreds of events. In the past, a smaller group of our members carried the load for the rest of us. Now everyone has a chance to give back. It’s worked.

As a wrap-up to the first NERCC UPP cycle, a major prize giveaway event is being planned for March 11, 2015. It's called Carpenters Appreciation Night.

ALL members who participated in UPP events will be entered! There will be five $5000 vouchers for cruises, and more than a dozen of each of the following prizes: TVs, iPads, surround sounds systems, Sonos 5 and Kindle Voyages.

The drawings will take place at the Carpenters Center in Boston and broadcast live online at nercc.org/upp. Several local unions will be holding additional "watching events," where members can socialize, watch the event live online and get a chance to win additional door prizes.

For details on Carpenters Appreciation Night or to watch the broadcast from home, visit nercc.org/upp.




Local 94 Rep, Tom Savoie, passes suddenly Posted by on

The New England Regional Council of Carpenters would like to express its condolences to the family and friends of Brother Tom Savoie, who earlier this week passed away suddenly. Savoie, 59, was a 36-year member of Local 94 in Rhode Island and had been an Organizer and Representative for the Local for more than 17 years. Savoie was a delegate to the Regional Council and served on numerous boards and committees, including the New England Carpenters Labor Management Program.

Services are through the Urquhart – Murphy Funeral Home at 800-812 Greenwich Avenue (Route 5) in Warwick, RI. Visiting hours are Sunday, February 1st from 1:00 – 4:00 pm. A funeral service will be held at St. Francis of Assisi Parish at 596 Jefferson Boulevard in Warwick on Monday, February 2nd at 10:00 am.




Sisters represent NERCC at UBC Women's Conference Posted by on

Thirty-one Sisters from New England just returned from the fourth International UBC Women’s Conference held at the International Training Center in Las Vegas. 467 members from across the UBC participated in the learning and networking forum.

A key goal of the conferences is to provide women with tools for becoming involved UBC members. During the conference members were able to meet other Sisters in the Brotherhood committee chairs to exchange ideas and discuss goals; meet with women who are full-time staff on councils across the UBC; attended panels including a contractor panel that discussed maintaining hiring goals; and hear from Senator Amy Klobuchar, the first woman elected to represent the State of Minnesota in the United States Senate, who compared her own experience to that of women working in the trades.

Vi Davis (above), a 22-year members of Carpenters Local 67, attended the conference, and was able to share her unique experience as a member of the union family. Sister Davis proudly brought her son, Isaac, into the union. He is a third-year apprentice out of Local 67. The two currently work together for Manganaro on the UMass Boston General Academic Building project.




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