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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.


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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.

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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.



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