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Shaughnessy launches new company with union support Posted by on

How often do you see a new company issue a press release announcing their launch that includes mentions of their relationships with labor unions? And quotes from union representatives?

It happened today when industry veteran Kim Shaughnessy announced her launch of ACK Marine and General Contracting.

Shaughnessy has become known while working for Cashman Equipment and JM Cashman and will operate ACK as a certified Women Business Enterprise (WBE).

The press release details not only her extensive qualifications, but her partnerships with labor.

"During her career, Shaughnessy has formed close working relationships with labor unions including Pile Driving & Divers, the International Union of Operating Engineers, the United Brotherhood of Carpenters and Joiners of America and the International Union of Teamsters, and plans to continue those relationships in her new company."

It also includes quotes from labor leaders, including Pile Drivers Local 56 Business Representative Dave Borrus.

“Pile Drivers Local 56 looks forward to working with ACK Marine & General Contracting and supporting their operations with skilled marine construction workers,” said David Borrus, Business Representative of Pile Drivers Local 56. “We have worked with owner Kim Shaughnessy for many years during her tenure at Cashman Equipment and J.M. Cashman Inc., we know her to be an experienced and responsible manager, and wish her every success with the launch of her new company.”

We look forward to working with Kim Shaughnessy and ACK Marine and General Contracting for a long time.

Burrows elected to Billerica Planning Board Posted by on

Congratulations to Local 275 carpenter John Burrows, who was elected to the Planning Board in Billerica, Massachusetts on Saturday. In his new capacity, Burrows could be named to the town's School Building Committee as it takes on construction of a new $183 million high school.

Saturday's election was Burrows second run for the seat. After having lost by only 22 votes last year, he ran again, generating support from carpenters local unions as well as from other building trades. He finished second in a three-way race.