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Important Fund Office Announcement Posted by on

The New England Carpenters Benefit Funds (NECBF) is distributing information about its upcoming merger with the Connecticut and Rhode Island funds in January. A letter and an FAQ (list of frequently asked questions) is being mailed to members. They are also available online here.

NECBF is committed to providing--and helping you understand--the best benefits in our industry. Your benefits. In addition to the information in the letter and the FAQ, changes will be discussed at upcoming local union meetings. Members are also encouraged to call with any questions they have. You can continue to call the fund office that has served always served you:
New England Carpenters Benefit Funds--800-344-1515
Connecticut State Carpenters Benefit Funds--800-922-6026
Rhode Island State Carpenters Benefit Funds--401-467-6813




Union Carpenter Volunteers Team Up with Heart 9/11 Posted by on

Brother Manny Gines is working with Heart 9/11 to coordinate members interested in volunteering their skills to help in Puerto Rico. Following Hurricane Maria, many are living in homes that leave them exposed to rain and other elements. Volunteers will be repairing tin roofs and installing tarps on roofs for temporary protection until FEMA provides long-term repairs and support.

Volunteers will travel to Puerto Rico for a week at a time, either from Wednesday through Tuesday or Monday through Sunday. Airfare will be provided and volunteers will room in rented houses with showers and meals made provided. Typical workdays are 7a-3:30pm.

Members interested should read and complete all documents below, forwarding them to Brother Gines at mgines@nercc.org or by fax to Manny's attention at 508-752-6714. If you have any questions, please email Manny at mgines@nercc.org.

Click here to fill out the initial volunteer form.




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​Carpenters, Jared Allen, Commodore Builders Team Up To Build Home for Wounded Warrior Posted by on

Carpenters, Jared Allen, Commodore Builders Team Up To Build Home for Wounded Warrior

The New England Regional Council of Carpenters is proud to announce its partnership with Jared Allen’s Homes for Wounded Warriors, Commodore Builders and other sponsors in the construction of a new home for United States Army Corporal Paul Skarinka and his wife, Jennifer, and their two children in Hanson, Massachusetts.


A ceremonial groundbreaking for the project is being held Monday, October 16 at 8:15 am at 684 State Street in Hanson.


Corporal Skarinka was eight months into his first tour with the U.S. Army when his unit came under enemy fire outside of Baghdad on September 13, 2004. Suffering a severed artery and serious damage to his left arm and leg from a rocket-propelled grenade, Corporal Skarinka has undergone 22 surgeries as well as amputation of his left leg and partial amputation of his left arm.


Corporal Skarinka currently works as an EMT/paramedic with the Plympton Fire Department and Brewster Ambulance Service. He and his family live in a home they won in Bridgewater, but it is not handicap accessible or conducive to his needs as a recent amputee. His new home will be fully handicap accessible and tailored to his injuries.


“Union carpenters are honored to be a part of this project, assisting a family and an individual who has given so much for our country,” said Tom Flynn, executive secretary-treasurer of the New England Regional Council of Carpenters. “We like to put our skills and our tools to good work and we know from our union’s experience across the country with Jared Allen’s Home for Wounded Warriors how effective his team is at coordinating these construction projects.”


The New England Regional Council of Carpenters represents more than 18,000 trades workers employed by more than 1,200 general contractors and subcontractors. Because many members are serving or have served in the U.S. military, a strong bond has always existed between the Carpenters union and the soldiers who protect our freedoms. The union is an active participant in the Helmets to Hardhats program, which connects military service veterans training and career opportunities as they transition from active duty and union carpenters frequently donate their time and skills for projects that benefit veterans or active service personnel. http://www.nercc.org/


Jared Allen’s Homes for Wounded Warriors was formed by the four-time National Football League “All-Pro” defensive end in October of 2009. Then with the Carolina Panthers, Allen had just returned home from a USO trip to U.S. military bases in the Middle East. Moved by the commitment, dedication, and sacrifices that our soldiers make every day to protect our freedom, he wanted to say thank you to every soldier in the only way that he knew how. The mission of Jared Allen’s Homes for Wounded Warriors is to raise money to build and remodel handicap accessible homes to suit the individual needs of our injured United States military veterans returning from Iraq and Afghanistan. https://www.homesforwoundedwarriors.com


Commodore Builders is a general contractor and construction manager that has been signatory with the Carpenters union for many years. They are a certified Massachusetts Veteran Business Enterprise. Founder and CEO Joe Albanese joined the United States Navy after graduating college and retired as a Captain from the United States Navy Civil Engineer Corps in 2009, after 28 years of service concurrent with his civilian career. Albanese is the chairman of the New England Center and Home for Veterans. http://commodorebuilders.com/




Local 67 reopens in temporary location Posted by on

Local 67 will reopen for business at
10 AM in a temporary location:

Carpenters Center
750 Dorchester Ave
3rd Floor
Dorchester, MA 02125

617-474-7879

Regular business hours will start Wednesday.




Carpenters and Electeds Rally in Cambridge Posted by on

One hundred carpenters got together in Cambridge during their lunch hour for a rally. Joining them were Mayor Denise Simmons, Vice Mayor Marc McGovern, City Councilor Tim Toomey and State Representative Marjorie Decker, all of whom spoke out about the need for contractors to obey the law and respect workers.

Development in Cambridge has been hot, but companies like Callahan and Nauset have landed projects, bringing with them a business model that takes often takes advantage of subcontractors that rely on wage theft, payroll fraud and other tactics used in the underground economy.

"I am not going to tolerate in our city wage exploitation in our city," said Simmons. "Not here, not ever."


The city passed a resolution condemning Callahan and urging them to clean up their act. Yesterday's rally was another action to put contractors and developers proposing projects in Cambridge on notice that treatment of carpenters on their projects being watched and something they should pro-active steps to protect.

State Representative Marjorie Decker showed she knows how the game is played and made it clear she doesn't like it.

"We know it's a great city to do business in. You will make a lot of money doing business here. The materials cost the same, so how do you make your money when you don't pay a prevailing wage, when you misclassify someone? When you misclassify someone, you are STEALING from people's families! You will not get away with this in Cambridge and I will keep fighting for this at the State House."

Protecting our standards is a never-ending fight in every part of our council. Active members and supportive elected officials, like the ones who rallied in Cambridge are essential to any success we hope to achieve.




Labor Day 2017 Posted by on

Brothers and Sisters:

On behalf of the officers and staff of the New England Regional Council of Carpenters, I want to wish you a Happy Labor Day. As members of the United Brotherhood of Carpenters, we take special pride in this day celebrating unions and workers because its founder, Peter J. McGuire, was also the founder of our union.

McGuire founded the UBC in the 1880s against great resistance. Employers, communities and even many carpenters opposed the struggle and ambition of McGuire and early union members. Our union still must overcome similar opposition. Many contractors don't want to pay a decent wage or abuse immigrant workers. We must stand up for ALL carpenters.

Our effort requires all of us to work together. As head of the New England Regional Council, I'm looking at what we do and how we do it to make the most efficient use of our resources. Our staff is constantly assessing the industry and responding to internal needs and external threats.

Sometimes the union makes decisions that, on the surface, don't make sense. I encourage you to learn more about what we're doing by getting more information. Attend union meetings, talk about the union at your job and use union communication outlets on social media (Facebook, Twitter, Instagram), email and texting (text nercc to 91990).

There are also direct actions rank-and-file members can take to protect our future.

--Mentor and encourage apprentices and young carpenters who will benefit from your experience and support your retirement. This means both union and unrepresented carpenters.

--Give an honest day's worth of quality work for union contractors who expect that in exchange for agreeing to pay a premium for union carpenters.

--Support ALL carpenters who are cheated out of money or made to work in dangerous conditions by their employers, regardless of their immigration status.

--Join union efforts to shame the contractors working in our region who do not meet area standards on all of their projects.

Thank you for your continued support of the Brotherhood and please enjoy Labor Day.


Tom Flynn

Executive Secretary-Treasurer




Planning for Retirement Seminar - Chicopee, MA 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, September 19th. The seminar will be held at the Castle of Knights Meeting and Banquet House located at 1599 Memorial Drive in Chicopee, 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 978-253-5101 - 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





Callahan Pays Penalty to Settle Lawsuit Alleging Illegal Asbestos Work Posted by on

Callahan Inc. and its consulting partner Axiom Partners settled a case in July alleging that they caused or allowed illegal asbestos work during the construction of the Quincy YMCA. A lawsuit continues against J. Kerrissey Inc. for allegedly not sealing the construction area, workers not wearing protective gear, and more during the demolition process.

According to the lawsuit, the demolition work generated visible clouds of dust and piles of waste material that contained asbestos. Asbestos, if handled improperly, can release fibers into the air, and potentially cause illnesses like asbestosis, lung cancer, and mesothelioma. Callahan allegedly endangered the health of workers, citizens, and children who attend the YMCA's day care program.

According to AG Healey, “Companies must ensure construction and demolition work involving asbestos is done safely and legally, and we will take action against those who endanger their workers and local residents.”

Visit CallahanTruth.com to learn more.




Black Women's Equal Pay Day Posted by on

Today is Black Women’s Equal Pay Day. July 31st marks the day when Black women’s earnings finally catch up with what white men made last year. If both started work on January 1, 2016, a black woman would have to work to July 31st 2017 to earn what the man earned by December 31st 2016. That is not right.

We're proud to say this discrepancy does not exist in the Carpenters union. Our collective bargaining agreements set hourly wage rates for apprentice and journey level carpenters. Every person at each level earns the same.

With increasing success, the New England Regional Council of Carpenters is recruiting women to be carpenters and crushing barriers to their success. Our goal is to have 20% of our membership consist of women by the year 2020.

The union difference for black women? Equal pay and a voice on the job. #StatusOfBlackWomen #BlackWomensEqualPay #1u #tradeswomen #20percentby2020 #sistersinthebrotherhood




Who is the Carpenters union? Meet Dan Posted by on

Dan Duffy has been a proud union carpenter for 33 years. He grew up in Brighton, where he learned the trade and where he still lives....and works! Though his retirement is secure, he works to help his sons pay for their education and simply because he enjoys it.


"I enjoy the trade. I’d like to stay with it as long as I can. I like getting up in the morning, building things, and talking to carpenters and other tradespeople. I like working with my hands and working with people who are dedicated to the trade and to the Carpenters union. I’d like to teach apprentices how to do the work properly, watch out for their safety and bring them up in the same standard/fashion that I was brought up in. It’s a good way of life, it’s a good living."

If you'd like to enjoy your career as much as Dan does, learn more about joining the Carpenters union, as either a journey level or apprentice member. Visit http://www.nercc.org/Join_Us/How_to_Join for more information.




Easy Dues Pay Posted by on

Mailing a check to pay your dues?

Finding time to stop by the hall?

FORGET IT!

The union and the benefit funds are helping make paying monthly dues easier. Complete an authorization card by September 30 and you can have next year's monthly dues paid automatically from your vacation check!

Fill the card out just once. Every year, as long as you have a $400 minimum balance, the New England Carpenters Benefit Funds will deduct your monthly dues for the following year from your vacation fund balance and forward them directly to your local union. You'll get the rest of your balance in a check, the same way you always have.

Authorization cards for dues payment from your vacation fund are available from carpenter stewards, local union halls, training centers or the benefit funds office in Wilmington. They can also be downloaded here. Completed cards can be returned to local union halls or the benefit funds office in Wilmington.




NERCC Election Posted by on

Delegates to the New England Regional Council of Carpenters today elected Thomas J. Flynn to serve a four-year term as executive secretary-treasurer of the union. Flynn has been serving in the position since March 1, when he was appointed by the NERCC Executive Board to take over for the retiring Mark Erlich.

"The Flynn Team," nominated by Dave Palmisciano, included the following candidates:

Thomas Flynn, Executive Secretary-Treasurer

Richard Monarca, President

Brian Richardson, Vice President

Jeff Wolcheski Warden

John Murphy, Conductor

Mynor Perez, Trustee

Paul Lander, Trustee

Joe Byrne, Trustee

Executive Committee

Jack Donahue

Gary DeCosta

John Leavitt

Bruce Lydem

John Cunningham

The only candidate to run against the Flynn slate was Rick Anderson, who nominated himself for a position on the Executive Committee. He received 10 votes, finishing sixth in a race for five positions.

The elected members will serve terms ending in June 2021. The United Brotherhood of Carpenters had awarded dispensation for the New England Regional Council to move the election of officers to June from September of this year.

The board will include three members that were not previously elected. Jeff Wolcheski and Joe Byrne ran and were elected for the first time. Mynor Perez was also elected. He had previously been appointed to fill a position left open when Erlich retired.

In anticipation of his retirement, Dave Palmisciano did not run for re-election to the board. He was the last remaining member of the board who had served since the council's formation in 1996. Al Peciaro also did not seek re-election. Formerly the director of contractor relations, he left the council last month to take a position with a union contractor.

Flynn is the fifth person to serve as executive secretary-treasurer of the New England Council since the regional governing body was formed in 1996, following David Dow (1996-1997), David Bergeron (1997-2001), Thomas Harrington (2001-2005) and Mark Erlich (2005-2017).




Congratulations to the Winners Posted by on

Congratulations to the active members who were winners of prizes at the second UPP Carpenters Appreciation Night. Prizes will be delivered to local unions and presented at union meetings in July. We hope everyone enjoyed the event and would love to hear from members about how the next event can be even better!

The winners of the 5 Grand Prizes, $5,000 vouchers for Sandals Resorts Vacations were:

Daniel Alfaiate, Local 723

Michael Melo, Local 723,

Samuel Mahew, Local 40

Michael Terry, Local 24,

Sarah Bullock, Local 67





Active members lead to win in Chelsea Posted by on

Members in Chelsea came out strong last night and won an important victory, convincing the city council to reject a move by a developer to bulldoze standards for public construction.


The Joseph J Corcoran Company is working with the Chelsea Housing Authority (CHA) on a project that includes the current site of the Innes Apartments on Central Avenue. The public-private partnership would involve demolishing the existing 96 units of public housing and replacing them with a 318-unit mixed-income development.

The city council voted down a "Home Rule" petition proposed by the CHA and Corcoran to exempt the project from important Massachusetts public construction laws, including prevailing wage requirements for construction workers. Had the home rule petition been approved, it would have been submitted to the Massachusetts legislature for approval. The City Council rejected it by a 10-1 vote.

Attending and speaking at the meeting were members of Carpenters Local 218 and Floor Coverers Local 2168 as well as some of their family members.



"We're obviously in favor of providing necessary housing for Chelsea," said Local 218 Representative Rich Pedi. "We live here. We're a part of the community. And that's why we opposed this home rule petition, because we know all too well what happens on residential projects when developers aren't held accountable. It usually hurts workers and the community. We don't want that on a public housing project."




Self service site for benefits is live Posted by on

The New England Carpenters Combined Benefit Funds has developed an online portal that puts benefit and profile-related data at members’ fingertips.

Using the self-service site, members can view the following information:

Hours reported and paid by employers
Health eligibility status
Annuity account balance
Loan information (count and balance)
Pension and vesting information
Profile and contact information
Plus more!

Members can register for an account by visiting https://selfservice.carpentersfund.org/. Registering to use the service only requires your UBC, EMP or OFC number, the last four digits of your Social Security number, your date of birth and a working email address.

For more information contact membersupport@carpentersfund.org.




​Flynn Named New Leader of New England Carpenters Union Posted by on

The Executive Board of the New England Regional Council of Carpenters (NERCC) has named Thomas J. Flynn Executive Secretary-Treasurer following the recent retirement of Mark Erlich. Flynn was sworn in to the position on March 1.

For the past five years, Flynn had been serving as the national Political Director for the United Brotherhood of Carpenters (UBC). For seven years previously, he was the regional Political Director for NERCC and the Executive Director of the New England Carpenters Labor-Management Program (NECLMP). He has held a position on the NERCC Executive Board since 2010.

“It is a tremendous honor to return to Boston to work with my Brothers and Sisters in New England on a full-time basis, and I am grateful to the Executive Board for the opportunity.”

“Working with the UBC on a national basis for five years gave me an opportunity to learn from a wide variety of people, from carpenters and union leaders, to contractors, subcontractors and developers and of course lobbyists, candidates and elected officials.”

“On a national, regional and local level, the Carpenters union is well-prepared to serve the industry. We are unique in that we serve so many different roles. We are primarily representatives of our fellow union members on the job, at the negotiating table and in administration of training and benefit funds. But we have valuable, cooperative partnerships with signatory contractors, which help both the contractors and members.”

“We advocate for unrepresented workers and help them seek justice from industry enforcement agencies. But we are also active participants in our local communities, lending our time and our skills for everything from charitable building projects to coaching youth sports.”

“Mark Erlich set a very high standard for our union and has improved the lives of thousands and thousands of trades workers. He helped not only members of the Carpenters union, but so many other workers in our industry who were vulnerable. Mark and I worked together for a long time and I'll always be grateful for the experience of working with and for such a talented and dedicated labor leader. I hope to be able to take the strong foundation he built and strengthen it.”

“The strength of our organization is the skill and dedication of our 19,000 members. We look forward to developing new programs to actively engage them. As a union, we will work to generate more work opportunities and improve standards for all carpenters in the region. We need to work with the entire carpenter workforce and in partnership with signatory contractors or we’re not going to be able to succeed.”

Flynn is a 30-year member of the Carpenters union and a native of Dorchester. He now resides in Milton with his family. One of his sons is currently a third-year apprentice carpenter.

While previously working for NERCC, Flynn was the Regional Manager for affiliated local unions in the Boston area. He has been a Trustee for the New England Carpenters Combined Benefit Funds and apprenticeship funds.

The New England Regional Council of Carpenters is the regional governing body of the United Brotherhood of Carpenters and Joiners of America and represents more than 19,000 commercial and residential carpenters, pile drivers, floor coverers, mill shop workers and industrial employees. More than 1,500 general contractors, carpentry subcontractors and shop owners are signatory to collective bargaining agreements with NERCC.

Following his appointment, Flynn made the following appointments and assignments.

Mynor Perez was appointed to fill a vacant spot the NERCC Executive Committee. Perez is a Regional Manager for specialty trades in New England, which represent floor coverers, residential wood frame carpenters, pile drivers and mill shop workers.

John Murphy was named Chief of Staff, a newly created position at NERCC, and will also serve as Regional Manager for the Boston commercial carpentry local unions.

Jack Donahue is now the Director of the NERCC Market Opportunity Fund, a program that helps union contractors bid competitively in targeted markets or locations. Donahue also remains Regional Manager for commercial carpentry local unions in Central and Western Massachusetts.

Steve Joyce will serve as the Executive Director of the New England Carpenters Labor Management Program. He will also continue as Political and Legislative Director for the region.




Nevertheless, She Persisted Posted by on

Inspired by Courtney Privett's artwork on the subject, #tradeswomen shared what they've experienced and overcome.

We're proud to celebrate our "Sisters in the Brotherhood" who were warned,

Who were given an explanation,

And who, nevertheless, persisted.

As a union, the New England Regional Council of Carpenters is committed to making sure everyone has a fair opportunity to pursue our craft and their career with dignity and respect. Our goal is to have women members reach 20% by 2020.

Visit nercc.org/sib for more information.

#nercc #ubc #construction #20percentby2020 #SIB #sistersinthebrotherhood




NERCC scores another major victory Posted by on

After months of discussion, the New England Regional Council of Carpenters has reached agreements with Force Corporation and its sister company National Framers, LLC, both of Lunenburg, MA, to become union contractors.

Force and National Framers are the largest open shop wood frame companies in New England. Force was hit with a $2.6 million fine for wage violations by the US Dept. of Labor last year. The principals subsequently made a decision to change their business model, operate legitimately, and now become union contractors.

“Force Corporation has decided to sign an agreement today with the New England Regional Council of Carpenters because we understand the challenges of the open shop sector and the opportunities in the union construction world,” said Force President Claudio DaSilva. “We look forward to bidding in a level playing field environment and being able to provide the best union benefits and training to our employees. Our reputation on production and a “get it done” attitude combined with the Carpenters organization should give us an advantage in the Eastern Massachusetts market.”

According to Mark Erlich, Executive Secretary-Treasurer of the New England Regional Council of Carpenters, the signing will have a lasting impact on the residential wood frame construction industry:

"This is one more step in eliminating the underground economy in the construction industry and creating a level playing field for contractors in the residential market. More importantly, another large group of carpenters in New England will now be able to earn decent wages, get health insurance for their families and achieve retirement security.”




Grassroots efforts pay off, NH House votes to kill Right-to-Work Posted by on

From Concord Monitor:

New Hampshire will not become a so-called right-to-work state today, or next year.

The Republican-led House voted to kill the union-targeted legislation Thursday afternoon, ending weeks of high-charged debate. While many expected a close vote, the final tally was much wider, at 200-177. The body then voted to ban consideration of right-to-work for the rest of the session, effectively killing it for the next two years.

Read full coverage here.

Right-to-Work legislation weakens unions by allowing people to enjoy the benefits of collective bargaining and representation by the union while making dues "optional." It's part of a long con to reduce the wages and working conditions for middle class workers, to give employers that much more power over every workers' future. It has proven to be an effective weapon in achieving that goal virtually everywhere it has been enacted.

Thanks to all the members and staff who worked hard on the campaign to kill this legislation.




Carpenters tackling two issues at once Posted by on

For Release:

January 31, 2017

Contact (Eastern Conference):

Maryanne Ham

Minuteman High School

781-861-6500, Ext. 7323

massgirlsintrades@minuteman.org

Contact (Western Conference):

Lisa Clauson

Strategic Partnerships

New England Carpenters Labor Management Program

413-206-5571

lclauson@neclmp.org

Massachusetts Girls in Trades Announces Second Annual Conference and Career Fairs -- March 2 in Dorchester and April 13 in Holyoke

LEXINGTON – Building on its initial successes, the Massachusetts Girls in Trades organization is planning its Second Annual Conference and Career Fair for hundreds of female high school students in Massachusetts. In fact, it’s planning two.

An Eastern Massachusetts conference – open to high school students enrolled in vocational technical education programs – will be held on March 2 at the International Brotherhood of Electrical Workers (IBEW) Local 103 in Dorchester. A Western Massachusetts conference will be held on April 13 at the William J. Dean Technical High School in Holyoke.

Massachusetts Girls in Trades was established to encourage young females to consider pursuing high-wage, high-demand careers in the construction trades. The group was formed in December of 2015 at a meeting attended by representatives of Wynn Boston Harbor, Minuteman High School, the New England Regional Council of Carpenters, Sheet Metal Workers Local 17, Building Pathways, the Massachusetts Department of Elementary and Secondary Education, and SkillsUSA Massachusetts.

“We’re making progress but we know there’s still plenty of work to do,” said Elizabeth Skidmore, one of the organization’s founding members and Business Representative for the New England Regional Council of Carpenters. “We need to send out a positive message that young women can have great careers in the building trades.”

The first-ever Massachusetts Girls in Trades Conference and Career Fair, held in Dorchester last year, attracted more than 400 people, including over 300 students and teachers. Students from vocational-technical programs at 18 high schools listened to speeches from successful tradeswomen, attended workshops about getting into the trades, and met with representatives from unions, contractors, and apprenticeship programs.

The March 2 event this year in Dorchester will run from 10 a.m. to 1 p.m., with doors opening at 9 a.m. for registration. Admission is free. Lunch will be provided. For more information on the Eastern Massachusetts conference, please contact Maryanne Ham by phone at 781-861-6500, ext. 7323, or by e-mail at massgirlsintrades@minuteman.org.

This year, Massachusetts Girls in Trades added a second conference to better accommodate vocational high school students living in Western Massachusetts. That event will be held on April 13 at the William J. Dean Technical High School on 1045 Main Street in Holyoke. For more information on the Western Massachusetts conference, please contact Lisa Clauson by phone at 413-206-5571 or by e-mail at lclauson@neclmp.org.

Vocational students interested in registering for either conference should contact their teacher, principal, or vocational director.

Schools are invited to attend either or both of the events, regardless of geography.

Principal sponsors of this year’s event in Eastern Massachusetts will be Wynn Boston Harbor, the Massachusetts Building Trades Council AFL-CIO, Boston Metropolitan District Building Trades Council, IBEW Local 103, and Gilbane Building Company.

MGM Springfield will be a principal sponsor for the Western Massachusetts conference.

The Massachusetts Girls in Trades board includes representatives from developers and contractors including Wynn Boston Harbor, Suffolk Construction, Skanska USA Building; Turner Construction, Liberty Construction Services, and Gilbane Building Company; union groups such as IBEW Local 103, Local 103 Joint Apprenticeship Training Committee of Greater Boston, the Massachusetts Building Trades Council, Boston Metropolitan District Building Trades Council, New England Regional Council of Carpenters, Building Trades Training Directors Association of Massachusetts, and the Boston Chapter of the National Electrical Contractors Association; organizations such as the Building Pathways Pre-Apprenticeship Program and the Policy Group on Tradeswomen’s Issues; the Massachusetts Department of Elementary and Secondary Education; Massachusetts Department of Transportation Office of Diversity and Civil Rights; SkillsUSA Massachusetts; Massachusetts Association of Vocational Administrators (MAVA) CTE Directors Group; Partnerships for a Skilled Workforce, Inc.; University of Massachusetts Building Authority; U.S. Department of Labor/Women’s Bureau; the newly formed Equity in the Trades Student Leadership Council; WGBH TV; and career and technical high schools including Madison Park Technical Vocational High School, Southeastern Regional Vocational-Technical High School, and Minuteman High School.

The group holds its board meetings at Minuteman High School in Lexington.

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NERCC scores major drywall victory Posted by on

The New England Regional Council of Carpenters and Universal Drywall, LLC of Auburn, New Hampshire have reached an agreement for the company to become a union contractor. The agreement follows months of discussions and will have a significant impact on the New England construction industry.

Universal is one of the larger drywall subcontractors in the region. Established in 2002, the company has worked on large commercial and residential projects across the six New England states. Dozens of carpenters currently working for Universal are expected to join the union and begin earning union health, dental and retirement benefits. The company will have access to additional skilled manpower through the union, alleviating a major concern in the current construction industry.

Richard Pelletier, president of Universal, said the partnership with the union will help the company in multiple ways. "Our long-term objectives are customer-focused and worker focused - to ensure that our projects are completed on time and on budget with a workforce that excels, is loyal, well provided for in pay, pension and benefits, and treated fairly. We believe that this step in joining the Carpenters will allow us to enhance these objectives, and we look forward to partnering with the Carpenters in our future work, contributing to the economy, providing good jobs, and delivering excellent work."

According to Mark Erlich, Executive Secretary-Treasurer of the New England Regional Council of Carpenters, the signing will bring benefits for the union, the company, and Universal employees.

"We're proud that we've developed a partnership with Universal. Richard Pelletier and his carpenters are experienced and hard-working. We hope that union general contractors will come to appreciate what they bring to a job. We're looking forward to developing those relationships while providing Universal additional qualified manpower when they need it and providing their carpenters representation that includes the highest standards in wages, benefits, safety and training in the industry."



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