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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.”