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New Perspective Added to EBoard Posted by on

Tom Flynn, Executive Secretary-Treasurer of the New England Regional Council of Carpenters has appointed Krystal Green to fill a vacant seat on the union's Executive Board. Green is a third-year apprentice in Connecticut Local 326. She will take the place of John Cunningham, who resigned from the Board.

"Sister Green is a smart, motivated member who will bring new perspectives to the Executive Board," said Flynn. "That's extremely important to our union's future and I look forward to her contributions. I'd also like to thank Brother Cunningham for his many years of dedicated service to the Board."

Green is a 32-year old member who has been an active participant in GenNext and Sisters in the Brotherhood, programs that educate and activate younger and female members, respectively. She has also been to International Training Center of the United Brotherhood of Carpenters in Las Vegas for both the 3rd Year Apprentice Program, the Journeyman Leadership Program (".300 Hitters") and a conference related to UBC political action.

She said she was "humbled, grateful and looking forward to contributing everything I can. This is a tremendous opportunity and shows our union's commitment to diversity and inclusion. Being a union carpenter is my life. I'm going to represent my Brothers and Sisters to the fullest and we're going to do great things together."

Green fills one of seven Executive Committee seats and is the first female, first African-American, first apprentice and only the second rank-and-file member to serve on the Executive Board since NERCC was formed in 1996.

A native of Brooklyn, NY, Green is making her home in Hartford. She's currently working for Red Line Wall Systems, an interior systems contractor, on a residential project at 81 Arch Street. Her entry into carpentry and the union began when she participated in a Job Funnel Program in the city, a program that allows people to explore various construction trades and prepares them for apprenticeships.

Union Carpenters Lend Skills To Those In Need 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 still living in homes that need repairs. Union carpenter volunteers are doing that work, as well as establishing an apprentice program that will enable Puerto Ricans to learn our trade and start on a great career path.

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 linked below, forwarding them to Brother Gines at or by fax to Manny's attention at 508-752-6714. If you have any questions, please email Manny at

Click here to fill out the initial volunteer form.

Carpenters, Contractors extend agreement four years Posted by on

Desire for stability, cooperation and competitiveness key to early negotiations and agreement

The New England Regional Council of Carpenters (NERCC), the Labor Relations Division (LRD) of the Associated General Contractors of Massachusetts (AGC MA) and the Building Trades Employer Association (BTEA) have agreed on a 4-year extension of their current collective bargaining agreement, pending ratification by the employer organizations and a vote by union members. The agreement covers commercial carpentry work in Boston, Eastern Massachusetts and Northern New England as well as floorcovering and piledriving in Northern New England. It extends an agreement that was set to expire on August 31, 2019 until August 31, 2023.

Tom Flynn, Executive Secretary-Treasurer of NERCC said the agreement is the result of a strong partnership based on long-term trust and shared goals between the union and employers.

“Our members and the general contractors and subcontractors who employ them understand how we rely on each other to succeed,” he said. “Extending this agreement creates a level of stability and predictability that means so much in our industry. It reaffirms our commitment to each other and to working together to confront the challenges we face, both now and in the future.”

The agreement provides specified increases to the current compensation package for each year, with those increases divided and made in March and September of the given year.

Rather than negotiating wages and benefit packages individually, collective bargaining agreements between the union and employers traditionally provide for an hourly wage and benefit rate that is then allocated to hourly wages and contributions to benefit funds, training programs and other programs. Members will consider the need for benefit plan funding and increasing hourly wages when voting how to allocate increases.

In the last two years, the union has been working to ensure the long-term strength of health and retirement funds, which are jointly overseen by labor and management trustees. While all funds are in good health according to federal guidelines, the union recognizes the need to make occasional adjustments in plans and funding to maintain benefit security.

“Workers and employers in every industry have concerns about the log-term viability of health and retirement benefits,” said Flynn. “Our union’s ongoing focus on maintaining a balance between our plans, funding and keeping union employers competitive is vital. Communication on that and other issues is at the core of our relationship with employers and played an important role in reaching this agreement to extend our contract.”

In addition to financial increases and slight changes to language in the collective bargaining agreement, the union and management agreed to expand dialogue surrounding industry concerns. Joint labor-management committees will be established to have ongoing discussions about staying competitive in this constantly changing market and positioning union carpenters to be market leaders long term.
Tom Comeau, Chief Operating Officer of Commodore Builders and Chairman of the Labor Relations Division (LRD) of the AGC, believes that the commitment to holding down costs shown by Tom Flynn and NERCC will continue to make the AGC MA and signatory BTEA partners the premier construction teams in Massachusetts.

“The partnership developed between the LRD of the AGC, the NERCC, and the BTEA, will allow us to continue to focus on the overall value, level of quality, safety, and schedule delivery that our clients have come to count on for their projects.”
Tom Gunning, Executive Director of the BTEA said the extension provides valuable stability in a very competitive industry.

"It sends a message to owners and developers that the goals of this partnership are to sustain our competitive advantage and continue delivering a quality product at an economical cost," he said. “Together, we’re delivering quality training programs, consistency in our labor-management partnership and a benefit structure that protects a carpenter’s future.”
The New England Regional Council of Carpenters represents 28,000 members in Massachusetts, Connecticut, New Hampshire, Rhode Island, Vermont, Maine and upstate New York. Hundreds of construction employers are signatory to agreements within NERCCs geographic jurisdiction. They include project and construction managers, general contractors and subcontractors performing various aspects of carpentry work, including metal frame and drywall, concrete, wood framing, doors and hardware and finish carpentry.

The Associated General Contractors of Massachusetts works closely with all facets of the industry to offer fair business practices for 200 members from Cape Cod to the New York border. As the leading commercial construction association in the Commonwealth, AGC MA provides member benefits and business resources for the state’s building industry. The Labor Relations Division of AGC MA assists member firms that are signed to one or more of the basic trades with issues including: contract negotiations; agreement interpretation; mediations and arbitrations; and labor and jurisdictional disputes.

The BTEA is an active, aggressive, trade association for union construction contractors defining the skyline throughout New England. The contractor members of the BTEA represent the majority of the signatory subcontractors with NERCC. It is committed to providing a forum for contractors to exchange viewpoints and ideas, support partnerships between business and government resulting in economic development. It creates networking opportunities that generate business opportunities for contractors, offers technical assistance, monitors regulatory reform efforts and legislation on a state and national level.

Back to School for Carpenters Posted by on

The New England Carpenters Training Center, this week, hosted the "September Slam," welcoming more than 130 first-year apprentices to their first session at the Millbury facility. It is the first of 16 weeks they'll spend in classrooms and workshops with instructors during their four-year apprenticeship.

Members were organized into 12 groups and rotated through four classes: Ergonomics, Scaffold User, Fall Protection and Aerial Lift. Each class was broken into 3 stations, which were run by different instructors and focused on different aspects of the trade or work skills that will help them successfully navigate the industry and their careers.

While first-year apprentices have already been working in the field, their time at the training center is an opportunity to focus more directly on honing their skills. They'll return to the job with more knowledge, confidence and skills that enable them to produce quality work more efficiently.

Executive Secretary-Treasurer Tom Flynn says giving apprentices separate training periods is a good mix for developing carpenters. "The industry is extremely demanding. Margins for contractors are very tight. First-year apprentices may feel like they're being thrown into the deep end of the pool and asked to swim. These early training weeks are important for them to gain skills and the confidence that they can keep up with the expectations set on the job."

Tom Fischer, Executive Director of the New England Carpenters Training Center, says it's important to strike a balance between teaching basic skills and keeping apprentices prepared for what they see day-to-day on the job.

"They've got to ramp up pretty quickly," he said, "so we're challenging them and showing them quite a bit in their first week. At the same time, they're with instructors and other first-years and we're working a curriculum developed by the UBC that we know is the best in the industry for apprentices at this stage."

Next week, the group will return to work on jobsites throughout the region. They'll be back in Millbury in a few months with more experience, more confidence and ready to take the next step in building their careers. In four years, they'll graduate to full journey-level status--complete with the full rate--and know they've got the ability to work on virtually any jobsite in the country. They'll continue to train throughout their careers, both to keep their basic skills sharp and to keep up with new products, tools and techniques. But it will be the foundations they're starting to create this week, in their initial training, that will have set them up for success.

Endorsements in NY elections on Sept 13 Posted by on

The New England Regional Council of Carpenters has endorsed the following candidates in targeted races in New York. Members are encouraged to VOTE and participate in campaign activity for candidates they support.

For more information about specific candidates and to learn more about campaign activity, please contact your local union.


Andrew Cuomo (D)

Lieutenant Governor

Kathy Hochul (D)

Attorney General

Sean Patrick Maloney

New York State Assembly

Don Boyajian (D), 107th District (Washington, Rensseleaer, Columbia) Local 291

Jamie Romeo (D); 136th District (Monroe) Local 276

State Senate

Andrea Stewart-Cousins (D, Sen Dem Leader) 35th District (Westchester) Local 279

David Valesky (D); 53d District (Madison, Oneida, Onondaga) Local 277

Timothy Kennedy (D); 63d District (Erie) Local 276


In New York City and the counties of Dutchess, Erie, Nassau, Orange, Putnam, Rockland, Suffolk and Westchester, polls open at 6 am and close at 9 pm.

In all other counties, polls open at 12 noon and close at 9 pm.


Absentee ballots can be requested in person up to Tuesday, September 12 and submitted the same day.

Election Day In Massachusetts Posted by on

Today is Election Day in Massachusetts and the Carpenters union has targeted several key races in the state. First and foremost, members are encouraged to VOTE. Polls are open until 8pm.

Members looking to continue the reputation of union carpenters as campaign volunteers that hit the streets and make a difference, can do so after work at the following locations:

For Congressman Mike Capuano
25 Russell Street
East Somerville
(Home of Diane Masters)

For Dan Koh, candidate for Congress
Campaign HQ
61 Market Street

55 Union Street

For Shannon McAuliffe, candidate for Suffolk County District Attorney
Carpenters Center
750 Dorchester Ave

225 Centre Street
Jamaica Plain

401 Revere Beach Blvd.

Random Act of Gratitude Posted by on

Last Saturday, a group of carpenters volunteered to work on the roof of a home union carpenters are building for Cpl Paul Skarinka, a wounded Army veteran, as part of a team with Jared Allen's Homes for Wounded Warriors and Commodore Builders. We decided to thank one of them with a pair of tickets to tonight's New England Patriots preseason opener.

Mark Berube was randomly selected as the winner. Brother Berube is a member of Carpenters Local 330 currentely working for Century Drywall at the Hub on Causeway, in front of the TD Garden. He's also in his third year at Wentworth, where he's persuing a degree through a program set up by the school and the union.

When asked what motivated him to volunteer last week, Berube said: "I just want to help and I think any volunteer projects/programs that our union does are great and if I can be a part of any of those, I will give my time. I am very grateful for the union. It has helped me and my family in many ways and I just love what we stand for and the things we try to accomplish."

Mark stopped by the Carpenters Center to pick up the tickets from Communications Director Bert Durand. Thanks to Mark for giving up overtime work last Saturday and for being a great representative of our union. Enjoy the game, Brother!

Get Your Shine On! Posted by on

Here's a peek at training the UBC created for concrete polishing, a popular feature in modern buildings, by NECTF Floorcovering Instructor Brian Redshaw. The Carpenters union invests in curriculum development and training programs that ensure the products and methods used in today's building meet the expectations of both product manufacturers, building designers and end users. It's a model for collaboration and collective success and one of the things that makes the our union a great fit at all levels of the construction industry.

​LU 346 Business Rep to take part in the SNAP Challenge Posted by on

This month, Congress will be pushing to update the Farm Bill, which governs policy that affects farms and food. The Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program (SNAP, formerly Food Stamps) is part of the Farm Bill and is in danger of being cut drastically. To bring awareness to the importance of SNAP for people at risk of hunger, organizations across Massachusetts are coordinating a “SNAP Challenge.” LU 346 Business Rep John Manning will be taking part in the challenge.

“I was on the phone with State Representative Jim Hawkins and he asked me if I’d be interested in joining him in this challenge and I thought I had the opportunity to learn a lot by walking in someone else’s shoes so I committed to join him in the challenge,” said Manning.

“I’ve been fortunate as an 18-year member of the Carpenters union. I’ve made a very good living and always have been able to provide for my family. I live within a budget, of course, but I can’t imagine only having $23 to purchase food for the week.”

From Monday, June 11th to Friday, June 15th, participants will live on the average individual SNAP allowance in Massachusetts ($4.56 per day) to afford everything they eat and drink for the week.

"I hope my participation in this challenge can raise awareness of how necessary this resources is to people struggling to make ends meet.”

The SNAP Challenge is an action in solidarity with the millions of low-income Americans for whom SNAP is a vital resource. Participants will learn how difficult it is to afford nutritious food, to stay healthy, and to avoid hunger. They’ll be encouraged to consider what life would be like if the benefit weren’t available, if they had even less to spend.

Help us support Brother Manning by commenting on and sharing our daily posts chronicling his week. #MASNAPChallenge

Information for Members in New York State Posted by on

Effective May 30, 2018, the Northeast Regional Council of Carpenters was dissolved and local union affiliates were merged into other existing councils, including the New England Regional Council of Carpenters. The local unions newly affiliated with the New England Regional Council include geographic jurisdiction throughout the state of New York, with the exception of New York City.

Local unions 291, 290, 279, 276 and Local 277 are now affiliated with the New England Regional Council of Carpenters. New York State will be transferred to a local union affiliated with NERCC closest to where they live and members of Local 252 who reside in New York are now members of Local 51 in the New England Regional Council.

In order to keep members informed, a list of frequently asked questions has been compiled with answers. Members are encouraged to visit and the council’s social media sites regularly for updates. They should also continue to communicate with their local unions and attend union meetings.

What does this mean?
If you are a member of one of the locals referenced, we welcome you to the New England Regional Council of Carpenters. You are now part of an organization that covers New York, Connecticut, Massachusetts, Maine, New Hampshire, Vermont and Rhode Island, representing more than 28,000 union members. We believe the new structure of our council will enable us to more efficiently use resources and service both members and the industry.

What’s going on with my local?
The numbers and geographic jurisdiction of local unions have not changed. Local union staff, local union offices and local union meetings have not been changed at this time. Local union executive boards remain in place.

Will dispatch of members change as a result of the merge?
Members in New York locals will continue to use the Mix 20/20 system.

Will monthly dues go up? What about our union meetings?
There have been no changes made to union dues, local union office locations or union meetings.

How will we be represented at the regional council?
Eastern District Vice President Mike Capelli will be working with Executive Secretary-Treasurer Tom Flynn and the New England Regional Council Executive Board to establish a process and structure for electing and seating delegates. An initial plan may be created to ensure short-term representation. David Haines and New York Regional Manager Bill Banfield will continue to work on many day-to-day operations in the state as will other staff previously assigned to New York State and the New York State local unions.

What is the status of our contracts, wage rates and benefit fund contributions?
All collective bargaining agreements existing between the union and contractors in New York remain in place. There are no changes to wage and benefit rates or working conditions as outlined in those agreements.

Have there been changes made to benefits or benefit funds?
There have been no changes made to the benefit funds or benefit plans for members in New York locals. All contributions will continue to be made to the same funds at the same rates, as established in the applicable collective bargaining agreements. Likewise, all benefits will continue to be paid in the same manner by the same funds.

In time, the funds associated with the former Northeast Regional Council of Carpenters may be dissolved and funds merged into existing funds in councils now representing covered members. In such a case, you will receive communications from the New England Regional Council of Carpenters and the benefit funds involved.

Have there been changes made to apprenticeship training?
The training and apprenticeship funds and programs have not been changed. Members scheduled for training should continue to attend classes and sessions at the same locations.

In time, the training funds and programs associated with the former Northeast Regional may be merged into the New England Carpenters Training Fund. In such a case, apprentices would receive communications from the fund and other information would be distributed by the New England Regional Council of Carpenters to members.

If I have more questions, where can I get answers?
Executive Secretary-Treasurer Tom Flynn and other members of the council executive board and senior staff will be attending local union meetings throughout New York. Business agents and organizers will also be available to answer questions on an ongoing basis. Frequently asked questions will also be answered on a regular basis using NERCC Alerts, our text-based platform. To subscribe to NERCC Alerts, text NERCC to 91990 on your mobile phone.

UBC announces changes for NERCC and New York Posted by on
This morning, UBC General President Douglas McCarron announced that the Northeast Regional Council of Carpenters was dissolved and local union affiliates were merged into other existing councils, including the New England Regional Council of Carpenters. The local unions newly affiliated with the New England Regional Council include geographic jurisdiction throughout the state of New York, with the exception of New York City.

Local unions 291, 290, 279, 276 and Local 277 are now affiliated with the New England Regional Council of Carpenters. Additionally, members of Local 251 who reside in New York state will be transferred to a local union affiliated with NERCC closest to where they live and members of Local 252 who reside in New York are now members of Local 51 in the New England Regional Council.

This move follows a decades-long trajectory of aligning regional councils with membership and market share. UBC General President McCarron said "Creating opportunities for our members and employers is the foundation of every decision we make. Since the last reorganization, we see further opportunities to consolidate council jurisdictions to match the construction markets throughout the Eastern corridor."

The expansion of the New England Regional Council will not only significantly increase the union's market share growth opportunities, but will also strengthen their members' collective bargaining power with other sectors.

Tom Flynn, Executive Secretary-Treasurer of the New England Regional Council of Carpenters welcomed the staff and members of the New York-based local unions.

"We see this as a tremendous opportunity to increase the voice of our members on the job and at the bargaining table throughout the area. While there is work to be done in joining our operations, we're confident that work schedules for our members and employer-contractors will not be interrupted during the process. We look forward to a stronger future with increasing market share for union carpenters and contractors."

The New England Regional Council of Carpenters will be communicating with members on, using social media, other technology and through their local unions. We hope to answer all relevant questions as quickly as possible.

Hamm joining UBC new leader announced for NECTF Posted by on

The New England Regional Council of Carpenters (NERCC) is pleased to announce that Lyle Hamm, the Executive Director of the New England Carpenters Training Fund (NECTF) has accepted a position as Senior Technical Coordinator with the United Brotherhood of Carpenters and Joiners of America (UBC). He will begin work as a Senior Technical Coordinator at the union’s International Training Center (ITC) in Las Vegas in August.

NECTF has selected Tom Fischer to succeed Hamm as the Executive Director of the Fund. Fischer is a 32-year member of the union. He is currently a Technical Coordinator for NECTF.

Hamm is a 34-year member of the Brotherhood who was named the Executive Director of NECTF in 2011.

Tom Flynn, Executive Secretary-Treasurer of NERCC, thanked Hamm for his work with NECTF and wished him the best in Las Vegas.

“We’re very happy to see the talent and success Lyle has demonstrated here In New England recognized by the United Brotherhood of Carpenters,” he said. “He has been offered a tremendous opportunity and we’re confident our loss will be a tremendous gain for the UBC.”

Bill Maheris of the Building Trades Employers’ Association, who serves as the NECTF Co-Chairman said the board was also excited about Fischer taking over as Executive Director.

“Tom brings a breadth of experience in construction, teaching, curriculum development and administration. We think his unique combination of skills will benefit our instructors, union members and the employers who rely on the skills and professionalism our programs develop.”

Fischer has extensive experience as both a commercial and residential carpenter and close to twenty years of experience as an educator and administrator in both high school and within the New England Carpenters Training Fund.

At Hopedale High School, he was an Engineering and Design teacher and also served as the Unified Arts department head and a curriculum coordinator.

He worked with the Massachusetts Department of Education and Secondary Schools as a member of the Assessment Development Committee, assisting the department in the review and development of MCAS test questions and scoring rubrics in order to assure alignment with the Massachusetts curriculum frameworks and MCAS performance standards.

For sixteen years he has been an instructor with NECTF, with certifications to teach numerous areas within the program. He developed the curriculum currently being used by NECTF for OSHA 10 and 30-hour Construction Safety course.

The New England Carpenters Training Fund is jointly administered by labor and management trustees and offers apprenticeship programs and lifelong skills upgrade training for members of locals union affiliated with the New England Regional Council of Carpenters. It operates 14 training centers, including a residential facility in Millbury, Massachusetts.

The union and contractors annually invest $11 million in training, ensuring the most qualified pool of skilled workers in the construction industry. The four-year apprenticeship provides classroom, workshop and jobsite employment experience. Both the apprenticeship and skills upgrade classes are provided at no cost to members, meaning union carpenters earn decent wages and benefits while they train without accumulating tens of thousands of dollars in student debt.

NERCC and NECTF work closely with the United Brotherhood of Carpenters to develop curriculum focused on both technical skills and professional development. They have also created “Career Connections,” a skills and professionalism curriculum used by more than 30 vocational high schools and programs in New England.

Carpenters mourn loss of member Posted by on

The New England Regional Council of Carpenters regrets to announce the passing of Woodframe Local 723 carpenter Luis Rodriguez following a jobsite fall yesterday in East Boston. The accident occurred at the site of Paris Village, a new 32-unit residential building being framed by Northeast Framers.

Rodriguez, 48, lived in Worcester and leaves behind his wife, Evelyn Villegas, and four children.

“We are grieving for Brother Rodriguez, his wife and the friends he had, both on the job and away from work,” said Local 723 Business Agent Craig Ransom. “Though he was new to the union, he was a Brother to all of us—every carpenter--as soon as he started working with the tools. We will remember him and honor his memory by doing more to prevent similar, future accidents. This is a very sad time for Local 723.”

The loss of Brother Rodriguez is a tragic reminder of the need for safety training, the proper use of safety equipment and making safety a priority while working. When a carpenter leaves their home and family in the morning, we all need to work together as an industry to ensure that they return safely at the end of the day.

Local 723 is making arrangements to offer assistance to Brother Rodriguez’ family. Details of the arrangements will be shared with affiliates and members who wish to contribute when they are available.

​Friday is for the Members Posted by on

Here's a shot of Piledrivers Local 56 Steward Tony Thompson, at his job at the Fore River Bridge in Quincy, Mass., where piledrivers are installing the fender system under the bridge. He's been a member since 1984.

On what it means to be a union member, Tony says, “It's hard to describe what the union means to me. The word that comes to mind is everything! It has provided for my family, provided great health insurance, and will provide for my wife and I in our retirement. Like I said, Everything!”

Carpenters Attend Washington Trust Annual Meeting Posted by on

Representatives from the New England Regional Council of Carpenters attended the annual shareholder's meeting for Washington Trust yesterday in Westerly, Rhode Island. They attended as representatives of Carpenters union benefit funds in New England and other regional councils in the United Brotherhood of Carpenters.

Business Representative Derek Adamiec and Researcher Ben Branchaud spoke at the meeting about two proposals, one related to the company's auditor and another regarding CEO pay ratio disclosure and the effect of the recent Tax Reform act as it relates to the $1 million cap on taxable compensation.

Local 330 Business Representative Derek Adamiec (right) with Ned Handy, CEO and Chairman of the Board for Washington Trust.

The New England Regional Council of Carpenters has been attending shareholders meetings for companies either based in or operating in New England for several years. While day-to-day operations for companies are not discused in the meetings, they are an avenue for the union to advocate for responsible corporate governance within companies in which union funds invest.

The meetings provide a valuable opportunity for the union to begin or continue relationships regarding their investment in development or construction of their own facilities. That was the case with Washington Trust. During his presentation at the meeting, President and Chief Operating Officer Mark Gim discussed an affordable housing initiative Washington Trust had started. Following the meeting, Adamiec and Branchaud were able to approach company leaders and discuss ways in which the union and the company might work together on the initiative.

AG Rules MBTA Violated Bid Law Posted by on

The Attorney General’s office has ruled that the MBTA violated the law by failing to publicly bid construction of a new parking garage at the North Quincy MBTA station. The ruling, which requires construction of the garage to be put out to bid, was issued in response to a bid protest filed by the New England Regional Council of Carpenters.

Thomas Flynn, Executive Secretary-Treasurer of the union, applauded the ruling.

“This decision is a welcome, common sense application of public construction laws. The garage is on MBTA property, the MBTA will have oversight on construction, the garage will serve MBTA customers and the MBTA will maintain the revenue from the parking spaces. There is no basis for the MBTA to avoid its obligations to the public and the garage needs to bid under public procurement laws.”

The MBTA issued an Invitation to Bid for the investment and development of two parcels at the North Quincy MBTA station. The project, as currently designed, would include residential and retail units and a parking garage to replace the 852 parking spots now onsite for MBTA users.

Flynn said there should be significant interest in bidding for the garage when it is put out to bid and is pleased it will be an open and fair process.

The ruling of the Attorney General’s office can be found here.

NECBF Annuity Bonus Posted by on

The New England Regional Council of Carpenters is pleased to announce that participants in the New England Carpenters Guaranteed Annuity Fund will be awarded a near-record bonus in their accounts for 2017 of 10.02%!

In addition, participants with accounts in the New England Carpenters Guaranteed Annuity Fund will also be credited with the guaranteed return of 1.86% for a total of 11.88%. Accounts will be credited in the coming weeks and viewable in the online self-service portal. Participants will also receive their annual Guaranteed Annuity Fund statement in May reflecting the bonus amounts.

NERCC Reps for Drywall and Floorcovering Olympics Selected Posted by on

Congratulations to the Champions of the New England Regional Finals in the Drywall and Floorcovering Olympics. Jose Sanchez Hernandez, from Local 336 is the Drywall winner. Michael Jacques is the Floorcovering Winner. Both will represent the New England Regional Council of Carpenters in the Eastern District competion in May and try for a place in the national finals at the United Brotherhood of Carpenters' International Training Center in Las Vegas in June.

Hernandez works for Century Drywall, who also employs Victor Gutierrez, the runner-up.

Jacques works for Business Interiors, as does Jose Zayas, the runner-up in the Floorcovering competition.

Eight drywall participants earned a place in today's competition at the New England Carpenters Training Center in Millbury through competitions throughout the region last month. They represented their local unions and their employers, the leading interior systems contractors in New England.

Six members from Massachusetts and Connecticut were selected by union representatives and contractors to participate in the floorcovering competition.

All participants in today's regional finals earned a $200 Red Wing gift card. First and second place finishers in the drywall competition were given PLS Laser Systems. First and second place finishers in the floorcoverers competition were given Hilti laser range finders.

Congrats to drwyall olympics participants Posted by on

Recently, the New England semi-finals of the 2018 UBC Drywall Olympics were held at NECTF training centers throughout New England. Each of the four locations had two members move on to the next round, which will take place at NECTF Millbury on March 17th. Congrats to all 30 contestants who were chosen to compete throughout the region and good luck to those who move forward to the finals next month!

1st Place: J Gill Marquez-Hernandez, Century Drywall - Local 327
2nd Place: Pierre Sirois, Sweeney Drywall - Local 328

1st Place: Victor Muro Gutierrez, Century Drywall - Local 330
2nd Place: Roberto Raposo, Citywide Contracting - Local 330

1st Place: Jason Chiarini, Connecticut Acoustics - Local 326
2nd Place: Martin Dulac, Murry Enterprise LLC - Local 326

1st Place: Alan Hall, North & South - Local 352
2nd Place: Chris Barber, Central Ceilings - Local 339

News on Monthly Dues Posted by on

At the January 31, 2018 meeting, the Council Executive Board voted to pay 6 months of Local Union dues for all Active members who are in good standing as of March 31, 2018.

This action will pay your 2018 dues from April through September. If you have already paid your dues for all of or part of 2018, your dues will be credited 6 months going forward from your last month paid.

The Council Executive Board was able to grant this dues holiday as a result of the cost savings attained through the consolidation of our Locals.

Members in Billerica get a win Posted by on

Congratulations to union carpenters in Billerica, Mass! Monday, members attended a meeting where a Responsible Employer Ordinance was passed that will allow the town to stop construction on projects where basic laws are being violated.

Union carpenters Matthew Corum, Tyler Tranni, James Kwedor, Scott Linstrom and Ismael Vicente (pictured, with Carpenters Local Union 339 Representative Kevin Kelley) were among the Billerica residents who attended the meeting. Thanks to them for coming out to make a difference in their community!

The ordinance passed by a 4-1 vote, with one member of the Planning Board abstaining. It prohibits contractors debarred in the past three years; prohibits contractors found to be in violation of workers comp, misclassification, payroll taxes, income taxes prompt payment, prevailing wage and other wage and hour laws. It requires contractors to carry required workers' comp insurnce; properly classify workers as employees, not independent contractors; and comply with the Massachusetts Health Care Reform law.

Rather than rely on multiple state or federal agencies to react, the ordinance gives the town authority to suspend a project's building permit.

"If any person or entity that is subject to the foregoing fails to comply with any of the qualifications and conditions with respect to work on the project, this Permit shall be deemed temporarily suspended and all construction work on the entire project shall cease immediately upon issuance of a stop work order until further notice.”

By suspending the building permit, general contractors and construction managers are not able to skirt responsibility for the subcontractors they hire for their projects.

New Year, New Locals, New Meeting Times! Posted by on

Carpenters Local 326
1st Wednesday, 5:30 PM
Middletown Elks Crystal Ballroom, 44 Maynard Street, Middletown, CT

Carpenters Local 327

Last Wednesday, 5:00 PM
Florian Hall, 55 Hallet Street, Dorchester, MA

Carpenters Local 328
3rd Thursday, 5:00 PM

VFW, 114 Mystic Ave, Medford, MA

Carpenters Local 330

3rd Wednesday, 7:00 PM

14 Jefferson Park Road, Warwick, RI

Carpenters Local 336

3rd Thursday, 5:30 PM

Alternating locations: Italian American Club, 26 Dewey Road, Shrewsbury, MA and Knights of Columbus, 460 Granby Road, Chicopee, MA.

January in Shrewsbury, February in Chicopee, March in Shrewsbury, and so on through the year.

Carpenters Local 339

2nd Thursday, 5:00 PM

Shriners Auditorium, 99 Fordham Road, Wilmington, MA

Carpenters Local 346

2nd Monday, 6:00 PM

American Legion Hall, 821 South Main Street, Sharon, MA

Commercial Carpenters Local 349

2nd Wednesday, 6:00 PM at the Maine, NH and Vermont Local Union Halls

Maine: 65 Rainmaker Drive, Portland, ME

New Hampshire: 920 Candia Road, Manchester, NH

Vermont 5 Gregory Drive, S. Burlington, VT

Interior Systems Carpenters Local 352

3rd Wednesday, 5:30 PM at the Maine, NH and Vermont Local Union Halls

Maine: 65 Rainmaker Drive, Portland, ME

New Hampshire: 920 Candia Road, Manchester, NH

Vermont: 5 Gregory Drive, Burlington, VT