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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.

callahantruth.com

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.




Carpenters Appreciation Night is around the corner Posted by on

70 BIG prizes, 3 ways to watch LIVE on March 11! Come to the Carpenters Center in Dorchester, watch from the comfort of your home or hang out at one of FIFTEEN viewing events throughout New England. All members welcome at all locations. Additional door prizes available at all live events with 25+ members! For details, click here.





Tocci signs union agreement Posted by on

On Friday, February 13, NERCC signed a collective bargaining agreement with Tocci Building Corp of Woburn, MA.

John Tocci is the third generation leader of a nearly 100-year old family-owned business. Unlike his father and grandfather, John led his company out of the union sector of the industry in the 1970s. For many years, the Carpenters Union and Tocci went down different paths, frequently in an adversarial position.

Nearly a year ago, conversations began between the two organizations about shared views of the industry, including a common commitment to skill, training, productivity, and innovation. John Tocci has become a national spokesman for BIM, LEAN, and other systems designed to promote collaboration and innovation in the industry and is seeking to bring that approach to owners that typically build on a union basis.

According to Tocci, "This partnership will yield positive results and new opportunities for our firm." NERCC Executive Secretary-Treasurer Mark Erlich agrees. "Our mission is to ensure that every carpenter in New England works for decent wages and benefits and under safe conditions. Bringing Tocci into the fold means that, going forward, the carpenters on their jobs will be treated with the respect they deserve."





MBTA asking for assistance Posted by on

The MBTA is again requesting assistance in clearing the Braintree branch of the Red Line. They will need shovelers for Wednesday through Friday.

At this point they are only interested in hiring union members.

Procedure for those interested in working tomorrow (Wed. 2/18/15):

By 5:00 PM today they should either:

  • Go directly to LM Heavy Civil, 100 Hancock St., Quincy, or,
  • Call the office at (617) 845-8000.

They do not want people just showing up without calling first.

Members will need their union card and two forms of I.D.

Those unable to contact LM Heavy Civil by 5:00 PM today should call the office after 7:00 AM tomorrow (Wed. 2/18/15) for details on working Thursday and Friday.

Details:

  • Pay will be $30 per hour.
  • Shift will be from 7:00 AM to 4:00 PM. They may also need crews for a night shift but that has yet to be determined.
  • Workers will be working for LM Heavy Civil of Quincy.
  • They are working to arrange for food but suggested that you prepare like you would for any other work day regarding food.
  • Dress appropriately for the weather.
  • Tools will be provided but they did say they were running short on shovels and suggested to bring one if you can.



MBTA Seeking Help Posted by on

The MTBA is looking for help in clearing the Braintree branch of the Red Line between JFK/Umass and Braintree.

Anyone who is interested should report to the Bayside Expo Parking lot at 6:30 tomorrow morning, (Monday Feb. 16th). There will be signage and they should be looking for MBTA personnel to direct them to the proper place.

Details:
• Pay will be $30 per hour.
• Shift will be from 7:00 AM to 4:00 PM.
• Parking will be provided as well as transportation to the work location. You will be transported from Bayside Expo to location and returned there at end of the shift
• Workers will be hired and paid by one of three contractors: JF White, McCourt or Barletta
• They are working to arrange for food but suggested that you prepare like you would for any other work day regarding food.
• Dress appropriately for the weather.
• Tools will be provided but they did say they were running short on shovels and suggested to bring one if you can.




Retirement Seminar scheduled for March 21st in Boston 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, March 21, 2015. The seminar will be held at the Carpenters Center located at 750 Dorchester Ave., Boston, 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 978-253-5100.

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




Helping Hammers: Peddocks Island Chapel Restoration Posted by on

This past summer, apprentices with the New England Carpenters Training Fund ( NECTF) completed work on a unique project on Peddocks Island, one of the largest islands in Boston Harbor. Over a hundred apprentices traveled to the island over the course of a year for onsite hands-on training restoring the Peddocks Island Chapel.

Considered one of the most historic of the thirty-four Boston Harbor Islands, Peddocks has the longest shoreline of any of the islands and a very diverse landscape making it very attractive to visitors. With many of the island’s buildings in severe disrepair, the Massachusetts Department of Conservation and Recreation (DCR) implemented a plan to preserve the island’s history while keeping it safe for visitors. One of the most significant projects was the restoration of the most iconic feature of the island: the chapel located near the island’s main dock.

The scope of work needing to be done at the chapel was daunting, and the Boston Harbor Island Alliance reached out to the New England Regional Council of Carpenters and the NECTF asking for help with labor on the $1.8 million chapel restoration project.

The island experience offered a unique work opportunity for apprentices. While being taught general work conditions and site safety, apprentices also learned the logistics of planning to work in an isolated environment and how to adapt and adjust accordingly.

NERCC produced this documentary video of the work the apprentices completed at the chapel, including footage from various stages of the project and interviews with some of the people involved.

Peddocks Island is open to the public and accessible by private boat or by ferry. Visit Mass DCR or BostonHarborIslands.org to learn more.





Thanks for Participating! Now you can win...Cruises and more! Posted by on

A few years ago, NERCC started the Union Participation Program in order to encourage every member to participate in organizing, political or community activity. The request is minimal -- a two-hour commitment.

The program has been a huge success. Thousands of members have participated in hundreds of events. In the past, a smaller group of our members carried the load for the rest of us. Now everyone has a chance to give back. It’s worked.

As a wrap-up to the first NERCC UPP cycle, a major prize giveaway event is being planned for March 11, 2015. It's called Carpenters Appreciation Night.

ALL members who participated in UPP events will be entered! There will be five $5000 vouchers for cruises, and more than a dozen of each of the following prizes: TVs, iPads, surround sounds systems, Sonos 5 and Kindle Voyages.

The drawings will take place at the Carpenters Center in Boston and broadcast live online at nercc.org/upp. Several local unions will be holding additional "watching events," where members can socialize, watch the event live online and get a chance to win additional door prizes.

For details on Carpenters Appreciation Night or to watch the broadcast from home, visit nercc.org/upp.




Local 94 Rep, Tom Savoie, passes suddenly Posted by on

The New England Regional Council of Carpenters would like to express its condolences to the family and friends of Brother Tom Savoie, who earlier this week passed away suddenly. Savoie, 59, was a 36-year member of Local 94 in Rhode Island and had been an Organizer and Representative for the Local for more than 17 years. Savoie was a delegate to the Regional Council and served on numerous boards and committees, including the New England Carpenters Labor Management Program.

Services are through the Urquhart – Murphy Funeral Home at 800-812 Greenwich Avenue (Route 5) in Warwick, RI. Visiting hours are Sunday, February 1st from 1:00 – 4:00 pm. A funeral service will be held at St. Francis of Assisi Parish at 596 Jefferson Boulevard in Warwick on Monday, February 2nd at 10:00 am.




Sisters represent NERCC at UBC Women's Conference Posted by on

Thirty-one Sisters from New England just returned from the fourth International UBC Women’s Conference held at the International Training Center in Las Vegas. 467 members from across the UBC participated in the learning and networking forum.

A key goal of the conferences is to provide women with tools for becoming involved UBC members. During the conference members were able to meet other Sisters in the Brotherhood committee chairs to exchange ideas and discuss goals; meet with women who are full-time staff on councils across the UBC; attended panels including a contractor panel that discussed maintaining hiring goals; and hear from Senator Amy Klobuchar, the first woman elected to represent the State of Minnesota in the United States Senate, who compared her own experience to that of women working in the trades.

Vi Davis (above), a 22-year members of Carpenters Local 67, attended the conference, and was able to share her unique experience as a member of the union family. Sister Davis proudly brought her son, Isaac, into the union. He is a third-year apprentice out of Local 67. The two currently work together for Manganaro on the UMass Boston General Academic Building project.





Local 424 member lost in jobsite accident Posted by on

The union would like to offer its condolences to the family and friends of Steven Reis, a member of Carpenters Local 424 who was killed this week in a jobsite accident in South Boston. An investigation into the incident is ongoing.

Reis, 37, was an 18-year member of the union and leaves behind his wife Jaclyn and daughter, Aubrey. Reis' father, Joaquim, was also a 25-year member of Local 424 who passed away in 2011.

Arrangements for Reis burial have been made through Manuel Rogers & Sons Funeral Home, 1521 N. Main Street in Fall River for Tuesday at 9am, followed by a Mass of Christian Burial in St. Michael's Church at 10 and interment in St. Patrick's Cemetery. Calling hours are Monday from 4-8pm.




Building communities and the future of the industry Posted by on

Carpenters from Madison Park Vocational High School in Boston were featured on CBS Boston 4 News last week for their work building a house in the city's Roxbury neighborhood with YouthBuild and the New England Regional Council of Carpenters.


The students are getting real-world experience and working alongside instructors and union carpenters. The story shows the benefits vocational instruction and features students talking about their pride, their skills and their future. One mentions that his goal is to become a union carpenter.

Local 723's Tim Tudor who has worked with YouthBuild, the New England Carpenters Training Fund and numerous community projects, is managing the project and also featured in the piece.

The home will be completed in June and sold to a moderate-income first-time home-buyer.




Local 24 endorses Mayor, hosts re-election announcement Posted by on

New London Mayor Daryl Justin Finizio announced his re-election campaign last week with enthusiastic support from Carpenters Local 24 at their union hall. He is being challenged in his effort to win a second four-year term by a fellow Democrat, City Councilor Michael Passero.


Business Representative Chris Bachant told the New London Day that Local 24 would be endorsing Finizio and that voters would be "hard pressed to find a stronger defender of Connecticut's working families than Mayor Finizio. Mayor Finizio has walked the walk by fighting for working people. We've got his back."

In addition to the overwhelming support of union carpenters in the area, Finizio chose to kick off his campaign at Local 24's hall because his grandfather was a member of the union for 50 years.




Going for GOLD in New England Posted by on

This is what you call a coincidence: Thursday, the US Olympic Committee's announced its selection of Boston to submit a bid for the 2024 Summer Olympics. Saturday, members working for the leading union drywall contractors in New England will compete in the "Drywall Olympics."

The competition, held at the New England Carpenters Training Center in Millbury, was won by Jimmy Houde of Local 67. He'll now move on to the Eastern District competition, where he'll compete for a shot at the national "Drywall Olympics," to be held in Las Vegas. Name is an 11-year member working for Manganaro Norheast, LLC. Second place was won by Local 111's Kane Pelletier from New England Finish Systems while Christopher Donovan of Local 67 and Sweeney Drywall took third.

Also competing were Jack Day of Local 33 (TJ McCartney), Charles Dubina of Local 24 (Centrury Drywall), Mario Ponce of Local 475 (H Carrr & Sons) and Robert Dinicola of Local 40 (McDonald Drywall).


Rumors that winners are rewarded with Gold, Silver and Bronze Metal Studs could not be confirmed.




NERCC Alerts - Sign up today! Posted by on

To keep up with ever-changing technology and continue to improve communication with our members, the New England Regional Council of Carpenters is now sending text messages to members. “NERCC Alerts” will be used to distribute timely important information about jobs, training and events.

Subscribing is easy! Simply text NERCC to 91990 or click here to fill out an online form. 




UPP Presents: Carpenters Appreciation Night Posted by on

As a wrap-up to the first NERCC UPP cycle, a major prize giveaway event is being planned for March of 2015. Members who participated in the Union Participation Program will be entered into drawings for a lot of VERY good prizes! "UPP Presents: Carpenters Appreciation Night" will take place with members on the second floor of the Carpenters Center and be broadcast live on the internet. More details, including information on local union viewing events and the additional prizes given away there, will be released soon.




Mass Casinos adopt diversity committee Posted by on

The Massachusetts Gaming commission last week unanimously voted to create a committee to monitor diversity within the construction workforce and supplier base for upcoming casino projects. The move was supported by the New England Regional Council of Carpenters and the Policy Group on Tradeswomen's Issues in which the union participates.

The committee will monitor compliance with goals, including maintaining a workforce which includes at least 15.3% people of color and 6.9% women.

NERCC's Elizabeth Skidmore was quoted in the Gaming Commissions announcement of the move, saying: "Bringing more women and people of color into union construction not only strengthens Massachusetts by moving more families out of poverty but also strengthens the industry by building a more diverse workforce."





Drywall contractor to pay workers $200k for wage violations Posted by on

Allan Vitale and his company R&A Drywall, based in Goffstown, New Hampshire have been ordered to pay carpenters more than $200,000 in restitution and penalties for violations of prevailing wage laws in Massachusetts. He has also been debarred from bidding or performing public work in the state.

Attorney General Martha Coakley announced the fines last week. The company violated the laws while working on Quincy College Coddington Hall and some renovation work at Haymarket Station in Boston. They were also cited for intentionally failing to turn over payroll records.

The company was paying some carpenters as apprentices even though it did not have an apprentice program. It also underpaid 17 other carpenters.

The case was referred to the Attorney General's office by the New England Regional Council of Carpenters and the state's Task Force on the Underground Economy as a result of jobsite visits by NERCC staff.




Carpenters recruit by showing off training center Posted by on

There's welcome news for construction contractors in New England worried about a current or looming skilled labor shortage. Today, more than 900 students currently enrolled in vocational high schools or programs are visiting the New England Carpenters Training Center in Millbury, Massachusetts today.

During their visit, they're learning more about the comprehensive training programs available in the diverse carpentry trade. They're also seeing some of the most sophisticated facilities in the country, combining state-of-the-art shop and work space with classrooms, dormitory, dining and recreation space.

Though some students may have experience in limited aspects of the industry, today's tour gives them a comprehensive view of the trade, work conditions and career opportunities available to trained, motivated and supprted trades workers.

A lack of skilled trades workers is consistently cited in surveys by employers as a limiting factor for company growth and their ability to deliver consistent quality work. Contractors signatory to the Carpenters union have the advantage of joint training programs and fairly negotiated wage and benefit packages that attract the most qualified applicants.

For more information on training programs visit nercc.org/training





Remember to vote today, carpenters! Posted by on

REMEMBER TO VOTE TODAY, CARPENTERS!!
In Massachusetts the union has endorsed:
Martha Coakley for Governor
Maura Healey for Attorney General
Deb Goldberg for Treasurer
NO on Questions 1 and 3 and YES on Question 4.
In Maine, the union has endorsed Mike Michaud
In Connecticut, the union has endorsed Dan Malloy
In Rhode Island, the union has endorsed Gina Raimondo
In New Hampshire, the union has endorsed Jeanne Shaheen, Annie Kuster, Carol Shea-Porter and Maggie Hassan.

 




Statement on the passing of Mayor Menino Posted by on

Following is a statement by Mark Erlich, Executive Secretary-Treasurer of the New England Regional Council of Carpenters in regards to the passing of former Boston Mayor Tom Menino.It is with great sadness that we learned of the passing of Tom Menino, our beloved Mayor of Boston for 20

years. Under Mayor Menino's leadership, Boston emerged as one of the world's great cities - a vibrant city that combines a respect for tradition and an eagerness to embrace innovation. Today's Boston is a far better place than it was a generation ago - more tolerant, more diverse, and more vital.

Mayor Menino was a great friend of the Carpenters Union and the union sector of the construction industry. He understood that great cities have to grow and evolve. He was committed to development, but in a responsible manner that respected neighborhood concerns. He knew that Boston's development should benefit everyone, including the men and women that build the city's projects. He knew that it was not enough to create jobs. Boston's jobs had to be good jobs - ones that provided decent pay, health benefits, and retirement security.

Under his leadership, Boston was a Union City and a great place to live, work, and play.

While he was one of the world's great Mayors, he never forgot where he came from. A man of humble origins and unwavering values, Tom Menino knew that Boston's greatness was intrinsically connected with the success of those who build and work for a living.

He was a friend. We will miss him.
 




State to review $17M tax giveaway Posted by on

In late September 2014 the Economic Assistance Coordinating Council (EACC) agreed to a panel review in response the New England Regional Council of Carpenters application to revoke state and local tax relief for Great Wolf. The EACC expects a status report from the panel review sometime in December. Read coverage of these recent events in the Worcester Telegram and Gazette and the Fitchburg Sentinel

Learn more at nercc.org/greatwolf





Free flu shots at Carpenters Center Posted by on

Carpenters Care is offering free flu shots at the Carpenters Center this month. Check out the schedule - no appointment necessary.





Protect Jobs in MA- Vote No on 3 Posted by on

Protect Jobs in MA - Vote NO on Question 3. A NO vote will protect projects like the Plainridge Park Casino - which is moving forward despite a Nov. 4 vote on whether to repeal the 2011 casino law that made the project possible.





Retirement Seminar scheduled for November 15th 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 November 15, 2014. The seminar will be held at the New England Carpenters Training Center located at 13 Holman Road in Millbury, MA, from 8:30-12:00 pm. 

Registration will begin on October 14th. 

As of October 14th members can register online at CarpentersFund.org or by contacting the Seminar Registration Line at  at 978-253-5100 to reserve a spot. 

Seating is limited. 

Some of the topics that will be discussed at the seminar include...

Choosing your Pension, Annuity & 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

 





You might be surprised by this video Posted by on

If you think about a union carpenter, what image comes to mind? What if you thought of a female union carpenter? 

It might be time for you to imagine something new.

Please watch the latest video from the New England Regional Council of Carpenters and meet some of the interesting women who are union carpenters. They're succeeding in a career they love and creating a path for others to follow. We invite you to meet these women and share their stories. Maybe someone you didn't imagine shares their dream and could move into the high-skill, high-pay career as a union carpenter.

For more info about the Sisters in the Brotherhood click here




Misclassification stories showing results Posted by on

 Misclassification stories developed by national news service with the help of the UBC is showing results in North Carolina. Honest contractors are speaking out and state leaders are vowing to act. Read more here




Over the weekend... Posted by on

Pile Drivers Local 56 had over 35 volunteers turn out on Saturday for the annual River Clean-Up Day with the Neponset River Watershed Association. Early in the day, Massachusetts Attorney General Candidate Warren Tolman, along with former Boston City Councilor Rob Consalvo, and City Councilor Tim McCarthy stopped by the event for a meet and greet with the volunteers.

The crew of volunteers, split into three groups, worked along a stretch of the Neponset River in Hyde Park. One group’s haul of trash included five shopping carts, four car batteries, two mostly intact 4-cylinder car engines, a cash register, tires, bumpers, and steel piping.

The pile driver volunteers put their rigging skills to good use, with some crews utilizing come-alongs and chokers to pull the heavy and entrenched items out of the mud, while others rigged the loads for hoisting by crane or tow truck. One member hauled out a shopping cart, only to realize it had become home to an 18" snapping turtle. LU 56 member Mike "Turtle Man" Cummings kindly relocated the turtle about 50 yards downstream.

A picnic lunch was held after the cleanup for the enthusiastic group of volunteers.

Meanwhile in Worcester…

Volunteers from Local 107 built a 75-foot long replica canal as part of the Blackstone Canalfest held this past weekend. The Canalfest is a street festival with music, entertainment, vendors, food, kids' activities.

The Blackstone Canal connected the City of Worcester to Providence and the sea in the first part of the 19th century. It was covered over in the 1890s, but its waters still flow underneath Harding Street. The area is now a mixed-use neighborhood and visitor destination referred to as the Canal District.

The re-created segment of the canal built each year by union carpenter volunteers is the centerpiece of the festival is filled with over 4,500 gallons of water. The National Park Service/Blackstone River Valley produced the following video about the volunteer efforts:

 




Protect Jobs in MA - Vote NO on Question 3 Posted by on

By voting No on Question 3 you show your support for the licensing of up to three resort-style casinos in Massachusetts, creating an estimated 10,000 permanent jobs and 6,500 construction jobs.


Visit protectmassjobs.com to learn more.

An explanation of Question 3: 
(From masslive.com)

Question 3: Expanding Prohibitions on Gaming in Massachusetts.

This proposed law would (1) prohibit the Massachusetts Gaming Commission from issuing any license for a casino or other gaming establishment with table games and slot machines, or any license for a gaming establishment with slot machines; (2) prohibit any such casino or slots gaming under any such licenses that the Commission might have issued before the proposed law took effect; and (3) prohibit wagering on the simulcasting of live greyhound races.

The proposed law would change the definition of “illegal gaming” under Massachusetts law to include wagering on the simulcasting of live greyhound races, as well as table games and slot machines at Commission-licensed casinos, and slot machines at other Commission-licensed gaming establishments. This would make those types of gaming subject to existing state laws providing criminal penalties for, or otherwise regulating or prohibiting, activities involving illegal gaming.

A NO vote would allow the law, which will facilitate the licensing of up to three resort-style casinos, to stand.

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Escaping the Underground Economy: One Carpenter's Story Posted by on

As we celebrate Labor Day in 2014, the New England Regional Council of Carpenters continues to tell the stories of workers in our region.

This remarkable video project features Julio Beldi, a carpenter who is now realizing the benefits of working as a union member after struggling as part of the underground economy, as well as commentary by Harvard's Elaine Bernard and former MA Secretary of Labor and Workforce Development Joanne Goldstein. Julio's experience is not unique. It is all too common and needs to be shared.

Julio’s story underscores the continued importance of organized labor for all workers in America. Unions are the single best solution to the problems of economic inequality and injustice. So while we celebrate the holiday and the victories won by our predecessors, let us also dedicate ourselves to continuing that progress for all of America's working families. We invite you to watch this video and to share it with anyone you think may be interested.

Happy Labor Day,

Mark Erlich
Executive Secretary-Treasurer




One Day in Boston | Joan Bennett, Carpenters Local 33 Posted by on

Joan Bennett, active member of Carpenters Local Union 33 in Boston, shares a day in her life as she volunteers her carpentry skills for a Rebuilding Together Boston project in Dorchester earlier this year. The video was shot as part of the One Day in Boston initiative, which this year sought to get peoples' thoughts on the future of their cities.




Accelerated deadline? Union, contractor beat it! Posted by on

Congratulations to MIG Corporation and the UBC members working on the Morton Street Bridge in the Mattapan section of Boston. They took an "Accelerated Bridge Construction" project that was scheduled to take 10 days and got it done in 9!

Union carpenters + union contractors = efficiency + convenience + value for the state, taxpayers AND drivers. Great job!

Check out this page, and the second story linked on the page, for more information.




Labor Guild releases Fall schedule Posted by on

The Labor Guild's School of Labor Management Relations has released its schedule of classes for the fall semester. Classes begin September 15th and run through November 10th. All classes are held in one of two periods between 7:00 - 9:30 PM.

Classes will return to SEIU 1199's Dorchester facility for the Fall 2014 term. Local 1199 is located in the Corcoran-Jennison Building, 150 Mount Vernon Street, Dorchester, at the Bayside Expo Business Center. 

A full class list is available at laborguild.com.

The mission of the Labor Guild is to provide engaging, high-quality, affordably-priced Labor-Management education. Each term, 8-10 courses are offered in a variety of topic areas including: labor law, negotiations, union goverance, leadership, public speaking,and economics. 

For more information, visit laborguild.com or call 781-340-7887.





Public Citizen Illustrates Negative Effects of TPP's Threat to "Buy American" Posted by on

 

Billions of dollars belonging to U.S. citizens could be shipped overseas if the Trans-Pacific Partnership’s threat to the “Buy American” program is enacted. Learn more on the UBC site here





Senate Republicans' Latest Attack on Davis-Bacon: A Sign of the Future? Posted by on

Republican Senator Mike Lee from Utah has filed Senate Bill S2617 which, if passed, would pave the way to repeal the Davis-Bacon Act. That would put millions of carpenters at risk of being paid less than the prevailing wage. Visit the UBC's website here to learn where your government representatives stand on Davis-Bacon, and vote for those who support the basic right of earning a fair wage.





Rebuilding a community, not just a building Posted by on

In early 2009, an electrical fire damaged a Worcester building that served as a home to the Stone Soup Community Resource group, a collection of volunteer organizations. With plenty of community support, but scarce funding, the group faced an uncertain future. Local 107's Dave Minasian was an active member of Stone Soup and was able to organize help from friends in the union and the New England Carpenters Training Center to join an effort to make the space usable again.

YouthBuild Boston served as the general contractor on the project. YouthBuild helps low-income young adults between the ages of 16-24 work towards their GEDs, while learning job skills through training and pre-apprenticeship programs. In need of skilled labor to partner with, Local 107 member volunteers and apprentices working under the direction of NECTC instructors stepped up and became an integral part of the rebuild process.

The green rebuild included fire repairs, energy retrofit weatherization work, electrical and heating system updates, and wheelchair accessibility improvements.





Retirement Seminar scheduled for September 6th in NH Posted by on

**As of 8/28/14 this seminar has reached capacity and registration is now closed. Please check back for information about the next seminar, to be held around November. 

The New England Regional Council of Carpenters and the New England Carpenters Benefits Funds are hosting a complimentary seminar “Planning for Retirement” on September 6, 2014. The seminar will be held at the The Executive Court Banquet Facility located at 1199 South Mammoth Road in Manchester, NH (click here for directions) from 8:30-12:00 pm. 

Seating is limited. Members should contact the Reservation Desk at 978-253-5100 to reserve a spot

Some of the topics that will be discussed at the seminar include...

Choosing your Pension, Annuity & 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

 





Congressman Himes (CT) calls for infrastructure repairs Posted by on

There could not have been a more fitting site for a more important issue. Last week, Congressman Jim Himes was joined by state elected officials, labor leaders and business leaders at the Yankee Doodle Bridge in Norwalk, calling for a long-term solution to crumbling infrastructure.

The Yankee Doodle, which carries traffic on Interstate 95 over the Norwalk River, is the most structurally deficient bridge in the state. It was originally built in 1958 and awaits $15 million in repairs, slated to start in 2017. It is one of thousands of road and bridge projects whose maintenance or replacement have been put off to the point of posing an extreme danger to the public.

The National Highway Trust Fund received approval for a $10.8 billion infusion from the United States House of Representatives last week, but has not been acted on by the Senate. The allocation would only temporarily prevent the fund from becoming insolvent next month. It would not solve the problem of creating a long-term solution for funding road and bridge repairs in the United States, which are vital not only to public safety, but economic growth.

Road and bridge repair and construction leads to direct employment of tens of thousands of construction workers nation-wide, many of whom would face unemployment if the Highway Trust Fund runs out of money. Members of the UBC as well as other building trades unions, employers and supporters are being urged to visit Hard Hats for Highways (http://hardhatsforhighways.org/) and send an e-hardhat letter to congress to urge them to enact a long-term plan.

Coverage of the event at the Yankee Doodle Bridge can be found at the Stamford Advocate, the Norwalk Hour and It's Relevant.
 





The Carpenters and Boston Cares Posted by on

The New England Regional Council of Carpenters and the New England Carpenters Training Fund teamed up with Boston Cares, the region’s largest volunteer mobilizer, to help them with their campaign to build 500 beds for children in need in 2014.

Instructors from the NECTF helped complete the design for the toddler beds so that they can be easily assembled by volunteers with minimal training. In advance of each volunteer day, member apprentices mill the lumber and prep all of the stock. Corporate and individual volunteers then assemble the beds at various locations, including the Carpenters Center and New England Carpenters Training Center. 

According to the Mass. Coalition for the Homeless, more than 1,500 Greater Boston school children do not have a bed, which affects their self-esteem, ability to learn, and likelihood of graduating from high school. Boston Cares works with social workers at several non-profit partners to find homes for each bed.


Volunteers assemble beds at the New England Carpenter Training Center. 
 




Carpenters win right to choose representation at Electric Boat Posted by on

Carpenters in Local 1302 at Electric Boat in Groton, Connecticut have successfully beat back an effort by the Metal Trades Council (AFL-CIO) to eliminate their rights and fold them into other unions. This is the first situation in the country where carpenters have stood up, fought back and defeated this piece of the national AFL-CIO's campaign against the UBC.

In 2011, the national AFL-CIO's Metal Trades Department issued a directive to Metal Trades Councils across the country to remove UBC-affiliated locals from their council and prohibit them from continuing to represent the interests of their carpenter members. In February this year, the Metal Trades Council barred Local 1302 from participating in contract negotiations with Electric Boat. The new collective bargaining agreement reached in April removed any reference to the Carpenters union. Shortly thereafter, the MTC stripped Local 1302 of its ability to represent carpenters in the adjustment of their grievances and began a campaign to have carpenters join local unions affiliated with the Laborers, Boilermakers and Painters.

"We tried to get a solidarity agreement with the Metal Trades Council, but it got shot down by their national people," said Bob Tardif, Chief Steward of Local 1302. "Once they shut us out of negotiations, we started to look at our options and talk to the New England Regional Council of Carpenters. We wanted to keep our identity and Mark (Erlich) said that whatever resources we needed, we would have."

As a result of a petition filed by NERCC and Local 1302, a Regional Director of the National Labor Relations Board has issued a decision allowing carpenters at Electric Boat to have a "severance election." The election gives carpenters the right to choose the Carpenters union to bargain with the shipyard, separate from the Metal Trades Council, which represents all other trades workers. Voting for the Carpenters union will allow Local 1302 carpenters to continue their 70-year history of membership and representation by the Carpenters union, rather than be dispersed to other unions.

The election is scheduled for later this month, though the Metal Trades Council and Electric Boat may appeal the decision to the full National Labor Relations Board in Washington, D.C.

"If the vote isn't unanimous, it will probably be really close to unanimous," said Tardif. "Right now, we're all really proud to be members of the Council and get the support we've really needed, from the Executive Board, the Delegates and everyone else.

Congratulations to the courageous union carpenters of Local 1302 for standing together and winning this important fight .





Bay State Drywall carpenters win union election Posted by on

 In an election held last night in Southeastern Massachusetts by the National Labor Relations Board (NLRB), carpenters employed by Bay State Drywall voted for union representation from the Carpenters union by a 10-8 margin. The Freetown-based company is one of a group of contractors in the Fall River-New Bedford area, sometimes referred to as "drywall alley," that draw carpenters from the substantial Portuguese population. During peak season, they typically employ 40-50 carpenters and have been one of the larger nonunion companies in the market.

Representatives from the New England Regional Council of Carpenters have become familiar faces to Bay State employees over the years thanks to countless jobsite visits, which created a level of trust. When there were disputes with the owners over restoring pay cuts made during slow times, the workers decided to go forward with a union election.

Negotiation of an agreement with Bay State cannot start until after the NLRB resolves a union challenge to the uncounted ballots of six employees that Bay State had argued should be included in the election. Those employees are primarily tapers and the Council has taken the position that they do not fall under the definition of a carpenter bargaining unit. A Board ruling on the matter may take as long as two months.

"I'm proud of the carpenters who had the courage to stand up to the company and proud of our staff that led the organizing drive," said Mark Erlich, NERCC Executive Secretary-Treasurer. "NLRB elections are not that common in the construction industry and this victory sends a message that we will use every tool at our disposal to represent working carpenters in New England."





CTA signs union agreement Posted by on

CTA Construction signed a collective bargaining agreement with the New England Regional Council of Carpenters on July 2nd. The contract represents a culmination of a long campaign by the Council and extensive discussions over the past few years between the two organizations.

CTA was founded in 2000 by Lyle Coghlin and Pat Tompkins. Over the past fourteen years, the company has emerged as one of the larger public construction contractors in Massachusetts, with an annual volume of $138 million in 2013. CTA was listed as the 12th largest general contractor in the 2012 Boston Business Journal's Book of Lists and is currently ranked as the 376th biggest firm in ENR's national survey.

"We are pleased that CTA is now a union contractor," commented Mark Erlich, NERCC's Executive Secretary-Treasurer. "We believe that access to a higher caliber of subcontractors and skilled carpenters will allow the company to grow even further."
 





Seasonal allergies or the common cold? A message from the Carpenters Care team Posted by on

Summer brings beautiful blossoming flowers and trees but it also brings pollen and dreaded seasonal allergies. Allergies are caused by our immune system mistaking an otherwise harmless substance as an invader and triggering the production of antibodies. This response causes symptoms in our nose, throat, lungs, sinuses and eyes that can be hard to differentiate from a common cold. The first step when you have symptoms is to speak with your doctor and determine if you have a cold or allergy.

There are a number of things you can do to relieve seasonal allergies:

• Minimizing exposure is important. Stay indoors on dry, windy days or days when the pollen count is high. The best time to venture outside is after a good rain when the pollen has been washed out of the air.
• Make sure to remove and wash clothes that have been worn outside and take a shower to clean pollen off of your skin and hair.
• Keep pollen out of your home by keeping doors and windows closed especially when pollen counts are high. There are a number of websites that display pollen counts including weather.com.
• Speak with your doctor about taking medication to manage your allergy symptoms, there are many over the counter options and your doctor can help determine what might be the most helpful for you.

Seasonal allergies can be unpleasant but with the right combination of avoidance and possible medication your allergy symptoms can be minimized or kept under control. Please feel free to call the Carpenters Care team at 781-222-0930 if you are struggling with a cold or allergy.





Live Stream: White House Summit on Working Families Posted by on

The efforts of the New England Regional Council of Carpenters, as part of the Policy Group on Tradeswomen’s Issues to increase women’s participation in the construction trades, are being recognized nationally at the White House Summit on Working Families today. NERCC Business Representative Liz Skidmore is representing the NERCC and the PGTI at the event, which is available for viewing online TODAY starting at 9:00 a.m.

CLICK HERE FOR THE LIVE STREAM
Today, the White House, the Department of Labor and the Center for American Progress will host a Summit on Working Families to set an agenda for a 21st century workplace that works for all Americans, with a special focus on women and their families.

Agenda highlights:
9:00AM: Opening remarks with Vice President Joseph Biden. Additional remarks from U.S. Secretary of Labor Thomas E. Perez, Senior Advisor to the President Valerie Jarrett, President of the Center for American Progress Neera Tanden, Dr. Jill Biden, and Director of the White House Council on Women and Girls Tina Tchen

9:20AM - 10:30AM: First panel discussion: Family Matters

11:00AM - 12:00PM: Online exclusive: Huffington Post Live discussion on Family Matters

12:30PM - 1:30PM: Second panel discussion: A 21st Century Economy that Works for Business and Workers

1:40PM: Remarks by President Barack Obama

3:30PM: Online exclusive: Huffing Post Live discussion on Career Ladders and Leadership

4:30PM – 5:30PM: Third panel discussion: Career Ladders and Leadership

5:30PM – 6:30PM: Closing remarks with First Lady Michelle Obama

Click here to learn more. 
 


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Graduates begin to build pathways Posted by on

Eight women recently completed the five-week pre-apprenticeship Building Pathways New Hampshire training program. Building Pathways New Hampshire is a cooperative effort of the Carpenters Union, the State Building and Construction Trades Council and the New Hampshire AFL-CIO. It provides pre-apprenticeship training to unemployed and underemployed women in hopes of building the female ranks in the construction industry.


“We are working to diversify our trade and provide a pipeline to all interested and qualified people, which means we end up with the best possible workers, not just some of the best possible workers,” notes Carpenters Local 118 Business Manager Liz Skidmore, who has been active in both local and national "Sisters in the Brotherhood" programs and is helping to coordinate the Building Pathways NH program.


Carpenters Local 118 Business Manager Liz Skidmore speaks to the graduates. 

The five-week course was held at the Carpenters Training Center in Manchester and began on May 12th. The pre-apprenticeship training including OSHA 10, First Aid/CPR, construction math, materials handling, blueprint reading, labor history, blue collar financial planning.

The program aims to introduce participants to the variety of work opportunities available, in a hands-on environment. This training was offered by various trades’ training programs including: Carpenters Local 118, Floorlayers Local 2168, Piledrivers Local 56, Boliermakers Local 29, Heat and Frost Insulators & Allied Trades Local 6, IBEW Local 290, Ironworkers Local 7, Laborers Local 668, Painters and Allied Trades DC 35, Plumbers and Pipefitters Local 131, and Sprinklerfitters Local 669.


Building Pathways graduates look at their completion certificates.

“All of these women were either unemployed or were working minimum wage jobs before beginning this pre-apprenticeship program,” notes Skidmore. “They are going from $7.25 an hour with no benefits to starting at $15 and hour plus benefits. This really is moving these eight women into family-sustaining careers.”

All eight graduates have applied to various trades Apprenticeship Programs. Two have already been accepted into the Plumbers and Pipefighters Local 131 Apprenticeship Program.

“Programs like Building Pathways New Hampshire show the community and elected officials a bigger picture about what it means to be union. We want everyone who is qualified, capable and willing to work hard.” 

For more information about the Building Pathways New Hampshire program click here.
 





NERCC to be recognized at White House Summit Posted by on

The efforts of the New England Regional Council of Carpenters, as part of the Policy Group on Tradeswomen’s Issues to increase women’s participation in the construction trades, are being recognized nationally at the White House Summit on Working Families this Monday. NERCC Business Representative Liz Skidmore will represent the NERCC and the PGTI at the event, which is being hosted by the White House and the Department of Labor and the Center for American Progress. Both President Obama and Vice President Biden will be attending the event.

The White House planning committee for the Summit asked the National Task Force on Tradeswomen's Issues for two "Best Practices" for getting more women into the trades. The Task Force presented them with the Minnesota Vikings stadium project, which set hiring goals and has hired a lot of women, and the work being done in New England by NERCC and the Policy Group on Tradeswomen's Issues (PGTI), which is convened by Skidmore, Susan Moir of UMass Boston Labor Resource Center, Brian Doherty of the Boston Building Trades and Janet Jones of the Dorchester Roxbury Labor Committee.

The PGTI has established a multi-stakeholder strategy of bringing key players together over time to build relationships, share expertise, identify and implement solutions. The group has met at the Carpenters Center every other month for six years and includes city, state and federal officials; General and sub-contractors, academics, compliance officers, tradeswomen, and union leaders. During this time they have published two reports: Unfinished Business, an analysis of all research done on tradeswomen in the last 25 years in the US with policy recommendations and Finishing the Job, a how-to manual for meeting hiring goals on specific construction projects. 

Women's employment has risen from 3% to 6% of all hours worked in Boston over the last few years, a statistic made even more significant when considering the simultaneous increase in the number or work hours over the past two years.

Additional work being done by PGTI that has earned them recognition as a national best practice includes moving from 35 years of supply-only (recruitment and pre-apprenticeship training) to a supply and demand strategy that includes the supply work and adds demand - working to improve compliance with hiring goals. As a result of their work, the Integrated Science Center at UMass Boston building project, which is the first project in Boston that has met hiring goals for all three established goals (residents, minorities and women) over the course of the project.

PGTI has also compiled compliance numbers online in searchable, downloadable databases by a number of entities including the City of Boston, UMass Boston (for their $700 mil PLA), and the MA Bureau of Apprenticeship Standards. These databases are now being used by GCs and project owners to review past compliance history and in evaluating which contractors to hire.

As stated on the summit’s website, “the White House Summit will convene businesses, economists, labor leaders, policymakers, advocates and citizen to discuss policy solutions that can make a real difference in the lives of working families and ensure America’s global competitiveness in the coming decades.”

Learn more about the work of the PGTI by visiting their website here. To follow the events happening during the White House Summit on Working Families click here.




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