12/19/2013 - 3:28pm
BCTD President Sean McGarvey said, "This is a great day for the construction industry in North America in general, and the union construction industry in particular. To have General President Callahan contribute his voice, his insight and his vision to the deliberations of our Governing Board of Presidents will enhance our collective objective of raising standards for all who work in the construction industry. With the Operating Engineers as a formal partner, we will better serve the needs of our clients, our customers, our contractors and, most importantly, the members we represent. We will build upon our combined legacy of creating opportunities through apprenticeship and pre-apprenticeship programs that are so vital to strengthening and building the middle class across North America.
12/17/2013 - 4:30pm
Five years ago state lawmakers approved the Accelerated Bridge Program, an eight-year, $3 billion project that increased funding for bridges that had fallen into disrepair. The state has since repaired more than 100 bridges and taken them off the structurally deficient list. Through 2016, workers will focus on five mega-projects, like the Route 79 viaduct in Fall River. Other mega-projects around the state include the Longfellow Bridge in Boston, the Fore River Bridge in Quincy and the Whittier Bridge, where I-95 crosses the Merrimack River. These projects all have one thing in common - they are being built by the skilled craft professionals of Massachusetts' Building Trades Unions.