As of January 1, 2016 monthly dues will be increased to $42.50
For information regarding the apprenticeship program, please click on the link for the Northeast Apprenticeship Program in Web Links.
Employment is at a 26-year-high. Average incomes have climbed steadily, and faster than inflation, since 2010. Projects valued at $26 billion have launched since 2014, with billions more planned. Yet the region’s biggest construction firms, and the unions whose members they employ, say they’re confident there will be enough workers to go around. Indeed,..construction unions have ramped up recruitment, touting their wage and benefit packages to recruit nonunion construction veterans, and training new members looking for a good career that doesn’t require college.
House Speaker Robert A. DeLeo said in a television appearance last month that he wanted to consult economists about whether the state needs to raise taxes. A panel of Massachusetts economists took it upon themselves to come up with an answer, and Thursday they delivered it: Yes.
The board “strongly recommends that the legislature and governor take steps necessary to increase tax revenues available to meet the state’s urgent unmet educational and infrastructure needs,” the board said in its report.
Massachusetts Building Trades Council Supports a YES Vote for Minuteman Regional Vocational Technical High SchoolSubmitted by superuser on September 19, 2016 - 2:21pm.
On Tuesday September 20, 2016 the District will hold a special election in its member towns to decide whether we can move forward with the construction of a new school. The 75,000 member Massachusetts Building Trades Council urges a YES Vote to support vocational and technical education. Polls are open from Noon to 8:00 PM.
If you live in one of these towns please VOTE YES on Tuesday September 20th: Acton, Arlington, Belmont, Bolton, Boxborough, Carlisle, Concord, Dover, Lancaster, Lexington, Lincoln, Needham, Stow, Sudbury, Wayland, Weston.
This is the high cost of Wage Theft, Insurance Fraud & Tax Fraud. While the front line workers are bearing the highest cost the rest of are forced to subsidize these practices in the form of higher taxes, higher insurance premiums and lost work opportunities for those who play by the rules. It will continue until the legislature cracks down on those General Contractors who encourage these practices every day.
The Massachusetts Building Trades Council, AFL-CIO is hosting its 2nd Annual Bike Run to benefit Helmets to Hardhats which connects men and women from the Armed Forces with promising building and construction careers in North America's Building Trades Unions. Join us this Saturday September 10th at the Canton Town Club, 244 Bailey Street, Canton, Mass. Kickstands up at 11:45 AM.
We're also raffling off a 2016 Harley-Davidson Fatboy. Raffle Tickets are $100 each. Only 300 tickets will be sold.
Here is a great poem to celebrate the hard working men and women who get the big jobs done. Happy Labor Day!
Along with the spiritual discipline of respect for others we must also practice self-respect in our work. “Whatever your hand finds to do, do it with all your might,” is the command of Scripture (Ecclesiastes 9:10).
The fact is that all work is honourable, and by working we contribute to the common good. This truth is made abundantly clear in these words written by construction worker Peter Terzick. In the book Of Human Hands: A Reader In The Spirituality of Work, he eloquently summarizes his work in construction this way:
Decline In Union Density Costs Nonunion Workers $133 Billion Annually In Lost Wages - Economic Policy InstituteSubmitted by superuser on August 31, 2016 - 8:52am.
The overlooked reason why wages are stuck and inequality is growing is the dramatic decline in union density since 1979 has resulted in far lower wages for nonunion workers, an impact larger than the 5 percent effect of globalization on their wages found in recent research. Specifically, nonunion men lacking a college degree would have earned 8%, or $3,016 annually, more in 2013 if unions had remained as strong as they were in 1979.