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A Big Loss to Our Labor Movement

I am deeply saddened to report that John Laughlin, the Political Director for Painters DC 35, passed away yesterday, after a valiant battle with cancer. Please click below to read a personal and moving message from John's close friend Rich Rogers of the Greater Boston Labor Council.

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The Mass. AFL-CIO, The Mass. Building Trades Council, & UNITE/HERE Host Dr. Clyde Barrow, For A Briefing On The Mass, Gaming Law

Tuesday, October 21st, 11:00 AM, Omni Parker House, 15 School Street, Boston,

Question Three: Putting Casinos Before The People - WGBH "Greater Boston"

After Massachusetts passed the casino law in 2011, the opposing views on expanded gambling seemed like a moot point. But the question of casinos is now very back in play with Ballot Question 3. Opponents are pushing a "Yes" vote, which would repeal the state’s casino-gambling law. For their part, supporters are doing everything possible to keep the law on the books.

Frank Callahan is president of the Massachusetts Building Trades Council, which opposes Question 3.
John Ribeiro is the chairman of Yes on 3 campaign, which sponsored the ballot question.

Aging Roads, Bridges Pose Real Public Safety Threat For Mass.

Mayors Joe Curtatone & Joe Sullivan lay out the facts on Ballot Question #1:
More than half our state’s bridges are either structurally deficient or functionally obsolete. Twenty-seven bridges are so troubled that they have already been closed. And problems with our roadways contribute to about a third of our traffic fatalities. Vote No on Question #1.

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Renewables Are In New England’s Future, But Gas Pipelines Still Needed - Boston Globe

This is a very good editorial from the Boston Globe addressing the need to have a balanced, common sense approach towards integrating renewable energy into our power grid while recognizing the pressing need for more natural gas to meet the region's energy demands today and into the near future.

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Where Do The Candidates For Governor Stand On Issues That Impact Building Trades Workers?

It is important to get informed before you vote for the next Governor of Massachusetts. Here are Charlie Baker's positions on Project Labor Agreements, Prevailing Wages and Unemployment Benefits. Get the facts before you vote on November 4th.

Sisters In The Brotherhood

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.

Union Tradesmen Make Generous Donation Of Time And Skills - SouthBostonToday.com

“Thank God for the generosity of Painters District Council 35, stated Maryann Crush, who heads the board of directors at Saint Peter Academy. South Boston resident and union representative Ray Pickup and his team came into the school and completely made the classrooms and hallways on the first level look brand new.

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Picking Up the PACE: New Bill Would Boost All-Important Apprenticeship Nationwide

BCTD President Sean McGarvey said: “PACE would for the first time provide a legislative foundation, and increased funding, for the Office of Apprenticeship, while also providing the Secretary of Labor more systematic advice on apprenticeship regulatory matters from key stakeholders in the system. Perhaps most importantly, PACE would provide increased capacity to administer the National Apprenticeship Act at a time when much is expected in terms of high performance skilled workforce development in the American economy.

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