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"Today, I am proud to announce that we have fulfilled our commitment to raise $5 million in five years for the Diabetes Research Institute at the University of Miami," said Sean McGarvey, President of North America's Building Trades Unions. "Not only did we meet our objective, but we did so in the throes of one of the worst economies we have seen in a generation, and we accomplished this feat over a year early."
In Massachusetts, the Sheet Metal Workers was the first to register its apprenticeship program in the state in 1952. While visiting the state on Nov. 17, Secretary Perez dropped by the Sheet Metal Workers Joint Apprenticeship and Training Committee facility in Dorchester, Mass. The program is a leader in expanding apprenticeship training to under-represented communities through partnerships that include the Building Pathways Program, the department's Women Apprentices in Non-Traditional Occupations, and Helmets to Hardhats for veterans.
The following statement was released today by Sean McGarvey, President of North America's Building Trades Unions, upon the defeat in the U.S. Senate of S. 2280.
"The 3 million skilled craft professionals that comprise North America's Building Trades Unions are disappointed that the United States Senate rejected massive, middle class jobs legislation that would have provided the necessary clearance for the Keystone XL pipeline.
About 410,000 people are working are apprentices nationwide, a Labor Department spokesman said. At the Joseph W. Joyce Apprenticeship Training Center in Dorchester, Perez discussed how he would promote similar joint efforts nationally, said John Healy, training director for the Sheet Metal Workers, Local 17. Healy said his training center currently has about 200 apprentices enrolled in its five-year program.
“We always thought we were going to win handily,” said Frank Callahan, president of the Massachusetts Building Trades Council. “The members have been really working hard. This will mean about 6,500 jobs for the trades.”
The Massachusetts Building Trades Council has made the following recommendations for Election Day. Your vote is your choice. Please exercise your right to VOTE on Nov. 4th.
Comparing union organizing this fall to Elizabeth Warren’s 2012 campaign, Frank Callahan, president of Massachusetts Building Trades Council, said Coakley will be able to lean on more than 1,000 volunteers over the next week in her heated race with Baker, with so-called labor walks — door-to-door contact with union members — kicking off nightly in Boston and beyond.
When John Laughlin passed away last week, working people across Massachusetts and the nation lost a champion. Most of those people never knew John, but their wages, working conditions and standard of living was better because of him. The labor movement and our society at large need more people like John. People who give their all to improve the lives of people they’ve never met and combine that undying passion with the knowledge, experience and talent to make it happen.