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Guest Columnist Frank Callahan writes: "As nuclear and coal-power plants like Vermont Yankee, Mount Tom in Holyoke and Brayton Point in Somerset continue to close and are replaced by natural-gas power plants, a lack of adequate natural gas capacity is holding back the Massachusetts economy and hurting the commonwealth's most vulnerable citizens.
The facility was completed in just over two weeks using entirely union labor. Under normal circumstances a full renovation of this magnitude could take years to complete. The union workers, as many as 60 at a time, renovated the Department of Transportation’s old sign shop into a premier facility that will house 100 people after this week’s opening and 700 when renovations are fully complete.
The Commonwealth of Massachusetts’ Special Commission on the Use of Project Labor Agreements in Road, Bridge and Rail Projects has released a report after looking into what the contracts have delivered on infrastructure and construction projects. The Commission found that, “PLAs prevent cost-overruns, encourage the timely completion of projects, and avoid potential labor disputes.”
Boston's Union trades men and women bringing their skills, hard work and commitment to “state-of-the-art” homeless shelter and get the job done right with unprecedented speed. “Long hours, 12-hour days on average,” said Carpenter Rick Mason. “But for a good cause to get it all done, and to me it’s worth it.”
Just minutes before Charlie Baker became governor, the Patrick administration released a $250,000 study suggesting winter electricity prices are likely to remain very high for the next four years and additional natural gas pipeline capacity is needed to address the problem.
The report by Synapse Energy Economics of Cambridge said the state is likely to continue experiencing sharp spikes in natural gas prices during the winter months for the next four years because of insufficient pipeline capacity coming into the region.
MEDIA ADVISORY: Massachusetts Special Commission Report on the Use of Project Labor Agreements in Road, Bridge and Rail ProjectsSubmitted by superuser on January 8, 2015 - 11:17am.
Massachusetts Building Trades Council President Frank Callahan said, “After an exhaustive review of the facts, the commission’s findings confirm what the evidence has always shown. Project Labor Agreements are a time-tested business tool that has been used successfully in both the private and public sectors to deliver quality construction, on-time and on-budget.”
In our view, the natural gas question was settled some time ago. The retirement of coal & oil-fired power plants in favor of natural-gas fired plants has obviously put a crimp on supply, forcing prices higher during New England winters. As winter arrives, bringing with it steep rate increases, many households are experiencing sticker shocker in their electricity bills.
They are seasoned union tradesmen who have helped to construct buildings throughout the Boston area, yet they are taking special pride in the job they are working on in their hometown. Ironworkers Frank Barker & Steve Bennett, Carpenter Norris Gibson and Laborer John Hennessy are part of the crew building the new Marshall Middle School on Brookline Street. “This is a great thing for Lynn,” Hennessy said, “to be able to give the kids a first-class school to be educated in. We’ll bring this in on time; that’s what we do.”