As of January 1, 2015 monthly dues will be increased to $41.50
For information regarding the apprenticeship program, please click on the link for the Northeast Apprenticeship Program in Web Links.
Read Sean McGarvey's letter on why nonunion firms in the construction industry are having trouble attracting qualified, skilled workers. Sean McGarvey is President of North America's Building Trades Unions.
Operation Exit, a pre-apprenticeship program in Boston for people who are considered “high risk,” has graduated its second class of students. The program’s champion, Mayor Marty Walsh, was on hand to speak to the graduates. Walsh said, "I don’t care what you did in the past...All I care about is what’s going on in the future.” Also speaking at the event was class co-president Donan “Chucky” Cosme. He now wants to begin a career installing sprinkler systems in high-rise buildings. He said of his future as an apprentice: “My last jobs were jobs. This is a career.
Françoise Carré, Research Director for the Center for Social Policy at the University of Massachusetts, Boston, conducts a thorough analysis of trends in independent contractor misclassification throughout the labor market. Misclassification, which occurs when a worker who should be considered a direct employee of a business is treated as a self-employed contractor, constitutes a business model for unscrupulous employers who use it to avoid employment-related obligations and save on labor and administrative costs.
Sen. Markey & Rep. Neal Partner To Create Jobs Rebuilding Crumbling Infrastructure, Boost Investment in Local ProjectsSubmitted by superuser on June 4, 2015 - 2:48pm.
Senator Edward J. Markey (D-Mass.) and Rep. Richard Neal (D-Springfield) today introduced the Bolstering Our Nation’s Deficient Structures (BONDS) Act, legislation that would create jobs helping to rebuild America’s crumbling infrastructure. Frank Callahan, President of the Massachusetts Building Trades Council, AFL-CIO said, “Infrastructure investments at the federal, state and local level will put our people back to work doing work that needs to be done. These investments address our current employment issues and secure a better future for the larger Massachusetts’ economy.
Building Pathways is another example of Building Trades Unions and Union Contractors working together to benefit our industry and our communities. Building Pathways is a six‐week program designed to prepare qualified applicants for an apprenticeship in the building trades. It is sponsored by the Building and Construction Trades Council of the Metropolitan District in partnership with Action for Boston Community Development and the Boston Housing Authority.
Statement released by North America's Building Trades Unions regarding passage by the U.S. House of Representatives of the Highway and Transportation Funding Act of 2015:
"To be sure North America’s Build Trades Unions views passage of H.R. 2353 as a positive outcome. But, unfortunately, it falls well short of being an ideal outcome. "If there is one issue upon which businesses and workers alike can agree, regardless of political affiliation, is the need for Congress to pass a robust, sustainable, multi-year surface transportation reauthorization bill."
Union leaders in Boston say they support the city’s goals. And unions said they have taken steps to ensure work goes to city residents, minorities, and women. “Our message is: ‘No matter who you are or what you look like, come join us in the trades,’” said Brian Doherty, head of Boston’s Building Trades Council, which runs programming focused on recruiting women and minorities who live in Boston to develop careers in construction.
The paper recommends policy changes to halt the practice of illegal misclassification, including strict enforcement of penalties and fines, public identification of violators, better permanent inter-agency coordination, and a dramatic increase in workplace raids.