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.
Great post by Jon Soltz - Co-Founder of VoteVets.org, Iraq War Veteran.
Across our country, we’ll hear from politicians about the importance of “supporting our troops,” and “leaving no veteran behind.” So the next time you hear a politician claim to support the troops, ask him or her if that includes supporting prevailing wage laws.
For the first few years of Jermaine Johnson's apprenticeship in Plumbers Local #12, whenever he got called in for mandatory training, he filed for and got unemployment benefits, something to tide him over when he was not working. Then, last year, that changed. He couldn’t file for unemployment. Instead, he lost a couple of paychecks as he went to mandatory classes.
“It’s not fair,” Johnson said. “We pay into unemployment. And when there’s mandatory training, we can’t work. At the end of the day, we all have families to feed.”
Letter to the Editor from MBTC President Frank Callahan in the Boston Globe - "Unions advocate for project labor agreements, prevailing wage laws, responsible employer ordinances, and other policies that raise standards for all workers, regardless of union affiliation....We can hold our own in a fair competition, and that’s why we will never stop advocating for the protections and standards that all workers deserve."
The Massachusetts Girls in Trades Advisory Board has announced that it will host an informational session dedicated to informing alumnae and parents of female students from technical high schools about career opportunities for women in the skilled trades. The session is set for Wednesday, May 25, from 6 to 8 p.m., at the New England Carpenters Training Center in Millbury. The informational session will feature working tradeswomen and leaders from the Massachusetts building trades.
Historically, the construction industry has been a male-dominated field, but there’s a push to change all that. Boston's Building Trades Unions in concert with the Policy Group on Tradeswomen's Issues, Wentworth Institute of Technology, and the Building Trades own Building Pathways Program are building on past success at attracting more women to good paying careers in the construction industry.
102 Years ago today, on May 5, 1914, Massachusetts Governor David I. Walsh, signed into law what is known as the Massachusetts Prevailing Wage Law. The Law reads in part that; “The wages for a day’s work paid to mechanics employed in such construction of public works shall be not less than the customary and prevailing rate of wages for a day’s work in the same trade or occupation in the locality, city or town where such public works are constructed.”
The Massachusetts AFL-CIO and the Massachusetts Coalition for Occupational Safety and Health released a new report documenting the loss of life taking place at worksites across Massachusetts. Titled DYING FOR WORK IN MASSACHUSETTS: The Loss of Life and Limb in Massachusetts Workplaces, the 31-page report details how workers like Dumont lost their lives on the job in 2015, as well as what must be done to keep workers safe. The report noted Massachusetts experienced a five year high in its worker fatality rate.
New Goldman Sachs Report Asserts that Alleged “Labor Shortage” Does Not Exist in Construction - WePartyPatriots BlogSubmitted by superuser on April 26, 2016 - 2:47pm.
“Our analysis of payroll growth and wage inflation data suggests that labor shortages may not be to blame for the mediocre level of housing activity. We find that, on the one hand, the construction sector has experienced the largest job growth over the past year.”
“Economics 101 would suggest that, if labor shortages did in fact exist, upward pressure on wages would be more pronounced and payroll growth would be anemic. Therefore, the evidence from the industry-level employment and wage data does not support the existence of labor shortages in the construction sector.”