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The Personal Story of Mayor Martin J. Walsh - Commonwealth Magazine

Walsh, drawing on the power of believing again in belief itself, says he’ll do what’s best for the city in spite of the naysayers and skeptics. “The word can’t—I just don’t like it,” he says. “Anything can be done. Anything is possible.”

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Low-Income Hiring Program Started by Boston Mayor Marty Walsh Graduates New Class

Partnering with the Building Pathways program has meant helping men and women from low-income communities achieve careers that will offer stability, financial security, and tremendous opportunities for personal success.

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More Wall St. Bull - Wall Street Journal Ed Board Apparently Doesn't Read Its Own Paper

On July 5, the WSJ published an op-ed entitled, "Washington's Next Big Bailout." In the piece, the Journal's editorial writers attempt to paint a picture whereby "...unions and politicians are teeing up taxpayers to pay the bailout bill." Two things are wrong though. 1) It's not true - unions are working towards a solution NOT a bailout; and, 2) the reason some funds are "at-risk" is not because they are 'generous' but because they got burned in the economic crash of 2008.

Fourth of July Message From BCTD President Sean McGarvey

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...it is vitally important that we remain engaged in the American political process. It will always be critical to our collective efforts to protect and secure greater economic opportunity for all Americans.

So, on this Independence Day, remember that we live in the greatest country ever conceived on Earth. And take a brief moment to reflect upon, and reconnect with, those truths that our forefathers found to "be self-evident.”

Let us never take them for granted because, as Patrick Henry once said, we are “responsible for the greatest trust ever confided to a political society.”

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...it is vitally important that we remain engaged in the American political process. It will always be critical to our collective efforts to protect and secure greater economic opportunity for all Americans.

So, on this Independence Day, remember that we live in the greatest country ever conceived on Earth. And take a brief moment to reflect upon, and reconnect with, those truths that our forefathers found to "be self-evident.”

Let us never take them for granted because, as Patrick Henry once said, we are “responsible for the greatest trust ever confided to a political society.”

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Standout Somerville High School Electrical Students Awarded

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The Somerville News Weekly

Electrical Students in the Somerville High School's Center for Career and Technical Education (CTE) were selected for the IBEW Local 103 Pre-Apprentice Partnership Program at Bent Electric. The apprenticeship is a five-year program in which participating students become members of the International Brotherhood of Electrical Workers. IBEW Local 103 represents all of eastern Massachusetts

The Somerville News Weekly

Electrical Students in the Somerville High School's Center for Career and Technical Education (CTE) were selected for the IBEW Local 103 Pre-Apprentice Partnership Program at Bent Electric. The apprenticeship is a five-year program in which participating students become members of the International Brotherhood of Electrical Workers. IBEW Local 103 represents all of eastern Massachusetts

They Don’t Make ’Em Like They Used To, Inferior Products and Labor Drive Modern Construction - Guest Op-Ed

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There continue to be expert craftsmen — carpenters, roofers, painters — who work with precision and pride, but they are increasingly being pushed out by cheaper labor with inferior skills (which is, of course, why the labor is cheaper). I have had paint jobs that blistered within days and had to be redone — at my expense. And I have heard and read of many analogous experiences. This is not the fault of homeowners, but of the industries whose practices favor the use of inferior products and labor that drive modern construction: the developers, lenders, builders and Realtors who, to make quick money, have created a stock of domestic and commercial infrastructure that is a waste of resources and will not last.

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There continue to be expert craftsmen — carpenters, roofers, painters — who work with precision and pride, but they are increasingly being pushed out by cheaper labor with inferior skills (which is, of course, why the labor is cheaper). I have had paint jobs that blistered within days and had to be redone — at my expense. And I have heard and read of many analogous experiences. This is not the fault of homeowners, but of the industries whose practices favor the use of inferior products and labor that drive modern construction: the developers, lenders, builders and Realtors who, to make quick money, have created a stock of domestic and commercial infrastructure that is a waste of resources and will not last.

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Media Release - Statement of Massachusetts Building Trades Council on SJC Gaming Decision

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"My disappointment with the decision of the Massachusetts Supreme Judicial Court to place a question on the ballot proposing to repeal expanded gaming in Massachusetts is tempered by my faith in the voters of Massachusetts." said Mass Building Trades President Frank Callahan. "The implementation of the gaming law will result in the creation of thousands of good-paying middle class jobs in the construction and hospitality industries, billions of dollars in economic development and billions of dollars in revenue for state and local governments to be used for schools, public safety and infrastructure. Massachusetts’ voters know this and will vote against the repeal of the law."

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"My disappointment with the decision of the Massachusetts Supreme Judicial Court to place a question on the ballot proposing to repeal expanded gaming in Massachusetts is tempered by my faith in the voters of Massachusetts." said Mass Building Trades President Frank Callahan. "The implementation of the gaming law will result in the creation of thousands of good-paying middle class jobs in the construction and hospitality industries, billions of dollars in economic development and billions of dollars in revenue for state and local governments to be used for schools, public safety and infrastructure. Massachusetts’ voters know this and will vote against the repeal of the law."

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Mass Building Trades Exposes False Claims Blaming Labor Costs For Housing Shortage

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I expect developers like John Hynes and contractor groups like the AGC of Mass. to promote their self-interest and profits by falsely placing the blame on workers. However, these false claims (like most public relations narratives) don’t survive a little fact checking. So, yes we do need to study why it is so much more expensive to build in Boston, but we also need to ask the right questions. Let’s start by looking into the profit margins of contractors and developers because clearly the high cost of housing is not being driven by the wages of middle class construction workers.

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I expect developers like John Hynes and contractor groups like the AGC of Mass. to promote their self-interest and profits by falsely placing the blame on workers. However, these false claims (like most public relations narratives) don’t survive a little fact checking. So, yes we do need to study why it is so much more expensive to build in Boston, but we also need to ask the right questions. Let’s start by looking into the profit margins of contractors and developers because clearly the high cost of housing is not being driven by the wages of middle class construction workers.

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Tom Conroy Accepts Endorsement of Massachusetts Building Trades Council For Treasurer

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The Massachusetts Building Trades Council, representing more than 75,000 Massachusetts working families today announced its endorsement of State Rep. Tom Conroy in his campaign for State Treasurer. “Tom Conroy has been a strong advocate for working men and women across Massachusetts since he was elected to the House,” said MBTC President Frank Callahan. “From fighting for the safest workplace conditions to ensuring there is a strong and robust safety net for people who lose their jobs to protecting men and women in all industries, Tom has been a consistent voice in the Legislature on behalf of hard working people.”

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The Massachusetts Building Trades Council, representing more than 75,000 Massachusetts working families today announced its endorsement of State Rep. Tom Conroy in his campaign for State Treasurer. “Tom Conroy has been a strong advocate for working men and women across Massachusetts since he was elected to the House,” said MBTC President Frank Callahan. “From fighting for the safest workplace conditions to ensuring there is a strong and robust safety net for people who lose their jobs to protecting men and women in all industries, Tom has been a consistent voice in the Legislature on behalf of hard working people.”

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