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President McGarvey noted the difficulty that many energy infrastructure projects have in navigating various regulatory and environmental hurdles which are creating supply and pricing problems in many regions of the nation.
Letter to the Editor by Mass Building Trades Council President Frank Callahan.
"Boston is a pro-union town. That means it has a skilled workforce trained in union apprenticeship programs. And it means having a solid middle class with family-sustaining wages, health insurance and good pensions. In turn, these pensions are reinvested to build more affordable housing.
To those of us privileged to know and work with Joe Nigro he set the example for us to follow. For those who didn't but still benefit today from his hard work, dedication and vision, read his obituary. It doesn't tell the whole story, but my hope is it will inspire the next generation of union leaders to take up the torch so Joe can truly Rest In Peace.
For about a year, laborers between jobs, plumbers on their way home at the end of a day's work, and volunteers with a host of other skills have parked their trucks on a quiet dead end in Pawtucketville and spent a few hours hammering away on four, slowly rising houses. Dozens of men and women from Laborers Local 429 in Lowell have donated their time. Thomas Erickson, the local's business manager, said he sends new recruits out to the site for experience and supplies veteran worker when they're in-between jobs.
Great article about Art Butler and his lifelong effort to make sure workers receive the pay they've worked so hard to earn. He and Karen Courtney of the Foundation For Fair Contracting of Mass have played a role in the levying of $6.5 million in back wages and penalties by state and federal regulators against contractors, including $217,000 last year. They are among the best friends workers, honest contractors and taxpayers never knew they had. Its nice to see them get some recognition.
Should Massachusetts Oppose Further Natural Gas Pipeline Construction In The State? Boston Globe SouthSubmitted by superuser on May 31, 2016 - 11:09am.
No - by Scott Gustafson.
When it comes to a responsible energy solution, “no” is not a policy that will keep the lights on. And yet there are those who flatly refuse any new projects without providing realistic alternatives.
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.”