As of January 1, 2016 monthly dues will be increased to $42.50
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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.”
Dorchester native Shamaiah Turner was always interested in building. She studied architecture for three semesters at Tulane University in New Orleans, but Hurricane Katrina derailed her, as it did so many others. “I just like working with my hands,” she says, “using my brain in a way that’s not sitting down in an office.” The now 30-year-old spent a year in AmeriCorps working with Habitat for Humanity, but every time she asked someone how to make construction her career, she was told the same thing, she says: “Go work in an office.”
Q&A With Building Trades Leader On His Union's Support For Hillary Clinton And Its Dealings With Donald Trump - Business JournalSubmitted by superuser on April 21, 2016 - 12:13pm.
Your union has endorsed Hillary Clinton. Why?
Most of our unions did polling of their membership to see what their preference was. She was the preference of the membership.
And second of all, she was the only one who asked for our endorsement. Bernie Sanders didn’t ask for your endorsement? He did not. Nor did Martin O’Malley or Donald Trump, or anyone else.
Local unions, employers and technical high schools are joining forces to urge more young women to stick with the trades. “Women don’t think of being stonemason or an electrician, so you have to have a strategy to reach them and to demonstrate that this is a good career opportunity for you,” said Geri Scott, a director with Jobs for the Future.
In Boston, these efforts seem to be working. Unions say the percentage of women in the trades has doubled since 2009. But they admit that there’s still a lot of work to do.
Helmets To Hardhats will hold its 2nd Annual Bike Run on Saturday September 10, 2016 at the Canton Town Club, 244 Bailey Street, Canton, MA. Registration is at 10:00 AM Kickstands up at 11:45 AM. Full Flyer is attached, more information to follow.
The Labor Guild of Boston is hosting a special early evening session in Worcester focusing on Building Trades Issues & Strategies. WHO SHOULD ATTEND? Designed for all Building Trades Union Members interested in becoming more active and learning how to promote union positions more effectively in public forums. Classes begin April 27th.
TLC member David Ferrandiz told the Daily that many other Boston schools have signed PLAs and that Tufts should be held to the same standard.
“Right now, schools of comparative size and space in the Boston area all sign onto this agreement,” Ferrandiz, a junior, said. “Tufts is definitely lagging behind in its commitment and not only that, but it’s failing to be a model as it strives to be.”