As of January 1, 2015 monthly dues will be increased to $41.50
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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.
For more than three years, workers doing asbestos removal and demolition jobs for several Woburn companies were paid in cash, resulting in more than $700,000 in unreported wages... Many of them are hired as independent contractors, without the job protections or tax deductions of a traditional employment relationship. The practice, known as wage theft, “has reached epidemic levels” in Massachusetts.
Residential construction firms generate profits by victimizing some of the most vulnerable workers in Massachusetts, delivering poor quality homes to consumers, and leaving citizens of the commonwealth on the hook to make up for hundreds of millions in lost tax revenue. We also show that despite solid statutory language, enforcement mechanisms designed for regularized employers are woefully inadequate to protect workers from the illegal practices by the marginal firms that now dominate residential construction.
101 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,”
With the support of 52 Republican members, an overwhelming bi-partisan majority in the United States House of Representatives has once again rejected an attempt to eradicate the Davis-Bacon Act, which ensures the protection of local community wage and benefit standards on federally-funded construction projects. The amendment, sponsored by Representative Steve King (R-IA) was defeated by a decisive vote of 186-235.
Quincy’s original plan for downtown redevelopment included a number of commitments for union workers. That plan, along with those commitments, ended last year when Mayor Thomas Koch cut ties with Street-Works. Robert Rizzi, president of Quincy and South Shore Building Trades union, said Wednesday that successive developers were supposed to abide by the deal to hire union labor for 80 percent of the construction.
Today, the Massachusetts AFL-CIO and the Massachusetts Coalition for Occupation Safety and Health (MassCOSH) released Dying for Work in Massachusetts: The Loss of Life and Limb in Massachusetts Workplaces, a new report documenting the loss of life taking place at worksites across Massachusetts. The 27-page report details how workers lost their lives on the job in 2014 as well as what must be done to keep workers safe.