Massachusetts Building and Construction Trades News

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North America’s Building Trades Unions Gain 63,000 Members in 2017 According To US Department of Labor Report

NABTU’s commitment to empowering the middle class by connecting hardworking Americans to our self-funded apprenticeship training programs and viable careers in the construction industry has always been our driving force. And with our unions gaining more than 63,000 members in 2017 alone – which continues a five-year trend encompassing a cumulative gain of approximately 300,000 new members in that span – it is safe to say that people are getting that message.

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It’s The Kind Of Cold That ‘Makes You Reevaluate Your Life Choices’ -Boston Globe

While the rest of us complain from the shelter of heated offices about a cold snap as bitter as any the city’s seen in a century…it’s tough to imagine anyone having it worse than the folks wearing the hard hats. For those who are digging, pouring, welding and loading their way through a cold stretch that doesn’t seem to end, a paycheck depends on doing the work, and there’s not much choice in weather like this but to work harder. As Frank Callahan, president of the Massachusetts Building Trades Council, points out, “They’re earning every penny.

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Fundraiser to Benefit The Family of Mark Camire

Mark Camire, a member of Laborers Local 151, husband and father of two daughters lost his life on the job this past July. There is a fundraiser on Sunday, October 22nd, at the American Legion #101, in Woburn to support the Mark Camire Family Fund. We urge you to do whatever you can to support this fundaiser and brother Camire's family. For more details click on the image to the left.

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Modest Pay Hikes Are Still the Norm - Egineering News Record

While craft workers remain in short supply in most of the U.S., wage hikes are steady but not skyrocketing, based on recent industry-wide surveys. State building-trades chief Frank Callahan says the 74 local unions in Massachusetts are starting to see an uptick in wage growth. But that growth is not always keeping pace with other project costs, such as materials, real estate and legal fees, he says.

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