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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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Teamsters Local 25 Solidarity Rally Friday September 15th, 7:00 am, Independent Pipe & Supply, Canton

Thirty-six Teamsters Local 25 Members at Independent Pipe in Canton and Boston Pipe in Somerville have stood strong and have been on strike for more than six weeks.  Let Boston Area know when they take on one Local Union they take on all Local Unions

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North America's Building Trades Unions Succeeds in Beating Back 3 Anti-Prevailing Wage Amendments

In three bi-partisan votes of 173-240 NABTU defeated efforts by Congressman Steve King (R-Iowa) to slash the wages of America's building trades workers on publicly funded projects. 54 Republicans joined with all Democrats in voting “no.” Thank you to the Massachusetts delegation for unanimously voting in support of fair wages for America's building trades workers.

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Fenton and Callahan: Unions Strong Beyond Numbers - Brockton Enterprise

On Labor Day, it’s common to take stock of the latest employment and job creation data. Equally important is asking what kind of jobs are being created. Not all jobs are created equal. Not all jobs provide the kinds of training, wages, and benefits that allow workers to actually build a career or to support a family.
Unions within the Mass Building Trades Council provide comprehensive healthcare and training benefits to their members, and are making significant progress towards achieving greater representation for women and people of color in the building trades.

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A New Urgency for Labor Day 2017

So, as we approach Labor Day 2017, and take time to reflect upon the importance of work, and how career and employment opportunities are so central to the health and vitality of the American economy and American society, let us hope that our nation’s lawmakers have the foresight to put aside partisan acrimony and pursue a stout package of infrastructure investments that incorporates apprenticeship-readiness and formal apprenticeship education and training, as well as strong community wage and benefit standards, that will result in tremendous economic and social rewards all across our grea

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I Am A Building Tradesman by Peter Terzick

Along with the spiritual discipline of respect for others we must also practice self-respect in our work. “Whatever your hand finds to do, do it with all your might,” is the command of Scripture (Ecclesiastes 9:10).
The fact is that all work is honourable, and by working we contribute to the common good. This truth is made abundantly clear in these words written by construction worker Peter Terzick. In the book Of Human Hands: A Reader In The Spirituality of Work, he eloquently summarizes his work in construction this way:

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WICN 90.5 FM Business Beat Interview with Frank Callahan Of Mass. Building Trades Council

In an all-new “The Business Beat,”: Steve Jones-D’Agostino interviews Frank Callahan, president of the Massachusetts Building Trades Council. They talk about the present and future of America’s and the Bay State’s labor-union movements.

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More Tools Needed To Combat Wage Theft

MASSACHUSETTS HAS AN epidemic of wage theft. An estimated $700 million in wage theft occurs annually in our state, robbing workers and their families of essential income and the ability to stay afloat financially. That’s also bad news for good employers. It creates an uneven playing field for companies that follow the law and that do right by their workers. Companies abiding by the law are continually undercut by employers who cheat the system.

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JOBSITE BULLETIN - Stop The Republican Plan To Tax Your Healthcare Benefits

Republicans in Congress are planning to TAX your Health Insurance benefits as income. Call Senators Edward Markey and Elizabeth Warren. Ask them to stop this plan before it's too late.

Call Senator Markey at: (202) 224-2742

Call Senator Warren at: (202) 224-4543

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