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Tentative agreement for Boston, Eastern Mass. Posted by on

NERCC has reached a tentative agreement with contractors on a new collective bargaining agreement for Boston and Eastern Massachusetts. Details will be given and votes will be taken at meetings for members this Thursday night. Members who have not received a phone call with the time and location, should contact their local union hall.

First Boston-area primary care practice to open at Carpenters Center Posted by on

Iora Health, a Cambridge startup aiming to "reinvent primary care,” plans to open its first Boston area primary care practice at the start of 2013. The practice will include two sites, at the Lahey Clinic in Burlington and at the Carpenters Center. NERCC is initially sponsoring the new practice for use by a portion of its members.

The Iora Health model focuses on spending more on primary care, with the goal of drastically reducing overall health care costs and improving health outcomes down the line.

Instead of going through a health insurer and paying for each employee's visit to a primary care doctor, employers pay a flat monthly fee for each employee who joins an Iora practice. The practices pair each patient with a health coach, who stays in close contact between doctor visits and is available in-person and by email, text and video chat. The practices typically employ two primary care physicians and eight health coaches along with other staff.

Unlike other Iora practices, the Massachusetts sites will start by serving patients will serious health problems, as identified by the insurance providers.

Read more about this unique primary care practice at the Boston Business Journal or in PDF format here



A look behind the scenes: Copley Marriott Boston Posted by on

Remember the protests by union carpenters at the Copley Marriott in Boston? In his article "A story of hope, and a lopsided deal," Boston Globe reporter Casey Ross reports on what was was going on behind the scenes at the hotel that was uncovered as a result of those demonstrations. 

The article looks into Victory Outreach, the Christian drug rehabilitation ministry hired for furniture installation on the job. Twelve laborers working for Victory Outreach worked for three months on the project, making about $4 an hour, half the required minimum wage in Massachuseets. 

Check out the entire article online here or in PDF format here

MA Construction Unions support Warren's 'Rebuild Now' plan Posted by on

The New England Regional Council of Carpenters, along with the Massachusetts Building Trades Council and the Massachusetts AFL-CIO, officially announced their support of Democratic U.S. Senate candidate Elizabeth Warren's "Rebuild Now" infrastructure investment plan.

Mark Erlich, Executive Secretary-Treasurer of the New England Regional Council of Carpenters, and Frank Callahan, president of the Massachusetts Building Trades Council ,told reporters that the industry needs a boost and that a plan like Warren's has the potential to put its members back to work.

Read more online here.

Community Rebuilding - Worcester Posted by on

Three years after a devastating fire forced the Stone Soup community center to close its doors, the rebuilding process has begun. On July 25th, the group held a groundbreaking ceremony at the site located at 4 King Street in Worcester, MA.

As reported in Worcester Mag, “Stone Soup’s organizers wanted the center’s values reflected in their rebuilding.” The organization wanted to find firms that “were community oriented, had policies that had them hiring a diverse group of workers and subcontractors and offered apprenticeship and pre-apprenticeship training.”

This was especially timely given the recent vote by Worcester City Council to move forward with a newly proposed Responsible Employer Ordinance for public construction.

“Stone Soup's main goal for the [groundbreaking] event was to thank all the partners for helping the community center rebuild by generating press about the value of apprenticeship and pre-apprenticeship programs, the importance of the Worcester REO and the success of community-labor partnerships,” notes David Minasian, Local 107 member/NECLMP Researcher, and Founding Member of Stone Soup.

Stone Soup selected YouthBuild as the general contractor on the project. YouthBuild helps low-income young adults between the ages of 16-24 work towards their GEDs, while learning job skills through training and pre-apprenticeship programs. Before the fire, the community center housed various youth groups; the organization is pleased to present the opportunity to rebuild the facility to youth in the area, through the partnership with YouthBuild.

Carpenters Local 107 and the New England Carpenters Training Center (NECTC) are also an integral part of the efforts to help rebuild this community space. Apprentices from the NECTC are scheduled to start training on site in the coming weeks.

“It’s a great partnership between the Carpenters, UBC Job Corps, and YouthBuild Boston and YouthBuild Worcester,” said Minasian.

The groundbreaking event generated press in the Worcester area and was covered in the Worcester Mag, Go Local Worcester, and on the front page of the Telegram and Gazette. The project was also part of a broadcast on local television WCCA TV's Beacon Hill Chat with Senator Harriette Chandler.

Stone Soup is a non-profit organization that serves as a community resource center for various community-based groups in the city of Worcester. Learn more about the organization on their website.

Local 107 Member Authors Report Posted by on

Brother Keith Wrightson, Local 107, has authored a report about the cost of construction injuries and fatalities to the residents of Maryland. Wrightson is a Worker Safety and Health Advocate for the Congress Watch division of Public Citizen, a nonprofit consumer advocacy group.

The Price of Inaction: A Comprehensive Look at the Costs of Injuries and Fatalities in Maryland’s Construction Industry,” quantifies the estimated costs of deaths and injuries in the state’s construction industry by considering an array of factors.

The report found that incidents of occupational injuries and fatalities cost the state $712.8 million over a three-year period and suggests that implementing a safety component to the prequalification process for public construction projects. Public Citizen suggests that “the system should be expanded to require construction firms to demonstrate that they provide safety training to workers and site supervisors, and that they do not have serious safety violations.”

The release of the report was covered online here at the Huffington Post.

CT Apprenticeship receives training grant Posted by on

The Connecticut Carpenters Apprenticeship and Training Program received grant money as part of Eastern Connecticut’s implementation of the CT Green Jobs Funnel Initiative. The money will be used to hold a 24-hour Safe and Green: Best Practices in Health Care Construction in Occupied Facilities Training Program combined with a 16-hour Green Tradesmen Training Program.

The grant money will allow up to twelve NERCC members to take the course. As part of the requirements of the grant, the members must be residents of a municipality in Eastern Connecticut.

The course will involve four days of classroom work and one day of hands-on training. Topics to be covered include: the challenges of performing safe and green construction in a healthcare facility; an overview of the various types of healthcare facilities and the uniquely hazardous environments they present; controlling contaminants; guidelines, precautions, and infection control measures; and mold remediation and removal.

The class is scheduled to begin on August 13th.

Our Work - Logan Airport Runway Safety Area Posted by on

Check out more images from this unique project, which is designed to reduce the risk of damage to an aircraft in the event of an under-shoot, overshoot, or exit from the runway by clicking here.