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Local 275 reps attend Mayor's breakfast Posted by on

Local 275 Business Manager Kevin Kelley recently attended the 39th Annual Mayor's Community Prayer Breakfast held at Boston College. Attending the event with Kelley was retired Local 275 Business Manager Edward Gallagher, a 67-year member of the Local. The breakfast was held on May 29, which was Brother Gallagher’s 90th birthday.

U.S. Sen. Elizabeth Warren spoke at the event, which supports religious, ethnic and racial diversity and celebrates people who are making a difference through volunteerism.


Pictured (l-r) Middlesex Sheriff Peter Koutoujian, Newton Mayor Setti Warren, Local 275 Business Manager Kevin Kelley, Retired Local 275 Business Manager Edward Gallagher and United States Senator Elizabeth Warren


Carpenters Care available in Eastern Mass. Posted by on

The New England Carpenters Benefit Funds & Iora Health have partnered to offer new primary care doctor's office for members and other adults covered by the Health Fund. The doctor's office convenient after-work hours and has locations in Burlington, MA & Dorchester, MA. Carpenters Care patients, have no co-pays and enjoy free access to fitness & other group classes. Fund participants can join at any time with no commitment and no changes to their benefits. Joining is completely free and voluntary. To become a Carpenters Care patient, call 1-781-222-0930 or go online to to learn more.


A Safe Home for Sydni Posted by on

Volunteers from the Carpenters Union were part of a very special project in South Boston, transforming the home of Sydni Pecevich into a space where she can learn and grow.

Sydni was diagnosed with a grapefruit-sized malignant brain tumor when she was just two months old. She had nine months of chemotherapy and eighteen surgeries in her first two years of life. She is now eight years old, and although cancer-free, she was left with disabilities that require 24-hour supervision.

As Sydni got older it became apparent that the tight quarters of her family’s home were not sufficient to accommodate all of her needs. The Carpenters Union, along with other Building Trades volunteers, stepped up in a big way to help her family turn her home into a space for her and her siblings to grow.

10 members receive Bachelor of Science degrees Posted by on

Ten members of the New England Regional Council of Carpenters graduated during the 2013 Spring Commencement at Wentworth Institute of Technology. Five of the graduates received special recognition for academic achievement, listed below.

This group of carpenters is the first class to receive bachelor’s degrees.

Bachelor of Science Degree Graduates:

Building Construction Management
David Aldrich, Local 40
Chris Barcikowski, Local 67
Joseph Byrne, Local 33
Nicholas Cuzzupe***, Local 33
Katie Jenkins*, Local 33
Steven Monteiro, Local 26
Edward Rampans**, Local 67

Project Management
Eamonn Murphy**, Local 33
Marc Surprenant*, Local 33

In 2008, Wentworth Institute of Technology’s Division of Professional and Continuing Studies signed an articulation agreement contract with the NERCC to deliver an Associates’ Degree in Construction Management to members of the Carpenters Union. This was Wentworth’s first articulation agreement with a trade union.

The program has evolved in the short time since its first inception. The agreement now includes both the Bachelor and Master of Science Degree programs.

* Cum Laude (3.5-3.74 grade point index) 
** Magna Cum Laude (3.75-3.89 grade point index)
*** Summa Cum Laude (3.90-4.00 grade point index)

Ride with an Angel - 1st Annual Run Posted by on

The Ledwell family, many of whom are Local 56 members, has organized a motorcycle run in memory of Caitlin Ledwell. All proceeds from the event will go to a scholarship in her honor.

Saturday, June 29, 2013 
Motorcycles | Hot Rods | Antique Cars

Run Starts: A Dancer’s World, 150 Industrial Drive, Halifax, MA  See Map
Run Ends: Upland Club, 67 Upland Road, Plympton, MA See Map

Registration will be held from 8:00 AM – 10:30 AM
$20/rider and $15/passenger (includes t-shirt and cookout)
$15 at the door
Kick stands up at 11:00 AM

A benefit will be held after the run beginning at 1:00 PM at the Upland Club.
*Live entertainment
*Silent auction
*And much more!

All proceeds from the day’s events will go to the Caitlin Elizabeth Ledwell Memorial Scholarship Foundation. For more information click here.

Our Work - WRTA Bus Hub Posted by on

Learn more about the WRTA Bus Hub project by clicking here to see it in our online portfolio.

More play, thanks to union carpenters Posted by on

A group of union carpenters from Local 275 in Newton recently got together to help out another local playground. The members built a new perimeter consisting of four side walls at the Franklin Playground as a UPP event in coordination with "Newton Serves."

Pictured are members that came out to lend a hand. Back row, left to right: Kevin Kelley, Matt Matheney, Desmond Trainor and Keith Farley. Middle Row, left to right: John McClintock, Rick Scales, Eric MacKinley, John Burrows, Steve Donnelly and Robert Tedeschi.Front row; William Newton.

Sisters in the Brotherhood Rebuilding Together Posted by on

A job well done to five union carpenters who volunteered on a Saturday in late April to help Rebuilding Together Boston as part of their National Rebuilding Day. The members, who participated through the Sisters in the Brotherhood program worked together, alongside 30 other volunteers, on the house of an elderly Dorchester resident. 

The Rebuilding Together Boston program works throughout the City of Boston to repair and renovate the homes of economically disadvantaged homeowners including the elderly, veterans, families with children, single parent households, the physically challenged, and others in need. The program also assists non-profit-owned facilities- community centers, schools, worship centers, etc. Services are provided at no cost to recipients due to the generous support of foundations, corporations, vendors and individuals like the carpenter volunteers.

Volunteers on the Dorchester project rebuilt a bulkhead, replaced a number of windows and two doors, patched walls, hung drywall, rebuilt a portion of the kitchen, replaced window and door trim, rebuilt latticework around the foundation, poured concrete for a new sill to the bulkhead, and much more.

Members involved in the effort included Karen Blandino, Local 67; Mary Ann Cloherty, Local 40; Mary Muhler, Local 67; Liz Skidmore, Local 118; and pre-apprentice Kaitlin Medeiros.

May Day gatherings held today, celebrate workers' rights Posted by on

May Day, also known as International Workers’ Day, commemorates the 1886 Haymarket Massacre in Chicago. Four demonstrators and several police officers were killed during a general strike for the eight-hour workday when an unidentified person threw a bomb at police who were trying to disperse the gathering of people. Police reacted to by firing at the crowd of workers. Today, International Workers’ Day is celebrated in more than 80 countries around the world as a day to commemorate the ongoing fight for workers’ rights.

Boston-area gatherings will be held this afternoon in Revere, Everett, Chelsea and at Boston City Hall (start times vary by location). Participants will march from each of these locations to a combined rally at 5:00 PM happening at Liberty Plaza, Central Square, which is located off of Bennington and Meridian Streets in East Boston.

NERCC, with help from local community groups, created this video as a promotion for local area International Workers’ Day events. The piece gives Boston-area workers, including Piledrivers Local 56 member Fran Kotak, a chance to share their stories. Check out the full length version of this video here

Visit for detailed information about Boston-area gatherings.