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Local 67 reopens in temporary location Posted by on

Local 67 will reopen for business at
10 AM in a temporary location:

Carpenters Center
750 Dorchester Ave
3rd Floor
Dorchester, MA 02125


Regular business hours will start Wednesday.

Carpenters and Electeds Rally in Cambridge Posted by on

One hundred carpenters got together in Cambridge during their lunch hour for a rally. Joining them were Mayor Denise Simmons, Vice Mayor Marc McGovern, City Councilor Tim Toomey and State Representative Marjorie Decker, all of whom spoke out about the need for contractors to obey the law and respect workers.

Development in Cambridge has been hot, but companies like Callahan and Nauset have landed projects, bringing with them a business model that takes often takes advantage of subcontractors that rely on wage theft, payroll fraud and other tactics used in the underground economy.

"I am not going to tolerate in our city wage exploitation in our city," said Simmons. "Not here, not ever."

The city passed a resolution condemning Callahan and urging them to clean up their act. Yesterday's rally was another action to put contractors and developers proposing projects in Cambridge on notice that treatment of carpenters on their projects being watched and something they should pro-active steps to protect.

State Representative Marjorie Decker showed she knows how the game is played and made it clear she doesn't like it.

"We know it's a great city to do business in. You will make a lot of money doing business here. The materials cost the same, so how do you make your money when you don't pay a prevailing wage, when you misclassify someone? When you misclassify someone, you are STEALING from people's families! You will not get away with this in Cambridge and I will keep fighting for this at the State House."

Protecting our standards is a never-ending fight in every part of our council. Active members and supportive elected officials, like the ones who rallied in Cambridge are essential to any success we hope to achieve.

Labor Day 2017 Posted by on

Brothers and Sisters:

On behalf of the officers and staff of the New England Regional Council of Carpenters, I want to wish you a Happy Labor Day. As members of the United Brotherhood of Carpenters, we take special pride in this day celebrating unions and workers because its founder, Peter J. McGuire, was also the founder of our union.

McGuire founded the UBC in the 1880s against great resistance. Employers, communities and even many carpenters opposed the struggle and ambition of McGuire and early union members. Our union still must overcome similar opposition. Many contractors don't want to pay a decent wage or abuse immigrant workers. We must stand up for ALL carpenters.

Our effort requires all of us to work together. As head of the New England Regional Council, I'm looking at what we do and how we do it to make the most efficient use of our resources. Our staff is constantly assessing the industry and responding to internal needs and external threats.

Sometimes the union makes decisions that, on the surface, don't make sense. I encourage you to learn more about what we're doing by getting more information. Attend union meetings, talk about the union at your job and use union communication outlets on social media (Facebook, Twitter, Instagram), email and texting (text nercc to 91990).

There are also direct actions rank-and-file members can take to protect our future.

--Mentor and encourage apprentices and young carpenters who will benefit from your experience and support your retirement. This means both union and unrepresented carpenters.

--Give an honest day's worth of quality work for union contractors who expect that in exchange for agreeing to pay a premium for union carpenters.

--Support ALL carpenters who are cheated out of money or made to work in dangerous conditions by their employers, regardless of their immigration status.

--Join union efforts to shame the contractors working in our region who do not meet area standards on all of their projects.

Thank you for your continued support of the Brotherhood and please enjoy Labor Day.

Tom Flynn

Executive Secretary-Treasurer