Posts Tagged ‘Boston’

Nov
2016
18

Boston Ordinance Would Allow City to Reject Contractors with History of Violations

Boston Ordinance Would Allow City to Reject Contractors with History of Violations
  Last month in Boston, two men died at an Atlantic Drain Services job site when a ruptured water main flooded the 12-foot-deep trench they were working in. Prior to the accident, Atlantic Drain Services received fines totaling more than $140,000 for a decade’s worth of safety violations. Now, Mayor Martin J. Walsh has proposed [&hellip...
Oct
2016
28

Boston She Party: Percentage of Women Filling Beantown Apprenticeship Positions Outpaces Nation

Boston She Party: Percentage of Women Filling Beantown Apprenticeship Positions Outpaces Nation
  In 1978, President Jimmy Carter set a goal for women to hold 6.9% of work hours in the construction industry by 1982. Fast forward nearly 40 years and we aren’t even close. The national average sits somewhere between two and three percent. But there is cause for optimism, and one bright spot is Boston’s [&hellip...
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May
2016
10

Uptick in Mothers Entering Boston Construction Industry Thanks to Union Apprenticeship Program

Uptick in Mothers Entering Boston Construction Industry Thanks to Union Apprenticeship Program
  A moving pre-holiday Boston Globe article highlighted the wave of mothers entering the construction industry, aided in their career transitions by organizations like Building Pathways.  A 1983 Boston ordinance mandated that 10 percent of the workforce on city projects be made up of women. But by the year 2008 that number had only grown to...
Apr
2016
1

Thanks to Project Labor Agreement, Minority Hiring Goals are Surpassed on UMass Project

Thanks to Project Labor Agreement, Minority Hiring Goals are Surpassed on UMass Project
  A Project Labor Agreement (PLA) between the University of Massachusetts-Boston and the local Building Trades is exceeding diversity hiring goals and providing opportunities to local workers.  The college entered into the PLA during the planning stages of its campus revitalization project.  Built into the agreement were diversity standards...
Jan
2015
16

Boston Union Workers Complete Emergency Homeless Shelter Renovation in Blazing Two Week Period

Boston Union Workers Complete Emergency Homeless Shelter Renovation in Blazing Two Week Period
  “It’s unbelievable to me,” Dr. Huy Nguyen told the Boston Globe as he inspected the city’s new state-of-the-art facility to house the homeless.  Built out of necessity after the condemnation of the only bridge leading to Long Island left 700 homeless men and women without shelter, the facility was completed in just over two...
Jan
2014
6

Boston Contractor’s Association Head Praises New Mayor Walsh’s “Sensible Unionism”

Boston Contractor's Association Head Praises New Mayor Walsh's
  For Boston’s new mayor Marty Walsh, a career as a union laborer and Building and Construction Trades Council head has been a double-edged sword.  It helped him shape his world view and ultimately win the election, but it has also left many with a preconceived notion of how he will handle city contracts and [&hellip...
Nov
2013
14

Boston Media, Scot Lehigh Reveal Anti-Union Bias in Election Coverage

Boston Media, Scot Lehigh Reveal Anti-Union Bias in Election Coverage
  This is a cross-post from the Massachusetts Building and Construction Trades website, written by MBCTC President Frank Callahan… *** Last week, The Boston Globe published a provocative Scot Lehigh column, “Unions Need To Retire Tired Tropes,” in which he criticizes unions for objecting to the way they are portrayed in the media....
Nov
2013
6

Union Laborer Marty Walsh Elected Boston’s New Mayor

Union Laborer Marty Walsh Elected Boston's New Mayor
  Yesterday’s mayoral election in Boston may not have come down to who spent and organized the most, as most elections do. It may have come down to relatability.  Marty Walsh, the former union laborer who withstood cancer as a child and alcoholism in his 20’s, used his life story to show the voters of [&hellip...
Oct
2013
22

Boston Globe Columnist Defends Police Raises, Highlights Corporate Tax Break Double Standard

  A recent pay raise given to Boston’s policemen has become a hot issue in the city’s Mayoral race and has led to a wave of union bashing that paints labor-backed candidate Marty Walsh with brushstrokes of negativity.  But Boston Globe columnist Joan Vennochi rushed to Walsh’s aide in a recent column, “Why the...
Oct
2013
17

Unions Mobilizing in Boston Behind Mayoral Candidate Marty Walsh

  Union members are out in force to support Boston Mayoral candidate Marty Walsh in the general election, hoping to recreate the momentum that helped him win the primary.  Over 40,000 union members are registered to vote in Boston, making up 11 percent of the electorate.  With the race down to two candidates, Walsh and [&hellip...
Oct
2013
10

Bus Drivers’ Wildcat Strike in Boston Brings Labor Issues, Completeness of Marty Walsh’s Vision to the Fore

Bus Drivers' Wildcat Strike in Boston Brings Labor Issues, Completeness of Marty Walsh's Vision to the Fore
  Recent labor disputes in Boston have changed the public discussion surrounding the mayoral race and put candidate Marty Walsh’s experience as a labor leader in the spotlight.  City school bus drivers this week staged a one day “wildcat strike”, shocking parents and voters and making collective bargaining a hot topic.  Now, with the...
Aug
2013
20

IBEW Local 103 Capitalizes on Obama Vineyard Trip, Handbills for FBI Facility Construction Jobs

  President Obama is spending his summer vacation at Martha’s Vineyard and Boston unions are hoping to capitalize on this reliable tradition. They want to make sure the top shot-caller knows to utlizie their skills for the construction of a new FBI facility to be built in Chelsea, MA. Slated to open in 2015, the [&hellip...