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Wentworth to host Spring Open House Posted by on

The NERCC has developed a uniquely tailored program with Wentworth Institute of Technology's College of Professional and Continuing Education which allows members to earn college degrees at a discounted tuition rate and a schedule that fits the needs of working carpenters. On March 25th, Wentworth is hosting an Open House for individuals interested in learning more about the program.

Date: March 25, 2014

Time: 5:30 PM

Location: 107 Dobbs Hall, 500 Huntington Ave., 1st Floor

Register online by clicking here

Revere again votes yes on casino Posted by on

Plans for Mohegan Sun to build a $1.3 billion hotel and casino at the Suffolk Downs horse track in Revere were approved by voters in that city for a second time yesterday. The fate of the project still hangs in the balance, as it will now go head-to-head for state approval for the single Eastern Massachusetts gaming license with a proposal by Steve Wynn in Everett. State officials are expected to hand down a decision in May or June. Union carpenters in Revere played a significant role in the campaign to approve the proposal, as they have in each of the gaming votes across the state.

Yesterday's vote was the second held for a proposal at the site. An earlier version was voted down by Revere and Boston voters, which led to modifications of the project so that the gaming facility would sit entirely on the Revere portion of the Suffolk Downs property.

As part of the state's approval of legalized gaming, three gaming licenses will be issued for casinos and one for a slot parlor. One casino license will be issued in a zone in western Massachusetts, one in a zone that covers the central and eastern part of the state, excluding southeastern Massachusetts and one is being held for a proposal for a Native American-owned proposal in southeastern Massachusetts. MGM Resorts has received local approval for a casino in Springfield, the only pending proposal for the western zone. A proposal for the southeastern zone is still pending.

Three slot parlors proposals by different developers are under consideration for locations in Raynham, Leominster and Plainville.

UConn still fighting contractor woes Posted by on

The University of Connecticut is getting widespread negative press after two “Stop Work” orders were issued regarding tax and insurance violations by contractors at the Storrs campus over the weekend.

Intext Building Systems of Glastonbury and J+V Construction of East Hartford had their work halted and crews sent home after investigators from the Connecticut Department of Labor found the companies did not have proper workers' compensation coverage for workers and were improperly classifying workers they were directing as “independent contractors.”

The two companies were working on a $35 million basketball practice facility, located behind Gampell Pavilion. At least 19 workers were prevented from continuing work, some of whom could not identify their employer. Only one worker was signed into the job for the day.

Bruce Lydem, Connecticut Regional Manager for the New England Regional Council of Carpenters, said the problem is one that has happened numerous times at UConn over the years but that administrators were already working on preventing it in the future.

"UConn has had a lot of issues like this in the past and our staff and members kept going back to picket or leaflet," Lydem said. "We've been very persistent and it's paying off. We have been involved in regular and productive meetings with UConn recently. They know they've had problems on campus and we feel like they're making an honest effort to clean things up going forward.

UConn is considering adopting a responsible contractor policy for work on campus and project labor agreements for larger projects. The school has close to $1.4 billion worth of construction currently in planning.

"Our members should be very proud. The hours and the effort they put in over the years to highlight problems with contractors on campus are bearing fruit," Lydem said.

Media coverage of the story
The Hartford Courant: State Orders 2 Subcontractors On UConn Basketball Facility Off Job
The Daily Campus: Update: Two subcontractors for UConn basketball facility issued stop-work orders
The Republican American: Illegal payments alleged in building UConn basketball center
The Miami Herald: Contractors ordered off UConn job over wage issue
The Stamford Advocate: Contractors ordered off UConn job over wage issues
Statement of Senator Osten Re, Senate Chair of the legislature’s Labor and Public Employees Committee

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Carpenters support USPS workers Posted by on

A dozen carpenters in New Hampshire joined a rally of more than 100 to support United States Postal workers in Concord, New Hampshire this week. The event was held to protest the visit of California Congressman Darrell Issa, who was in town for a Republican fundraiser. Issa has proposed ending Saturday mail delivery and outsourcing USPS work and jobs. His motives are highly suspect, since the USPS has operated at a budget surplus recently.

NH Labor News has more on the event.

CT Governor Malloy's budget gets Carpenter support Posted by on

Dave Jarvis, an organizer with the New England Regional Council of Carpenters, appeared before the Connecticut General Assembly’s Appropriations Committee to testify in support of Governor Dan Malloy’s recently submitted Fiscal Year 2015 Mid-Term Budget.

Governor Malloy’s Mid-Term budget includes funding for six additional employees at the Department of Labor to investigate complaints and ensure employers comply with wage and workplace standards.

Jarvis urged members to support the Governor’s proposal to beef up wage and workplace enforcement as the Connecticut construction industry continues to be plagued by employers—many from out of state--who fail to properly pay their workers’ wages, misclassify their workers as independent contractors or pay them cash “off the books.”

Last year alone, the Wage and Workplace Division of the Connecticut Department of Labor handled more than 3,500 claims and recovered over $6.5 million in unpaid wages to 1,701 Connecticut workers. The Wage and Workplace Division also issued 181 Stop Work Orders to employers at construction sites who were found to be in violation of workers’ compensation and labor laws.

“It’s nearly impossible for Connecticut contractors who obey our state labor, tax and worker’s compensation laws to compete against unscrupulous companies that break these laws to gain a bidding advantage,” said Jarvis. He added, “Construction is becoming a magnet for predatory employers. The Wage and Workplace Division is on the front lines of protecting Connecticut workers and employers from these predatory contractors.”

Retirement Seminar to be held - register today! Posted by on

The New England Regional Council of Carpenters and the New England Carpenters Benefits Funds are hosting a complimentary seminar “Planning for Retirement” on March 15, 2014. The seminar will be held at the Holiday Inn Taunton located at 700 Myles Standish Blvd in Taunton (click here for directions) from 8:30-11:30 am.

RSVP by March 7th by clicking here to fill out an online registration form. Members can also register by calling 617-482-4000.

Some of the topics that will be discussed at the seminar include...

Choosing your Pension, Annuity & Health Benefit Options...

  • Reviewing your eligibility for retirement
  • Customized Pension Benefit calculations
  • Understanding which of our Benefit Plan options fit best with your lifestyle
  • Explore your Annuity Benefit options
  • Explanation of our Retiree Health Benefit Plan
  • Overview of Social Security Benefits

Essentials for Estate Planning...

  • Protecting the assets you've accumulated
  • How to plan for the transfer of assets
  • Avoiding probate
  • Keeping your documents current

Click here to find more information about the seminar, including the online registration form.

Eat smart for a healthy heart...Even when you eat out! Posted by on

On average, Americans eat over 200 meals away from home each year. Let’s face it; dining out is a big part of life. The good news is you do not have to put your nutrition on hold when you go to a restaurant. It does not have to be difficult to eat what you like and maintain, or even continue to lose weight. Just keep these tips in mind when you dine out:

  • Do not skip meals earlier in the day to “save up” for the evening. It is way too easy to overeat when you are hungry.
  • Look for key words on the menu: “roasted”, “grilled”, “poached”, and “steamed”. These terms usually mean they were prepared without extra fat or a large amount of calories. It is still always helpful to ask your server exa
  • ctly how the food is prepared. Do not be afraid to make substitutions.
  • On that same note, stay away from items that are “fried”, “smothered”, “sautéed”, “covered”, etc. These are less healthy items that can easily have twice the calories as the steamed versions.
  • Enjoy the dining experience. Take your time, eat slowly, and enjoy the social side of eating. It takes about twenty minutes for the brain to register that you are full. We consume fewer calories when we eat slower. It is also easier on the digestive system.
  • Remember to choose a blend of carbohydrates, proteins, and fats at each meal. One large bowl of pasta with cream sauce is not the best way to go. Add chicken and veggies, switch to a red sauce, scale back the amount of pasta and you have a great meal.
  • Ask for dressings and sauces to be put on the side. That way, you can decide how much to use. Remember, a little goes a long way!
  • Take at least half of your meal home. Most restaurant portions are enough for three meals, so there is no need to clean your plate! You can even ask for the takeout box when the food arrives and put half of your meal in the box right away. Portion control is the single most important thing to practice in a restaurant. It will save you more calories than you know.

Remember these tips when dining out. By making small changes over time, you can enjoy restaurant food without sacrificing good nutrition!

If you have a question or are interested in learning more about Carpenters Care please call 1-781-222-0930 or email

In Health,
Your Carpenters Care Team

Meet Our Community - Brian and Dustin Posted by on

Brian Braasch and Dustin Johnson, members of Carpenters Local 1996 talk about being union carpenters.