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Clinton, McCarron coming to Boston Posted by on

Carpenters in the Boston area are invited to a special event to support Hillary Clinton for President on Sunday in Boston's Faneuil Hall.

Mayor Marty Walsh and a number of national labor leaders, including UBC General President Doug McCarron, will be there.

Most important, the New Englad Regional Council of Carpenters will be hosting a pre-rally event members can meet and hear from General President McCarron, at the Carpenters Center at 750 Dorchester Ave, starting at 11am on Sunday.

There will be buses to take people downtown where carpenters will assemble near the stage on Boston City Hall Plaza at 1pm.

NERCC shows off to architects Posted by on

Last week the New England Regional Council of Carpenters participated in ABX, the annual trade show organized by the Boston Society of Architects. It's the largest annual industry trade show in the region and provides excellent visibility for the union's work and partnerships.

The union's booth was organized by NERCC Organizer/Representative Paul Vilela and Molly Walsh, the Communications Coordinator for the New England Carpenters Labor Management Program, with lots of support from other staff at NERCC, NECLMP and the New England Carpenters Training Center.

Special thanks go out to Dan Lynch and Lymo Construction, which donated the sleek metal panels for the booth and assisted with its design. The booth drew interested show visitors, who learned about the diverse work jurisdiction of the carpenters and the expertise of Lymo and other subcontractors who partner with the union.

In addition to the booth, more than 30 architects received professional credits when they participated in a NERCC-sponsored class at the show. The session was a modified version of the Infection Control Risk Assessment training and was led by UBC Instructor (and Local 107) member Sue Field. It was similar to the class offered to members to identify dangers to themselves and health care facilities when construction is done in facilities where patients are being treated.

Trump on unions Posted by on

How does Donald Trump really feel about unions? He's now made it pretty clear. Trump made a campaign visit to Iowa this week, where he sat down in a town hall-style format and interacted with middle-class residents. It's a format that's clearly not his favorite and he struggled with the lack of control over question topics.

According to reports form the event, for example, he struggled with questions about how families get by when a large portion of income gets spent on child care or how low wage workers who want to learn a technical skill at a community college have trouble with the cost of tuition and books.

His lack of connecting with voters was even more stark when he was asked about unions. Ignoring the benefits that individuals in his audience might enjoy from unions, Donald focused on his two favorite topics: himself and bragging about himself.

Trump said he has had "great success" building with unions in New York, where he has had to and also in Florida, when building without unions. But made it clear where he stood: "If I had my choice, I think I'd take it without."

American workers would do well to remember that when considering the potential success for themselves and our country with or without Donald Trump in the White House.