MA Statewide Contracting Opportunities Still Available!

The Massachusetts Operational Service Division (OSD) has asked BTEA again to promote the 3 Tradespersons Statewide Contracts. They want to identify union contractors available to bid on some small to mid-size state contracts for trade services required by state facilities.

Interested in this opportunity? If you are, please read over the flyer below!

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Union Apprenticeship Open Enrollment

 

Dear Members and Job Seekers,

As you may know, each month brings new opportunities to apply for apprenticeships with different union building trades.  Each of the 12 trades has its own timeline and procedure for apprenticeship applications.

The following trade(s) will be accepting applications for apprenticeship training:

 WOMEN AND PEOPLE OF COLOR ARE ENCOURAGED TO APPLY

 

*****Please be sure to call the union to confirm these details! ******

Roofers & Waterproofers Union Local 33

  • When: Every Mon., Tues., and Wed., 9am – 11am
  • Phone: (781) 341-9192
  • Address:

Local 33: Willie Hernandez
53 Evans Dr.
Stoughton, MA 02072

 Requirements:

  • Valid Driver’s License
  • Must be 18 or older
  • Reliable Transportation
  • Must be able to pass a drug test

  

Boilermakers Local 29

  • When: Monthly – Last Friday of every month: 8am – 11am (July 28, 2017)
  • Phone: (617) 328-8400
  • Address: 68 Sagamore St, North Quincy
  • Website: http://www.bmlocal29.org/

Requirements:

  • Must have a valid Driver’s license
  • Must be 18 or older
  • Must have HS Diploma or GED

 

Carpenters, Floor Coverers, Local and Pile Drivers Locals 33, 40, 56, 67, 218, 723, 2168

  • When: Monthly – Monday, July 3, 2017.  Info sessions: 9am or 3pm
  • Phone: (508) 792-5443, Option 2
  • Address: 750 Dorchester Ave, Dorchester, MA  02125
  • Website: www.nectf.org

Requirements:

  • Must have valid ID
  • Must be 18 at time of interview
  • Must have HS Diploma or GED

 

Painters & Allied Trades D.C. 35          

  • When: Starting July 3, 2017, accepting only 25 applications per month.
  • Phone: (617) 524-0248
  • Address: 25 Colgate Rd., Roslindale, MA  02131
  • Apply on Website: www.iupatdc35.org

Requirements:

  • Copy of High School Diploma or GED
  • Valid Driver’s License

 

Sheet Metals Workers Local 17

  • When: Monthly – Every 3rd Thursday of the month: 9am – 2pm (July 20, 2017)
  • Phones: (617) 298-0850
  • Address: 1181 Adams St, Dorchester, MA
  • Website: www.LU17JATC.ORG

Requirements:

  • Must have a valid Driver’s license
  • Must be 18 or older
  • Must have HS Diploma or GED transcripts
  • Social Security card
  • 3 Letters of Recommendations
  • Must be physically capable of performing work of the trade
  • Pre-hire physical and drug screen
  • Must reside within the jurisdictional area

 

Millwrights Local 1121

  • When: Monthly – Applications are accepted the 2nd & 3rd Wednesday of each month at 9:30am
  • Phone: (617) 254- 0042
  • Address: 90 Braintree St. Allston, MA
  • Website: easternmillwrights.com

 Requirements:

  • Must have a valid Driver’s license
  • Must be 18 or older
  • Must have copy of HS Diploma or GED
  • Must have copy of HS/College transcript

 

In addition, Suffolk Construction and Wynn Casino are looking for active union members. They can submit an application for employment at the link below.

If you know of someone already in the union, please have them go to our website at www.surveymonkey.com/r/3WJRY66 to submit an application. We will notify unions and subcontractors of their availability.  Help spread the word!

OSHA Inspections Down in 2016

Given the increasing focus on safety, you would expect OSHA had a busy year.  However, continuing an ongoing trend, OSHA inspections dropped to the lowest level in 20 years.  This marks the 4th consecutive year that inspections have fallen.

In the Northeast, inspections of construction contractors have fallen by more than 30% over the last 5 years from about 6,800 to about 4,700 total.

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The graph above illustrates the Northeast average compared to the average with its three biggest states. These declines in the Northeast make up about a third of the overall decrease in construction inspections nationwide.

The OSHA budget peaked in 2012, but was down by about 3% in 2016. OSHA has cited budget cuts as causing the decrease in inspections. However they have found citations 5% more often than in 2015. In addition, appeals of OSHA citations were roughly equivalent in 2015 and 2016 at around 9%. BTEA recommends our members always work with our legal safety consultant before settling a case with OSHA.

Opportunity to become a Statewide Contractor

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Kindly be advised that the Massachusetts Operational Service Division (OSD) has informed the BTEA about Tradespersons Statewide Contracts coming March 1st!  The aim is to provide regional coverage for trade services required by state facilities.  This process will begin by soliciting bidders for the services below (UNSPSC codes in parentheses):

  • Boiler Services (72-15-10)
  • Drain Services (70-17-18)
  • Electrician Services (72-15-15)
  • Fencing (72-15-40)
  • General Contractors (72-11-11)
  • Generator/Turbine Services (72-15-43)
  • Glass/Window/Doors (72-15-24)
  • HVAC/Sheet Metal Services (72-15-12)
  • Painting Services (72-15-13)
  • Plumbing Services (72-15-11)

OSD will be posting this initial Tradespersons Statewide Contract TRD01 bidding opportunity by March 1st in COMMBUYS, the state’s online procurement portal. TRD01 introduces this first wave of Statewide Contract trade categories, with many additional trade categories to be posted in the coming months. Attached is an informational flyer on TRDO1.

Interested in this opportunity? If you are, please follow the steps below so you are notified when the procurement process begins.

 

  •  If you are new to COMMBUYS:

Interested vendors must take action toward becoming a Statewide Contractor by registering as a vendor in COMMBUYS. Set up a COMMBUYS business profile – free of charge – to be able to receive solicitation notices in your areas of interest; submit quotes; and, if awarded a contract, transact business with the Commonwealth and other public entities. For assistance, download the vendor registration job aid. For businesses that may be eligible to participate in the Small Business Purchasing Program (SBPP), be sure to review the SBPP application job aid.

 

  • If you are already registered in COMMBUYS:

Ensure that your profile is current and representative of the services you provide in order to receive related notifications. Find guidance to update your vendor profile.

 

  • To receive updates about the Statewide Contract TRD01 bidding opportunity:

This step is critical to receiving additional information. Interested TRD01 bidders must acknowledge the bid in COMMBUYS to receive future TRD01 email updates from COMMBUYS. Notifications will include the posting of the TRD01 Request for Response (RFR) documents, expected over the next few weeks. To acknowledge the bid, vendors must login to COMMBUYS, navigate to the TRD01 posting (Using the Advanced Search, enter TRD01 in the Bid Description field), and select “Yes” on the Acknowledge Receipt and View Solicitation window.

 

If you have any questions, please feel free to contact us or the Operational Services Division directly and speak with either the COMMBUYS Help Desk or Contract Manager Betty Fernandez at (617) 720-3133.

 

New Secretary of Labor

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Donald Trump has selected Andy Puzder to serve as his Secretary of Labor.  The CEO of CKE Restaurants, Inc. which owns Carl’s Jr. and Hardee’s is an interesting selection by Trump who had toyed with appointing Victoria Lipnic, the current head of the Equal Employment Opportunity Commission, and a former Workforce Policy Counsel to the House.

Puzder is an interesting man, he attended Kent State, but dropped out in 1970 following the Kent State Shootings.  In his own words, “I spent the next three years attending concerts and marching on Washington”. After moving to Cleveland he graduated college and got his law degree.  As a young corporate lawyer he helped rescue Carl Karcher, founder of Carl’s Jr. from financial troubles. Years later, when CKE Restaurants fell into more financial difficulties after purchasing Hardee’s, Puzder was named CEO by the Board and tasked with turning it around.

Mr. Puzder has not been without controversy during his tenure. Franchisees overseen by CKE have been targeted by DOL in the past. Hardee’s Food Systems was found in violation of wage laws and ordered to give back pay to a group of 456 workers in 2006 and 2007. This money was owed for overtime on hourly employees. It is perhaps unsurprising then that Puzder has signaled that he opposes the Obama Overtime Rule which has already been blocked by the courts, and is most likely dead on arrival in a Trump Administration.

In addition, advocates calling for an increase in the Federal Minimum Wage will find Puzder opposes large raises of the minimum wage. $15 per hour will be out of the question because Pudzer opposed the Obama Administration attempt to raise it to $10.10 from the current $7.25.  When asked about the effect of raising the minimum wage, Mr. Puzder said it could lead to increased automation because machines are, “always polite, they always upsell, they never take a vacation, they never show up late, there’s never a slip-and-fall or an age, sex or race discrimination case.”

The effect of a business executive running the labor department will be interesting to watch. Like Mr. Puzder, the Secretary of Labor has traditionally been a loyal supporter of the president, but unlike Mr. Puzder, most former Secretaries of Labor were career bureaucrats not as well versed in the corporate and financial worlds.

Sheet Metal – Boston Hot Work Safety Program

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Sheet Metal Workers Local 17 and SMACNA Boston are working with the National Fire Protection Association (NFPA), the Boston Fire Department, the Inspectional Services Division (ISD) and the State Fire Marshall’s office to help certify all workers affiliated in the Sheet Metal Industry in the new required “Hot Works Certification” training.

The HOT WORKS ordinance is scheduled to go into place January 2017. All employees on the job; as well as the person that pulls the permit, must have the Hot Works Certification.

Local 17 has 9 instructors that received the Hot Works Instructor Certification; Michael Burke, Michael Burns, Paul Daley, Daniel Flynn, Michael Gallant, Brian Harrington, Marc LaMonica, Barry Ryan and William Walsh. With these instructors we believe we will have no problem making sure all Local 17 members are certified in Hot Works by December 31, 2016.  The apprentices will receive this certification during their next scheduled class; starting next week with the current 4th years.

The J.A.T.C. will pay the $25 certification fee per UNION MEMBER to take the certification. If you choose to send any non-union employee, they must bring a check made payable to “NFPA” for $25. If they do not comply, they will not be allowed to take the class. SMACNA Boston will reimburse Contributing Contractor employees upon proof of payment to the NFPA.

All classes will take place at Local 17 J.A.T.C, 1181 Adams Street, Dorchester, MA.   The following dates and times will be available for your employees to sign up to take the class:

  • January 3rd, Tuesday from 4:00 pm to 8:00 pm – Registrations due by December 30th
  • January 4th, Wednesday from 11:00 am to 3:00 pm – Registrations due by January 1st
  • January 4th, Wednesday from 4:00 pm to 8:00 pm – Registrations due by January 1st
  • January 5th, Thursday from 4:00 pm to 8:00 pm – Registrations due by January 3rd

The class size is limited to 50 participants and classes will be filled first come first serve. Class will be cancelled if less than 10 people are registered.

Register online today at www.lu17jatc.org or complete this Registration Form or call Local 17 J.A.T.C. at 617-298-0850.  Advanced registration is required.

Tom Gunning and Roy Ricci Honored

In late October, the Sheet Metal and Air Conditioning Contractors’ National Association (SMACNA) held their 73rd Annual Convention in Phoenix, Arizona.  Over 30 people from SMACNA-Boston chapter attended the event.

SMACNA Boston is an affiliate of the BTEA and shares the leadership of our Executive Director Tom Gunning. Tom has been very active in SMACNA National for decades and was honored at the latest convention by being inducted into SMACNA’s College of Fellows.

Tom was one of 6 individuals being inducted to the College this year in a process that requires a nomination from your peers. Tom’s family traveled to Arizona to see him receive the award and was joined onstage by his wife.

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Pictured above, Tom and his wife Rose with 3 of their children: Grace, Kristen and Brian

In addition, Roy Ricci of McCusker-Gill Inc., was honored for his years of service on the SMACNA National Board of Directors.  As well as making an impact nationally, Roy is an active member of SMACNA Boston and the BTEA.

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Pictured above, Roy Ricci and outgoing SMACNA president, Guy Gast

Please join us in congratulating Tom and Roy and thanking them for their dedicated service to our industry and members both locally and nationally.

OPCMIA – Local 534 Hot Work Safety Program

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The BTEA and the Operative Plasterers and Cement Masons International Association (OPCMIA) have collaborated to provide the Boston Hot Work Safety Program for the members of Local 534.

All Local 534 members must have a “Hot Works Training” Certification prior to January 17, 2017 to work on construction projects in the City of Boston. Local 534 will be offering “Hot Works Training” Seminars on the following dates with Instructor:

  • Saturday, December 17, 2016:      8:00 a.m. – 12:00 p.m. – Michael Burns
  • Tuesday, December 20, 2016:       4:00 p.m. – 8:00 p.m.  – Michael Burns
  • Wednesday, December 21, 2016:  4:00 p.m. – 8:00 p.m.  – Michael Burns
  • Tuesday, January 3, 2017:            4:00 p.m. – 8:00 p.m.  – Barry Ryan

The above Trainings are Mandatory for all members or they will not be allowed to work on construction sites in the City of Boston

Download and fill out this attached form and return it to Local 534 by December 15, 2016 to insure a seat in the class.

Boston Redevelopment Authority rebranded

After decades of criticism, the Boston Redevelopment Authority (BRA) has undergone a rebranding effort.  In late September, Mayor Walsh and city officials announced the plan to transition the BRA to the new Boston Planning & Development Agency (BPDA). The BRA was founded in 1957 with the goal of revitalizing parts of Boston that were stagnating during the post-war boom of the suburbs.

While the City of Boston is a far cry from what it has been in the recent past, this has not come without intense criticism of the BRA’s role in redevelopment efforts.  Neighborhoods have been displaced and residents upset with bureaucrats that appeared to favor developers over local wishes. Many residents viewed redevelopment as unstoppable and saw the BRA as the force driving these changes.

By rebranding as the BPDA, the City hopes to reclaim a sense of trust from the residents and highlight that redevelopment does not have to be a disruptive force, but that with planning, development can be a positive and incremental step forward.

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