The Association was notified by the Commonwealth of Massachusetts, that the Board of Building Regulations and Standards (BBRS) approved certain changes to construction supervisor license continuing education requirements. These changes will become effective on January 1, 2018.
The current continuing education requirement is to complete the following amount of hours over a two year period.
Construction Supervisors License (CS) – 12 Hours
Construction Supervisors License (1-2 Family Dwellings) (CSFA) – 10 Hours
Construction Supervisor Specialty License (CSSL) – 6 Hours
Now there are requirements for these licenses regarding the amount of hours that must be spent on specific topical categories such as:
Code Review – 4 hours for CS and CSFA; 2 hours for CSSL
Workplace Safety – 1 hour for all
Business Practices – 1 hour for all
Energy – 1 hour for all
Lead Safe Practices – 1 hour for 1st renewal
In addition, there are new restrictions on the amount of training that each license category may take online. Now CS and CSFA licensees may only take a maximum of 6 hours of online continuing education for credit. CSSL may complete all 6 hours of their training online if they wish. However, online courses are also required to administer pop quizzes every 30 minutes and a final exam to ensure that attendees are paying attention and active on the seminar.
For more information on MA CSL and continuing education credits, please contact the Association office, or visit the Mass.gov webpage here.
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!
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
Local 33: Willie Hernandez
53 Evans Dr.
Stoughton, MA 02072
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
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!
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.
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.
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)
General Contractors (72-11-11)
Generator/Turbine Services (72-15-43)
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.
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.
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 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.
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.
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.
Please join us in congratulating Tom and Roy and thanking them for their dedicated service to our industry and members both locally and nationally.
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.