Building Trades Recovery Week Kickoff Event

Join the Building Trades Employers’ Association at IBEW Local 103 to kick off Building Trades Recovery Week.  This event is a dinner reception featuring a roster of leading voices from the construction industry and all across the spectrum of addiction care. We will also feature a dual keynote by Mayor Marty Walsh and hear about Chris Herren’s experience as a leading advocate for substance abuse treatment and recovery.


  • Thomas S. Gunning III – Opening Remarks
  • John Christian – Modern Assistance Programs, Inc.
  • Frank Callahan – Massachusetts Building Trades Council
  • Gregory Acampora, M.D. – MGH/Harvard Addiction Medicine Team
  • Mayor Martin J. Walsh – City of Boston
  • Chris Herren – Herren Talks, Herren Wellness, The Herren Project

Webinar – Guide to Building Trades Recovery Week

Join the staff of the Building Trades Employers’ Association (BTEA) as they provide a general overview of the Building Trades Recovery Week.

Associate Executive Director John Ferrante will discuss the ongoing issues with substance abuse including the opioid epidemic and it’s impact on the construction industry. Director of Labor Relations Thomas S. Gunning will provide a basic rundown of the week’s agenda highlighting the various educational opportunities and programs being provided by the BTEA and various sponsors.

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2019 Paraclete Reception

For many years, the BTEA has been a proud sponsor of the Paraclete. The mission of The Paraclete is to enrich the lives of young people and their communities through education.

The Paraclete is an after-school educational enrichment program for urban youth in South Boston. Students are taught to be independent advocates who take charge of their education through active pursuit of both aid and opportunities to challenge themselves. The Paraclete ensures that its students and their families can navigate the complexities of the Boston educational system and assists them with admittance to top-ranked middle and high schools. The Paraclete promotes an education of excellence that cultivates both mind and spirit.

Throughout its 21-year history, it has served more than 1,250 students from nearly 850 households – almost a third of all South Boston’s families. The Paraclete’s special approach to supporting children in their most formative years is to provide a targeted educational intervention starting at the 4th grade and providing ongoing academic support and mentoring through high school as needed.

Now, the Paraclete is proud to announce that on Thursday, February 28, 2019, it will honor Former Mayor of Boston and Ambassador Ray Flynn at its annual reception at Boston College High School. The Flynn family will receive the Paraclete’s Founders award, established in honor of Paraclete Co-Founders Sister Ann Fox and Barry T. Hynes. It is given each year to individuals who exemplify the spirit of the Paraclete and those who give of themselves to advocate for and help others. Flynn family patriarch Raymond L. Flynn has proudly represented South Boston since his early days as a Providence College basketball star. He went on to serve as the Mayor of Boston from 1984 to 1993, then served as the US Ambassador to the Vatican under President Bill Clinton.


WHY AND HOW: Recruiting and Retaining Women in Construction

BTEA is proud to offer a presentation from Susan Moir of Policy Group on Tradeswomen’s Issues (PGTI).  A nationally recognized leader in the best practices of gender diversity in the union building trades, Susan offers a business case for increased gender diversity in construction.

Join us for this impactful presentation on a timely and sometimes controversial subject!

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After registering, you will receive a confirmation email containing information about joining the webinar.