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ABC MA Reboots Membership Committee

  ABC is pleased to announce the reconvening of our Membership Committee to help grow the chapter membership base.  Chaired by ABC’s all-time recruitment leader, Ray Caruso, the committee is made up of volunteers from fifteen members firms that includes 14 General Contractor firms and one Associate Member firm, Beam Club Member and former ABC MA Membership Director, Jim Abbott.  With the support of current ABC Membership Director, Venus Williams, and Chapter President, Greg Beeman, the committee’s goal for 2021 is to reach 500 chapter members by the end of the year.   Membership Committee Members: Ray Caruso (C.E. Floyd Company, Inc.) Jim Abbott (Claro Advisors, LLC) James McCormack (Erland Construction, Inc.) Tom Dionne (Connolly Brothers, Inc. Nick Baker (Shawnlee Construction, LLC) John Teixeria (John B. Cruz Construction Co., Inc.) Skip Titus (Groom Construction Co., Inc.) Samantha (Groom Construction Co., Inc.) Dave Spinale (Ha ...

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ABC MA Completes Pre-Apprentice Construction and Maintenance Program as Part of the Workforce Success Grant

  On April 9th, the first cohort of 15 students graduated from the Metro North Pre-Apprentice Construction and Facilities Maintenance Training Program (PACMAN) in a truly joyous and inspirational ceremony.  The PACMAN curriculum includes an introduction to construction and facilities maintenance, financial literacy, and job readiness.  Students earned OSHA-10 safety and health certification and completed a National Center for Construction Education and Research (NCCER) core curriculum that included the following elements: Basic Safety (Construction Site Safety Orientation) (12.5 hours) Introduction to Construction Math (10 hours) Introduction to Hand Tools (10 hours) Introduction to Power Tools (10 hours) Introduction to Construction Drawings (10 hours) ntroduction to Basic Rigging (7.5 hours) Basic Communication Skills (7.5 hours) Basic Employability Skills (7.5 hours) Introduction to Materials Handling (5 hours) But more inspiring than the curriculum or ...

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Building Massachusetts - Excellence in Construction Awards

ABC is pleased to announce the newest edition of Building Massachusetts is now available. Building Massachusetts is the official publication of tABC MA. This issue highlights the contractors and projects that were recognized as winners of our most recent Excellence in Construction Awards. Included you will find:

Mass. may reduce how much money unions can donate to back political candidates

Boston Globe (2/5/19) - State campaign finance regulators want to rein in the money labor unions can give their preferred candidates each year, under a newly released proposal that could dramatically alter Massachusetts’ political fund-raising landscape.

Labor unions are currently allowed to give up to $15,000 annually to a single candidate. But draft regulations quietly released Friday by the Office of Campaign and Political Finance would slash the limit to $1,000, as well as cap donations to political action committees at $500 and to a political party’s committee at $5,000. Read More Here...

ABC President Greg Beeman Advocates for Importance of Open Bidding on Public Projects in Boston Business Journal Op-Ed

​Viewpoint: Labor agreements should include union and non-union alike Boston Business Journal (January 24, 2019) - No one expects government to be perfect, but it’s not too much to expect our leaders to learn from clear mistakes. One such mistake was the decision by the UMass Building Authority to build UMass Boston’s first dormitory — and execute the campus’ entire $750 million master plan — under an agreement that intentionally limited competition by stipulating that construction unions be the “sole and exclusive” source of jobsite labor for all construction. There’s not much we can do now about elevators that fell abruptly, water shooting from toilets, rooms that were like furnaces and frosty showers that have plagued $120 million dorm since it opened. But going forward, we can reduce costs and improve quality by encouraging all qualified contractors to bid on public projects by ensuring that competition-limiting project labor agreements ...

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