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From the monthly archives: January 2019

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Dawson Gay Joins RPF Environmental, Inc.

Amesbury, MA: RPF Environmental, Inc., an environmental health and safety (EH&S) consulting firm, recently announced that Dawson Gay has recently joined their staff. Mr. Gay will be working as an EH&S Consultant providing industrial hygiene, safety, indoor air quality, and asbestos testing and consulting services throughout New England.     Mr. Gay recently earned a Bachelor of Science in occupational health and safety from Keene State College.  While there, he was an organizer and social media coordinator for Vote Mob, an organization dedicated to helping students get out and vote.  He also recently completed training and certification as an abatement project monitor as well as for optical microscopy analysis.   RPF Environmental is an environmental testing and industrial hygiene consulting firm with offices located in Maine, Massachusetts and New Hampshire providing indoor air quality assessments, industrial hygiene investigations, safety audits, hazardo ...

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ABC Urges Army to Avoid PLAs at Hansom and Westover Bases

​ABC recently submitted letters of opposition arguing against Project Labor Agreements on the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers (USACE) projects at Hanscom Air Base and Westover Base. The imposition of the PLAs by USACE would be detrimental to the majority of the construction workers in the New England and North Atlantic region and to USACE’s ability to secure the best local talent and best pricing for its projects.  ​Read our opposition letters after the break. When considering a PLA - which is allowed under an Obama-era federal policy in certain circumstances - the Corps must solicit public input. USACE and other federal agencies have issued more than 260 similar project labor agreement surveys requesting information about the potential use of PLAs on specific construction projects across the country as a result of regulations and federal agency policies stemming from President Obama’s pro-government-mandated PLA Executive Order 13502, which encourages federal agenc ...

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New Paid Family and Medical Leave Regulations Released Ahead of Upcoming Listening Sessions

The Massachusetts Executive Office of Labor and Workforce Development recently released draft rules for the new paid family and medical leave program, laying out how it sees the new Department of Family and Medical Leave will operate. Public listening sessions will be held to give the public a chance to weigh in on the proposed regulations. The first listening session will be held Jan. 30 at 2 p.m. in the State House's Gardner Auditorium. We encourage all members to attend and share your comments on the implementation of the regulations. A complete listing of the hearings is available 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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Cameron Youngclaus Joins RPF Environmental, Inc.

Cameron Youngclaus RPF Environmental, Inc., an environmental health and safety (EH&S) consulting firm, is proud to announce that Cameron Youngclaus has recently joined their staff. Mr. Youngclaus will be working as an EH&S Consultant providing industrial hygiene, safety, indoor air quality, and asbestos testing and consulting services throughout New England.    Mr. Youngclaus recently earned a Bachelor of Science in environmental studies with a minor in communications from Keene State College.  While there, he conducted research on water quality based on macroinvertebrate populations and on methods of management and mitigation for invasive plant species.  Mr. Youngclaus also recently completed training and certification as an abatement project monitor as well as for optical microscopy analysis. About RPG Environmental RPF Environmental is an environmental testing and industrial hygiene consulting firm with offices located in Maine, Massachusetts and New ...

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Pre-Apprentices for Immediate Hire

As ABC’s Pre-Apprenticeship Program comes to an end for this term, we are reaching out in an effort to offer our members another opportunity to hire our capable participants. ​We currently have candidates interested in carpentry, electrical, HVAC and plumbing that are seeking placement before January 31st. Please reach out to Sophir Jeune at sophir@abcma.org for more information about our candidates, including their resumes upon request.
 
We are seeking employers who are willing to take on and train entry level apprentices. Each participant has been thoroughly vetted through a background check and many have completed our program with the following certifications; OSHA 10, Hot Work and 75 hours of core construction training.
 
If you have any immediate positions available, please reach out and let us know, along with the locations and any requirements you may have for the job.

Local Craft Championship Competition Winners!

On Saturday, January 5, GCI and ABC MA held our annual Local Craft Championship Competition at Greater Lawrence Technical School in Andover, MA. Participants competed against their peers for a chance to compete in the 2019 ABC National Craft Championships in Long Beach, California on March 24-28. This year, participants in electrical, pipefitting and welding crafts were represented.  All the contestants worked hard and gave it their all.  Congratulations to our winners! Pipefitting: Sean O'Dowd from DECCO, Inc. ​​ Electrical: Anthony Flanagan from Nardone Electric  Welding: Matthew Costello from Notch Mechanical Constructors  ...

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JOIN THE CONVERSATION - Climate Change and Construction Focus Group

On Tuesday, February 5th, ABC will host a focus group with the Metropolitan Area Planning Council (MAPC) for workers whose occupations place them at greater exposure to climate impacts or whose work may be impacted by climate change now or into the future. We want to hear your perspectives on how our changing environment is transforming the way people work in our region. Construction Industry Environmental Impact Focus Group Tuesday, February 5th 4:00 PM to 5:30 PM ABC's Office 100 Unicorn Park Drive, Suite 1 Woburn, MA 01801 register here We want to hear your views and ideas related to: Changing practices in your industry and workplace How climate and changes in the environment impact your work or well being Actions t ...

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ABC Prepares for New MA Legislative Session

With the start of the new two-year MA Legislative Session now underway, ABC Public Affairs Director Rob McGovern and Lobbyist John Bartley briefed ABC’s leadership on plans for the session at last Friday’s Board of Directors meeting and planning conference. Bartley and McGovern noted there could be some different dynamics in this new session. The Senate has been the more liberal body, but that the House added 25 new members, 22 Democrats and 3 Republicans.  Of the 22 Democrats, some 16 have joined the Progressive Caucus. There has already been talk from some on challenging Speaker DeLeo’s generally moderate positions.    ABC plans to be active proactively as well as defensively in the 2019-2020 session. ABC and our allied construction associations are already meeting on more reasonable alternatives to the wage theft legislation that has been enacted by the Senate for the past two sessions. We have been successful in preventing passage of problematic legislation that w ...

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Erland Construction to Build New Mixed-Use Development in Newton, MA

NEWTON, MA/January 8, 2018 – Mark Development is partnering with Erland Construction and Prellwitz Chilinski Associates to build a new 299,000-square-foot property at the corner of Walnut Street and Washington Street in Newton, Mass. The new mixed-use development, Washington Place, will accommodate 41,960 square feet of commercial space, 140 apartments, 309 parking spaces (including underground parking), retail, and more than 15,000 square feet of public outdoor space. Residential amenities include access to a luxury clubroom, roof-top deck, state-of-the-art fitness center, and community art space. The upscale units will include quartz countertops and stainless steel appliances and are central to the MBTA commuter rail line and the Massachusetts Turnpike. The transit-oriented focus of this development will foster a sense of community and encourage increased pedestrian activity in the area. “This vision of combining new housing with expanded retail shops, restaurants, and ...

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