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NEI General Contracting’s Marc Marcelli Gives Back Through Small Contractors Program

Marc Marcelli, Director of Northeast Construction Operations NEI General Contracting, an award-winning general contractor and construction management firm, recently announced that its Director of Northeast Construction Operations, Marc Marcelli, is donating his time to the Jamaica Plain Neighborhood Development Corporation (JPNDC) to assist minority business enterprises (MBE) and women-owned business enterprises (WBE). JPNDC created the Small Contractors Success Initiative in 2018 to assist small MBE and WBE contractors located in the City of Boston. The project involves free technical assistance and business education as well as connecting contractors with seasoned industry professionals like Marc. NEI General Contracting is involved in the small business pilot as both a sponsor and a mentor. As a mentor, Marc, along with staff and other volunteers, interviews and vets candidates for the program. Once accepted into the program, the contractors meet with staff to assess their needs, e ...

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ABC MA Members Meet with MAPC on Climate Change Impacts on Construction

On February 5th, the Metropolitan Area Planning Council (MAPC) conducted a focus group on climate resiliency with our members to learn about their experiences and perspectives on climate change. Over the past few years there have been a number of extreme weather events and trends that brought MAPC to this topic, such as: ​ The five warmest years in the global record have all happened since 2010. 2018 was the wettest fall on record since 1891. There’s been a 71% increase in the amount of rain during 100-year level storm events since 1950. Last March’s repeat Nor’easters resulted in severe flooding across Eastern MA communities. Towns’ storm water and wastewater systems were overwhelmed. Some communities even had sewage backup in their streets.   MAPC solicited our members on-the-ground knowledge and expertise to build an understanding of climate change impacts on construction in New England. This will help inform regional planning ...

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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 MA 2019 Installation of Officers and Directors

last week, ABC MA hosted its 2019 Installation of Officers and Directors for ABC MA and the Gould Construction Institute. We have a great leadership team this year that is ready to tackle the many challenges and opportunities impacting the construction industry. During the Installation, Greg Sizemore from ABC National discussed what ABC is doing to assist members in meeting the workforce challenge, outlined the progress that has been made and what can be best addressed in a united effort with ABC National, ABC Chapters and member contractors. Thanks to everyone who joined us and we look forward to a great year! 

Chairman's Message: The Opioid Crisis

Karl Hudson, 2019 ABC MA Chairman ​You can’t listen to tv or radio for very long without hearing more bad news about the opioid epidemic that’s engulfing our country. Unfortunately, no industry is being hit harder by the crisis than construction.   Recently Associated General Contractors of Massachusetts, in collaboration with ABC and the other industry trade groups, presented a seminar on this issue that highlighted some sobering statistics – over 72,000 people in the United States died of drug overdoses in 2017 – more than 2,000 of them in Massachusetts.  And while the overall number of deaths was down slightly from 2016 in our state, the numbers continued to rise among Hispanics and African Americans.  For every death, there are 130 people with a substance abuse problem.  ​ In terms of economic impact, the state economy lost nearly $6 billion in 2017 from the opioid epidemic and people being unable to work.  The national economic impact ...

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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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