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(VIa Boston Business Journal) - Nate Peck, President of Kaplan Construction, was recently named to Boston Business Journal's 40 Under 40. This prestigious award is reserved for young executives on the rise, entrepreneurs and innovators who are truly making a mark in their respective industries. The 21 men and 19 women, representing the for-profit, nonprofit and government sectors, were selected by the Boston Business Journal editorial staff from nearly 350 nominations received this year. They will be recognized by the BBJ at a cocktail reception and awards ceremony taking place on Oct. 17 at the Red Lantern Restaurant & Lounge in Boston.
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By Jason Kauppi
Worcester Telegram (June 10, 2018) - The Worcester City Council is flirting with illegal and discriminatory hiring mandates on public school projects. Masquerading as job-creation policies, the real purpose is to create a monopoly for organized labor.
City councilors floated the idea last month to require a percentage of workers on school construction projects to live in Worcester. They also suggested hiring only union workers by entering a project labor agreement with organized labor.
The moves came in support of a request by the mayor for a report on whether a percentage of local workers could be negotiated in contracts for construction of the new South High Community School, and on whether the South High and Doherty Memorial High school replacement projects would qualify for project labor agreements, also known as PLAs. These pre-bid agreements between a project owner and one or more unions require that only union labor be used in exchange for provisions that include a no-strike clause.
Residency requirements and PLAs have been heavily litigated and there is considerable case law against them. The wiser course is for the city to follow state public bidding laws.
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