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!
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.
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.
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.
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
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 are not a part of any future UMass construction projects.
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.
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 email@example.com 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.
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!
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
100 Unicorn Park Drive, Suite 1
Woburn, MA 01801
We want to hear your views and ideas related to:
Participants will receive a $25 Gift Card + Free Dinner
The Metropolitan Area Planning Council (MAPC) is the regional planning agency for the 101 cities and towns of Greater Boston.
For more information, please contact: Jeanette Pantoja firstname.lastname@example.org
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