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Braintree School Prequalification Restarts Without PLA

  The prequalification phase of the bidding for the construction of the new Braintree South Middle School has begun for the second time, now without the project labor agreement (PLA) that was struck down as a result of a successful legal challenge brought  by ABC and open shop allies.     Earlier this month, Norfolk Superior Court Judge Paul D. Wilson granted an injunction against the use of the PLA and ordered the project to be rebid without it.  A new round of prequalification is now underway, and bidding documents are scheduled to be released on Nov. 1 and bids are due on Nov. 23 (sub bids) and Dec. 7 (GC bids).     In his decision, Judge Wilson noted that if the town moved quickly it would still be able to open the new school for the 2022-23 school year.     “We are pleased that the Town of Braintree is complying with the judge’s clear ruling that this PLA did not meet the legal standard set our by our s ...

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ABC Members Step Up To Fight Diabetes And Honor Joe Kenney

  Any parent of a child who has struggled knows the joy of hearing the words “Mom, I feel normal again.”  Joe Kenney spoke those words after his first summer at the Barton Center for Diabetes Education’s Camp Joslin.   ABC members gathered last week with a goal of raising $25,000 to benefit the Barton Centerand honor the memory of Joe Kenney, who died of complications from diabetes in 2019.  At last count, we had raised over $42,000 for this worthy cause. Joe Kenney lost his confidence after being diagnosed with Type 1 Diabetes on his eighth birthday.  Having to stop regularly to do readings and inject insulin if his blood sugar was too high or too low would make any eight-year-old feel different from his peers.   But his first summer working with the counselors/nurses at Camp Joslin gave him back his life.  He went on to be a rising star both at W.T. Kenney, his family’s fourth-generation painting b ...

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Beacon Hill Round-Up - September 28

●     On Monday, September 20th, the U.S. Department of Labor announced the appointments of 29 members to serve on the Advisory Committee on Apprenticeshipand provide advice and recommendations on issues related to registered apprenticeship. The advisory committee will also promote greater awareness of the benefits of apprenticeship, foster increased alignment between apprenticeship opportunities and workforce and education systems, expand apprenticeship into new industries and occupations and ensure equity for under-represented populations. Secretary of Labor, Marty Walsh, appointed Bunker Hill Community College President Dr. Pam Eddinger to serve as the committee’s chairperson. Members of the committee serve two-year terms, representing employers, labor management organizations, community colleges and other institutions. ●     There are three upcoming hearings of interest that were scheduled. These hearings include: -     ...

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State Auditor Recommends Reforms To Gubernatorial Board And Commission Appointment Process

  An audit report released by the Office of State Auditor Suzanne Bump found that the gubernatorial Boards and Commissions Office (BCO) has not ensured that the information entered into its boards and commissions tracking database was complete and accurate, creating the risk of positions not being filled in a timely manner, and that Governor Baker's office routinely allows board and commission members to serve long after their terms have expired. The report looked at whether the Governor’s Office filled all vacant seats on the Commonwealth’s active boards and commissions as prescribed by state laws, regulations, or executive orders during the period of July 1, 2018 through June 30, 2020.  It recommends limiting how long an appointee can serve in a holdover capacity until they are reappointed or replaced, as well as the proliferation of board and commissions throughout state government.  As a note, Auditor Bump is not seeking another term in ...

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Fall Semester Is Underway At The Gould Construction Institute

  The Fall semester is underway at the Gould Construction Institute, with 770 students registered in 64 classes taught by 57 teachers across 10 locations. Both electrical and pipefitting classes have moved from Greater Lawrence Technical School to Medford Vocational School. This has led to a big jump in electrical enrollment, with 89 students registered. Gould is offering two levels of sprinklerfitting at Greater Lawrence, where there are also 139 students registered in the sheet metal program, including over 25 in one class. Another 24 students are enrolled in Sprinklerfitting 3 in Taunton. “The start of the school year is always exciting as the hard work of the entire staff finally pays off,” said GCI Instructor Liaison Director Mike Maloney. “Scheduling classes, finding teachers and getting everything ready is exciting, and the excitement around the teachers attending orientations, setting expectations and getting everyone ready for September is so much fun!” ...

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Braintree To Rebid South Middle School Project Without a PLA After Court Ruling

  Braintree has announced it will rebid the South Middle School Project without a project labor agreement after a Norfolk Superior Court Judge granted a preliminary injunction sought by ABC to stop the bidding process that had begun using a PLA.  Judge Paul D. Wilson granted the injunction after finding that the town did not meet specific requirements under which a PLA can be used.   PLAs require all jobsite labor on a project to come from unions, even though more than 83% of Massachusetts construction workers choose not to join a union.   Now all qualified bidders will have the opportunity to participate in the project and the town will get a larger pool of qualified bidders, and better prices.    Following the ruling, the town posted the following message on Earlier this week the Town of Braintree was required to re-open the South Middle School Project for bids without the inclusion of a Project Labor Agreement (“PLA&rdqu ...

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Braintree Has Announced It Will Rebid the South Middle School Project Without a PLA After Court Ruling

  Braintree has announced it will rebid the South Middle School Project without a PLA after a Norfolk Superior Court ruling that it violates the state’s competitive bidding laws.  Now all qualified open shops and union contractors will have a fair chance to participate.   The town will get a larger pool of qualified bidders, and better prices.  via Earlier this week the Town of Braintree was required to re-open the South Middle School Project for bids without the inclusion of a Project Labor Agreement (“PLA”). In 2020, the Town, with the unanimous support of the School Building Committee, decided to use a PLA on the South Middle School Project. A PLA is a pre-hire agreement that establishes the terms and conditions of employment on a construction project. On this project it would have, among other things, utilized local union hiring halls to hire workers, prevented delays in construction due to work stoppages provided a more diverse work ...

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ABC Self-Insurance Group Announces Annual Award Winners

  The ABC Self-Insurance Group (SIG) announced its 2021 award winners at its annual meeting earlier this month.  Fourteen companies were honored for having no lost dollars in fund year 2020, and another 12 were recognized for having loss ratios under 10%. ZERO LOST DOLLARS IN FUND YEAR 2020: Associated Concrete Coatings Commercial Drywall & Construction Company Commercial Insulation Contractors, Inc. J.J. Cardosi, Inc Forish Construction Company, Inc. Kaplan Construction Mjm Masonry, Inc. Rivers Electrical Corporation Schernecker Property Services, Inc. Tocco Building Systems Valley Concrete & Construction, Inc. Veterans Development Corporation W. T. Kenney Company, Inc. W.W. Contracting Corporation LOSS RATIO UNDER 10% IN FUND YEAR 2020: Accutemp Engineering, Inc. ...

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State Judge Grants Preliminary Injunction Blocking PLA On Braintree School Project

  A state Superior Court judge has granted a preliminary injunction to plaintiffs that include ABC Massachusetts and member contractor Fernandes Masonry to prohibit the Town of Braintree from including a project labor agreement (PLA) on its project to build a new South Middle School. PLAs require all jobsite labor on a project to come from unions, even though more than 83% of Massachusetts construction workers choose not to join a union. Parties seeking an injunction must show: (1) A likelihood of success on the merits (2) That they would suffer irreparable harm absent the injunction, and (3) That risk is greater than risks the opposing party would face if the injunction were not granted Judge Paul D. Wilson found that the plaintiffs “likelihood of success [on the merits] is strong. In terms of irreparable harm, Judge Wilson importantly agreed that the PLA would “effectively preclude plaintiff contractors from winning contracts on the South Middle School project, and ...

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National Nonresidential Construction Spending Expanded 0.1% in July

National nonresidential construction spending expanded 0.1% in July, according to a recent ABC analysis of data published by the U.S. Census Bureau. On a seasonally adjusted annualized basis, nonresidential spending totaled $786.7 billion for the month.  However, spending was down on a monthly basis in six of 16 nonresidential subcategories.  Spending in three categories was virtually unchanged. Private nonresidential spending was down 0.2% for the month, while public nonresidential construction spending rose 0.6% in July. Total nonresidential construction spending is down 4.2% from July 2020. “The nonresidential construction spending numbers are meaningfully worse than they initially appear,” said ABC Chief Economist Anirban Basu. “While the headline number suggests that nonresidential spending was effectively flat in July, the figure does not adjust for inflation. In real terms, the volume of construction services delivered by the nation’s nonresidential contractors de ...

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