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From monthly archives: January 2022

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Government Affairs Round Up - February 1, 2022

  Overview On Tuesday, January 25th, labor attorney Shannon Liss-Riordan launched her campaign for attorney general. Liss-Riordan made the formal announcement at the Ironworkers Local 7 hall in South Boston, where the union also endorsed her candidacy. Liss-Riordan is a partner at Lichten & Liss-Riordan and has built a reputation for filing lawsuits against major corporations on behalf of workers, including Starbucks, FedEx, American Airlines, GrubHub, DoorDash and others. She opened a campaign account in December in anticipation of a run and reported raising $159,131 before the end of the year, with attorney contributions constituting a big share of her donations.   On Wednesday, January 26th, Chris Doughty, a Wrentham Republican who has grown a manufacturing business in Massachusetts over the last three decades, announced that he is running for governor. Doughty is the second Republican to launch a major campaign for governor, joining former state R ...

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OSHA Withdraws COVID-19 Vaccination and Testing ETS

  On Jan. 26, the U.S. Department of Labor’s Occupational Safety and Health Administration announced it is withdrawing its COVID-19 Vaccination and Testing Emergency Temporary Standard, which applied to employers with 100 or more employees. The withdrawal is effective Jan. 26. Although OSHA is withdrawing the ETS as an enforceable emergency temporary standard, the agency has left the door open to consider issuance of a new standard conforming to the Supreme Court’s ruling, following receipt of recent comments. No timetable for any such action has been set, and no OSHA standard applicable to COVID-19 in construction is imminent. On Jan. 19, ABC submitted comments to OSHA on the ETS stating, “It is clear to ABC, based upon the Supreme Court’s decision, that the ETS cannot be enforced in its present form and should therefore be withdrawn. Any attempt by OSHA to proceed with the ETS or to develop a new standard following notice and comment that d ...

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Progress on Pipefitter, Refrigeration Tech Apprenticeship Issues

    ABC is making progress on problems that have affected pipefitter and refrigeration technician apprentices stemming from a confusing registration and licensing process that involves two state agencies.  The developments came at a January 19 meeting of of the MA Bureau of Pipefitters, Refrigeration Technicians and Sprinklerfitters.    “This is welcome news for a large number of apprentices and employers who have been frustrated over a confusing and unclear process that has been holding up apprentices’ ability to get their licenses and/or move ahead with their apprenticeships,” said ABC President Greg Beeman.      At the 1/19 meeting, officials from the Division of Occupational Licensure (DOL) and the Division of Apprentice Standards (DAS) presented a draft memorandum to the Bureau to address immediate issues affecting apprentices who are ready to sit for the exam as well as to improve the overall process involving the two- ...

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Beacon Hill Roundup - January 25, 2022

  Overview On Wednesday, January 26th, the Joint Committee on Public Safety and Homeland Security is holding a hearing regarding ‘Miscellaneous and Late Files’ including one bill of interest, H.3821 - An Act creating a municipal and public safety building authority filed by Representative Natalie Blais (D - 1st Franklin).   On Tuesday, January 18th, attorney and life sciences executive Tanisha Sullivan, president of the Boston branch of the NAACP, launched her campaign challenging incumbent William Galvin (see below) for the Democratic nomination for secretary of state. A University of Virginia alumna who earned graduate degrees in law and business from Boston College, Sullivan spent most of her legal career representing life sciences companies. The Legislature still hasn't set a date for the September primary elections.    Five days later, on Sunday, January 23rd, Secretary of State William Galvin  ...

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Attorney General Maura Healey Enters Race For Governor

 

Attorney General Maura Healey announce last Thursday that she will be a candidate for governor this year, and former Boston Mayor Marty Walsh has announced he won't join the race.

 

"If something's working, let's keep with it," Healey said outside an East Boston MBTA station. "And if it's not working, let's figure out what we need to do."

 

The announcement comes after Gov. Charlie Baker and Lt. Gov. Karen Polito said in November that they won't seek reelection for a third term.

 

There are three other declared candidates in the race: state Sen. Sonia Chang-Diaz and Harvard Professor Danielle Allen, both Democrats, as well as Republican former state Rep. Geoff Diehl, who lost a 2018 U.S. Senate race against Sen. Elizabeth Warren. With a $3.7 million war chest and high name recognition, many consider Healey the candidate to beat.

 

 

Beacon Hill Roundup - January 19, 2022

    Overview On Wednesday, January 26th, the Joint Committee on Public Safety and Homeland Security is holding a hearing regarding ‘Miscellaneous and Late Files’ including one bill of interest, H.3821 - An Act creating a municipal and public safety building authority filed by Representative Natalie Blais (D - 1st Franklin).   On Monday, January 10th, a state-managed digital vaccination verification system was launched which may bring lawmakers a step closer to reopening the State House. The State House has been closed to the public for nearly two years, since the initial March 2020 surge of COVID-19. House Speaker Mariano and Senate President Spilka had said they planned to reopen the building to employees and the public last fall and while the House and Senate have established protocols for lawmakers and staffers to return to the building, the public still has no access. When Governor Baker discussed the proof ...

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ABC’s Construction Backlog Slips in December; Contractor Confidence Continues to Improve

  via ABC National   TUESDAY, JANUARY 11, 2022 9:45 AM     WASHINGTON, Jan. 11—Associated Builders and Contractors’ Construction Backlog Indicator fell to 8.2 months in December, according to an ABC member survey conducted from Dec. 16 to Jan. 4. The reading is down 0.2 months from November 2021, but up 0.9 months from December 2020.     ABC’s Construction Confidence Index readings for sales, profit margins and staffing levels increased in December. All three indices stand above the threshold of 50, indicating expectations of growth over the next six months.     “Demand for construction services in America remains strong,” said ABC Chief Economist Anirban Basu. “Contractors have been upbeat about sales and employment prospects for months. What changed in December is that a growing fraction of contractors now believe that profit margins will rise during the next six months despite rising ...

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Massachusetts Adopts CDC’s Newly Issued Guidance Relating To Isolation & Quarantine

  By: Laura M. Raisty, Esq. & Michelle M. De Oliveira, Esq. On January 9, 2022, the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (“CDC”) provided additional guidance to clarify its December 27, 2021 update, in which it shortened recommended COVID-19 quarantine and isolation periods. According to the CDC, the shorter periods focus on when a person is most infectious and also “facilitate individual social and well-being needs, return to work, and maintenance of critical infrastructure.” On January 11, 2022, Governor Charlie Baker announced new isolation and quarantine protocols aligned with the newly issued CDC guidance. Quarantine If an individual has been in close contact with someone who has COVID-19[1] the CDC recommends as follows: If the individual is not up to date with vaccination(s): stay at home and quarantine for at least 5 days, at which point they can leave quarantine if they are symptom free.[2]  ...

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Nonresidential Construction Employment Up 27,000 in December, Says ABC

  Jan. 7, 2022   The construction unemployment rate rose to 5.0% in December. Unemployment across all industries fell from 4.2% in November to 3.9% last month.   WASHINGTON, DC — The construction industry added 22,000 net jobs in December, according to an Associated Builders and Contractors analysis of data released today by the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics. Overall, the industry has recovered slightly more than one million (92.1%) of the jobs lost during earlier pandemic stages. Nonresidential construction employment expanded by 27,000 positions on net, with all three subcategories posting gains for the month. Nonresidential specialty trade added 12,900 jobs, heavy and civil engineering added 10,400 jobs, while nonresidential building employment increased by 3,700 positions. The construction unemployment rate rose to 5.0% in December. Unemployment across all industries fell from 4.2% in November to 3.9% last month. “Today’s jobs report has ...

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Thank You to Diana Hasan for Volunteering Her Time for ABC Pre-Apprentice Graduates!

 

ABC MA owes a delayed thank you to board member Diana Hasan, who is also Director of Human Resources at C.E. Floyd, for volunteering her time to interview the graduates of the first cohort of the chapter's PACMAN pre-apprenticeship program and spoke at the graduation.

 

"A huge shout out to Diana Hasan for participating in the recent pre-apprenticeship graduation", said ABC MA Director of Workforce Development Steve Sullivan. "Diana's involvement in our program is critical for these participants. She has a deep understanding of the skills our member companies are looking for in new hires, and learning how to interview well can be a game changer for these graduates."

 

If you're interested in talking to some of our pre-apprenticeship graduates or getting involved in the program, contact Steve at [email protected] or (781) 281-6860.

 

 

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