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Fun, Food And Learning at the ABC National Convention

  (By Mike Maloney, Director of Apprenticeship, Gould Construction Institute)   Heading to San Antonio for his first ABC National Convention, I decided to chronicle my experience for others who have never gone.  It was marked by fun, learning, delicious food and great music.   One of the highlights was clearly the Craft Championships, where the competitors showcased their talents against tradespeople from around the country.  I watched the competitors hard at work, looking sharp in their t-shirts, and also stopped and talked to judges of the plumbing, sprinklerfitting and team competitions.  Among the plumbing competition judges was GCI board member Gary Gauthier.  It was certainly a thrill when Nathan Gallagher of Notch Mechanical Constructors took home the Silver Medal in pipe welding and Caio Torres of Medford Wellington Service Company won Bronze in the sheet metal team competition.   The opening night celebration included an ...

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Beacon Hill Roundup - March 29, 2022

  On Wednesday, March 23rd, the Baker-Polito administration launched a new hiring and training employer grant program, “HireNow,” a $50 million grant program to incentivize hiring and help defray the costs of onboarding workers who do not yet have skills in a new field. Eligible employers can receive up to $4,000 per employee, capped at a total of $400,000 per organization, to cover training costs or signing bonuses. Any non-government employer in good standing with the state, including nonprofit and for-profit entities, can participate. Hires must be made after March 23rd, retained for at least 60 days, given at least 30 hours of work per week, and paid between $14.25 per hour and $42.50 per hour for a company to qualify for a per-employee grant. The $50 million program will be funded with American Rescue Plan Act funds the Legislature already approved to be spent on workforce development. The program is already accepting online applications from employers, and money will flo ...

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ABC Names the 2022 Craft Professional of the Year

  (via ABC National)   SAN ANTONIO, March 16—Associated Builders and Contractors today announced Adam Haywood, electrical foreman and safety officer at Premier Power LLC, Tewksbury, Massachusetts, was named the 2022 Craft Professional of the Year. Haywood was honored at ABC Convention 2022 in San Antonio on March 15. ABC presents the annual Craft Professional of the Year award to a construction craft professional who excels in his or her field, demonstrating a commitment to safety, education and the merit shop philosophy. “In his nomination form, Adam Haywood was called ‘quite possible the most skilled electrician in the state,’” said 2022 National Chair of the ABC Board of Directors Stephanie Schmidt, president, Poole Anderson Construction, State College, Pennsylvania. “But beyond that, it’s clear that he’s a leader in safety, quality, technology and attitude both on and off the jobsite. Adam has more than two decades in the constructio ...

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Beacon Hill Roundup - March 22, 2022

  On Wednesday, March 16th, MassDOT officials unanimously agreed to support a bid by two minority-owned developers seeking to construct a combination of laboratory space, housing, and retail options on a parcel of state-owned land in Boston. The project on the 1.4-acre "Parcel 25," which stands mostly vacant on Kneeland Street where the Leather District and Chinatown meet, would add 600,000 square feet of mixed-use development, overseen by companies with women and minority representation. While MassDOT in the past typically accepted the highest-paying bid, Undersecretary Scott Bosworth said the department this time around deployed the "Massport model," which equally weights four criteria: ground rent and finance; diversity and inclusion; a bidder's ability to execute a project; and exceptional design and public realm contribution, which includes affordable housing. Altogether, 100% of the project's development, financing, ownership, and operations would come from minorit ...

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Massachusetts Ending COVID-19 Temporary Emergency Paid Sick Leave On March 15

  By: Michelle M. De Oliveira, Esq. On February 28, 2022, the Commonwealth announced that required employer-provided leave under An Act Providing for Massachusetts COVID-19 Emergency Paid Sick Leave will end, effective March 15, 2022. Until then, employers must continue to provide paid sick leave (up to $850 per week) to eligible employees for qualifying reasons relating to COVID-19. For leaves taken between May 28, 2021 and March 15, 2022, employers may continue to seek reimbursement, and applications for reimbursement must be submitted by April 29, 2022. Qualifying reasons for leave include: An employee’s need to: Self-isolate and care for oneself because of the employee’s COVID-19 diagnosis; Get a medical diagnosis, care, or treatment for COVID-19 symptoms; or Get or recover from a COVID-19 vaccine. An employee’s need to care for a family member who: Is self-isolating due to a COVID-19 diagnosis; Needs a medical di ...

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Beacon Hill Roundup - March 15, 2022

    On Monday, March 7th, the Department of Energy Resources announced that comments on DOER's stretch code update and new municipal opt-in specialized stretch code will now be accepted until 5 p.m. on Friday, March 18th rather than the end of the day Wednesday, March 9th. Senators Michael Barrett (D - Third Middlesex) and Cynthia Creem (D - First Middlesex and Norfolk), chairs of the Telecommunications, Utilities and Energy Committee and Senate Committee on Global Warmingrespectively, last week wrote to DOER Commissioner Patrick Woodcock and, among other issues, said the way that DOER had scheduled the five required public hearings, including a Friday evening session, meant that "the Baker Administration is depriving the public of a full opportunity to participate." However, the agency said the decision to extend the comment period came in response to stakeholder requests.   On Wednesday, March 9th, Worcester Mayor  ...

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Beacon Hill Roundup - March 8, 2022

  On Friday, February 25th, for the second time in less than two years, Attorney General Maura Healey rejected bylaws approved by the Town of Brookline that place restrictions or prohibitions on buildings incorporating fossil fuel infrastructure. As she did in 2020, Healey expressed agreement with the intent of the proposed bylaws that were approved by town residents last year -- to reduce greenhouse gas emissions from the burning of fossil fuels. But the attorney general, who is now a candidate for governor, said her statutory obligation to review the legality of bylaws prevents her from taking policy issues into account. She said her review concluded the bylaws were preempted by the state building code and a law that gives the Department of Public Utilities oversight of the sale and distribution of natural gas in Massachusetts. The decision comes as the Baker administration is proposing new building codes for the state. The proposal would not allow individual communities to ban fossil f ...

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Nine ABC Massachusetts Members Among Top-Performing U.S. Construction Companies

  Nine ABC Massachusetts member companies were named to Associated Builders and Contractors’ 2022 Top Performers list, which ranks its commercial and industrial contractor members that build long-lasting, high-quality construction projects, based on work hours.  The ABC Massachusetts honorees are: Bowdoin Construction Company CIANBRO DECCO, Inc. EMCOR Services New England Mechanical Erland Construction, Inc. JM Coull, Inc Kaplan Construction Notch Mechanical Constructors R&R Window Contractors, Inc. “We’re thrilled but not surprised to see so many of our members win national honors,” said ABC Massachusetts President Greg Beeman.  “This is just the latest evidence that our members provide owners and taxpayers with unparalleled quality and value.”  To be eligible, Massachusetts’ Top Performers demonstrated world-class safety performance by achieving Gold status or higher in ABC’s ...

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