DC35 News Â· spring 2018
Never-Say-Die Attitude/ Actitud de Nunca Aflojar Jeff Sullivan
Diversity within the Labor Movement Paul Canning
Get Involved Today: Women in Action & Young Lions
Member Spotlight: Nikki DeRome
10-11 Growing Work Opportunities Charles Fogell 12-13 Breaking Ground for the Future Joe Guarino 14-15 Membership Involvement Creates Work Bill Legrand 16
Setting Up Shop in the Merrimack Valley Chris Brennan
Employee Assistance Program
Casino Updates Vern Gaylor
William Doherty Memorial Scholarship Fund & IUPAT App
20-21 #PartnershipWorks 22-23 Working Together Tony Hernandez 24-25 Our Vote, Our Power Joseph Itri 26-27 New Opportunities Ray Pickup 28
At the Bargaining Table Michael Lafferty
See Something, Say Something! Pay Your Dues Online Organizing our Industry & Current Industry Needs Justin Desmond
32-33 Who’s in your Pocket? Wayne Murphy 34-35 When We Fight, We Win! Roger Brunelle 36-37 A Strong Start Makes for a Strong Union Eric Redding 38-39 Know Your Benefits/ Conozca sus beneficios Bill McDevitt
Cover photos from top to bottom: Wall Covering J/Man Upgrade class with instructors Bob Jones and Rob Carrol and Director of Commercial Coating Jim Sullivan. Organizer Jorge Rivera at the Western Massachusetts “Girls in Trades” event, demonstrating the virtual sprayer. Back cover photos from left to right: Alonzo Johnson with Century Painting at 345 Harrison Avenue in Boston, MA. Atsalis Brothers crew working at the Whitter Bridge in Amesbury: Richard Brady, Jaso Brady, and Leo Rainville. Third year industrial apprentice Anthony Armstrong with Max Spodick. 10 new members getting sworn in at the Local 577 Christmas Party. Brothers Josh Otting and Wesley Aguilar working at the Salem Harbor Power Station for John Egan. Members Jhelrick Soleto, Dan Gullion, Paul Pratte, Christiane Barriere, Nelson Barriere, Stephen Lacasse, and Roger Roy working for Save-on-Wall at the Gateway project in Lynn, MA.
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never-say-die attitude Jeff Sullivan
Business Manager/Secretary Treasurer I recently returned from the annual General President’s Advisory Committee Meeting. GPAC is an opportunity for all of North America’s business managers to gather with the International Union’s general president and take a macro, large-scale look at the efficiencies of our union, and of each individual district council. Topics ranging from organizing initiatives, workers’ rights initiatives, government affairs, and the effectiveness of our communications were all discussed in depth. It also gave me a chance to gain a better understanding of how other district councils from around the country are performing their critical work. At the conclusion of the meetings I was left with one lasting impression: DC35 is THE leader and role model within the International Union of Painters and Allied Trades. This is not by chance or by a stroke of luck. It is due to the collection of talented and dedicated leaders and staff members here at your council who go to work every day with the singular goal of improving the lives of working men and women. It’s not pretty work, and it’s not always easy. It takes a never-say-die attitude and the ability to continually adapt and adjust to the various outside forces that constantly impact our agenda. In a world in which public discourse can change with a single tweet, we must be prepared, every day, to protect what we do, and to make inroads that will see an increased quality of life for all working families. It requires constant engagement, strategic thinking, and the ability to implement and execute well-devised plans to increase work opportunities. The work
is invigorating and—despite the constant attacks from all sides—I have never been more energized to get the job done for our membership and for the greater cause of unionism, both here within our New England region, and across the country. If not us, who will do it? Martin Niemoller was a German pastor during Hitler’s rise to prominence in Nazi Germany and he is credited with writing the famous poem regarding political apathy. It reads: “First they came for the Socialists and I did not speak out—Because I was not a Socialist; Then they came for the Trade Unionists and I did not speak out—Because I was not a Trade Unionist; Then they came for the Jews and I did not speak out—Because I was not a Jew; Then they came for me—and there was no one left to speak for me.” We all have a responsibility to speak out: for our brother and sister members, for the working class, and for all well-intentioned people who are trying to make the world a better place. This is what unions have done since their creation. It is what we do every day at DC35 to create continuing work opportunities for our member families. When work hours are high and times seem good—as they do right now across our trades—it is critical to make further inroads in the markets that need organizing campaigns and the strong, unified voice that only a union can provide. After some serious research and market study, we recently opened a branch office in Lowell, MA. Lowell is a proud city with a rich union history that fell on some tough times. But now it’s 3
undergoing a revival of sorts, with some major construction projects underway, and others in the planning and development stages. Our staff members and our daily presence have already realized some new work for our members—work which will lead to increased opportunities across the Merrimack Valley region. We have formed new strategic partnerships there and will continue to ensure that we are at the table when the rights of working people are being discussed and decided. I was proud to stand with Boston Mayor Marty Walsh and the leadership of Madison Park Technical Vocational High School in Roxbury last month when we announced a partnership with the school, and formed a pre-apprenticeship program that will enable students of the school to prepare for a career in our industries (read more on page 20). In partnership with our signatory contractors associations we made a charitable contribution to the training program, which will result in increased opportunities in and around Boston. The event was covered by all the major media outlets in the area and it received much favorable attention in both print and televised outlets. I was proud to hear public officials, business leaders, and community activists say to me that they were pleased to see the union getting positive recognition for the good, life-changing work it does every day. Most people understood that this new initiative was just another in a long line of programs that we devote ourselves to in furtherance of advocating for the working class, but it was good to get the recognition on behalf of our members. We all ought to aspire to be public relations experts for our union. In our homes, neighborhoods, places of worship, job sites, and everywhere else, we should educate ourselves and others as to the vital role that we play in the economy, and the good we do for our country. If we don’t speak out and speak up there will be no one left to speak for us. The staff at DC35 is here to support you, to listen to you, and to help solve your problems. We are all in this together, please call on us.
Actitud de nunca aflojar Jeff Sullivan
Administrador de Negocios/Secretario Tesorero Recientemente regresé de la reunión del comité asesor al presidente general (GPAC por sus siglas en inglés). GPAC es una oportunidad para que todos los administradores de negocios de Norteamérica se reúnan con el Presidente General del Sindicato Internacional y le den una mirada macro, de gran escala, a las eficiencias de nuestro sindicato, y de cada Concejo Municipal individual. Temas abarcando iniciativas organizativas, iniciativas de derechos de los trabajadores, asuntos gubernamentales y la efectividad de nuestras comunicaciones fueron discutidos en profundidad. También me dio la oportunidad de entender mejor cómo otros Concejos Municipales de todo el país están desempeñando su trabajo crítico. Al concluir las reuniones me quedó una impresión duradera: DC35 es líder y modelo dentro de la International Union of Painters and Allied Trades. Esto no es por casualidad ni suerte; es gracias al grupo de líderes y miembros de personal talentosos y dedicados, que van a trabajar cada día con el objetivo singular de mejorar las vidas de los hombres y las mujeres trabajadores. No es trabajo bonito, y no siempre es fácil. Requiere una actitud de nunca aflojar, y la habilidad de adaptarse y acomodarse continuamente a las diversas fuerzas externas que constantemente impactan nuestra agenda. En un mundo en el que el discurso público puede cambiar con un solo tweet, debemos estar preparados cada día para proteger lo que hacemos, y para hacer incursiones que crearán una mejor calidad de vida para todas las familias trabajadoras. Requiere participación
constante, pensar estratégicamente y la habilidad de implementar y ejecutar planes bien armados para aumentar las oportunidades laborales. El trabajo es estimulante y, a pesar de los ataques constantes de todos lados, nunca me he sentido más energizado para desempeñar el trabajo, por nuestra membresía y por la causa mayor del sindicalismo, aquí dentro de nuestra región de New England y en todo el país. Si no nosotros, ¿quién lo hará? Martin Niemoller era un pastor alemán durante el ascenso de Hitler en Alemania nazi, y se le adjudica a él la composición del famoso poema sobre la apatía política. Dice así: “Primero vinieron por los socialistas y no dije nada, porque no era socialista; Después vinieron por los sindicalistas y no dije nada, porque no era sindicalista; Después vinieron por los judíos y no dije nada, porque no era judío; Después vinieron por mí, y no quedaba nadie para hablar por mí.” Todos tenemos la responsabilidad de decir algo: por nuestros hermanos y hermanas colegas, por la clase obrera y por toda la gente bien intencionada que está intentando mejorar el mundo. Esto es lo que han hecho los sindicatos desde que fueron creados. Es lo que hacemos todos los días en DC35 para crear oportunidades laborales continuas para nuestras familias miembro. Cuando las horas de trabajo son altas y las épocas parecen buenas, como en este momento en todos nuestros gremios, es crítico hacer más incursiones en los mercados que necesitan campañas organizativas y la voz fuerte y unificada que sólo puede proveer un sindicato. Luego una investigación diligente y de estudiar el mercado, abrimos recientemente una oficina de ramal en Lowell, Massachusetts. Lowell es una ciudad orgullosa, con una gran historia sindical, que recientemente cayó en tiempos difíciles. Pero ahora está viviendo cierto tipo de renacimiento, con algunas obras grandes encaminadas, y otras en etapas de planificación y desarrollo. Nuestros miembros del personal y nuestra presencia diaria
ya han manifestado un poco de trabajo nuevo para nuestros miembros, lo cual llevará a más oportunidades en toda la región de Merrimack Valley. Hemos formado nuevas asociaciones estratégicas allí y seguiremos asegurando que estemos en la mesa de negociaciones cuando se hable y tomen decisiones sobre los derechos de la gente trabajadora. Me enorgulleció estar con el Alcalde de Boston, Marty Walsh, y el liderazgo de Madison Park Technical Vocational High School en Roxbury el mes pasado cuando anunciamos una asociación con la escuela y formamos un programa de formación previa que les permitirá a los estudiantes de la escuela prepararse para una carrera en nuestras industrias. Junto con nuestros contratistas signatarios asociados, hicimos una contribución caritativa al nuevo programa de formación, el cual resultará en más oportunidades en y alrededor de Boston. El evento fue cubierto por todos los medios de comunicación principales de la zona y recibió mucha atención favorable en medios de prensa imprenta y televisada. Me enorgullecí al oír a funcionarios públicos, líderes del mundo de negocios y activistas comunitarios diciéndome que les alegraba ver al sindicato recibiendo reconocimiento positivo por el trabajo bueno y vital que hace todos los días. La mayoría de la gente comprendió que esta nueva iniciativa era uno en una larga línea de programas a los cuales nos dedicamos para promover la defensa de derechos de la clase obrera, pero fue bueno recibir el reconocimiento en nombre de nuestros miembros. Todos deberíamos aspirar a ser expertos de relaciones públicas para nuestro sindicato. En nuestros hogares, barrios, lugares de culto, sitios laborales y en todos lados, deberíamos educarnos a nosotros mismos y a otros sobre el papel vital que desempeñamos en la economía y el bien que hacemos por nuestro país. Si no hacemos oír nuestras voces no quedará nadie que hable por nosotros. El personal de DC35 está aquí para apoyarlos, para escucharlos y para ayudar a resolver sus problemas. Estamos todos en esto juntos; por favor no dude en acudir a nosotros. 5
Diversity within the Labor Movement Paul Canning
Executive Assistant to BM/ST 617-592-2229 There has been a movement within the building trades, and across the country, to increase the number of women and minorities in union construction. DC35 has a number of programs and opportunities that help women and minorities get into the construction trades and enjoy the benefits shared by so many already in the industry. Our community partnerships with organizations like Madison Park High School (pictured right, read more on page 20), Greater Lowell Technical High School, Building Pathways, and Operation Exit— along with work opportunities with the UMass Building Authority, DC35 Women in Action, and the Finishing Trades Institute (FTI) College Accreditation (DC35’s Apprenticeship Program)— are some of the many ways we organize and create work opportunities for people to work in their communities. The integration of these programs within DC35 is imperative for our growth within the labor movement, and more importantly, DC35’s growth within IUPAT. Within DC35, diversity is a membership issue, an organizing issue, and a collective bargaining issue. These programs promote equality and establish that wages, benefits, working conditions, and negotiated provisions apply equally across ALL of our represented members. BM/ST Jeff Sullivan is committed to meeting the diversity goals set by the building committees by mobilizing, recruiting, developing, and training the workforce. Organized labor continues to support and advocate for public policy, with the 6
increased emphasis on strengthening ties with community organizations. Boston Mayor Marty Walsh raised the city’s goals for hiring residents, minorities, and women in the construction industry. The goals require that construction companies demonstrate good faith efforts to guarantee that 50% of all hours worked go to Boston residents, 40% go to minorities, and 12% go to women. With the current construction boom in the city of Boston these goals will ensure that the construction industry shows a great diversity among its workforce and honors Mayor Walsh’s commitment to having a more diverse and more inclusive workforce that reflects the demographics of Boston.
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Women in Action Chairwoman Deb Gilcoine with representatives from Dennison Memorial Community Center.
Thank you for all your donations to the Dennison Memorial Community Center in New Bedford, MA. DC35 Women in Action collected 53 hats, 52 pairs of gloves, 7 scarves, 2 knitted headbands, 3 pairs of fuzzy socks, and 44 yards of sewing material. DC35 Women in Action meetings are held on the 4th Tuesday of every month at the Union Hall. Local 577 members Lisa Pucillo, Jeneve Estrella, and Michelle Hennessy with her sons Quinn and Logan at the St. Patrickâ€™s Day Parade.
Email WiA@iupatdc35.org for more information.
Young Lions meetings are held on the 4th Tuesday of every month at the Union Hall.
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is a painter with Local 577 whose personal drive has helped her achieve any goal she sets for herself. From paving the way for women in the trades to running her 10th Boston Marathon, Nikki’s life shows what it means to be union strong.
Nikki grew up in Brockton, MA, knowing she wanted to be involved in art as a career. As an only child raised by a single mother with physical disabilities, daily life could be challenging for the family. Even through the difficult times, with her mom’s support, Nikki was not deterred from reaching for her dream. Following high school Nikki was accepted to MassArt, where she studied graphic design. While she was in college the industry shifted from physical paste ups to computer-based work, which she didn’t find as fulfilling. Still, she persisted, and after college she worked at a small design firm. One day, the owners hired her to do some side work painting their home. This side job would prove to change her life; painting clicked for Nikki. Stepping back and seeing a crisp line and a job well done meant a lot to her, so she decided to make a career change. At that time, she was on a softball team and her coach was a union carpenter member. She told Nikki that if she really liked painting she should look into joining the painters’ union. Nikki followed her advice and joined, despite there not being many women in the trades. She soon learned that IUPAT DC35 would give her the chance to do what she loved and to be paid fairly for it. The gender pay gap is an unfortunate reality that women have to deal with everyday, and Nikki firmly believes that if she was in business for herself or not in the union, she wouldn’t be paid what she was worth, or the same as the men in her field. As a successful foreman for the past seven years, Nikki is thankful for the stability the union provides. She bought her own home and was able to have her mother see her achievements before she passed away.
Following her mother’s death in 2006, Nikki began running as part of her mourning process. In 2008 a friend sent her an email saying that Team Hoyt was looking for runners to join their team and Boston Marathon fundraiser. Dick and Rick Hoyt are a father and son running team where Dick pushes his son Rick’s wheelchair during races. They have paved the way for others with physical challenges to be able to compete in races such as the Boston Marathon
and the Iron Man Triathlon. Nikki remembered seeing them run the marathon back when she was in college, and was so inspired she asked her mother if they could do something like that together. Her mom had said yes, but unfortunately life got in the way, and they were never able to participate in the race as a team of their own. “It felt too perfect to be just a coincidence,” Nikki said while remembering this experience. “Fundraising and running for Team Hoyt has felt like a way to honor my mother and all that I learned from her, while giving back to the community.” After 10 years, Nikki has decided that this year will be her last year running the Boston Marathon. “It’s time that I find a new way to honor my mother,” said Nikki. “I either stop at 10 or do it forever. That’s the kind of person I am.” Her next goal is to complete a full Iron Man Triathlon, which consists of a 2.4 mile swim, a 112 mile bicycle ride and a 26.22 mile run, raced in that order without a break. Nikki believes that running the marathon is part of what helped her rise through the ranks to become a foreman in the painters’ union. Working at Soep Painting since 1996, the owner saw her job performance along with her passion, commitment, and dedication to training, and it resulted in her getting an offer to run her first job as a foreman.
“running for Team Hoyt has felt like a way to honor my mother and all that I learned from her”
“Being a foreman has meant more stress and responsibility, but it is worth it,” Nikki said. She now goes home thinking about how many people she needs on the job or how much paint to order, but she also has an overwhelming feeling of achievement. “I feel so accomplished. I’m the only female foreman in the foremen’s meeting at this job site. It means a lot to me. I’m proud to represent other union women in this way.” Looking to the future, Nikki said, “I want to find a way to help women stay in the trades. We reached the quotas and have the apprentices, but I would like to see more women becoming career journeymen and foremen like me. I’ve only heard of one other woman foreman. I would love to see more women make a full career in the trades and rise up through the ranks.” When asked what she would like to say to other women, in the trades or considering a union career, Nikki had a clear message, “Follow your true heart, if you want to be in the trades follow that passion. We will be here to support you along the way.” To donate to Nikki and Team Hoyt visit: www.crowdrise.com/o/en/campaign/teamhoytboston2018/nikkiderome
Growing work opportunities Strong work opportunities continue to grow for all the crafts represented by DC35, and the push for development within our geographical jurisdiction shows no signs of slowing down. Who has the power and where will our power supplies come from in the future? The Canal 3 project continues to forge ahead in Sandwich, MA. The site is currently being prepared, with the removal of old storage buildings and equipment, which are scheduled to be scrapped in preparation for the first phase of the project. NRG Energy recently prepared and submitted their Carbon Dioxide (CO2) Budget Emission Control Plan to the regulatory board for consideration. The 350 megawatt gas-fired turbine, known as Canal 3, will be required to have a 250 foot exhaust stack. The plant will have the ability to come online within minutes, during peak demands, to supply the southeastern Massachusetts and Rhode Island grids. Recently, trade representatives participated in an aggressive safety and training programâ€”put on by Skanska and Burns & McDonnellâ€”for plant and site badging and access. All trades will be required to submit to the training and testing prior to performing any task on site. Working with the Brockton Building Trades, we recently met with representatives from Day Zimmerman, a national construction company that performs maintenance work on upwards of 65% of the nuclear power plants in the country. Day Zimmerman will be working under the terms of the national maintenance agreement at the Pilgrim Nuclear Power Station in Plymouth, MA. Based on our recent meeting, all indications show another refuel coming up within the next 10
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few months, even with the scheduled plant closure in 2019. The Brayton Point Power Station in Somerset, MA is a thing of the past. The 1600 megawatt coal-fired plant was sold to Commercial Development Company (CDC) for an undisclosed sum. Some say it may find new life as a gasfired plant, since Dynegy spent billions on improvements at the facility. Only time will tell what the future of the station is, but speculation have been everything from a deep-water port to some type of residential use. Another blast from the past is the twentyplus year struggle to build a gas-fired power plant in Brockton, MA. Jay Cashman, a Quincy construction magnate, still hopes to build the plant. The mayor is in support of the project, despite its many legal woes. Another obstacle is that modern power stations now have to bid to get on the grid and charge for their services. All of these issues make the prospect of building this project unclear, but at the end of the day, we will need new power generating facilities to meet the needs of future generations. Working with our Organizing Department Director Justin Desmond and Organizer Rob Jelly, we have signed two new companies. Table 6 Designs a silk screening company out of South Portland, ME. Table 6 Designs can manufacture, design, and print T-shirts and political signs of all kinds. We also signed Full Color signs and graphics out of Lynn MA, who manufacture and design graphics,
signs, car wraps & lettering, print design, photo & video, and T-shirt silk screening. We have signed both companies to a DC35 agreement, and they look forward to working with us. I am pleased to report that I have been reelected as Secretary Treasurer of the Brockton and Vicinity Building Trades Council. This will be my fifth term working with all the crafts that represent the area. We have an excellent leadership group vying for every opportunity and job we can create for our members. Lastly it is always a pleasure to see so many members attending their annual holiday meetings, and I thank all the local unions of this great council for the invites. Letâ€™s keep our focus on 2018 and the creation of opportunities for every member of DC35!
Safety Training for the Canal 3 project.
Members enjoying local union holiday meetings.
LMCI Finishing Industries Forum.
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BREAKING GROUND FOR THE FUTURE As Director of Servicing I am pleased to report that—together with the elected business representatives and the committed Organizing Department—we are working tirelessly to sign new members and contractors, increase work opportunities for our membership, and ensure that each signatory contractor is adhering to all of their responsibilities and collective bargaining agreements. As union leaders we will always look for ways to improve the quality of life for our members and their families. The arrival of spring and summer, along with the improving economy, have created great employment opportunities for DC35 crafts, and those opportunities should continue throughout the year. Much of this positive activity can be credited to Mayor Marty Walsh, who has proven time and again to be a true friend to the building trades and the working class people. Numerous projects have been moved through the permit process at a rapid pace, with many others in the pipeline at the Boston Planning & Development Agency, and as a result 2018 will continue to produce work hours for DC35 members. I encourage our membership to be the eyes and ears of DC35 when it comes to protecting our work jurisdictions. Our business representatives can’t be everywhere, so we need every member to help. Please make that phone call when you see another trade infringing on our jurisdictions, our pensions and annuity funds depend on increasing the hours being submitted. Projects already underway or that have seen ground breaking ceremonies include: 12
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The HYM Investment Group proposes approximately 11 million square feet of development on the approximately 109 acres of the Suffolk Downs site in the city of Boston. The multi-phased proposal will include development of a new mixed-use neighborhood, a 40-acre publicly accessible open-space system, and two retail squares at Suffolk Downs and Beachmont stations. The initial project phase will include a 520,000 square foot office building with supporting corporate uses on the ground floor.
Air rights project above South Station will include 1,203,000 square feet of office space, 321,000
square feet of residential space, a 360-room hotel in 3 phases, and 895 parking spaces.
Phase 1 of the Boston Garden project consists of five main components: (1) the Podium Building, (2) Champions Row, (3) a below grade parking garage, (4) improvements to North Station, and (5) an expansion to the TD Garden.
This 2.4 million square foot development calls for 771 residential units, 204 new hotel rooms, 1.3 million square feet of office space, 82,500 square feet of retail space, and 1,159 parking spaces.
The Summer Street Hotel project will contain approximately 788,500 square feet to be comprised of 1,054 hotel rooms, ballrooms, function rooms, meeting spaces, restaurant, and retail space.
A 4-building and parking garage mixed-use development to be built over the Mass Pike, ranging from 7- to 22-stories and totaling 819,000 gross square feet, with 552 residential units and 1340 parking spaces.
MEMBERSHIP INVOLVEMENT CREATES WORK Boston is in the midst of one of the largest building booms in the city’s history. From Fenway to the Seaport, from Back Bay to East Boston, from Cambridge to the surrounding areas, cranes are everywhere you look. That many projects underway at once provides a record amount of work hours for the building and construction trades in 2018 and beyond. During a construction boom of this magnitude though, we find that general contractors sometimes hire alternate subcontractors on their projects. These subcontractors work during off hours or on weekends so that no one will notice. Fortunately, thanks to the assistance of the DC35 members working on these projects, we as a council have been able to turn these lost hours into work hours for DC35 companies and members. Here are just two examples of projects in the past few months that would have been lost if not for DC35 interventions: During renovations at the Weston Hotel in Boston, Columbia Construction decided to hire non-union Bay State Refinishing & Remodeling and then non-union New England Tub Doctor, to refinish the metal tubs. After many conversations with Columbia’s senior superintendent—about undermining community area standard wages, and the potential notification of their practices to the hotel—Columbia decided it was more important to keep its long-term relationship with the hotel unscarred. They made arrangements to remove the non-union refinishing company, and hired Porcelain Patch, a DC35 signatory union 14
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contractor, to perform the refinishing of the remaining 203 tubs. Century Drywall has the drywall package at 345 Harrison Avenue in Boston. The painting and drywall stewards both noticed that Century carpenters were installing a vinyl bead reveal around every metal door frame. I visited the project once I was notified, and then contacted Century’s outside superintendent, who stated that they switched from aluminum metal riglits to vinyl, so they assigned the installation to the carpenters. I told him it was drywall finisher’s work, and the jurisdiction of the Painter and Allied Trades Union. Century’s superintendent stood his ground and wouldn’t reassign the work, but put the work on hold. I let him know that DC35 would be filing charges for lost hours to the Joint Trade Board, and that the owner of the company would have to sit in front of the board and answer for his decision. That weekend I received a text that the vinyl reveal beads would be installed by the drywall finishers of DC35 from that point on. Just imagine the amount of work hours and jurisdiction that could have been lost if not for DC35 members’ actions, and business representatives’ commitment to fight to protect our work. The story behind the East Boston project known as Clippership Wharf, located at 25-65 Lewis Street on the waterfront, is another example of the great work our members and representatives are doing. When LendLease, the general contractor, had their owner representation in front of the Boston Planning & Development
Agency, only two building trades were in the room with their resident members. DC35 was obviously one of them, and we directly asked if the project was to be built with a union workforce and area residents; Lendlease publicly stated yes. When it came time to award the contractor bids—even though Lendlease stated the project would be built with a 100% union workforce—it became clear they were changing their position. Due to the involvement of resident members and two business representatives, Guarino and Legrand, DC35 was able to get signatory contractors Century Drywall, NEFS, and JK Glass on the project. Because DC35 showed up for that meeting, we have members working this project today. The project will be done in two phases, with a completion date of 2021.
Sean Shaw, Irene Serrano, Malcolm Young III, Jeff Diorio, and Steve Terry being sworn in by Local 1887 President Dana Langton.
It’s an honor and a privilege to serve with this leadership team and to serve the membership of DC35. Thanks for the phone calls and please, if you need something, reach out. Thank you all, and God bless.
Maine State Building Trades Affiliates having a video conference with U.S. Senator Angus King.
Brian Guy and Eudson Dossantos working for Century Painting at 345 Harrison Avenue in Boston, MA.
Sal Taormina working for H. Carr & Sons at Philips Exeter Academy in Exeter, NH.
Setting Up Shop in the Merrimack Valley Chris Brennan
Business Representative 617-971-7736 I am very happy to report that effective March 5, DC35 has opened a satellite office in downtown Lowell. BM/ST Jeff Sullivan signed off on the office back in October, and it has been in the works ever since. Business Representative Ray Pickup and I were able to locate a prime spot right in the downtown area. It’s a storefront location situated at 26 Market Street. After some final cleaning and touch ups we expect to be fully operational by the end of March. We will follow up with hours. Having a great spot right in the heart of the valley—where we can invite potential signatories and developers from the area, strategize organizing campaigns, meet with politicians seeking endorsements, etc.—is going to pay big dividends for the council. Even though we have always represented the area well, having an office in the area will help solidify our commitment to expanding this council. In my role as President of the North Shore & Merrimack Valley Building Trades Council I envision using the space to help seal the deal on potential PLA projects. The most important part of this expansion, I believe, will be having a place for the membership from the area to call home.
As I reported to you in the last newsletter, our relationship with the Lowell Housing Authority continues to strengthen. We currently have five painters working under our direct hire program, with more projects for the upcoming season in the pipeline. Our members have been doing excellent work for the LHA. Wynn Boston Harbor is moving along nicely. M.L. McDonald and Century Drywall continue their work on the base buildings; while the tower has recently seen the first drywall go up, with Soep Painting set to follow. The hours are rolling in from this massive project and I am very happy to report that we have been able to exceed the strict WMV (Women, Minority, and Veteran) quotas on this project! A lot of kudos need to go to the Organizing Department for their work in finding wall coverers, great job guys! We continue to make great strides with our recovery program here at the council. We meet every Wednesday night in Roslindale at 7 p.m. Some of our group members come early to utilize the gym, and we always provide a nice spread for the members. We are building a vast network of members in recovery looking to help each other; it’s a great group that I am humbled to be a part of. We know you are out there and we are here for you! If you’re having an issue, give me a call for a confidential conversation. 617-971-7736.
Brothers Greg Leonard, James Kelley, and Jim McCann, along with Business Rep Chris Brennan, recently attended a peer advocate training at DC21 in Philadelphia, designed to help members identify and approach members on the job site with addiction issues.
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CASINO Updates Vern Gaylor
Business Representative 617-592-2298 Now that the carpet is being installed in the casino area of the MGM Casino in Springfield, Iâ€™d like to recognize the Organizing Department for all their help in getting the workforce that was needed to get to this point. When it was critically necessary they were able to bring in tapers, painters, and especially wall coverers. With the building boom happening in and around Boston, it has been pretty hard to get wall coverers to work in the Western Massachusetts area. New Science Center at Amherst College with a $1.2 million painting contract, being done by John Egan and D&W Drywall.
DC35 proudly represented at the MGM Casino project in Springfield, MA.
One call to Organizer Jorge Rivera though, and lo and behold, we were able to organize six new journeymen wall coverers to work alongside our four members already on the job. Great job filling the open work opportunities and increasing our membership. As a result, Midwest Pro Painting was able to start in the hotel sooner. The project is right on schedule for its September opening date. Baystate Wing Hospital in Palmer with Connecticut Drywall on site with DC35 members.
DISTRICT COUNCIL 35 WILLIAM DOHERTY MEMORIAL SCHOLARSHIP FUND DC35 is pleased to announce the formation of the William Doherty Memorial Scholarship Fund. Bill was a long-time member of Local 939. He is remembered by all who knew him as a dedicated family man who was committed to the working class and the benefits that higher education can bring. In conjunction with the annual golf tournament in his name, this year’s event will include an awards ceremony where deserving students will receive scholarships for postsecondary education. Detailed applications, including eligibility requirements, will be available on April 2, 2018. The deadline for submissions will be May 18, 2018.
The scholarship recipient(s) will be announced at the golf tournament on June 18, 2018.
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IUPAT DC35 and the Painters and Glaziers Employers Association of New England (PFEANE/GEANE) were joined by Boston Mayor Marty Walsh, community leaders, and state and local officials to announce an exciting new partnership with Madison Park Technical Vocational High School. The innovative program, funded by a $125,000 donation provided by IUPAT DC35 and the PFEANE/GEANE, will provide an avenue for students to obtain the necessary skills and training to jump start a lucrative career in the trades.
In an agreement that the Commonwealth of Massachusetts and IUPAT DC35 signed at the event, the curriculum at Madison Park is certified as a pre-apprenticeship program, indicating that a portion of training hours will count towards the completion of an apprenticeship training. IUPAT DC35 also announced a new program that provides union members a pathway to free college while continuing their careers in the trades.
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DC35 and PFEANE/GEANE leadership joined Boston Mayor Marty Walsh to present the Dorchester Boys & Girls Club with a $10,000 check for club operations, as well as toys for members. The donation will help fund more than 200 programs offered by the Club to over 4000 children in the community. “DC35 is committed to helping communities and is building the future of Boston,” said DC35 Business Manage/Secretary Treasurer Jeff Sullivan. “We are proud to donate this money to the Dorchester Boys & Girls Club which provides much needed assistance and support to children. In light of the opioid crisis, safe and stable environments like this Club are now more important than ever.”
With their centennial anniversary approaching, the Urban League of Eastern Massachusetts put out the call for assistance in updating the facility for a new generation. The painters from IUPAT DC35 answered the call, donating their time, talent, and resources to help revitalize their job training facility, with plans to continue their partnership in future projects. The Urban League has helped thousands of area residents start their careers and get the skills and training they need to build a brighter future. Like DC35, the Urban League is a valuable resource in Boston, offering pathways to the middle class.
DC35 and PFEANE/GEANE recently contributed $2,500 to the Massachusetts United for Puerto Rico Fund. State Representative Jeff Sanchez stopped by the Union Hall to accept the donation. “Thank you to DC35 for your continued support and love for the people of Puerto Rico, and for all you do to create opportunities here in Massachusetts,” said Representative Jeff Sanchez. “We will continue to make a difference from one commonwealth to another.” 21
WORKING TOGETHER Tony Hernandez
Representative/Organizer 617-592-2227 As we near the end of the first quarter of 2018, work continues to hum along for the working men and women of DC35 and its signatory contractors. Two new large projects are nearing their starting points. J. F. White Contracting was signed to a one-job agreement: a $41.5 million project calling for structural repairs to the Tobin Bridge in Chelsea. We will have at least six members setting up the Safespan system on this three-year project. Liberty Maintenance started performing the prep and application work on the structural steel component of the project on March 5. The second project was put out to bid in late February. It calls for the replacement of the North Washington Street Bridge in Boston, and has an estimated price of over $176 million. I’ll be working closely with our signatory contractors as they prepare their bid packages for this massive project, which calls for the removal, hand-cleaning, and painting of over 120,000 fastening bolts. There are also four major projects going on right now: the Longfellow Bridge (Tri-State Painting); the Interstate 91 Viaduct Rehabilitation Project (Atsalis Brothers Painting); the Whittier Bridge in Amesbury (Atsalis Brothers Painting); and the Charlestown section of the Tobin Bridge repairs (Liberty Maintenance). As of January 1, 2018, the Society for Protective Coatings’ new regulations require that the workforce of all bridge painting contractors must be at least 75% CAS certified. This requirement gives our signatory contractors an advantage in the bidding process, but only if our members take the certification process seriously. Some of our members have not diligently pursued this CAS 22
certification. Our FTI offers these certifications, and it won’t be long before the SSPC requires a 100% compliance, so please reach out if you want to get started. It’s important that each of our industrial members understands the critical importance of these trainings to the continued livelihood of the union and the ability of our members to get on jobs. We are here to help each of our members obtain these certifications. The tests are now offered in four different languages, so there’s really no excuse to not take them. Instructor Wayne Cummings and I are constantly visiting job sites to let the members know about the program and help them through the process. Unfortunately, poor member participation caused the cancellation of several training classes recently. CALL ME if you need help getting through the certification process. We all have to work together to increase work opportunities. Speaking of working together, with the assistance of the Organizing Department, we are continuing our monitoring campaign on Southern Road & Bridge. It is all hands on deck when we are dealing with unscrupulous contractors who violate the rules, misclassify workers, and jeopardize the environment. I’d also like to mention that I was recently honored by the city of Chelsea, and appointed as the Labor Representative to the Chelsea Housing Board of Trustees (pictured left). I will take this role seriously and I am proud to represent labor’s interests before this important city board. I’ll see you at your job site, and please remember, I’m just a phone call or text away: (617) 592-2227.
The Tri-State Painting crew working on the Rugg Bridge in Sandisfield, MA. Andrew Suckling, Paul Blake, Steve Luponi, Scoot Hamlin, and Brad Albirtton. The Atsalis Brothers crew at the Springfield Viaduct. Armando GarcĂa, Cesar LaSalle, Eduardo DeMata, Marcelo Costa, Euler Rocha, Miguel Montoya, Rosebin Brito, Erik Belanger, Librado Anzaldua, Juan PĂŠrez, Alex Atsalakis, and Yidan Griego Ortiz. The Liberty Maintenance crew starting work at the Tobin Bridge in Chelsea. Luis Alves, Fabio Silva, Sergio De Oliveira, Loannis Klioudis, Anderson De Souza, Vagner Nieto, Dejene Tilahun, and Mark Tryon. The Tri-State Painting crew on the Longfellow Bridge. Royce Monteiro, James Foggie, Ramiro Luarca, Sarah Cosman, Celco Santos, Mark Ruge, Eddie Guy Steve Laponi, Bryan Romano, Oswaldo Luarca, Andrew Suckling, Scott Hamlin, Bryan Fisher, Paul Blake, Phillip Lafluer, and Arthur Dasilva.
Our vote, our power Joseph Itri
Business Representative 617-592-2405 Hello brothers and sisters. Over the years I have taken many new members under application into the union and it has always amazed me how many people answer “no” to being a registered voter. That tells me they are content with standing on the sidelines while others vote in politicians who may not have their best interests in mind. People like Donald Trump and other Republicans, who go to work every day looking to weaken unions and push a Right-To-Work agenda, like they have been attempting to do in New Hampshire for the last few years. When this happens we need to spend a lot of time and money fighting back. That creates a win-win for our enemies, because either RightTo-Work becomes the law or we waste valuable resources fighting it. In the next election for New Hampshire State Senate in the 12th District, one of our own, Tom Falter, is running against a Right-To-Work Republican. Tom has been a member of Glaziers & Glassworkers Local 1044 for 35 years. Tom has been elected as Local 1044 president, treasurer, executive board at large, trustee, and a delegate to DC35, where he serves as chairman of the trustees. Tom is also our full-time glazing instructor for the Finishing Trades Institute. He has been a foreman on many large projects in the Boston area and is well liked and well respected. Tom has been a guiding hand for our young apprentices coming into the trade and he has always stood with us; that’s why we need to stand with him now. Brother Falter has made a conscious decision to run for this position and fight against RightTo-Work and other anti-worker legislation that comes before the New Hampshire State Senate. We need to support any of our members that run for public office, as well as support DC35 endorsed 24
politicians. Please, get registered to vote. The millionaires and billionaires that push the antiworker agenda have the money, but we have the real power: our votes. Don’t waste them. Some upcoming projects: A 44-story, 469-unit apartment building is slated to be built soon at the old Garden Garage on Lomasney Way near North Station. It will be a $410 million project that should break ground in the fall. The new Sterling Middle School in West Quincy will be a $118 million project that is being split evenly between the state and the city. Bond Brothers are the general contractor, and our contractors include Chandler Architectural Products, Sunrise Erectors, U.S. Drywall, and H. Carr & Sons. Unfortunately painting went to Eagle Eye Painting. Owners Anchor Line Partners and Jones Lang LaSalle have filed plans to “sheath” the 41-story Post Office Square building with glass curtain wall. They also want to include a 3-story glass pavilion and 8,000 square feet of retail and restaurant space. If all goes well they hope to begin construction later this year. Photos from left to right: Glaziers from Prudential Door & Window installing glass handrail at 240 Newbury Street. Tim Broderick, Eric Beagle, and Dave Bouthiller from Oasis Shower Door installing glass doors at the Point near Fenway. Tom and Brenda Falter with Vice President Joe Biden. Tom is running for State Senate in New Hampshire. John A. Paulson School of Engineering and Applied Sciences at Harvard. Washington Square starts to rise out of the ground in South Boston. Ipswich Bay Glass at Pier 4.
new opportunities Ray Pickup
Business Representative 617-840-9742
risk youth that are seeking a career path; Greater Lowell Technical High School, which already teaches a variety of trades, including painting; and the Lawrence Family Development Center, a local career center for displaced families. We’ll be seeking to move these relationship forward as we plant our flag a bit deeper in the community. We are looking to educate the residents of Lowell with tangible career skills, without saddling them with the financial burden of tuition costs.
DC35 is constantly looking at new ways to organize, generate new membership, and create new opportunities for our current members. Our focus has been to ignite new relationships with other trades, local community groups, local developers, technical high schools, and Our council has been involved with the UMass local politicians. All of those components Building Authority and will be hosting a career fair mixed together provide the perfect storm at UMass Lowell in May. The date is TBD but most of the legwork has already needed to continually been established, since we grow our council and our “Healthy and Sustainable Local Economy” already hosted a successful presence throughout our Lowell 2025 plan career day back in October geographical area. New Objective 1: 2017. We’ll be changing our Prioritize programs and initiatives with strong partnerships work as long narrative slightly at this promise of creating employment opportunities as they are tended to with for Lowell residents, and strive to continue event, to talk more about time and respect. increasing employment rates in the City. our accreditation piece with Objective 2: Business Representative the outgoing high school Increase competitiveness of the local workforce, Chris Brennan and I have seniors and other interested expand career education and job training to been working vigorously attendees. We’re looking match workforce needs, and provide placement to establish all of those forward to building a solid opportunities for the City’s residents. components in the base with the Building Objective 3: Merrimack Valley area, Authority as they seek to Improve foundational education to better and more specifically in prepare the City’s youth for future employment promote their diversity and participation in the local economy. the Greater Lowell area. goals at each and every We have identified real meeting. Our eagerness to relationships with local groups and schools that attend these meetings and promote the hiring can further our vision. We see real opportunity of residents, women, minorities, and veterans to take part in the Lowell 2025 plan—specifically coincides with the goals of the city of Lowell, the the “Healthy and Sustainable Local Economy” university, and all the local advocacy groups. objectives 1, 2, and 3. All these objectives hit right at the root of what our council stands for, The commitment will pay off tenfold for all organizations involved. At the end of the day, we especially objective 3. promote training, safety, diversity, a sustainable The Greater Lowell area is seeking partners and income, and a benefits package that is second to asking for support, and our council will be there none. All of the organizations we are aligning at the front of the line, willing and able to help. ourselves with are like-minded and want to fight for the middle class. Each resident in the Greater We see real promise and enthusiasm for what our organization can bring to the table. We Lowell area deserves a fair shake and we will be there to educate and mobilize the diverse, locally already have established relationships with local organizations like UTEC, who works with proven- trained workforce. 26
Local Union 1044 member Ron Scully Jr installing cover caps at the MIT.nano building project.
Local Union 1044 members Anthony Granada and James Pickup setting unitized panels at the Wynn Boston Harbor project in Everett.
Local Union 1044 members Charlie Crocker, Hunter Legrand, and Jared O'Neil setting glass at the Northshore Mall with a glass manipulator.
Local Union 1044 members Aaron Welch, John Granada, James Sullivan, and Jeff Madden unloading steel loaded frames at Billerica Memorial High School.
Local Union 1044 members Keith Alexander and Josue Velasquez setting unitized panels at the Wynn Boston Harbor project in Everett.
at THE BARGAINING TABLE Michael Lafferty
Business Representative 617-828-5131 We’ve been negotiating with the school department for a new bargaining agreement since September. We have been interfacing with the recently appointed Facilities Manager and have been advocating our position with various members of the city administration. Since then they’ve brought in the budget director, and finally put an economic offer on the table, but the offer was much less than what other bargaining units in the city have received. We countered their offer with an economic package that we broke down—which included the actual cost to the school department—and showed them that our economic package was consistent with what the other bargaining units were receiving over the four years. After a long discussion with them, they agreed that our package was close to what they could offer, but they still needed the city to run the numbers. We’re hoping that we’ll be able to wrap up negotiations by the end of March and have the members ratify the agreement in early April.
back from two of the cases: we were successful in one and unsuccessful in the other. The case that we were successful in was for the wrongful termination of two members who were on workers’ compensation leave. The arbitrator agreed with the union’s position that the employees should remain on workers’ compensation leave until their health returns or until they transition to a disability retirement. The remedy from the arbitrator stated that the employer shall reinstate them to employee status and make whole for lost benefits under our collective bargaining agreement. The members’ families will now be able to keep their city health benefits while the members are out on workers’ compensation, which is a huge win. The other case involved the unjust termination of an eighteen-year employee, who was terminated for violating the school department’s nondiscrimination policy; unfortunately the arbitrator upheld the school department’s decision.
The school department is in the process of putting together their budget for the upcoming fiscal year. They are proposing five additional custodial positions for the reopening of the Dearborn STEM Academy, which will open this upcoming school year. The budget also has money for floor refinishing work and other crew work that the members will be doing this upcoming fiscal year. We’ve been waiting for a few decisions from cases that we took to arbitration. We’ve heard
Local 1952’s Toys for Tots drive.
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When you see work that belongs to DC35 members being done by someone else, contact Director of Servicing Joe Guarino at 617-592-2228 or the union office. Say that you’d like to report a jurisdictional issue and identify the job site you are on. By reporting jurisdictional issues, you’re not just standing up for yourself and your union brothers and sisters, you’re also protecting the quality and the safety of the project.
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Organizing OUR INDUSTRY Justin Desmond
Director of Organizing 617-898-7969 Our Organizing Department continues to work on multiple short-term and long-term campaigns and we continue to speak with open shop companies and workers within our trades. These efforts, along with the large amount of work opportunities, have helped us organize many new members in the drywall finishing and wall covering crafts. Hats off to the organizers, especially Martin Castillo and Jorge Rivera. With the spike in work, we’ve been having conversations with a lot of open shop paint, tape, glass, and sign & display companies. Organizer Bryan O’Sullivan is working closely with contractors and their conversations have been very positive. Congrats to Organizer Rob Jelley for negotiating and finalizing a four year contract with one of our inhouse contracts with the City of Cambridge. The Organizing Department has been working with our community partners on specific projects in and around the city. We are very active with projects at the development and planning stages, so we can 30
ensure that contractors do the right thing when it comes to their contractor hiring practices. We make sure they use properly trained, local residents who will help to get their jobs done on time and under budget, while boosting the local economy.
The Commercial Residential (multi-unit) Program The Organizing Department has invested a lot of time and energy connecting with general contractors, developers, and painting and drywall finishing companies, and all that hard work and dedication has finally payed off with jobs. Our Residential Program will be starting this spring to early summer. Focus and motivation has driven this program, headed up by Organizer Jorge Rivera. We have been able to secure good work in this market and have companies continuing to bid on more projects. Wage Theft Securing work in the commercial residential market is only one part of our program. While the Organizing Department is visiting jobs for bidding opportunities we are also speaking to workers. Many workers in this market are currently victims of some sort of wage theft. We’ve heard everything from 1099ing, to not being paid overtime, to having wages cut at the end of the week. We help these workers get in touch with community groups, worker centers, and ultimately the Attorney General’s office, where cases are filed to help
these workers obtain their stolen wages and the state obtain their stolen taxes. The Organizing Department is dedicated to cleaning up this market by exposing the bad contractors and shining a light on the good ones. We continue to help pass city and town ordinances on wage theft—we’re currently helping the North Shore Labor Council pass an ordinance in Lynn, MA—as well as support the legislative discussions on wage theft on the state level. Community Engagement The Organizing Department has been involved in a couple great charity projects over the last few months, one being the Urban League of Eastern Massachusetts, where our members volunteered to paint classrooms and common areas at the facility to help freshen up areas for the Urban League’s upcoming centennial. Another great project is the DC35 partnership with Madison Park Technical Vocational High School in Roxbury. This partnership was started almost two years ago when former DC35 Organizing Director John Doherty explored the idea of a pre-apprenticeship program with the Facilities Management Program. Jeff Sullivan recognized the great potential in a partnership with a program where high school students already train and practice our crafts. This now gives the students a direct pipeline into our FTI-NE. On Tuesday, February 13, all of
these efforts came to fruition with a ceremony at Madison Park and the presentation of a $125,000 check from DC35’s Labor Management Fund. This great event would not have been possible without the combined efforts of the Organizing Department, Government Affairs Representative Roger Brunelle, 617MediaGroup, Mayor Marty Walsh’s staff, IATSE Stagehands Local 11, the professional staff and students at Madison Park, and the leadership of Jeff Sullivan. The speaking program included Boston’s Mayor Walsh, BM/ST Jeff Sullivan,
Tom Gunning III from our Contractors Association, high school senior Janice Williams (enrolled in the Facilities Management Program), Boston Superintendent Tommy Chang, Executive Director of Madison Park Kevin McCaskill, a video from Senator Elizabeth Warren, and Madison Park graduate and Communications Director for IUPAT John Doherty. In attendance were many of our signatory contractors, the areas local elected officials, and most of Boston’s news media. This was a great day for DC35, Madison Park, and the city of Boston. The students can now
use the direct pipeline into our FTI-NE to continue their training of our crafts while they earn a fair wage. Once these students graduate from our FTI, and start their full career in DC35 as a journeyperson, they’ll have the opportunity to build Boston and their communities. I would like to personally thank all the DC35 members who helped in our community engagement projects, and the Organizing Team for all their hard work and dedication to DC35, our membership, and our partners.
Current Industry Needs
District Council 35 contractors have been awarded many projects that call for wallcoverers, drywall finishers, and qualified shower door installers. DC35 has secured work opportunities for blaster/painters
on-board nuclear class submarines at the Portsmouth Naval Shipyard located in Kittery, ME. Candidates must meet specific qualifications, including CAS level II and a SF-86 background questionnaire.
If you are interested in any of these opportunities please contact:
DC35 Organizers Martin Castillo 617-592-2240
Bryan O’Sullivan 617-592-2234
Jorge Rivera 617-435-3944
Rob Jelley 781-844-3333 31
WHO’S IN YOUR POCKET? Wayne Murphy Director of Government Affairs 617-522-0520
I’ve read and heard much about the newly-enacted tax cut legislation that was recently passed by our Republican-controlled federal government. I’ve even heard from friends and colleagues, who saw a slight increase in their weekly take home pay, “Hey isn’t this tax cut great?” As is often the case, things aren’t always what they seem. A closer look at the changes to the tax code reveals what many had predicted before it became law: it’s great for corporations and very high wage earners, and an overall money grab from the rest of us. Some real-life examples you should be thinking about when you decide whether you’re going to support and vote for a particular candidate: 1. Have you been itemizing and deducting your annual union dues? You won’t be able to any longer. This means a decreased deduction, more taxable income, and less money in your pocket. 2. If your state, local, and property taxes combined are more than ten thousand dollars annually you can only deduct the first ten thousand dollars. For most homeowners in Massachusetts that means that you’ll have a decreased deduction and more taxable income. 3. Alimony payments have historically been 32
tax deductible. If you get divorced after 2018 your alimony payments will no longer be tax deductible. 4. Do you pay a professional to prepare your tax returns? Seems like this should be a deductible, itemized expense, but it isn’t anymore. While the White House lauds aspects of the new law—like the increased standard deduction—the reality is that the net sum of the changes to the tax code will mean less disposable income for the average working family and less money to spend on life’s necessities. These tax code changes are another well-designed scheme built to increase the power of corporate America and weaken the working class. You may recall, that on one of his first day’s in office, President Trump met with several leaders from the North American Building Trades Union and, since then, has been promising a history-changing infrastructure plan. Well, the administration recently released another version of the plan and it amounts to empty talk. We are all being told that there is a $1 trillion commitment being made by the government. The reality is that the proposal calls for $200 billion in federal funds with the rest mysteriously appearing from state and local budgets and private investment. This is exactly the formula that has left our nation’s infrastructure lagging far behind every other industrialized nation on the planet. If we want a real, honest to goodness, job creating infrastructure plan we can’t continue to kick the problem to state and local governments, who don’t have the capacity to fund the work. It’s a recipe for disaster. Moreover, the Trump
proposal is apparently going to be funded by unspecified budget cuts in other areas of the federal government. It’s not surprising that many Republican leaders aren’t willing to get behind this plan. If recent experience proves accurate, the president will use this as an opportunity to say that Congress is unable to get anything done with regards to infrastructure. If the issues weren’t so important this would be laughable. Unionism is alive and well in this country, but the recent argument before the U.S. Supreme Court in the case of Janus v. AFSCME has once again put organized labor in the cross-hairs of large corporate interests. Over the course of the past ten years several cases attacking the rights of public-sector unions have been making their way through our court systems. Janus is the most recent such case. The case was argued on February 26, and a decision is expected by early summer. If the court rules against the union, it will have the most adverse impact on the rights of workers to collectively organize and bargain in nearly 100 years. It is important to understand how these cases started; by simply following the money trail you can determine who has funded these court cases. Janus did not come from some street level challenge to union representation, instead the case has been funded and promoted by a small group of foundations and think tanks who have direct relationships with the nation’s most powerful and wealthy corporate special interest groups. In early 2015, Illinois Governor Bruce Rauner issued an executive order instructing all state agencies to stop enforcing fair share contract
provisions among its union workforce. That same day Rauner filed a lawsuit in the local federal district court stating that collecting fair share fees from non-union member workers was unconstitutional. Janus joined in this lawsuit. This is not just a few public-sector workers who are unhappy with their union. This is a concerted effort by major groups who have long been trying to reduce the power and rights of the average working person. These cases have all been paid for by foundations such as the National Right to Work Legal Defense Foundation, the Center for Individual Rights, and the Liberty Justice Center. A simple review of the tax filings of these organizations reveals that they are run with contributions from people such as Charles and David Koch and others who have spent their careers trying to strip power and money away from workers and the unions who advocate on their behalf. Why would they be funding these cases? It’s pretty simple really: if they are successful in weakening unions they will have an easier time increasing their bottom lines. Follow the money and it will lead to the true answer every time. Organized labor awaits the Janus decision with a firm resolve to increase our power and voice, and to do everything possible to fight off the attacks of the corporate interests. Education and engagement are the keys. You must care enough about the future to get off the sidelines and get into the conversation. Our livelihood, and the livelihoods of all union workers depends on it. If we don’t do it, there won’t be anybody picking up our slack. The time is now. 33
When we fight, We Win! Roger Brunelle Government Affairs 617-593-0670
We often say that elections have consequences, some that are immediately noticeable and others that take time to be fully realized. That statement has never been more true than right now, with the Trump administration in Washington, D.C. In the first few weeks of the Trump presidency the National Building Trades took the position that they would support the president if the policies helped working people; they would also call him out on policies that could weaken or be detrimental to our members and their families. How did labor do? Letâ€™s look at some of the Federal appointments and policies: On Trumpâ€™s first day he nominated Andrew Puzder for secretary of labor. This cabinet position has more influence over our day to day working life than any other. Puzder was the CEO of a restaurant conglomerate that publicly opposed raising minimum wage, earned sick time, and health and safety regulations. His organization also had a history of violating worker protection laws and regulations. He ultimately withdrew his name from consideration, but it was the first shot across the bow to working families and their rights. Cheryl Stanton was nominated to head the Wage and Hour Division at the Department of Labor (DOL). This is the department where the wages and surveys are compiled for the Davis-Bacon Act, which is a prevailing wage law for states and counties. Stanton, who has not been confirmed, spends her time representing employers and corporations in actions filed by workers for wage theft and discrimination. 34
On the National Labor Relations Board (NLRB), which is where DC35 and all workers can have their cases heard against contractors and employers, two management-side lawyers, Rob Emanuel and Peter Rob were appointed to tip the scales against workers and unions. This goes hand in hand with the resolution to rescind regulations that make companies keep track of OSHA violations, workplace caused illnesses, and fatalities. It is also connected to the resolution to block record keeping of companies with wage violations, labor law violations, civil rights violations, health and safety violations, and collective bargaining violations. These companies are now allowed to bid on federal contracts against law-abiding contractors, and the public will have no way of knowing their track record for violations. The administration is also working to allow forced arbitration by employees; basically having employees sign away their right to file class action suits in court and instead making the issue go to arbitration, where companies and employers have a winning track record over workers. The Trump administration is also hard at work weakening or rescinding fiduciary rule protections that say an investment advisor must work for the best interest of the client when giving retirement advice. This is estimated to cost retirement investors a possible $18 billion in lost opportunities and hidden fees over the coming decades. The gutting of the Affordable Care Act (ACA) hurts workers and companies that play by the rules. The ACA, which required everyone to purchase health insurance, helped level the playing field when our contractors bid against companies that were now required to provide health insurance options for their workers. In the past our contractors had to continually bid against non-union outfits with uninsured employees, and those outfits could use the savings to reduce their bottom line and
fill their pockets with the profits. Meanwhile their uninsured workers had to go to emergency rooms and receive free care when they couldn’t afford to pay. Since every health plan is required to pay into an uninsured pool for this cost, the insured union workers were paying twice, once when the contractor lost a bid and again when the health fund paid into the pool. Stripping out the requirement to purchase health care, and the penalty for not providing it, allows non-union contractors to cheat the system and win bids. The immigration policies of the Trump administration are only meant to divide us further and distract us from the real problems at hand. We should be focused on fixing immigration policy for the thousands of people brought here by their parents when they were very young. They grew up, became Americanized, and started to live productive lives as Americans. They are our neighbors, coworkers, friends, and relatives, and they need a way to become full citizens. Most are here under a protected immigration status from a natural disaster or other event, and have the legal documents to be here. Despite that, they are being used as political footballs in Washington for a misguided agenda. The people affected by this deserve better, and IUPAT has taken the national lead in highlighting the abuses these immigrants face. Please, if you hear a conversation around immigration, stop and put yourself in their place. What if it was you? DACA and TPS immigrants are legal, but were never given a path to full citizenship. We need that path now! I personally want to thank Organizer Jorge Rivera for sharing his story with the DC35 delegates and dispelling the myths around this topic. The Tax Cut and Jobs Act that everyone was talking about in December may have seemed to put a little more money in the pockets of some working families but these cuts are only temporary. The only permanent cuts were given to corporations and the richest 1% in the country. The top 20% of taxpayers will see huge tax cuts, while the bottom 72% will be worse off than without the Tax Act. Union members will no longer be able to deduct union dues, and the mortgage interest deduction is now capped at $10,000 for a new home buyer. So that little extra you see in your check is now going to cost you double or triple in
deductions. This is just a big shell game, where working families always lose. Trump even joked at his elite holiday party at his Mar-a-Lago resort, “You all just got a lot richer.” To pay for the lost tax revenue Congress is proposing spending cuts that include cuts to Medicaid and Social Security, which we have all paid into; another hit to working families. But of everything that has transpired, the most concerning action by the Trump administration is the appointment of Neil Gorsuch to the U.S. Supreme Court. The 2016 election had major consequences in regards to the Supreme Court. The U.S. Senate, led by Mitch McConnell, refused to hold a hearing to confirm President Obama’s pick, Merrick Garland, to fill the vacancy left by the passing of Justice Antonin Scalia. This allowed President Trump to appoint Gorsuch, assuring that the balance of the Supreme Court will be solidly back in the favor of employers and big corporations. Gorsuch’s anti-worker agenda was on display as a judge on the Tenth Circuit Court. In a now famous case, he wrote a dissenting opinion siding with a trucking company for firing a driver after he left his broken down truck in subzero temperatures after he started to get hypothermia. His opinion in this case shows a clear lack of understanding of the difficulties faced by working people. Gorsuch is now going to be the deciding vote in a Right-toWork (for less) case called Janus v. AFSCME. This case is similar to others that have come before the Supreme Court, but with the twist that it will allow free loaders to not pay fair share dues while still get union representation. This will weaken public sector unions’ financial stability and the Labor Movement as a whole. The case was heard before the U.S. Supreme Court on February 26th and a decision is expected in the coming months. Let’s keep our eyes on the goal and not be distracted by the dysfunction in Washington. We must constantly fight the attacks against our union, and one of the best ways to do that is by voting in the November midterm elections. Remember, you are the union. When we fight, we win!
A Strong Start Makes for a Strong Union The older generation will always say “never forget where you came from.” John Doherty took that advice to heart, and never forgot the high school he graduated from: Madison Park Technical Vocational High School. For a few years now, John has been working on a partnership with the high school, which has slowly evolved into a program we call pre-apprenticeship. At a recent signing, DC35, Madison Park, and the Commonwealth of Massachusetts made it official. Now students enrolled in the painting program at Madison Park will be working with the same curriculum as our first year painting apprentices. They’ll graduate high school one step closer to journeyman with credit towards their associates degree. It’s a win all around; we get access to motivated young adults who already know they want a career in the finishing trades, and the students get a head start working for the wages and benefits they deserve. Historically many of us have experienced slower times during the winter, but not this winter. 2017 finished on a high note, and 2018 is starting off just as strong. The demand for quality apprentices has been strong throughout the entire winter. The glazier apprentices were the first to really start rolling, then the tapers, and now that we’re moving towards the end of winter, the commercial and industrial painter apprentices are clearing off the bench. Around every corner there seems to be another project moving along, and more in the pipeline. We continue to have a demand for quality wall coverers. There has been enough of a decline in qualified people that your training department 36
Director of Training 617-524-0248
will be offering Saturday morning journeyman upgrade classes in our Brentwood, NH, training facility. This class will run much like our welding course; once you get through the safety training the class becomes hands on, so you can learn at your own pace. After a few weeks the instructor might tell you it’s time to spread your wings and get on a wall coverers crew, or you might need more time because there’s still a little doubt in your mind. The intent of this course is to prepare you for what’s next in your career. Speaking of what’s next, glaziers should get ready because the Glazier Certification is coming, and it includes both a written and practical exam. My understanding is that after the initial testing other pieces will become available, much like how a CDL license works. Glaziers will pass a common body of knowledge test, and then receive endorsements from locks & hardware, doors, skylights, etc. Tom and the entire glazing program have been constantly upgrading their skills in preparation. Here at the FTI we listen. At a recent local meeting a member suggested that Saturday classes were great, but because of overtime so many of our members have to work Saturday mornings. He asked if it might be worth trying a run of Saturday classes later in the day. So that’s what we’re doing! If you look at the calendar insert provided in this newsletter you’ll notice a Saturday Silica Awareness class in June, at 2:30 p.m. We hope that’s late enough for most people working that morning to still be able to make it.
Welding Journeyman Upgrade Classes
Wall Covering Journeyman Upgrade classes
Every Saturday - Starting April 2018
Boston, MA Training Facility 25 Colgate Road Roslindale, MA 02131
Brentwood, NH Training Facility 34 Commercial Drive Brentwood, NH 03833
Call for Details: 617-524-0248
Pictured left to right: Spanish Hot Works class with Russ Detore and Dave Rubi. Director of Health and Safety Mike Moreschiâ€™s CPR training. Ramona Diaz and Business Representative Chris Brennan working the booth at a job fair in Lowell, MA. Third year painter, glazier, and taper apprentices come together for 32 hours of scaffold training. Training never stops. Mike Moreschi, Nick Cortina, Rich Cabral, Tom Falter, and Jim Sullivan at the International Training Center in Hanover, MD, attending computer classes.
Know your Benefits Bill McDevitt Administrator 617-524-1240
Annuity Statements for July to December hours Interim annuity statements were mailed the week of March 5, 2018. This statement reflects hours worked from July 1, 2017, to December 31, 2017. Please review the statement for accuracy. Contact the Fund Office as soon as possible if you find any errors or are missing hours. As a reminder, please keep your pay stubs. The pay stub is important to confirm the hours worked for employers.
Annuity Death Benefits Upon your death, your annuity balance becomes a death benefit payable to your named beneficiary. If you do not have a named beneficiary on file with the Fund Office, then the annuity death benefit is paid to your estate. To review your current beneficiary or to change your beneficiary, contact the Fund Office. Changes require a new data card.
hour requirement for health coverage is 600 hours in a qualifying work period. Participants may carryover a maximum of 200 hours to the next period if they work in excess of 600 hours. There are two work periods and two eligibility periods each year. Work (Qualifying) Period: January 1 to June 30 Eligibility Coverage Period: October 1 to March 31 Work (Qualifying) Period: July 1 to December 31 Eligibility Coverage Period: April 1 to September 30 Ineligible: Health statements for those losing coverage or those without enough hours for coverage were mailed at the beginning of March. Those losing coverage were also sent information about COBRA coverage. Eligible: Health statements and ID cards for eligible participants were mailed March 16, 2018.
PLEASE NOTE: The health cards are attached to the bottom of the health statement.
IMPORTANT: If your marital status changed, update your information with the Fund Office.
Dependent Children who are turning 26
Do you receive two annuity statements?
Eligible dependent children are covered under the Painters & Allied Trades DC35 Health Plan until the last day of the month they turn 26. Dependent children may continue health coverage with the health plan after that date by purchasing COBRA. The COBRA election must take place within 60 days of loss of coverage.
Two statements means contributions were reported under two ID numbers. Please contact the Fund Office to confirm the correct number.
Health ID Cards and Health Statements The next eligibility period starts April 1, 2018. The work or qualifying period was July 1, 2017, to December 31, 2017. The coverage period is April 1, 2018, to September 30, 2018. The minimum 38
Find out more about COBRA by contacting the Fund Office at 617-524-1240.
Conozca sus beneficios Bill McDevitt Administrador 617-524-1240
Declaraciones de anualidad para horas de julio a diciembre Se enviaron las declaraciones de anualidad la semana del 5 de marzo, 2018. Esta declaración refleja las horas trabajadas desde el 1 de julio hasta el 31 de diciembre, 2017. Por favor revise la declaración para confirmar su exactitud. Contacte a la Oficina de Fondos lo antes posible si encuentra algún error o si faltan horas. Le recordamos que por favor retenga sus comprobantes de pago. El comprobante de pago es importante para confirmar las horas trabajadas para empleados.
Indemnización de anualidad por fallecimiento Cuando usted fallezca, el balance de su anualidad se convierte en una indemnización por fallecimiento a ser pagada al beneficiario nombrado. Si no tiene un beneficiario nombrado declarado con la Oficina de Fondos, entonces la indemnización por fallecimiento es pagada a su patrimonio. Para repasar su beneficiario actualmente listado, o para cambiar su beneficiario, contacte a la Oficina de Fondos. Todo cambio requiere una nueva tarjeta de datos. IMPORTANTE: Si cambió su estado civil, actualice su información con la Oficina de Fondos.
¿Recibe dos declaraciones de anualidad? Dos declaraciones significan que las contribuciones fueron presentadas bajo dos números de identificación diferentes. Por favor contacte a la Oficina de Fondos para confirmar el número correcto.
Tarjetas de identificación y declaraciones de cobertura médica
abril, 2018. El período de trabajo o de calificación fue del 1 de julio al 31 de diciembre, 2017. El período de cobertura es del 1 de abril al 30 de septiembre, 2018. El requisito de horas mínimas para obtener cobertura médica es de 600 horas en un período de trabajo calificado. Los participantes pueden acumular un máximo de 200 horas para el período siguiente si trabajan más de 600 horas. Hay dos períodos de trabajo y dos períodos de elegibilidad cada año.
Período de trabajo (para calificar): 1 de enero al 30 de junio Período de elegibilidad para cobertura: 1 de octubre al 31 de marzo Período de trabajo (para calificar): 1 de julio al 31 de diciembre Período de elegibilidad para cobertura: 1 de abril al 30 de septiembre No calificados: A principios de marzo se enviaron las declaraciones de cobertura médica para aquellos que perdieron su cobertura o aquellos sin suficientes horas para recibir cobertura. A aquellos que perdieron cobertura también se les envió información sobre la cobertura de COBRA Calificados: Las declaraciones de cobertura médica y las tarjetas de identificación para participantes calificados se enviarán el 16 de marzo, 2018. POR FAVOR NOTAR: Las tarjetas están adjuntas, debajo de la declaración de seguro médico.
Hijos dependientes que cumplen 26 Los hijos dependientes elegibles están cubiertos bajo el plan de salud de Painters & Allied Trades DC35 hasta el último día del mes en el que cumplen 26. Los hijos dependientes pueden continuar su cobertura con el plan de salud después de esa fecha con la compra de COBRA. La elección de COBRA debe ocurrir dentro de los 60 días siguiendo la pérdida de cobertura. Aprenda más sobre COBRA contactando a la Oficina de Fondos al 617-524-1240.
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