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DC35 News · Fall 2017

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Relationships Matter Jeff Sullivan


Pulling No Punches Paul Canning


Casinos Front and Center Chuck Fogell


Building Boom in Boston Joe Guarino


No End in Sight Chris Brennan


Submarine Renovations Bill Legrand


Opportunity in Western Mass Vern Gaylor

12-13 Repairing Bridges Tony Hernandez 14-15 We are all in this Together Ray Pickup 16

Stand Against Bigotry Jeff Sullivan


Glaziers on the Job Joseph E. Itri

18-19 Advancements for Custodians Michael Lafferty 20-21 Perfect Weather for Organizing Justin Desmond Free Hugo 22-23 On the Hill Wayne Murphy 24-25 Shaping our Destiny Roger Brunelle 26

Organizers Book List Get Involved: Join CORE

27-29 Safety Never Takes a Break Eric Redding 30-33 Know Your Benefits Bill McDevitt 34-35 Partnership Works John Doherty 36

Invest Now John Doherty Retirees Clam Bake


On the Radar

38 Employee Assistance Program


Business Manager/Secretary Treasurer Relationships are the foundation of all accomplishments in life. Whether they are personal or professional achievements, we all need working relationships with others if we are to reach our goals. My time as Business Manager of this great organization has been dedicated to forming new relationships, strengthening old ones and making sure that we move forward in positive ways with the singular goal of improving the lives of our sister and brother members and their families. This spirit of collaboration was never more apparent than in our recently-concluded contract negotiations. We were successful in securing a four-year contract between District Council 35 and our signatory contractors. Historically, the length of the CBA has been three years. Since becoming the business manager I have placed a top priority on securing fouryear contracts. This results in added stability and predictability, not only for our signatory contractors, but most importantly, for our membership, who are able to have a clearer sense of their financial circumstances for the foreseeable future. We secured an increase in the financial package, resulting in an increase of $8.80 over the four-year contract term. Effective July 1, 2017, this added money will result in increased wages, improved pension and annuity contributions and the continued strengthening of our Health and Welfare Plan, already one of the best benefit plans in the country. All of this will result in a better quality of life for our families. I want to express my heartfelt thanks to the entire staff of the District Council for the success of these contract negotiations. A contract negotiations committee was established and, after seeking and receiving important input from all the local unions, a list of priorities was set that would guide our negotiating sessions. We had several “all-staff” meetings and the committee was very clear as to what the goals for the contract were. Special thanks should go to contract administrator, Chuck Fogell, who served as my “right hand” during the negotiating sessions and who also saw to it that the fine print was exactly what we were

looking for. The results of the hard work certainly paid off as the contract proposal was ratified by an overwhelming majority of the members who cast their votes on June 24. I also understand and pay particular attention to changes in market trends and of the critical importance of ensuring that your District Council 35 staff is uniquely qualified to expertly serve the needs of our membership and the greater call to unionism that is absolutely necessary in today’s climate. There have been some recent changes in responsibilities here at the District Council and each was made with the desire to continue our well-deserved reputation as leaders in the building trades. Paul Canning has been appointed as my executive assistant and will serve as my top advisor on all facets of our operations. Joe Guarino is now Director of Servicing and will expand his role in ensuring that each signatory contractor is adhering to all their responsibilities under the Collective Bargaining Agreement. Joe is a top-notch union leader and his passion for advancing the lives of our member families will be fully realized as Director of Servicing.

both work opportunities and working conditions for our families. Each of these leadership positions requires the ability to work across departments with the main goals being to obtain more work, unionize more workers, and improve the quality of life for working families in our region and across the country. All the department heads fully embrace these notions and they work every day to form and strengthen relationships that will help us attain our goals. These are challenging yet exciting times at the District Council and you can be sure that the staff here is tirelessly working to guarantee that you receive everything you are entitled to. I go to work each day with a commitment to having the best team in place to serve your needs. The team assembled here at District Council 35 is the best in the IUPAT and it is my honor to lead them in pursuit of our collective goals. Please call on any one of us with any questions or concerns.

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Long time organizer Justin Desmond has been named Director of Organizing where he will continue his street level organizing with the goal of increasing market share. He has already spearheaded several campaigns and I am confident he will serve our membership to the best of his abilities. John Doherty has been appointed to lead our communications/public affairs component. John fully understands the vital importance of relationships and of how critically important it is to get our message out to as broad a segment of the public as possible. I saw a need to combine the strengths of our political and legislative work and Wayne Murphy has been appointed the Director of Government Affairs. Wayne is an expert tactician and understands the real connection between the business world, legislative initiatives, political campaigns and the direct impact they have on

most important component of our relationshipbuilding model. Eyes and ears on the job site and across your communities are the best sources of the type of information we need to accomplish our goals. Your input is crucial. If you see something on a project, please let us hear from you. Jobs can be turned, jurisdiction can be protected, politicians can be made to see things our way; the critical ingredient is information. Let us know what your needs, issues, and concerns are, and we will jump into the fray. As we near summer’s end, I am pleased to report that work opportunities continue to increase, both short and long term, our house is in order, and we are firing on all cylinders. However, that doesn’t mean we have reached the finish line. On the contrary, it means that we are positioned for bigger and better things in the future. That future is now and our relationships will serve as the springboard for greater accomplishments for us all. 3


Executive Assistant to BMST First and foremost, I’d like to thank BM/ST Jeff Sullivan for the appointment as assistant, and for sharing his vision for the future of District Council 35. Make no mistake, the job comes with many challenges, but knowing that we’re setting a course that provides opportunity for all members, creates new market share and ensures a stable and steady path to retirement makes it a worthwhile endeavor. Working shoulder to shoulder with someone who has a finger on the pulse of the industry is the mission we all share here at DC35. I’m committed to working diligently toward the results every member deserves.

to sit down with our new Director of Servicing, Joe Guarino, and the Business Representatives to get updates on the current market, to make visits to job sites, and to discuss membership retention. We want to ensure that every member receives the representation and the opportunities that we provide. I’d also like to congratulate new Director of Organizing, Justin Desmond, as part of the team that builds our membership and ensures that non-union employers that violate community standards are taken to task by the proper state and municipal agencies throughout our jurisdiction. Justin and I discussed pressing issues for DC35 including our residential agreement, water industry initiative, increasing member density and our worker center collaboration, as well as the important role that organizers play in politics.

we’re setting a course that provides opportunity for all members

Although work continues to be strong and will remain steady throughout the end of the year, our path forward lies in constantly looking forward – to build outward from a strong foundation, and assist our contractors in gaining market share beyond Boston. Whether the next area for development is in Lynn, Springfield, or the 128 belt, we must provide the strategies that generate results.

BM/ST Jeff Sullivan and I have met with all the new department heads to discuss strategic implementation and to have honest conversations around how to move the council forward and shape its direction for years to come. One key component of that implementation was 4

Director of Training, Eric Redding and I discussed where we are with the Council of Education (COE) Accreditation process, Safety Training Awards (STARS), our role with Vocational Pipelines, pre-apprenticeship program, and of course the training schedule. I’ve met with Wayne Murphy and Roger Brunelle from our newly formed Government Affairs Department to discuss work on Beacon Hill, including, progress on the wage theft bill, upcoming political races and member mobilization.

I continue to have daily meetings and updates with Director of Communications and Public Affairs Department head, John Doherty. He sees community engagement as a catalyst for economic development – the Beyond Walls Project in Lynn, MA, along with his work at Madison Park High School being exciting examples of DC35’s work in this area. We’ve also discussed the importance of labor in rebuilding the middle class through investing back in the communities that house our workforce. Additionally, John has been playing a lead role in the INVEST NOW campaign to stop privatization of the MBTA.

“Giants are not what we think they are. the same qualities that appear to give them strength, are often the sources of great weakness.� - Malcom Gladwell

from his bestselling book David and Goliath: Underdogs, Misfits, and the Art of Battling Giants

photos from left to right: Newly organized Middlesex Glass workers and Local 1044 members Kyle David and Steve Cabrera. Middlesex Glass protest on Farnsworth St. Jorge Riviera AFL-CIO speaking at Gompers Murry Conference on Immigration & Organizing Connection. Executive Assistant to the BMST Paul Canning of Local 1044 and retiree Dave Pickles with his 40 year pin.


Casinos front and center The economy continues to evolve rapidly here in the northeast and we continue to strive for and seek every opportunity possible to create employment for the members of our District Council. In the southern portion of our jurisdiction, work has been respectable, but certainly not developing as quickly as in downtown Boston. Casinos are currently front and center when it comes to job opportunities here in Massachusetts. The saga continues for the Wampanoag Tribe and the casino project in Taunton that has been plagued by legal problems and federal government red tape on the approval process. The Building Trades Unions in the southeastern part Massachusetts continue to support the project and the legal battle continues for the third casino of three to be built. The Wynn and MGM are currently under construction and the Wampanoag Tribe is still confident that the land will ultimately be put in trust and construction will begin. The NRG Canal Generation station continues to gain momentum in the southeastern region of the District Council. The Sandwich, MA power plant will be revitalized into a 350 megawatt gas turbine plant. Through the building trades we have been working with Skanska Contracting on the project, while Burns and McDonnell Engineering have been developing the plans and strategies to upgrade the existing plant. The updated gas-fired plant will have the ability to come on line with the electric grid within a matter of minutes. Since my last article, we also participated in the refuel project at Pilgrim Nuclear with 6

Charles Fogell

Contract Administrator/ Business Representative

Chicago Bridge and Iron, CB&I. What was once a big deal for the trades on getting the plant refueled and back on line has turned into basically a thirty day or so job for the trades. Alnylam Pharmaceuticals is in the process of building a $185 million project in Norton, MA. Gilbane Construction is the general contractor for the project. We are currently waiting on bid results for drywall finishing and painting. So far the vast majority of the project has been union, including the glass. Over the past several months I have worked closely with our business manager and the leadership team here at the District Council. Since February of this year we have had upwards of ten collective bargaining agreements open for negotiations. The process is somewhat the same but the cast and crew are never the same. When we reopen an agreement the philosophy is always the same whether it’s three members or three thousand. Creating opportunities and fair wages and working conditions are the motivators on bargaining a new agreement. It’s not always the most glamorous job to report on, but a lot of time and energy is expended on it, because without an agreement we have no certainty of our future. I am pleased to report that we have successfully bargained a new construction agreement for our membership. Working with our team we managed to secure a respectful agreement that will allow us to take care of the policies and programs of this District Council for the next four years. In conjunction with our

discussions for our construction agreement, a great deal of discussion surrounded the terms and conditions for our brothers and sisters working under the terms of our glassworkers agreement. Representatives Joe Itri and Paul Canning headed up the meetings that led to a lucrative four-year agreement for our members. Over the past few months I have also bargained a new agreement for our members working at Mandeville Sign Co in Lincoln, RI. The uncertainty of future healthcare costs was a key element of our discussions. We did reach an agreement acceptable to all parties, but the duration was compromised for the reasons mentioned. I have been working with business representative Bill Legrand on negotiating a new agreement for our members working at the Kittery, ME School Department. I am pleased to report that we have secured a new three-year agreement for our members. Representative Legrand was instrumental in the success we had on behalf of our members. Over the past months, I have also worked with Business Representative Vern Gaylor out in the western part of the state. I am pleased to report that we have reached an agreement with the Executive Director of the Northampton Housing Authority. In closing I would like to congratulate Local 391 Brother “Frankie” Grilo on his retirement. Frank has served as our steward at Lamar Outdoor Advertising of Providence, RI for over a dozen years, served on the bargaining committee for numerous contract negotiations, and is an E. Board member at Local 391. Lamar Outdoor is currently honoring his 30 years of service with a billboard on RT 95 on the Massachusetts and Rhode Island border. (pictured top) All the Best on your retirement “Frankie.” Photos from top to bottom: Congratulations Brother “Frankie” Grilo on your retirement! Business Representative Vern Gaylor with members at NHA. DC35 members at Kittery Schools negotiate a new contract. Local 1887’s swearing in the new executive board. Steward training at the D35 office in Roslindale.


Building boom in boston Joe Guarino

Director of Servicing Metropolitan Boston Over the past months, District Council 35 has made changes and restructured operations. As part of that restructuring, I have been assigned by Business Manager Jeff Sullivan to District Council 35 Director of Servicing with the responsibility for the metropolitan Boston area. I would like to thank Business Manager Jeff Sullivan for the appointment and also for the confidence he has placed in me going forward. Although the title has changed, I will continue to work as I always have for the benefit of the District Council and the members

John Tiedemann of Restoration Inc. works with DC35 members on the renovation of the Saint Leonard's Church in the North End of Boston.

that we represent. District Council 35 business representatives will continue monitoring the work of our trades to ensure it is being done by our members and that the general contractors assign our work to the correct contractors. If you see something, say something. We cannot expect contractors or other trades to know and respect our trade jurisdiction. We must protect what is ours. The multitude of ongoing projects, as well as those in the line for approval of the Boston Planning & Development Agency, will ensure that the building boom in the Boston metropolitan area will continue for the foreseeable future, with more projects approved and breaking ground. For projects on the radar see page 37.

DC35 fighting back against Trinity Builders and Maestro’s Ocean Grill as they undermine area community standards on Boston’s seaport.

DC35 members showing support for Boston City Council District 1 candidate, Stephen Passacantili.


no end in sight Chris Brennan

Business Representative Office (617) 522-0520 x145 Cell (617) 971-7736 Coming off of one of our best years ever, 2017 is shaping up to be even better. Summer hours have been rolling in for the membership, with no end in sight! Work on the North Shore has been very steady. We have two large PLA’s ongoing in the City of Salem, an expansion at the North Shore Mall in the works, and several projects along Route 1 in Saugus that we are negotiating. This includes the former miniature golf site, where Paul Canning has already struck a deal for the glasswork. Additionally, several new schools will be breaking ground in the next year or so, including a new $180 million High School recently approved by the Town of Saugus. Work in the Merrimack Valley is also strong. UMass Lowell continues to expand. They are currently performing $150 million worth of work between five different venues with the 2018 schedule yet to come out. The $149 million Lowell Justice Center is in full swing. Cherry Hill out of NJ has been awarded the glass there while drywall and paint are expected to be awarded this week. Also, a preliminary site has been selected for the new $350 million Lowell High School where myself and Ray Pickup, on behalf of MV Building Trades, are in talks for a PLA. Acton and Tewksbury are actively trying to build new middle schools, while Lexington, Bedford and Woburn are currently employing DC35 members on school rehab projects. We recently put our first member to work at the Wynn Boston Harbor casino project in Everett and by next newsletter I expect to have several dozen!! I hope you and your families have had a great summer and I look forward to seeing you all at STAR!

577 member Chris Grainger performs EIFS repair for Sunrise Erectors at Wynn Boston Harbor Casino

Members Anthony Thompson, Kevin Kelly, Jimmy Kelley and Anthony Poccio doing a charity job at the Riverside theatre in Hyde Park

Members Kyle Cotou and Brandon Sawicki working for John W Egan at The Salem Power Plant

Drywall finish crew working for Colony Drywall at Winchester High School


submarine renovations Your leadership team continues to seek additional work opportunities and to grow market share for its current and future membership. Presently there is an opportunity to be included in a supplemental workforce that renovates and maintains nuclear class submarines at the naval shipyard facilities. The latest bid schedule calls for an additional 20 to 35 industrial painters. Each would need to complete a SF-86 national security questionnaire and secure clearance prior to being allowed on site. Once granted, this clearance is good for up to 10 years. The contractor which DC35 partnered with in 2016 provided over 24,000 hours of wages and benefits. Contact Business Representative Bill Another success utilizing Labor/Management market recovery money, the crew of John W Egan Co. is busy repainting the exterior of the design center.


Bill Legrand

Business Representative

Legrand and he will get you started on gaining security clearance to be eligible to work at the shipyard when positions open up. District Council 35’s membership continues to experience a surge in work opportunities throughout the Boston metropolitan area, so if you or a member you know has recently experienced a layoff, please call a business representative. Then follow up with a call to the main office directly to have your name and contact information included on the list. We will do everything we can to get you back to work. Thank you and God Bless. Congratulations to DC35 member Kenny Martin on a successful Alaskan fishing trip.

Opportunity in western Mass The western part of Massachusetts is seeing a big jump in work for the casino, colleges, and school projects now that we are in the busiest time of the year. Local #257 members are nearly at full employment, with Connecticut Drywall employing a great number of tapers, along with H. Carr and D&W Construction managing the majority of the jobs in the area. Painters from Local #257 are mainly working for John Egan Company, who similarly has a large share of work in the area. Work will be available at the MGM Casino Project in Springfield. If any DC35 tapers, painters or paper hangers are looking for opportunities, contact Business Representative Vern Gaylor at 617-592-2298 or

D&W Construction and John Egan Company working on Amherst College’s new science building.

Vern Gaylor

Business Representative

MGM Casinos Hotel in Springfield

Apprentice Travis Clarke painting for John Egan Company at UMass Amherst’s new Physical Science Center.

Alex Pinero drywalling for Skyline at MGM Casino in Springfield.

Local#257 member Brian Witkop working for Connecticut Drywall at MGM’s offices in Springfield.

Mike Michon Local #257 member at a housing project in Holyoke for Connecticut drywall.

Attention DC35 tapers, painters or paper hangers

If you are looking for opportunities, contact Business Representative Vern Gaylor at 617-592-2298 or


Repairing bridges

Work opportunities continue to grow throughout our jurisdiction, with a need for bridge and industrial painters. As I have previously reported, we have been engaged in a campaign against bottom feeding contractor Southern Road and Bridge. The hard work has been rewarded. Just recently the Massachusetts Attorney General’s Office issued two citations against Southern for violations of the Prevailing Wage law and also for the filing of false certified payroll records. Much of the evidence used by the Attorney General’s Office was provided by the hard working members of District Council 35. Southern Road and Bridge was ordered to pay restitution in an amount close to $200,000.00 as well as receiving multiple fines for their illegal actions. If our signatory contractors are allowed to compete on a level playing field, we will win our fair share of work; if we have to compete with companies who have no regard for the law, and the well-being of working men and women, we will all be worse off. We’ve also joined up with a contractor out of Tarpon Spring, Florida, that is working in our area, and we have been placing banners in Portland, Maine, and in Ashworth Drive over the Mass Turnpike in Oxford. The Attorney General is working with a payroll company to start making restitution payments to SRB workers on a project they did last year in Route 495 in Wrentham,

Tony Hernandez



to Local 1280 lumber Alberto on his first place win at the Open international Jiu-jitsu Championship in Boston! (pictured bottom right)

which still owes them for misclassification of workers. The $41.5 million project on the structural repair on the Chelsea-side was awarded to JF White. We will have members out there de-leading. The paint contract will be awarded after the repair work is done. Tri State continues to work on the Longfellow Bridge. Liberty is working on the Tobin Bridge in Charlestown. Atsalis Brothers is working on Springfield viaduct, Whittier Bridge in Amesbury. They are in need of CDL Drivers. Photos from left to right: Atsalis Brothers crew: Josh Libby, Erik Barbee, Teddy Jewel, Robert Hunt Jr. and Jaime Gould working on the Whittier Bridge over the Merrimack River in Amesbury Zelma Gutiérrez and Jordon MacEachern working on the Aedna commuter rail bridge in Norwood Gary Routier and Carlos Mendez working on route 79 FAll River for Prime Coatings Aulson Company crew: Marty Rivera, Harim Costas, Reynaldo Varas and Kevin Rochette working on Route 1 in Chelsea MPC crew: Scott Roystan, Ali Meredith, Ben Roystan, Ryan Larocque, John Finn, John Styles, Errol Cady, Chris Roystan, Harold Moxley and Oswaldo Luarca working on a bridge from Stewartstown, NH to Canaan, VT Local 1280 Lumber Alberto winning first place at the Open International Jiu-jitsu. Championship in Boston

Southern Road and Bridge worker dumping hazardous waste in Wrentham State Forest 12

Champion crew: Brandon Castro, Mark Burdick Jr., Darren Merithew and Mark Burdick working on the Burnus Bridge on Route 9 in Worcester


We are all in this together It is the greatest honor of my professional career to be appointed as a business representative for District Council 35. I strive to follow in the footsteps of my predecessors, BM/ST Jeff Sullivan, Assistant to the BMST Paul Canning, and all of my other colleagues that continue the fight for the working men and women of this council. I’m so thankful for their consideration and for the privilege of this appointment. A very strong and prosperous four-year contract has just been negotiated and ratified, but we can’t take our finger off the pulse. We can’t become complacent. We must continue to fight the daily battles of organizing and seeking new opportunities for our membership. The time to gain membership and recapture market share is now, while the seemingly endless list of projects is being approved. All departments of our council are working tirelessly to ensure that our opportunities are maximized. Non-signatory contractors have started to test the waters of bidding and are being awarded contracts in Boston. Our team has been firing on all cylinders in combating this movement. Nonsignatories are being pushed back and general contractors are being put on notice for awarding these projects. We are having campaigns against some of our biggest competition, and pushing them back. Picket lines, banners, leaflets are old school tactics, but they’re effective. Our team is also coming up with new ideas that are innovative. We need to adapt and use technology to further our message. We need to set the narrative. Our membership also needs to be a key piece in gaining market share and new opportunities. Our 14

Ray Pickup

Business Representative

updated Steward Training Program is already paying dividends. Stewards appointed through the District Council are making rounds on job sites and making the necessary calls. Multiple projects have been turned over due to their vigilance. Rank and file members have heard the message of “see something, say something” and the calls continue to pour in regarding locations of nonsignatories. All this help from the membership has led to an increase in membership and new opportunities for the current members. We are all in this together. When we fight together, we will win together. Photos from left to right: Glazier Jeremy Boyko working for Sunrise Erectors at BU Theater Glaziers Joe Nardelli, Jon Verrilli, and Mike Clarke replacing a unit at the Intercontinental Hotel working for Hub Glass Glazier Wayne Wellwood working for Ipswich Bay Glass caulking the new atrium at Draper Lab in Cambridge Glaziers Joe Nardelli, Evan Burke, and George Pendelton replacing a unit in Fanueil Hall working for Hub Glass


Stand against bigotry Jeff Sullivan

Business Manager/Secretary Treasurer Members of our union were honored to help build Boston’s iconic glass memorial commemorating victims of the Holocaust. It is with heavy hearts that we begin the task of repairing one of the six memorial towers for the second time this summer after repeated attacks of vandalism. Although the intent of the vandal remains unknown, the latest assault on the memorial comes in the wake of a march by white supremacists in Virginia who chanted antiSemitic and racist slogans, and after a domestic terror attack by a neo-Nazi at the march that that resulted in the death of a young woman. Our union is alarmed by the tide of hatred in our country and we stand firmly opposed to all forms of racism and white supremacy. To our Jewish sisters and brothers whose loved ones were murdered in the Holocaust, we say, we will never forget. Many of our fathers served in WWII fighting against hatred, fascism, and Nazism. To our veterans, we say, we salute you. And to all of our sisters and brothers who are afraid, whose safety is threatened by racist attacks and by a White House that allows white supremacy to thrive, we say, we stand with you. The labor movement has a long history of standing up against bigotry and bringing people of all backgrounds, colors, and religions together. Just as we are coming together to rebuild this important memorial we will work to rebuild our movement of unity and solidarity in support of inclusiveness and against racism. The glaziers of IUPAT DC35 will put our hearts and souls into the task of repairing the New England Holocaust Memorial because we know that remembering the past is the key to creating a better future in which all people can live free from fear of racial violence and discrimination. 16

Glaziers on the job Joseph Itri

Business Representative Office: 617-522-0520 Cell: 617-592-2405 Hello Brothers and Sisters, You have heard us write and speak quite frequently about attacks on our jurisdiction from the New England Regional Council of Carpenters (NERCC). It is no secret that the carpenters’ agenda is to procure as much jurisdiction from other trades as humanly possible. Their general president, Doug McCarron, has said as much publicly. Last year the carpenters took us and the ironworkers to arbitration over unitized curtain wall on the Millennium Tower project, and we were able to fight that off and win the case. Well, the carpenters tried it again at the Wynn Casino in Everett. Massey’s Plate Glass won the bid for the installation of storefront on the first two floors of the building and awarded the work to glaziers and carpenters. After several long meetings with Suffolk Construction, Massey, and the NERCC, we filed for arbitration and our rightful claim to the installation of storefront. After another round of meetings, it became clear to everyone else that we were not going to back down. Eventually the carpenters backed off their claim to the work, and Massey, as per the Project Labor Agreement, sent a letter to all parties that they were assigning the work to glaziers only.

the area that Paul Canning had been previously covering, as Paul has been promoted to Executive Assistant to the business manager. Ray has hit the ground running. With organizer Bryan O’Sullivan, Paul Canning, Ray Pickup, and myself – we now have four sets of experienced eyes and ears out there policing our work, as well as the work of the entire District Council. I also want to congratulate Joe Guarino in being named Director of Service, Justin Desmond in being named Director of Organizing, Chuck Fogell in being named Business Representative/Contract Administrator, and John Doherty in being named Director of Communications/Public Affairs. Remember: Nobody wins unless everybody wins! I hope your summer is going great.

We will remain vigilant in defense of our rightful jurisdiction from the NERCC, general contractors who carry water for the carpenters, or any other trades who see fit to attempt to pilfer jurisdiction. I also want to make mention of the recent changes at the District Council. Business Manager Jeff Sullivan has reconfigured the staff to make us more accountable, to better service our membership, and to better utilize the organizing and political departments. Ray Pickup has been assigned to be a full-time Business Representative, and will cover

Top: Joe Miranda getting ready to work on curtain wall for Ipswich Bay Glass at Fan Pier B & C. Bottom: Joe Walsh and Anthony Granada installing a storefront at Dior at the Copley Place Mall for Retail Storefronts.


Advancements for custodians The Boston School Committee approved the upcoming fiscal year’s budget, which called for an increase of six full-time custodian positions, and restored the funding for the floor refinishing and outside ground work. The six new positions started on July 3rd and will be used as floaters to cover buildings when the regular custodian is out sick or on vacation. This should help alleviate the problem of the school department pulling members from their regular positions to cover these vacancies. With restored funding for the floor refinishing crew work, over ninety schools will have their wooden classrooms refinished, and have a new coat of polyurethane applied, and provide the members an opportunity to make some extra money working on these crews. We’ve also made progress on the longstanding problem of a lack of advancement opportunities for janitors within the schools. Currently, the state is only holding exams for public safety positions such as police and firefighters, and hasn’t held an exam for junior or senior custodian since 2004, which by default has caused positions to be awarded essentially on a patronage system. So, in collaboration with the Boston Public Schools, we held an in-house promotional exam for the position of senior custodian – the first exam for senior custodian in Boston since April of 2011. Boston Public Schools have also agreed to promote around sixty junior custodians to senior custodian in 18

Michael Lafferty

Business Representative

September. With these appointments, the members will be able to bid on permanent senior positions and receive the senior grade increases for the next eight years. We were hoping that the Quincy School Department would work with us to address this problem as well, but they refused citing that it wasn’t a state Civil Service Exam, and a preference for appointing members. With the schools in Boston and Quincy reopening for the new school year, members at both locals have been busy working in the schools to ensure that the students and staff will be reporting to clean, healthy and safe schools. Each year it seems that a growing number of schools have summer programming or construction, making it more challenging to do the summer cleaning that needs to be done, but DC35 members have done a great job getting things in shape. Working with organizer Martin Castillo, we negotiated a new bargaining agreement with C&W Services for the cleaners at the Museum of Fine Arts and Museum of Fine Arts School. The agreement is a three-year contract with no changes to the language in the contract and an average of a 3.8% wage increase each year of the contract. With C&W Services proposing 2% to 2.5% originally, we were pleased to bring this agreement back to the members for ratification.

Keith Mahony

Tom MacNeil

Pat McLaughlin

DC35 members in Boston and Quincy have been busy working in the schools to ensure that the students and staff will be reporting to clean, healthy and safe schools. Jose Diaz

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Perfect Weather for Organizing Justin Desmond

Director of Organizing I would like to thank BM/ST Jeff Sullivan for the faith and confidence in entrusting me with the new position as District Council 35 director of organizing. I am grateful for the opportunity to represent the council in this leadership role. The organizing department has been and will continue to be dedicated to the growth of our membership and contractor base. Summer Blitz The Organizing Department is working on multiple short-term and long-term campaigns. We speak with open shop companies and workers within our trades on a daily basis. We have been visiting job sites all over our region and collecting information for bidding opportunities for our signatory contractors. With work picking up, we have had conversations with a lot of open shop painters, tapers, glaziers and sign and display workers. Workers with journeyman experience have had the opportunity to join DC35. Those who qualify as an apprentice are given the avenue to the FTI applications. Residential In commercial residential (multiunit) projects, the organizing department has invested a lot of time and energy connecting with general contractors, developers and painting companies. We have been able to form relationships with contractors and companies that—with much negotiation and discussion— have agreed to bid and accept our program within their projects. We are proud to say that we now have companies securing projects and bidding on open projects. This program has connected us to community groups, worker centers and helped to further the legislative discussions on wage theft on the state level. We are actively working 20

with many workers who have fallen victim to wage theft. Our goal is to help them get their pay and bring to light the companies who are cheating workers and slashing costs undercutting honest employers. We hope our efforts will help to level the playing field on bidding opportunities. Immigration The Organizing Department has a first-hand chance to speak with the workers of open shop companies. As we speak to more and more workers we are realizing that the tone the Trump Administration has set is not only affecting immigrant work, but all workers in construction. Company owners are using scare tactics on all workers – immigrants or not – and making them fear for their jobs. This sense of insecurity creates an opening for a conversation on the values of becoming a union member. It also opens the door to explain our views on the market and how we are working to move it in the best direction. The most unfortunate part of these bad business practices is that they have created a hostile view of the immigrant work force. We were asked to help a local community worker center remove their sign from the building due to threats against the office workers and members of the center. Situations such as these are what we are working to change with education and communication. If

we understand all of our struggles as workers are connected, we will become stronger as a workforce. Community Engagement The Organizing Department has been involved in a couple great community engagement projects over the last few months. The first includes White Stadium in Boston, which is a facility used by the entire city and their youth and high school sports programs. Working with community and our partners, District Council 35 was able to make great progress prepping and painting the exterior spaces and interior concourse space. The other project is the Beyond Walls art project in Lynn. DC35 and our contractors provided donations and prep work, allowing the local and international artists to have the proper surfaces for the murals and knowledge of how to safely operate the lifts DC35 was able to procure for the artists. Bannering and Leaflets We have continued to banner Union General Cranshaw Construction who has been using non-union sub-contractors like Middlesex Glass both inside and outside of the city. District Council 35 has made it clear we are not happy with these practices. Along with actions against the sub-contractors our Organizing Department, reps., retirees and members have been

bannering and leafleting Cranshaw on their 100% union jobs to let developers and owners know of Cranshaw’s bad practices of not meeting community standards on wages and benefits as well. Current Industry Needs District Council 35 contractors have been awarded many projects that call for Wall Coverers. If you are interested in these opportunities, please call the office at 617-5220520. Orbis Contracting has multiple work opportunities at the Portsmouth Naval Shipyard over the next few years. The National Security Position applications are available in the main office at the District Council. I would personally like to thank the Organizing Team for all their hard work and dedication to District Council 35 and our membership.

Free Hugo Call Director Jennings & demand Hugo’s release:


DC35 Organizers

Martin Castillo

Bryan O’Sullivan

Rob Jelley

Jorge Rivera

Phil Reason

Update on our fellow member Hugo Mejia. The IUPAT is trying to turn the heat up on the San Francisco field director, David Jennings, to push for Hugo’s release from detention. The time frame is short, but we have a small window to pressure ICE as Hugo’s case goes through the appeals process since his original request for asylum was denied. In the meantime, his legal team is pushing to release him on bond. We still haven’t even gotten a hearing to bond him out, so the immediate demand is to release him while his case is reviewed (he’s been locked up for over 2 months now) and for ICE to remove his initial order of removal from 10 years ago which is what has put him on the fast track for deportation. Please help us in supporting Hugo by calling Director David Jennings and demanding Hugo’s release at: (415) 844-5503. Demand that Director Jennings release Hugo Mejia (A#079-163-283) and Rodrigo Nuñez (A#079-220-673): “Hello my name is ________ and I am calling to urge that ICE release Hugo Mejia (A#079-163-283) and grant him prosecutorial discretion. Hugo is a longtime union members, dutiful family man, and active community leader. Hugo (nor anyone) should not be targeted and retaliated against for trying to work to contribute to their community. Hugo deserves to watch his children grow up and go to school. I urge you to stop the deportation of Hugo now! Thank you.” 21

On the hill Wayne Murphy Director of Government Affairs

As Director of Government Affairs for District Council 35, I coordinate and oversee the District Council’s political activities, campaign and related activities as well as state and federal advocacy throughout our New England Jurisdiction. As fancy as all of that sounds, the day-to-day realities of the job and of the Government Affairs Department is all about relationship building. From the municipal boards and local elected offices to the state and federal capitols, a successful day is one in which a new relationship is formed or an old one is enhanced by educating others about the issues important to our membership and the larger cause of unionism. The first priority is, and always will be, improving the lives of our sister and brother members and obtaining new and improved work opportunities. This means the proper role of the Government Affairs Department is to work with the entire District Council staff, from servicing to organizing, to assist in campaigns that will create increased work opportunities for our membership. This work can take the form of meeting contractors and owners of projects to educate them as to the realities of working within our jurisdiction. It can also mean advocating before local authorities and elected leaders, educating them and enlisting their help in our various campaigns. This seamless cooperation 22

among the District Council departments, when successful, results in more work and a better quality of life for the families of our members. It is great to convince our elected politicians to advance our values in the halls of the State House and the United States Capitol, but that is not nearly enough. We must require our elected leaders to “walk the walk” and lend their assistance to our organizing and job-turning agendas. These “asks” are not hard to make; to the contrary, they are just a confirmation of the fact that our legislative leaders will do what they vowed to do when they ask for our help in campaign mobilization efforts. It is all about relationship building and making sure that the person across the table is made aware of the fact that we are sincere in our beliefs and ideals. I had the opportunity to spend some time recently with New Hampshire Chris Sununu. While at first glance it would seem as if this Republican governor would have nothing in common with our values, the fact is that we must do all we can to form a relationship with his office. I invited the governor to visit our Brentwood, NH Training Center. He has accepted our invitation and we expect to host him sometime this fall. We will use this opportunity to educate him as to who we are, what we do and explain the good work we do for working men and women in New Hampshire and across New England. We must be willing to engage with all key players, work to find a consensus, and move forward in a positive way. Nationally, U.S. Senators from both sides of the aisle are growing increasingly impatient with

the fact that President Trump has yet to reveal his promised infrastructure legislation. Even though the White House indicated that the introduction of a massive infrastructure bill would be revealed during the first 100 days of the administration, no legislation has been proposed by the president. Just last week, members of Congress expressed a willingness to introduce an infrastructure bill themselves. If enacted, a country-wide infrastructure investment would result in tremendous work opportunities across the building trades. I have communicated with legislative leaders, from both parties, to urge them to get the ball rolling and introduce appropriate legislation, whether it has the endorsement of President Trump or not. It is expected that there will be some movement on this item by early fall. Closer to home, District Council 35 staff and members continue to mobilize in support of various political candidates. At the urging of Business Manager Sullivan, I added some structure to our political endorsement process. Candidates seeking our endorsement, and our help on the campaign trail, are now required to come to our offices and participate in an interview with our staff. Also, each candidate is asked to complete a questionnaire that will enable us to more fully explore the positions of the candidate on issues of importance to District Council and the greater labor movement. This two-part process will enable us to make fully-informed decisions when deciding whether to endorse a candidate.

much improved over past practices. It allows us the opportunity to form new relationships and to strengthen already established ones. It will serve us well in the future as we ask for support for our initiatives from these politicians. The Government Affairs Department, with the assistance of all other departments, continues to monitor and support the wage theft legislation that is winding its way through the Massachusetts State House, as well as standing front and center in the anti-privatization efforts, attempting to ward off Governor Baker’s desire to reduce the number of good-paying, family sustaining union jobs. Make no mistake about it; this is a concerted effort at “union busting� and our response must be strategic, comprehensive and strong. We have been successful in gaining the support of many community leaders, elected and otherwise, but this is a difficult fight. We are up for the challenge. The values and ideals of organized labor are time tested and unchanged. We must improve the lives of working men and women by offering opportunities for safe, good-paying jobs with a chance at a dignified retirement. The tools needed to achieve these objectives must change with the times. Here at District Council 35 we are employing every tactic, leveraging every relationship, and working longer and harder than the competition to realize our goals. I urge each of you to engage in our work.

We have had many requests for endorsement over the past several months and this newlyestablished process has already proven to be 23

shaping our destiny Roger Brunelle Government Affairs

With all the dysfunction coming out of Washington D.C. week after week, we must not rely on an administration that has proven hostile to organized labor to create a climate for work opportunities for the DC35 membership. Frankly, the council doesn’t wait for anyone to provide the path forward, but rather puts policies and plans in motion to shape our own destiny. With business, community, and political partnerships, we have laid groundwork that has led to employment for DC35 members.

The 2017 municipal elections this fall will be no different, with all cities electing city councils and most electing mayors. In 2013, DC35 went all out to help elect Marty Walsh as Mayor of Boston, and we’ll be out in force again to support someone who holds a union card in his pocket. The City of Boston is experiencing a construction boom the likes of which it has never been seen before, and we need to make sure that Marty Walsh stays in the top spot at city hall to oversee this progress. Meanwhile, the City of Framingham has voted to adopt a mayoral and city council style of governance. Former state representative and longtime union ally, John Stafanini, has received DC35’s endorsement in this race.

none of this is accomplished without you.

We recently held a tour at our training facility in Brentwood, New Hampshire with 22 state representatives from the New Hampshire Legislature. This is to educate them on our apprenticeship and training programs and the importance of CAS certification for workers on infrastructure projects.

One of the most pivotal races this year however, is the contest in the City of Lynn for mayor. The current mayor has always been hostile to organized labor, and has never advocated for the building trades on the projects in the city. Lynn is poised to explode with economic development, and we need someone in the top job that has and will build relationships with unions. Tom McGee is that person. Tom is a former state representative and current state senator with one of the highest labor voting records at the State House. He has the experience and qualifications to guide Lynn into this next era of economic prosperity. That is why DC35 has proudly endorsed his campaign for Mayor of Lynn. We have already played a large role in Lynn as a sponsor for community projects, and we must now make sure that the right person is at the helm to right Lynn’s ship, and guide it through its revitalization.

You are the union. get involved.

Our 1887 member, Senator Troy Jackson, filed and testified on CAS and inspectional language bills in the Maine Legislature. We have worked very hard on getting local responsible employer, wage theft, and employer accountability ordinances here in multiple Massachusetts cities. All these actions were made possible by building relationships with elected officials and candidates for office and educating them on what our union does. Some of the ground work was laid long ago, and some more recently, but in each case those relationships are built through the hard work of DC35 staff and members who continually volunteer their time. This work is ongoing, and we can never rest in any election cycle.

But none of this is accomplished without you. You are the union. Come get involved and help DC35 maintain its strong reputation in the community. Look out for updates our endorsements in your area and how to volunteer for days of action.

When we fight, we win! 24

In Maine, Business Representative Bill Legrand, Local 1915 member Chris Rogan, and Government Affairs Roger Brunelle attended the Maine AFL-CIO Labor Lobby Day. Local 1887 member Senator Troy Jackson, welcomed 200 activists from dozens of Maine AFL-CIO unions. DC35 also attended and testified at hearings for legislation dealing with industrial painting and CAS training.

In New Hampshire, 22 state representatives toured our training facility and learned the importance of CAS certification. DC35 members and staff also attended the NH Democratic Party event with honored guest Dr. Jill Biden and former Vice President Joe Biden. Pictured here is a Local #1044 member and glazing instructor, with his wife, and US Senator Maggie Hassan at the New Hampshire Democratic event.

In Massachusetts, over twenty DC35 members volunteered at the Campaign Kick Off for Tom McGee in Lynn. DC35 also helped with the collection of the American Flags on placed in memorial of the 37,000+ men and women that made the ultimate sacrifice serving our country. On workers memorial day DC35 member and Greater Boston Labor Council President Rich Rogers read from the list of the 70 workers that lost their lives on the job in 2016. 25

Organizers Book List Bowling Alone: The Collapse and Revival of American Community By Robert D. Putnam

By Simon Sinek

ISBN-13: 978-0743203043

ISBN-13: 978-1591846444

The Rise of the National Trade Union: The Development and Significance of Its Structure, Governing Institutions, and Economic Policies.

By Lloyed Ulman ISBN-13: 9780674772809

Start With Why: How Great Leaders Inspire Everyone to Take Action

The Warmth of Other Suns: The Epic Story of America’s Great Migration By Isabel Wilkerson ISBN-13: 978-0679763888

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safety never takes a break

Eric Redding

Director of Training Graduation is always one of our most celebrated events of the year and 2017 was no different. In fact, we had more to celebrate this year than in all the years past. 86 members finished three years of classroom training — the largest class ever — and they are ready to make their mark on the world of organized labor. These young painters, glaziers and tapers will move forward with the skills they have amassed over the last three years to make a mark not just on the City of Boston, but on the country. We wish every one of you the best of luck and the good fortune that comes with union membership. I heard recently that 2017 is the second hottest year on record since they’ve been keeping track. They also say the summer of 2017 is the year of traffic. To me that sounds like, despite the rain, this is going to be one busy year for all our trades. So, rather than sit back and enjoy the ride, your training department has been busy from the start. It doesn’t matter which trade you represent, safety never takes a break — and that was never more obvious than when you looked last years training calendar. We took an aggressive approach right up until the very end, booking large classes all the way through June 30th. To all our brothers and sisters who qualify for STAR 2017 by taking the

PFT and 1 other class: Good Luck!!!! I hope you win a truck this year. I’d also like to encourage everyone to get your classes in early. By early, I mean, why not start in September? Every year the calendar goes out and the turnout could be so much better and you could save yourself a ton of aggravation. One thing to keep in mind is that you don’t have to wait for your current certification to expire to take another class. Take advantage of the training we offer. That’s why we’re here. Schuco curtain wall is here, too, Schuco is a leading manufacturer of curtain wall in Europe. They’ve been working their way into our market for some time and I’m pleased to tell you Tom Falter now has a Schuco curtain wall mock up in our Brentwood Training Facility. With the assistance of Schuco, Tom, Sean Love and Brian Montgomery taught the very first class to a group of glazier apprentices in July. Even though this was our first turn out of the gate, it went very well. Tom has plans for the next class and how we’ll be rolling it out to the general membership. Keep an eye out for the next calendar of reach out to Tom at the Boston office @ 617-524-0248 ext 152. CPR will have changes made to it this year, too. Mike Moreschi went to our International Training center in Hanover Maryland for a Train the Trainer course for American Heart CPR and has been busy recertifying the 1st group of our CPR instructors. As the year moves along, the rest of our AHA instructors will be brought up to speed, too. CPR will now be taught in conjunction with AED and first aid. The six-hour course will be different from what you’re used to, but they are what’s needed on certain job sites. For those of you who still want just the basic CPR Family & Friends (non-certificate class), that too will still be offered, we just needed to step up the CPR game a little. Massachusetts residential de-leading has popped its head up again. We haven’t heard of a real need for this class in quite some time but low and behold one of our signatory contractors signed a contract for a lead job and dropped it in our lap. With that being said Wayne Cummings, Jim Sullivan and Tom Falter dove right in and finished a Mass. residential de-leader class in a record setting 24 hours. Wayne and I had to sit with the 27

state and iron out a few details. We have a very good working relationship with the state and an even better reputation when it comes to the training material & delivery, so that process went very smooth. Once again look for the upcoming H&S calendar for more classes on de-leading. In the Drywall finish arena, Director Mike Moreschi lent a hand at the Fort Devens Job Corps center with Instructor Tim Yost teaching his apprentices the finer points of taping. Mike and Tim worked with the small group taking the drywall mockup from raw drywall to the finish stage ready for paint. Like all classes of this nature, not everyone gets excited about this, but a couple show some promise and who knows they just might be our next apprentices.


Doubling up on their talents, Mike also spearheaded the aerial lift training of approximately 20 artists from around the country (and beyond) who participated in the Beyond Walls activities in Lynn, MA. I’m sure you will read about Beyond Walls in more detail in other articles in this edition of the DC35 Newsletter so I won’t repeat it, but rest assured when the call came that we had all these folks who were ready to showcase their talent, but many of whom had never operated a boom or scissor lift. We were not going to let that derail such a high profile project. Many thanks to Mike and his team – Jim Sullivan, Wayne Cummings, Tom Falter and Russ Detore ­— for stepping up to the plate and getting the job done under trying circumstances.

Congratulations to our largest graduating class ever! This year we celebrated 86 members finishing their three years of classroom training. The class of 2017 is ready to make their mark in the world of organized labor.


Know your Benefits Bill McDevitt

Administrator 617-524-1240 ext. 113 Our Office Manager Barbara Domurat retired April 1, 2017. Barbara is a dedicated, patient, caring professional. Her value to our participants and staff cannot be overstated. We could not be happier for her, but we will miss her. Welcome to our new office manager, Karen Ryan. Karen has a background in Taft-Hartley Plans bringing to the Fund Office the same level of dedication Barbara had as well as a tenacity for problem solving. We also welcome benefit coordinator, Jaclyn Escobar-Innocent. Jackie comes from a commercial insurance background

where she developed a great eye for detail. Jackie is bilingual speaking both English and Spanish. Both women are terrific additions to our staff. The Benefit Funds office was asked to present all the improvements made by the Board of Trustees to District Council No. 35’s Benefit Funds. Our Plan year began July 1, as it does every year. We also would like to walk you through the following reminders that are important to you and your family! This “New Plan Year” is a good time to take stock. Have there been any significant events in your life during the past year? Do you need to update your information with the Fund Office, for example a new address or a new phone number? You may request a data card to add a dependent or to add/ change your beneficiaries by calling 617-5241240 or email our Benefit Coordinator Jaclyn Escobar-Innocent at

The New Plan Year is also a good time to review eligibility rules:

Health Participants are eligible when they work 600 hours in covered employment during each six-month work period.

Work Period

Eligibility/Coverage Period

July 1 to December 31

April 1 to September 30

January 1 to June 30

October 1 to March 31

Participants who work more than 600 hours may carry up to 200 hours forward into the next period (carryover for one period only.) If you are losing eligibility because of a reduction in hours, you will be offered COBRA, and may purchase COBRA coverage for up to 18 months. COBRA notices, including cost information, are mailed in August and February.


Pension Participant earns one pension credit if they work 1200 hours July 1 to June 30:

1200 plus hours* = 1.00 pension credit 900 – 1199 hours = 0.75 pension credit 600 – 899 hours = 0.50 pension credit 300 – 599 hours = 0.25 pension credit *There are no carryover hours for pension.

A participant earns a vesting credit if he or she works 900 hours July 1 to June 30:

900 plus hours = 1.00 vesting credit 600 – 899 hours = 0.50 vesting credit 300 – 599 hours = 0.25 vesting credit

What is the difference between pension and vesting credits? When a participant retires, the monthly pension payment is based on the number of pension credits. To retire, you need to be vested.

Less than 5 vesting credits = no pension At least 5 but fewer than 10 vesting credits = pension at age 65 At least 10 vesting credits = pension as early as age 55

Annuity Your Annuity Plan is a defined contribution plan. This means your benefit is vested with the first contribution received on your behalf. You are eligible to withdraw your annuity benefits at retirement age; if there are no contributions received on your behalf for 12 consecutive months; or if you are totally disabled. Upon your death, your named beneficiary is eligible to collect your account. If you do not have a named beneficiary on file at the time of your death, the amount is paid to your estate. You may also withdraw up to 30 percent of your account balance in the form of a loan provided your balance is at least $3333 and you have not previously defaulted on a loan. Important Reminders: Keep track of your hours and keep your address up to date. The Fund Office sends participants five statements per year. You will receive a health statement in March and September, a pension statement in October, and an annuity statement in March and November. Please review these statements carefully for discrepancies. Notify the Fund Office as soon as possible after discovering any missing hours. We may need copies of your pay stubs to bill your employer. Did you sustain an injury covered by workers’ compensation insurance during this past year? As you know, any medical bills will be covered by your employers’ workers’ compensation insurer. However, if needed, you can receive a credit of up to 160 hours toward your health eligibility. Plus, you may receive pension credit. Contact the Fund Office for more information. Do you have a dependent child turning age 26? A dependent child is covered until the last day of the month he or she turns 26. Your dependent is eligible to purchase COBRA for up to 36 months. COBRA notices for dependents losing coverage due to age are not automatically mailed. You or the dependent must request it. Please call the Fund Office for more information. 31

summary of benefit improvements

Below is a summary of benefit improvements and changes since 7/1/2009. This is a summary only. This is not a guarantee of benefits. Please contact the Fund Office with any questions or for additional information. Effective Date







Increased Orthodontic/braces benefit to $5000 from $2500.





Expanded 90 day prescriptions to include 90-day prescriptions filled at CVS at lower mail order copayments brand $35 for 90 days; generic $20 for 90 days’ supply.




Added coverage for LASIK surgery; $2500 per eye.





















Chiropractic/ Acupuncture




Three pairs of glasses for adults every 24 months, two pair for children every 12 months, OR 12-month supply of Davis Vision contacts plus one pair of glasses; Non-Davis contacts-member pays costs in excess of $150. Removed copayments for Progressive Lenses, Anti-Reflective coatings, Polarized Lenses, Plastic PhotoSensitive Lenses, and Contact Lenses. Added coverage for foot orthotics - Reimbursement up to $250 per person per calendar year for customfit orthotics defined as supportive appliances for the feet provided by appropriate, licensed medical professional. Network 100% up to $250; out of network 60% after $250 deductible. Increased annual dental maximum to $3000 per person per year. Coverage for Type I & Type II services benefits increased to 100% from 80%. Type I & II includes cleanings, routine exams, fluoride treatments, root canals, fillings, extractions and emergency dental office visits. Coverage for Type III services increased to 95% from 80%. Type III services include crowns, dentures, bridges, and endosteal implants. The annual dollar maximum for the combined chiropractic and acupuncture benefit increased from $800 to $1600 per calendar year. Created a credit toward health insurance for participants receiving worker’s compensation. The Plan allows up to 160 hours or credit toward health coverage per injury over two work periods.

Effective Date





Accrual Rate Increase






Hearing Aid










Elimination of the $2000 annual dental maximum for Type I. II. and III services for dependent children under age 19. Increased retiree premium reimbursement rates and extended reimbursement period. Rates now based on pension credits times $35 for individuals or $70 for families. Maximum length of reimbursement increased to 120 months from 60 months.



Premium Reimbursement



Office Visit Copayment



Smoking Cessation






Lifetime Limit



Legal Plan



Mental Health/ Substance Abuse




Improvement/Chanqe Accrual Rate Increased to $155 from $145 for those retiring after 7/1/14 who meet the work test. Increase to $88 for Local 1044 time earned before 1/1/97. Dollar limit or $10,000 eliminated for infertility treatment. Dollar limit of $1000 per ear eliminated for hearing aids. Dollar limit of $600 eliminated for wigs/hair prosthetics. Dependent children can stay on the plan until the end of the month they turn 26.

Office Visit Co-Payment reduced from $20 to $10. Added coverage for smoking cessation programs including counseling, nicotine patches, and Chantix. Reimbursement increased to 90% The lifetime dollar limit of $1 million removed. Legal Plan eliminated. Lifetime maximums removed. Loan Program added to the Annuity Plan.


Partnership Works John Doherty

Communications and Public Affairs Part of our mission as a union is to support projects that celebrate community. When community groups, labor unions and businesses come together, we can make great things happen. We believe that partnership works – partnership works for workers, partnership works for businesses and partnership works for our communities. Over the past year we’ve developed new, exciting partnerships with the Boston Public Schools

and Beyond Walls, an arts organization in Lynn. We are working with the Boston Public Schools to build an apprenticeship program for students at Madison Park High School that will create pathways for students into union jobs. We provided volunteer and financial support for Beyond Walls efforts to revitalize downtown Lynn through new murals and lighting installations under the underpasses, and vintage signs on storefronts that will help create greater safety and sense of community, and drive economic development in downtown Lynn.

Beyond Walls: bringing community together For Beyond Walls in Lynn, DC35 members devoted time for prep and training, as well as more than $50,000 in funding. Our members volunteered to prep the walls for the murals and conducted a two-day training with the artists on how to use mechanical lifts – many of whom said it was the first time they’d received training on how to safely operate the equipment. We also worked with our business partners, Sherwin-Williams, to get paint donated. Like much of the work we do as professional trades 34

people, the Beyond Walls initiative is important because it helps to transform spaces into places to bring our community together. Installing dynamic LED lights under elevated MBTA tracks brings light and a greater sense of safety to a formerly crime-ridden area. Installing vintage neon signs illuminates the cultural history of the neighborhood. The variety of murals painted across the city’s walls honor the creativity and ingenuity that are so essential to the history and fabric of the City of Lynn.

Madison Park: White Stadium Renovations As part of the collaboration with the Boston Public Schools, earlier this year we worked with Madison Park Technical Vocational School to renovate White Stadium. Local union members, select general contractors, as well as students from Madison Park Technical Vocational School and Boston International Newcomers Academy came together to help renovate the stadium, Boston Public School’s only intramural sports facility and a long-neglected city landmark. The make-over of White Stadium, organized by the Painters and Allied Trades union (IUPAT DC 35) and the Painters and Finishing Contractors of New England (PFEANE), included painting,

finishing, and other much-needed repairs. Lifts for the project were provided by ATS Equipment and paint was provided by Sherwin-Williams. Boston Public Schools superintendent, Tommy Chang, also came to speak in support of the renewed partnership between the painters, Boston Public Schools, community stakeholders, contractors, and future union members. Via this partnership students will gain valuable skills and training, while giving back to the community by revitalizing important sites around the city like White Stadium.

Investing in our Communities Giving back through service ties us all together. It strengthens our pride in our cities and makes us feel more invested in our communities. By investing in programs like Beyond Walls and the partnership with Madison Park, we can build

deeper ties with the communities we work and live in and create opportunities for young people to develop the skills and experience to build a brighter future together. 35

John Doherty

Communications and Public Affairs During the past year, DC35 has played a very active role in the INVEST NOW coalition. The INVEST NOW coalition is dedicated to ensuring continued investments in Massachusetts public transit and to preventing the privatization of core services at the MBTA. The privatization scheme being pushed by Governor Baker is an attack on the quality jobs we need to sustain Massachusetts. These jobs — including DC35 jobs at the MBTA — are jobs that can sustain a family, contribute to our local economy and play a role in reducing the huge income inequality in our state. The long-term costs of sweeping privatization are often higher

than expected. The only way for the bidding companies to profit from this public service is to cut the expertise of the workforce they retain. Cutting corners in the workforce would mean reducing the quality and safety of every ride. Most recently, the coalition has mobilized to show solidarity with the bus mechanics and fuelers of International Association of Machinists Local 264 whose jobs are being threatened. The coalition has held a series of press events and rallies at the MBTA headquarters and bus garages and drawn support from elected officials including Boston Mayor Marty Walsh, U.S. Senator Ed Markey, and U.S. Representatives Michael Capuano and Joseph Kennedy. DC35 is committed like all of the other coalition members to keeping public transportation public, so that we invest in a stronger future for riders, workers, and the Massachusetts economy.

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