The Upward Trend Continues by Chris Brennan

 In News, Newsletter: spring '19

Sisters Amy Olmeda and Shaniece Jordan working
for select at Hood Park in Charlestown.

Encore Boston Harbor is coming into the stretch run at the brand new $2.5B project. The project continues to employ roughly 200 members with still many smaller contracts yet to be awarded. Since its August 2016 groundbreaking, some 455 DC 35 members working for 19 different contractors have been on this project in some capacity. I’m extremely happy to report that DC 35 has met and exceeded the veteran, residency, minority & female workforce demands that Encore has asked of subcontractors. This has turned out to be one of the most successful projects for our members and contractors alike. Great job by everyone involved!

Brother Francis Kelley puts the finishing touches on
the trellis at Encore Boston Harbor.

As part of DC 35 & the Massachusetts Building Trades’ commitment to aggressively combat wage theft, the state AFL-CIO has asked me to be part of a team to put together strong wage theft language that we could present to the City of Lowell, as well as be adopted by other cities and towns. Much like the language that was adopted by the City of Lynn. Speaking of that, a big congratulations to our sister, Kathleen Santora on her recent appointment to the City of Lynn wage theft advisory committee. Sister Santora is a very active member of our council and is also a member of the Women’s Committee as well as the Financial Secretary for Local 939. Great job, Kathleen and thank you for your continued service to our members.

Rep. Chris Brennan with members of the Merrimack
Valley Building Trades along with Congresswoman Lori Trahan at the annual WCAP 980 am Christmas radiothon to benefit the Lowell Salvation Army. DC 35 and the Building Trades donated more than $5000 for this great cause!

The Massachusetts building trades continues to build on its partnership with Partners Healthcare. After several large and successful projects with Partners, our two entities have come to an agreement to build a string of medical office facilities throughout the state 100% union. One was recently completed in Foxborough and the next one is the former Union Hospital in Lynn. It is important to note that BM/ ST Sullivan and Mass Building Trades President and Local 939 member, Frank Callahan have been the backbone of these negotiations for the better part of a decade now and the hours continue to pile up for our members as a result.

The Wednesday Night Recovery Group continues to blossom. We meet every Wednesday at 7 pm at the Union Hall in Roslindale. Come at 6:30 pm for something to eat! Thank you to all the delegates and members alike for believing in this cause and allowing DC 35 to stay ahead of the curve when it comes to addiction and mental health issues. As part of our work, we currently have 4 members trained and ready for their LAP-C certification as well as 3 other members trained for peer-to-peer work. By the end of the year, we will have 3 more members trained for certification and will also be rolling out a substance use disorder/mental health awareness class taught through the FTI. If you are struggling, call me at 617- 971-7736 for a confidential conversation.