Beyond my own company, the performance of Rhode Island`s unions and union entrepreneurs is eloquent. There are more than 200 local contractors with union agreements in the Rhode Island area, and more than 50 union project employment contracts (GPs) have been signed in this area for billions of dollars, including most of the state`s most reputable projects. Most of these PPPs were in the private sector. Massachusetts construction unions are currently working with casino developers to create employment contracts that could create consistency in standards and working conditions for all proposed institutions in the state. A story on BusinessWest.com shows the efforts of MGM Grand and the carpenters union to ensure that local workers are prioritized for employment opportunities when building a casino in Springfield in the near future and that these jobs come with good wages and benefits. Carpenters Local 108 Business Manager Jason Garand, who led efforts to reach a deal with MGM, is prominently in the room. Below, you will find relevant sections of collective agreements between the organization and management, as these agreements provide supplements to the department when setting current rates of pay. According to M.G.L.c. 149, p. 26 ”… The hourly rate of wages paid to these mechanics and apprentices, crews, drivers and workers in the construction of public works should not be lower than the rate or the rates of pay that the delegate provides below…. in one of the cities where work is to be constructed, where, in certain occupations or professions, tariff agreements or agreements in the private construction sector are organised between work and the employer, the rate or rate to be paid for such work should not be lower than the rates set as such.” On Friday, February 13, NERCC signed a collective agreement with Tocci Building Corp of Woburn, MA.
In addition to collective agreements guaranteeing equal pay, unions also offer apprenticeship and leadership upgrade classes that allow entry and development into the sector. Each of the forums held in Manchester and Portsmouth received significant media coverage, including quotes from Skidmore. While some construction companies struggle to keep the doors open, Suffolk Construction continues to take advantage of opportunities to grow. Yesterday they announced the purchase of Roel Construction, a General Contractor based in San Francisco, which had $300 million in business last year, according to the Boston Herald.Suffolk has continued to expand its business book at the local and national level. He is the largest general contractor in Massachusetts, as the Boston Business Journal ranks according to the dollar volume of contracts. The ENR ranks Suffolk as the 31st largest contractor in the United States, with sales of $1.7 billion. They profiled owner John Fish in the magazine a year ago. Roel is not the first company to buy Suffolk during the current recession. A year and a half ago, it purchased William A. Berry and Son from Boston, strengthening its presence in the health sector.
Last year, it also purchased dietze Construction Group, a Washington contractor, D.C. Suffolk Construction has a regional agreement to recruit union carpenters and Erdzimmermeister unions for all its projects in New England.