Program: Business Beat
Host: Steve Jones-D’Agostino
Date: Sunday, July 30, 2017 – 10:00pm
In an all-new “The Business Beat,”: Steve Jones-D’Agostino interviews Frank Callahan, president of the Massachusetts Building Trades Council. They talk about the present and future of America’s and the Bay State’s labor-union movements.
The Building Trades Council is a 96-year-old organization dedicated to helping working people improve their quality of life. It’s comprised of 74 locals representing more than 75,000 working men and women across the state.
For the unions represented by the Building Trades Council, the Council’s goal has been, and continues to be, improving the standard of living for construction workers and their families throughout the state. By achieving this goal, according to the Council, everyone benefits, including the Council’s members as well as employers, customers and, most importantly, the communities where Council members live and work.
Through the efforts of the Building Trades Council and its member unions, members receive the best training available, vital health-care coverage, and the security of pension and annuity benefits.
Employers, according to the Council, benefit through joint investments between labor and management in training current and future employees. This joint effort between contractors and member unions, the Council states, “benefits customers because with trained workers, the job is done right the first time.”
Communities in the Commonwealth are also benefiting, the Council adds, through union-outreach activities, which means that more women and minorities are getting the training they need to earn high wages with good benefits and good working conditions in the construction industry.
But most importantly, the Council continues, all of us benefit because building-trade members are active in their communities – whether assisting in the rehabilitation of a community center, raising funds for diabetes research, or sponsoring a Little League team. Last year alone, member locals of the Building Trades Council donated to more than 700 local charities and charitable events. In addition, its members have donated millions of dollars in volunteer labor to numerous charitable organizations and other community-building endeavors.