About the Massachusetts Building Trades Council

Local Union DIrectory

Local contacts for Union members. Find trade locals near you and the information you need to get started in a rewarding union carreer.

Directory of Apprenticeships

Union craftspeople learn their trade through state-of-the-art apprenticeship programs. In fact there are no self-taught craftspeople in our ranks. The Building Trades unions and their contractor partners operate over 30 joint apprenticeship training centers (JATCs) across Massachusetts producing the most qualified craftspeople in the industry. Find and apprenticeship opportunity near you today.

By The Numbers

The Numbers are in! Check in on union statistics and find out valuable information about the locals in your community.

Project Labor Agreements (PLA’s)

Building and construction trades workers are one of the hardest hit groups in the nation’s job crisis. Yet state lawmakers, backed by construction industry CEOs, want to cut the wages of those workers by eliminating prevailing wage laws and project labor agreements (PLAs) on public construction projects. Prevailing wage laws protect communities and workers from unscrupulous contractors low-balling bids on taxpayer-funded construction projects by setting wage rates to the local or prevailing standard.

Project Labor Agreements (PLA’s), which have been used for generations, are collective bargaining agreements between building trade unions and contractors. They govern terms and conditions of employment for all craft workers—union and nonunion—on a construction project. They protect taxpayers by eliminating costly delays due to labor conflicts or shortages of skilled workers.

Take Action

Learn about union events and how to take action to improve the lives of union workers in your community.


Upcoming union events

National Legislature

Read articles and keep up with building trades causes across the nation.

Massachusetts Legislative Updates

Keep up with important legislature and changes relevant to your union.


Contact Us

Contact the Massachusetts Building Trades Council

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