MBTU's 105th Convention Agenda

About Massachusetts Building Trades Unions

Massachusetts Building Trades Unions (MBTU) is a 104-year-old organization dedicated to helping working people improve their quality of life. We are comprised of 62 member locals representing over 75,000 working men and women across the state.

Through the efforts of MBTU member unions, our members receive the best training available, vital healthcare coverage, and the security of pension and annuity benefits.

Employers benefit through joint investments between labor and management in training current and future employees. This joint effort between contractors and our member unions benefits customers because, with trained workers, the job is done right the first time.

For the unions represented by MBTU, our goal has always been, and continues to be, improving the standard of living for construction workers and their families throughout the state. By achieving this goal, everyone benefits including our members, employers, customers, and most importantly, the communities where we live and work.

Principles

1. To coordinate the activities, functions and interests of the state and local affiliates in the building and construction trade industry.

2. To promote the growth and development of all building and construction trades unions, and to foster and develop the organization of men and women in the construction industry.

3. To foster, develop and advance apprenticeship training and to cooperate with the Federal and State agencies promoting the interest of apprenticeship training.

4. To promote the development of health and safety of tradesmen in the building and construction industry.

For the unions represented by the MBTU our goal has always been, and continues to be, improving the standard of living for construction workers and their families throughout the state. By achieving this goal, everyone benefits including our members, employers, customers and most importantly, the communities where we live and work.

Through the efforts of MBTU member unions, our members receive the best training available, vital healthcare coverage, and the security of pension and annuity benefits. Employers benefit through joint investments between labor and management in training current and future employees. This joint effort between contractors and our member unions benefits customers because with trained workers, the job is done right the first time. Communities in the Commonwealth are benefiting 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 working conditions in the construction industry.

But most importantly, we all benefit because building trade members are active in their communities. Our members take pride in their work and in helping their neighbors. Whether it is assisting in the rehabilitation of a community center, raising funds for diabetes research or simply sponsoring a little league team, local union members are there to help. Last year alone, member locals of the MBTU donated to over 700 local charities and charitable events. In addition, our members have donated millions of dollars in volunteer labor to other charitable organizations such as Rosie’s Place and the Cam Neeley House and countless other endeavors.

Officers
Francis X. Callahan, Jr. President

Francis X. Callahan, Jr. President

Frank Callahan began his career in the labor movement with the Pioneer Valley Building and Construction Trades Council, AFL-CIO in 1990. After holding a variety of offices with the Pioneer Valley Building Trades, including Research Coordinator, Executive Director, and President of the Pioneer Valley Central Labor Council, AFL-CIO, he was appointed Legislative Director for the Massachusetts Building Trades Unions, AFL-CIO in 1996. Frank was elected President of the Massachusetts Building Trades Unions in 2007. He is a member of the International Union of Painters & Allied Trades Local 939. He is Executive Vice-President of the Massachusetts AFL-CIO, Delegate to the Greater Boston Central Labor Council, President of the Construction Institute, a faculty and board member of the Boston Labor Guild School of Labor Management Relations, a member of the School Building Advisory Board of the Massachusetts School Building Authority, a member of the Board of Directors of the Friends For Children and serves on the Board of Directors of Blue Cross Blue Shield of Massachusetts. He received a B.A. in Economics/Political Science from Providence College, and a M.S. in Labor Studies from the Labor Relations Research Center at the University of Massachusetts, Amherst.
 
Frank and his wife Mara live in Arlington and are the proud parents of three beautiful daughters.

Joseph Bonfiglio, Secretary-Treasurer

Joseph Bonfiglio, Secretary-Treasurer

Peter Gibbons, Vice President

Peter Gibbons, Vice President

Peter E. Gibbons was appointed to the position of Vice President District 1 by United Association General President Mark McManus on November 1, 2021.  District 1 serves Connecticut. Delaware, Maine, Massachusetts, New Hampshire, New Jersey, New York, Rhode Island and Vermont.  
Brother Gibbons is a fourth-generation sprinkler fitter.  He began his apprenticeship with Sprinkler Fitters Local 550 in 1988 as an employee of Carlysle Engineering where he spent his entire sprinkler fitting career.  During that time he served Local 550 in various capacities.  He was elected to the Executive Board in 1997 and went on to serve two terms and was elected as Business Manager/Secretary-Treasurer in 2004. 
 In 2010, he was appointed as a trustee for the National Automatic Sprinkler Industry Welfare Fund the entity that provides health care to over 20,000 sprinkler fitters and their families. 
Brother Gibbons is a Vice President of the Massachusetts AFL-CIO and Past President of the USA Sprinkler Fitters Association. 

Councils

Building Trades Councils

Berkshire Building Trades Council

Contact Name: Mike LaFleur, President
Contact Address:
32 Stevens Street,
Springfield, MA 01104
Phone Number:
413-733-8332
Email:
mlafleur@smart-nerc.org

 

Boston Metro District Building Trades Council

Contact Name: Brian Doherty, General Agent/Secretary-Treasurer
Contact Address:
12A Everdean Street, 2nd Floor
Boston, MA 02122
Phone Number: 617-282-0080
Emailbriandoherty@metrobtc.org

 

Brockton Area Building Trades Council

Contact Name: David Fantini, President
Contact Address:
475 Myles Standish Boulevard
Taunton, MA 02780
Phone Number: 
508-533-1433
Email: 
d.fantini@iuoelocal4.org

 

Framingham-Newton Building Trades Council

Contact Name: Chris Murphy, President
Contact Address:
3 Pierce Street
Framingham, MA 01702
Phone Number: 
508-561-4335
Email: 
christophermurphy@laborerslocal609.com

 

Merrimack Valley Building Trades Council

Contact Name:Frank Amato, President
Contact Address:
1240 Massachusetts Ave,
Dorchester, MA 02125
Phone Number:774-406-1983
Email:
famato@local12boston.org

 

North Shore Building Trades Council

Contact Name: Chris Brennan, President
Contact Address:
25 Colgate Road
Roslindale, MA 02131
Phone Number: 
617-522-0520 ext 145
Email: 
cbrennan@iupatdc35.org

 

Pioneer Valley Building Trades Council

Contact Name: Colton Andrews, President
Contact Address:
P.O. Box 563
Holyoke, MA 02041
Phone Number: 
413-772-9772
Email: 
PVBuildingtrades@gmail.com

 

Quincy Building Trades Council

Contact Name: Bob Rizzi, President
Contact Address:
P.O. Box 690429
Quincy, MA 02169
Phone Number: 
781-405-9193
Email: 
rlrizzi@comcast.net

 

Southeastern MA Building Trades Council

Contact Name: David Araujo, President
Contact Address:
PO Box 214
Somerset, MA 02726
Phone Number: 
508-802-3551
Email: 
laborers0876@gmail.com

 

Worcester-Fitchburg Building Trades Council

Contact Name: Jorge Rivera, President
Contact Address:
25 Colgate Road
Roslindale, MA 02131
Phone Number: 
617-435-3944
Email: 
jrivera@iupatdc35.org

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