MBTU's 105th Convention Agenda

Massachusetts Building Trades Unions, the Commonwealth’s largest construction organization representing the interests of over 75,000 union building trades workers, has re-elected President Frank Callahan to a four-year term.

MBTU serves as the public voice and legislative advocate on behalf of 63 labor unions and over 75,000 union members across the state. First elected in 2007, Callahan has fought for key priorities focused on improving the quality of life for all workers in the construction industry. These efforts have successfully expanded career opportunities for women, people of color, and military veterans in the trades and enacted worker-friendly legislation and project labor agreements across Massachusetts. Under Callahan’s leadership, Massachusetts has become a national leader for women and people of color entering the trades. Recent figures show that 88% of all women apprentices and 80% of all apprentices of color in Massachusetts are being trained in Union Apprenticeship Programs.

In response to the spike in substance use disorder, MBTU launched the Massachusetts Building Trades Recovery Council (MBTRC) in 2021 to reduce the stigma endured by those who are struggling with addiction and to support their recovery efforts. This innovative program has become a model for building trade unions nationwide, helping thousands with stigma-free support and a member-to-member approach. 

“I am deeply honored to be re-elected as President of Massachusetts Building Trades Unions. Our continued focus on improving the overall quality of life for all building trades workers through better apprenticeship training, wages, benefits, and safer working conditions reflects our unwavering commitment to the well-being of our members, the construction industry and the community at large,” said Callahan. “Together, we will continue to strive for progress and expand those opportunities to an increasingly diverse workforce and membership in our unions.”

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