WORCESTER — One of the region’s largest construction labor groups, the Worcester-Fitchburg Building Trades Council, has announced the election of Jorge Rivera as President.
A 20-year union member, Rivera was elected to lead the Council alongside a slate of executive board officers hailing from across the building trades.
“It’s a privilege to represent the Worcester-Fitchburg Building Trades Council as President,” said Rivera. “I’m proud to come together with my sisters and brothers to fight for a better way of life for working people. Together, we can continue to advocate on key issues like wage theft, stand up for community standards, and create partnerships for a brighter future across our region.”
“Jorge is an outstanding leader and we’re proud to see him take the reins as the Worcester-Fitchburg Building Trades Council President,” said Frank Callahan, President of the Massachusetts Building Trades Council. “He’s a longtime champion for workers’ rights, and we believe his passion, dedication, and experience will bring strength to our work throughout the region.”
Rivera has blazed a trail as a leader of color in the building trades. Over his career as a union painter, he’s worked with members across the region, training apprentices and teaching bilingual classes on OSHA safety, first aid, and CPR. He currently serves as the Director of Organizing for IUPAT DC 35.
The Council also elected Dan Mulcahy, from Sheet Metal Workers Local 63, to serve as Vice President of the Council. Rivera and Mulcahy join a seasoned executive board, comprised of Recording Secretary Tom Maloney (Electricians Local 96), Financial-Secretary Treasurer Pierre Grouleau (Plumbers & Pipefitters Local 4), and Trustees Dave Dobson (Operating Engineers Local 4), Brian Finn (Sprinkler Fitters Local 669), and Kevin Melanson (Laborers Local 39).
The Worcester-Fitchburg Building Trades Council serves as a public voice and legislative advocate on behalf of thousands of union building trades men and women in Worcester County.