Jorge Rivera has been elected president of the Worcester-Fitchburg Building Trades Council, the group announced Monday.

Rivera, a 20-year union member and painter, trained apprentices across the region, teaching bilingual classes on OSHA safety, first aid, and CPR. He concurrently serves as the director of organizing for the International Union of Painters and Allied Trades DC 35 in Boston.

“It’s a privilege to represent the Worcester-Fitchburg Building Trades Council as president,” Rivera said. “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.”

As the director of organizing at the IUPAT DC 35, Rivera fought for wage rights for construction workers who had wages stolen. Rivera helped reclaim wages for exploited construction workers from Brockton in 2018.

The Worcester-Fitchburg Building Trades Council, one of the region’s largest construction labor groups and a legislative advocate for thousands of union building tradesmen and women in Worcester County, also elected Dan Mulcahy, from Sheet Metal Workers Local 63, to serve as its vice president. Rivera and Mulcahy join five officers on the council’s seasoned executive board: 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).

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