Get Out the Vote

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Today is Election Day! It’s time for us to get out the vote and make our voices heard. Polls will be open from 7 am to 8 pm.

Not sure where to vote? Not sure who to vote for? Find your polling place, a list of endorsed candidates, and other helpful information on our Voter Resources page.

Every vote matters. It’s up to us to elect candidates like Maura Healey for Governor and Diana DiZoglio for State Auditor, who will stand up for working people and fight for our rights. It’s up to us to pass Question 1, the Fair Share Amendment, which will make sure top earners in Massachusetts pay their fair share to invest in our infrastructure, our schools, and our future.

Together, we can make a difference.

The Fall 2022 Newsletter is Out Now!

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Fall is here, and so is the latest edition of our newsletter. Catch up on what’s been happening at Local 534 by reading the newsletter online or waiting for the print copy to hit your mailbox.

This edition shares essential information on voting in this year’s midterm elections, keeping each other safe on the job site, and finding flexible child care options. You’ll also find an apprentice spotlight featuring second-year apprentice Damien Fuller and our late brother and friend, Nasahn Davis.

As always, thank you for your support!

Important Trainings in October

There are important trainings happening in October. Make sure you sign up to renew your aerial lift training or learn more about being a shop steward!

If your aerial lift certification is about to expire, sign up for the aerial lift training on Saturday, October 29 from 7 am to 12 pm at the union hall. Please be sure to check the expiration date on your card and reserve a spot as soon as possible. Spaces are limited and spots are available on a first-come, first-serve basis.

For more information, call Billy Redmond at 617-901-5550.

As well, all shop stewards are invited to attend MBTU’s Construction Stewards’ Forum on Wednesday, October 19 from 5 pm to 8 pm via Zoom. Get great tips on how to be a steward from some of the best. This training will be led by Pat Walsh from Laborers Local 223.

To register, contact John Sweeney at jsweeneylocal534@gmail.com or contact Dan McNulty at dan@massbuildingtrades.org for more information.

In Memory of Nasahn Davis

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In September, we lost our beloved brother, friend, and Local 534 apprentice, Nasahn Davis. His obituary has been posted, and you can read it here.

There will be a funeral service for Nasahn this Thursday, October 6th, at 10 am at Carver Den Auditorium. More information on the service can be found here.

We want to take this time to remember our friend and his family and offer our condolences.

Modern Assistance is also available to all members, with dedicated councilors ready to take calls or visits for anyone who would like help during this troubling time.

Rally for Maura Healey on September 24

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Thanks to your support, Maura Healey won the primary for Governor of Massachusetts with more than 80% of the vote. But we’re not done yet.

Join us this Saturday as we get fired up for November and knock doors for Maura Healey for Governor. There will be a rally and canvass to kick off Maura’s post-primary campaign on September 24 at IBEW Local 103 (256 Freeport St 1 Boston, MA 02122) from 9:30 am to 1 pm. Make sure to RSVP here: www.mobilize.us/maurahealey/event/493749

The general election is right around the corner, and the clock is ticking to elect a governor who stands up for unions and the working people we represent. As Attorney General, Maura fought against wage theft and worker misclassification. She has our backs, so let’s have hers.

See You at the MBTU Futures September Meeting

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Calling all Local 534 apprentices!

Make the most of your apprenticeship and join us for the MBTU Futures meeting on Wednesday, September 21, 2022, from 4-6 pm, at Insulators Local 6 (303 Freeport St. Boston, MA).

Rick Rothwell, training director of Insulators Local 6, and JATC Training Instructors will be there to provide their insight on apprenticeships and answer your questions.

All union members are welcome and encouraged to come. See you there.

Register Now for Women Build Boston Conference

Calling all female plasterers and cement masons in New England!

Registration is now open for the first-ever Women Build Boston Conference on Saturday, October 8, 2022, at Encore Boston Harbor.

Whether you are an apprentice or an experienced journeyperson, Women Build Boston will provide networking, learning, and leadership development opportunities for all attendees. Don’t miss out and tell a trades sister!

To learn more, visit WomenBuildBoston.com.

Contact John Sweeney at 617-750-3353 or jsweeneylocal534@gmail.com for tickets.

Local 534 Announces Endorsements for September 6 Primary

Local 534 is proud to announce its list of endorsed candidates for the 2022 primary election. These 24 candidates, running for office at all levels of government, have earned Local 534’s endorsement through their strong individual records of fighting for workers’ rights.

“Each and every one of these candidates have proven themselves as champions for working people in Massachusetts and Maine. From Governor to school committee, they will fight to rebuild the middle class and protect workers’ rights,” said Business Manager and Financial Secretary-Treasurer John Sweeney. “We’re proud to stand by these leaders and their pro-labor policies. Local 534 is confident they will ensure the rights of workers.”

Local 534 represents hundreds of skilled and licensed craftspeople across New England. We applaud these candidates’ commitment to prioritizing the needs of working people and their recognition of the vital service our members provide to the communities that rely on us.

Massachusetts
Governor
Maura Healy

Lieutenant Governor
Kim Driscoll

Attorney General
Shannon Liss-Riordan

State Auditor
Diana DiZoglio

Secretary of State
Tanisha Sullivan

Treasurer
Deb Goldberg

Congress
Jim McGovern

State Senate
Lydia Edwards
Paul Feeney
Sydney Levin-Epstein
Paul Mark

State House
Pete Capano
Kate Lipper Garabedian
Jessica Ann Giannino
Kevin Honan
Roxanne Longoria
Ronald Mariano
Steve Teehan

Boston City Council
Gabriela “Gigi” Colleta
Michael Flaherty
Erin Murphy

Framingham City Council
Philip Ottaviani

Quincy School Committee
Kathy Hubley

Maine
Governor
Janet Mills