Local 7 Retiree Association Donates $8,000 to Boston Higashi School

Brothers and Sisters,

This week, the Local 7 Retiree Association was pleased to donate over $8,000, raised from this year’s golf tournament, to the Boston Higashi School for Autistic Children.

Autism, or autism spectrum disorder (ASD), refers to a broad range of conditions characterized by challenges with social skills, repetitive behaviors, speech, and nonverbal communication. According to the CDC, autism affects an estimated 1 in 44 children in the United States.

The Boston Higashi School’s mission is to help children and young adults with ASD learn to reach their full potential by providing a broad curriculum that includes academics, art, music, physical education, technology, and social education.

We thank you for your donations this year and for your ongoing dedication to our community!


In Solidarity,

Michael Hess
Business Manager

Mike Doucette
Financial Secretary/Treasurer

Tom Pecoraro
President

Massachusetts-based scholarship applications are now open!

Brothers and Sisters,

Local 7 is committed to giving back to our communities and supporting the next generation through educational opportunities. In partnership with the Massachusetts AFL-CIO, our union is pleased to award scholarships to the hardworking high school seniors of Local 7 members.

If you are an active Local 7 member and a parent or legal guardian of a high school senior hoping to further their education, don’t miss out on these exciting scholarship opportunities!

Annual AFL-CIO Scholarship and Labor Education Program
The Massachusetts AFL-CIO has announced its 65th Annual AFL-CIO Scholarship and Labor Education Program which administers half a million dollars of scholarship awards on behalf of unions and labor councils throughout the state. Individual awards range from $500 to $16,000 and we encourage any Massachusetts high school senior whose parent or legal guardian is in good standing with Local 7 to apply today.

In order to be eligible, students must be a senior in high school and take the Labor History Exam. Students should register for the scholarship exam by Friday, December 16, 2022. Between February 6, 2023 – February 10, 2023, the scholarship exam will be administered at high schools across Massachusetts. 

To learn more about this opportunity, visit the Massachusetts AFL-CIO website.

2023 Local 7 Memorial Scholarship
The 2023 Local 7 Memorial Scholarship awards three four-year and 16 one-year scholarships, for a potential total of $68,000, to seniors who successfully take the AFL-CIO exam.

In order to be eligible, the student’s parent or legal guardian must be a Local 7 member of good standing. In addition, students must submit a letter to the Local 7 Scholarship Committee stating their interest in taking the AFL-CIO Exam. Please note that winners are selected through an external process by the Massachusetts AFL-CIO.

For further information regarding this opportunity, please view this form.

Best of luck to this year’s applicants!


In Solidarity,

Michael Hess
Business Manager

Mike Doucette
Financial Secretary/Treasurer

Tom Pecoraro
President

Join us for the Local 7 Children’s Holiday Party

Dear members,

This holiday season, join your union brothers, sisters, and families for a holiday celebration complete with gift-giving and festivities!

Local 7 Children’s Holiday Party
WHEN: Saturday, December 3 from 10 a.m. — 2 p.m.
WHERE: Local 7 Union Hall, 195 Old Colony Avenue, South Boston, MA, 02127

In order to ensure a gift will be available for every child, please email Linda Walker at lwalker@iwlocal7.org or fill out this form with the ages and number of children who will be attending with you. The age limit for gift cards is 9 years old and children must be present to receive their gift. For more information, please view this flyer

We hope to see you and your families there to celebrate the holiday season together!

 

In Solidarity,

Michael Hess
Business Manager

Mike Doucette
Financial Secretary/Treasurer

Tom Pecoraro
President

Job Site Feature: 201 Federal Street

Brothers and Sisters,

Last week, Local 7 was proud to attend the topping-off ceremony at 201 Federal Street in Portland, Maine.

Once finalized, 201 Federal Street will feature 263 apartments, a fitness room, an office suite, and a 1,500-SF sky lounge on the top floor overlooking the Atlantic Ocean. The complex will also feature a small plaza and a 3,000-SF shared working lounge.

Thank you to our talented members for your professionalism, skill and expertise in bringing this site to reality. For years to come, the people of downtown Portland will have the opportunity to live and thrive in this community.


In Solidarity,

Michael Hess
Business Manager

Mike Doucette
Financial Secretary/Treasurer

Tom Pecoraro
President

Highlighting last week’s SteelDay success!

Brothers and Sisters,

On Friday, Local 7 was proud to host a SteelDay event in collaboration with the American Institute of Steel Construction (AISC) to highlight and teach the advantages of structural steel.
 
Attendees had the opportunity to experience a variety of different training stations including welding, flame-cutting, rigging a beam, and climbing a column to allow them to experience what an iron worker does on a daily basis.
In addition, participants learned how to make the most of IMPACT and AISC resources on future projects.

Thank you to everyone who participated and attended to highlight to work of our industry.
 

In Solidarity,

Michael Hess
Business Manager

Mike Doucette
Financial Secretary/Treasurer

Tom Pecoraro
President

Local 7 at Women Build Boston

Brothers and Sisters,

Local 7 is proud to highlight our union sisters and allies who joined over 700 women in the building trades across New England for the first-ever Women Build Boston conference last weekend.

Together, we heard from U.S. Secretary of Labor Marty Walsh, Attorney General of Massachusetts and Democratic nominee for Governor, Maura Healey, and labor leaders across industries including Local 7’s own Gayann Wilkinson.

Thank you to everyone who participated and to all of the tradeswomen paving the way for the next generation.
 

In Solidarity,

Michael Hess
Business Manager

Mike Doucette
Financial Secretary/Treasurer

Tom Pecoraro
President

The Outstanding Ironworker Apprentice Competition

Brothers and Sisters,
 
We are pleased to highlight the 2022 Outstanding Ironworker Apprentice Competition which featured Local 7’s very own third-year apprentice, Michael Prest.
 
Michael competed against 58 other iron workers from across the U.S. and Canada in this exciting international contest held at Local 24’s Training Center in Denver, Colorado.
In addition to a written exam with 100 questions, participants competed at the following stations: 
  • Architectural and Ornamental Contest
  • Architectural and Ornamental Mock-up Drawings
  • Column Climb Contest
  • Layout Instruments Contest
  • Rigging Contest
  • Rod Tying Contest
  • Burning-Welding Contest

Congratulations to all who participated, and thank you to those who made this exciting competition possible. A special congratulations to Michael Prest for representing our Local with pride, skill, and professionalism! 

 

In Solidarity,

Michael Hess
Business Manager

Mike Doucette
Financial Secretary/Treasurer

Tom Pecoraro 
President

Read Brother Frank Murray’s Op-ed on the Power of Unions

Brothers and Sisters,

Here at Local 7, we are proud to be leaders in our industry and to demand better benefits, pay, and workplace conditions for all of our members while we build the future of our Commonwealth and our communities.

Recently, our union brother Frank Murray was featured in The Dorchester Reporter sharing his experience as a Local 7 member and the difference being part of a union has made in his life. We are proud of all of our members and our belief that unions are vital to growing a strong middle class where all work is valued and rewarded. Congratulations to Frank Murray on all of his accomplishments with Local 7 and beyond!

You can read the full op-ed below!

I’m ‘Living Proof’ of the Power of Unions 

By Frank Murray – Special to the Reporter

 Along with learning math, science, and other disciplines at the kitchen table, I learned the benefits of being a union member. My grandfathers were Teamsters Local 25, my father was a union laborer, and my uncle is a union gas worker. Being part of a union gave them job security, fair pay, and high-quality health care, and helped anchor our family in the middle class. As a member of Iron Workers Local 7, I too have a voice on the job to negotiate better wages, benefits and working conditions.

On average, union workers’ wages are 11.2 percent higher than those who are not in unions. And 96 percent of us union workers have employer-provided health care, compared to just 69 percent of the non-union workforce. With so many companies outsourcing, hiring gig workers, and failing to provide career stability, the fastest way to financial independence and the middle class in this country is to join together in unions.

I’m living proof of that.

I attended Shawsheen Valley Technical School in Billerica and after graduation, I was mentored by a family friend, Tom Ward, who was a lifelong member of Iron Workers Local 7 in Boston. Tom guided me through the apprenticeship application process and remains a mentor to me today. 

Nine years ago, as an apprentice, I was assigned my first job, working on the construction of One Seaport, a one-million-square-foot residential and retail development that includes two 20-plus story towers with apartments, restaurants, nightclubs, and other amenities. We all drive by the cranes and the massive towers going up across Boston every day, but to be able to work on a project of that size and scope as I started my career was incredibly gratifying and educational.

The members of Local 7 took me under their wings as I began working on that job, amazed at the magnitude of the development and the skills and professionalism of my fellow union members. Safety, I learned, was always a top priority.

Right from the start, I was paired with professional and experienced men and women who taught me the trade and safety protocols, such as the importance of working in pairs, avoiding weak floors and openings, fall protection measures, and other job site precautions.

I’ve since worked on several major projects and am currently on the construction of a new 51-story tower over South Station. Just like those who came before me and helped me, now it’s my job to help the new apprentices stay safe and perform at the highest level while working on these massive buildings. Luckily, Local 7 provides plenty of training opportunities for us to stay up to date with the latest equipment and industry standards.

I have great pride in the work we do. The structures we build we put together from the rebar that goes deep into the earth right to the very tip of each building. There’s nothing quite like a topping-off ceremony on a building that you’ve spent months or years of your life working on.

Local 7 provides me the financial security I need as I start to build my life and my family. I recently purchased my first home, in Charlestown, and have my first child on the way.

Being able to buy a home in the city where I work is elusive for too many people my age, but it is possible with union wages and benefits. The opportunities I’ve received with Local 7 have opened so many doors and allowed me to join the middle class in Boston and live in the city that I love so much.

I’ve also made lifelong friendships and have great camaraderie with my brothers and sisters. We are dedicated to improving our communities. I’ve joined with several colleagues to form a coalition of young members called the Local 7 Next Committee, and we are committed to bettering our neighborhoods and participating in civic events to improve the lives of those around us. We’ve made school supply donations, raised money for veterans, and organized food drives for workers impacted by Covid-19. 

The world has changed a lot since my father and grandfathers worked in the unions. But I’ve seen firsthand how, if we all work together, our unions can not only build a better Boston while on the clock, but we also can live here and make the city a better place every day.

Frank Murray is a member of Iron Workers Local 7.

In Solidarity,

Michael Hess
Business Manager

Mike Doucette
Financial Secretary/Treasurer

Tom Pecoraro 
President

Local 7 Members Honor Sam “Goodie” Patrick at Heart Walk

Brothers and Sisters,

We’re proud to highlight Local 7’s Ironworkers for Equal Rights and Advocacy (IERA) Committee members, who walked in honor of our late Local 7 Brother Sam “Goodie” Patrick at last weekend’s American Heart Association Heart Walk. 

Sam’s Soldiers raised money for lifesaving research and programs while celebrating Sam’s memory. The American Heart Association Heart Walk is an annual fundraiser that supports heart disease, pediatric heart disease, and stroke research. In addition, the walk allows attendees to share their stories of survival and honor their loved ones. Together, participants join more than a million people in more than 300 cities across America to stand up against heart disease and help save lives.

Thank you and congratulations to everyone who participated! To make a donation, please visit this link.

If you would like to learn more about the ERA or get involved in future initiatives, email iw7era@gmail.com or visit Ironworkers E.R.A on Facebook.

 

In Solidarity,

Michael Hess
Business Manager

Mike Doucette
Financial Secretary/Treasurer

Tom Pecoraro 
President

Local 7 in the News: UMass Medical School 

Brothers and Sisters,

We’re excited to highlight this feature of the recent topping-off ceremony of the UMass Chan Medical School, where Local 7 members have been hard at work. With 5,873 steel beams and columns locked into place, members should feel proud that their hard work will ensure that researchers and students will have a safe place to work and learn for years to come.

This 350,000-square-foot building will open in 2024 and will house research for a new generation of life-saving discoveries and other breakthroughs in the way of modern medicine.

Congratulations to all members involved in the project!

 

In Solidarity,

Michael Hess
Business Manager

Mike Doucette
Financial Secretary/Treasurer

Tom Pecoraro 
President