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Launch of Massachusetts Building Trades Recovery Council

Brothers and Sisters,

We know that as union members, we support each other and will always be there for a member in need. Unions lead the way in connecting construction workers with counseling, treatment, and peer support, all free of charge, for those struggling with addiction. Yesterday U.S. Labor Secretary Walsh helped launch the newly-created Massachusetts Building Trades Recovery Council, and we are proud our union is a part of this effort. 

“As a former construction worker and someone in long-term recovery, I am grateful to my partners and friends at the Massachusetts Building Trades Council for taking their support for recovery to the next level. This report and these new initiatives will help countless workers get access to recovery services, reduce the stigma that prevents people from getting help, and advance our fight to end the epidemic of addiction that impacts every part of our country,” stated Walsh.

The Council will bring together a number of initiatives that unions affiliated with the Massachusetts Building Trades Council have been leading in an effort to reduce the stigma endured by those who are struggling with addiction, and to support their recovery efforts.

This statewide public education campaign will promote a wide range of resources and includes a recent report conducted on union peer-to-peer programs. Through a newly created online resource, members will be able to easily connect with their union’s recovery coordinator, supports, and regular meetings.

Please share these resources — together we are strong and will keep supporting each other during the tough times.

In Solidarity,

Michael Hess
Business Manager

William P. Hurley
Financial Secretary/Treasurer

Daniel McWilliams