Suffolk Downs Development

Brothers and Sisters,

Our union is thrilled to celebrate the official groundbreaking of the Suffolk Downs development! This project is the largest private-sector Project Labor Agreement (PLA) ever signed in our region and will create good, family-sustaining jobs for union members for years to come.

Suffolk Downs will revitalize and connect the East Boston and Revere neighborhoods by transforming an underutilized parcel. It will create thousands of units of housing, including more than 900 much-needed affordable units, and six million square feet of retail, office, lab, hotel, and hospitality spaces. With a focus on connectivity and accessibility, this project will promote new economic development in our communities.

Thanks to this historic PLA, the Suffolk Downs project will be completely union-built and create 14,000 jobs across every sector of the building trades. In addition, this agreement sets strong standards for workers’ rights, training, safety, and wages and benefits and includes $1 million in new funding to support the Building Pathways pre-apprenticeship program.

We look forward to starting work on this exciting new project as we continue to advocate for responsible development throughout our jurisdiction.

In Solidarity,
Jim Lister
Business Manager/Financial Secretary

Local 6 Gives Back: New Resource Center for Veterans!

Brothers and Sisters,

As members of Insulators Local 6, we and our families are fortunate to enjoy hard-fought financial security and industry-leading healthcare and retirement benefits, in addition to strong workplace protections. That’s why we prioritize giving back to our community every chance we get. We’re proud to highlight some of our very own union brothers who recently donated their labor and time to build a first-of-its-kind business resource center for veterans in Boston’s seaport.

Innovets — a new workspace and startup incubator created by Massachusetts Fallen Heroes — will serve to connect Boston veterans and their families to a range of resources, including within the local tech and startup community in order to help them establish and grow their own businesses.

Several of our members spent 12 days working at the new business center in South Boston, helping to build a community room, offices, and washrooms. Local 6 was proud to partner with our signatory contractors — Urban Insulation, Atlantic Contracting and Specialties, and veteran-owned Axion Specialty Contracting — who donated labor and materials to ensure that the building was updated with state-of-the-art thermal insulation.

Thank you to all of our Local 6 members and signatory contractors who donated their time, energy, and expertise to support returning soldiers and their families for generations to come.

In Solidarity,

Jim Lister
Business Manager/Financial Secretary

From the Business Manager’s Desk: Mechanical insulation is critical in value engineering

Brothers and Sisters,

We can all see the commercial building boom in Boston and beyond is continuing. And yet, too often, contractors underestimate the importance of proper mechanical insulation in optimizing an investment. In short-sighted (so-called) “value engineering,” some may instead cut down on critical insulation for the sake of negligible savings during construction — a penny-wise, dollar-foolish miscalculation — neglecting to take into account the potentially serious, long-term cost and safety ramifications. We know that proper mechanical insulation can save commercial facilities up to billions of dollars annually.

You can read my full article here. While many may overlook the importance of insulation in favor of negligible savings, we continue to highlight the significance of insulation and our talented Local 6 members.

In Solidarity,

Jim Lister
Business Manager/Financial Secretary

It’s heating up! Stay safe.

Brothers and Sisters,

This time of the year, many of us are working in hot, humid conditions. It’s on all of us to make sure everyone gets home safe and sound. A heat emergency has been declared in the City of Boston from Tuesday, July 19 through Thursday, July 21.

Our CBA states that our contractors are responsible for providing drinking water on the job sites for their employees. If you’re a foreman, please make sure our brothers and sisters are safe and hydrated on the job.

Here are some of the other ways in which you can stay safe in the heat.
  • Take breaks in the shade
  • When possible, wear a hat and light-colored clothing
  • Wear sunblock and reapply often
  • Keep an eye on your coworkers
Heat exhaustion can come on quickly. Know the signs so you can act quickly in case someone needs help. Signs of heat exhaustion include heavy sweating; weakness; cold, pale, and clammy skin; fast, weak pulse; nausea or vomiting; and/or fainting.

Thank you for doing your part.

In Solidarity,

Jim Lister
Business Manager/Financial Secretary