On Friday May 17th we were able to gather a wonderful group of Local 1421 Volunteers to go down to @rosies_place and help to prepare and serve meals to those in need. Rosie’s place is a caring sanctuary for women struggling with low income, as well as housing-deprived women , located in Boston’s South End. Their mission is to provide a safe and nurturing environment that helps them maintain their dignity, seek opportunity, and find security in their lives. It was our pleasure to assist such a great establishment. We hope to work with them again in the near future. Thank you so much for the volunteers that showed up and made a difference. If you would like to volunteer with us in the future, come to our monthly meetings that are held on the first Wednesday of every month and ask your local how you can contribute to your community. ALONE WE CAN DO SO LITTLE, TOGETHER WE CAN DO SO MUCH. ✊🏽✊✊🏿✊🏾✊🏼


Local 1421:
Effective January 1, 2024 we have been instructed to raise the dues to $42.00 per month. 
If you have paid your dues for part or all of 2024 you will be short $1.00 per month. 
Please call us/COME IN TO THE OFFICE DURING BUSINESS HOURS so we can make the appropriate changes
~Jim McCue 
978-640-9010  : ext 1 for Spanish Assistance , ext 2 for english/office manager, ext 4 English/Bookkeeper

Founded in 1939 as a specialty local union, the Building Wreckers Local 1421 has been dedicated to providing the demolition industry with skilled, professional laborers for over 80 years. This Union is the last building wreckers’ local standing. Our laborers are proficient in all aspects of demolition, while incorporating decades of experience and training.

Local 1421 has a state wide agreement and has been working together with all its brother locals across the state to meet the needs of our contractors. Local 1421 is grateful to be a member of the Laborer's International Union of North America. Due to the dedication and foresight of our great leaders at LIUNA, Local 1421 remains committed to clearing the path for progress since 1939.


A key component of demo was and still is salvage.  Brick, lumber steel and mechanical systems were in short supply and demand was great.  The work was very labor intensive.  Buildings and all other structures were literally taken apart by hand with little machinery involved.  The important tools of the trade were the shovel, wheelbarrow, wrecking adze, acetylene torch and sledge hammer.  These tools are still in use today.

After WWII, building material was still in short supply, mainly because government rationing was still in effect.  This meant that the industry prospered and the members of Local 1421 had relatively steady work.

At the end of Korean War, the era of urban renewal was upon us.  Whole neighborhoods in most of the major cities in Massachusetts were demolished with Local 1421 doing the lion’s share of Laborers’ work.  As the years rolled by, Local 1421, in conjunction with The New England Regional Office and The Massachusetts Laborers’ District Council, had the foresight to capture so called the “new” work jurisdiction of asbestos abatement and environmental remediation.  The work was always there but it took government regulations and intervention to start the clean-up of America.  Legislation backed by organized labor on the state and national level was the catalyst for bringing this type of work under the umbrella of prevailing wage.

A prime example of the man hours this type of work can generate was that of the clean- up at the Watertown Arsenal on the banks of the Charles River in Watertown Mass.  In 1990, over 300 laborers were involved in the decontamination and removal of a nuclear reactor building, all affected machinery and mechanical system.

The Officers and rank-and-file members of Local 1421 are justifiably proud of their accomplishments and their relationships with The New England Regional Office, The Mass. Laborers’ District Council and their fellow Laborers’ locals.  Solidarity, team play and pride in union membership have always been watchwords passed down from Business Managers to the present.  Current President / Business Manager James McCue has seen to it that these values are still present and stronger than ever.  He envisions an even stronger role in the industry by laborers.

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If you need any assistance please call (978)640-9010 we are here 8am-4pm Monday through Friday, closed 12:30-1:30 for lunch. To pay your dues use ext. 1,2, or 4. To schedule a class or be placed on a waitlist ext. 5 ask for Ashley, to speak to office manager Nancy ext. 2. or call 781-254-9110. 

Additional contacts:

Nick Santoro Field Rep. 617-877-3661 and Jim McCue Business Manager/President 781-526-4104. 


FOLLOW THE INSTRUCTIONS ON OUR WEBSITE TO DOWNLOAD THE APP TO PAY YOUR DUES ONLINE: 

https://www.local1421.org/pay-your-dues-online.html  

PLEASE CONTINUE CHECKING OUR WEBSITE FOR ANY UPDATES,

Thank you so much for all of your patience during these confusing times, we will come out of this stronger than ever!

-Staff at Local 1421


Si necesita ayuda, llame al (978)640-9010, estamos aquí de 8 am a 4 pm de Lunes a Viernes, cerrado de 12: 30-1: 30 para el almuerzo. Para pagar sus cuotas use la ext. 1, 2, o 4 . Para programar una clase o ser colocado en lista de espera use la ext. 5 y pregunte por Ashley. Para hablar con la encargada de la oficina Nancy, use la ext. 2 o llame al 781-254-9110. 

Contactos adicionales:

Nick Santoro Field Rep. 617-877-3661 and Jim McCue Business Manager/President 781-526-4104. 


SIGA LAS INSTRUCCIONES EN NUESTRO SITIO WEB PARA DESCARGAR LA APLICACIÓN SI DESEA PAGAR SUS CUOTAS EN LINEA:

https://www.local1421.org/pay-your-dues-online--spanish.html

CONTINÚE VERIFICANDO NUESTRO SITIO WEB PARA CUALQUIER ACTUALIZACIÓN. 

¡Muchas gracias por toda su paciencia durante estos tiempos confusos, saldremos de esto más fuertes que nunca! Gracias
 -Personal de la Local 1421

MONTHLY UNION MEETING 

NEXT MONTHLY MEETING DATE: WEDNESDAY JUNE 5, 2024 @ 6PM WILL BE HELD AT 20 CARTER STREET.

NOW THAT COVID RESTRICTIONS HAVE BEEN LIFTED WE CAN RESUME REGULAR MONTHLY MEETINGS AND MASKS WILL BE OPTIONAL.


REUNIÓN SINDICAL MENSUAL

PRÓXIMA FECHA DE REUNIÓN MENSUAL:  MIÉRCOLES 5 JUNIO DE 2024 A LAS 6PM SERA EN 20 CARTER ST.
AHORA QUE SE HAN LEVANTADO LAS RESTRICCIONES DE COVID, PODEMOS REGRESAR A NUESTRAS REUNIONES MENSUALES REGULARES, POR AHORA EL USO DE UNA MASCARILLA SERÁ OPCIONAL.













Actualiza tu información de pago automático.  Local 1421 ha actualizado su servicio de procesamiento de pagos. Inicie sesión en la aplicación web para actualizar la información de su tarjeta de crédito o haga clic aquí para actualizar: https://mtp.local1421.org/MTPweb

Defending the dignity of work is the right thing to do. LIUNA cares about all workers, union and nonunion, because LIUNA values are community values.
If you’re feeling inspired to give back by fighting back, it’s time to join Laborers Rising, a new initiative by your union that lets you get involved. Find out more at www.LaborersRising.org

^Until the above links are working, please contact Local 1421 Office Manager Nancy Troy to join

978-640-9010 ext 2 for office manager

And, watch: In the Know: LIUNA Cares.

Watch through to the end to see Local 1421 contributing

It is with great sadness that we inform you of the passing of longtime Local 1421 Building Wrecker John Bagen . John died peacefully on Friday May 17, 2024 at the age of 93 surrounded by his loving family in the comfort of his home. He has been a cherished and valued member of our Union for over 70 years joining us in 1953, and he will be greatly missed.
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John was the loving grandfather of seventeen, great grandfather of twenty, and great-great grandfather of one. Please keep John’s family and loved ones in your thoughts as they go through this difficult time.
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John’s services will be A Mass of Christian Burial and will be celebrated in Saint Joseph Church, 550 Washington Street, Quincy, on Wednesday, May 29, at 10 a.m. Relatives and friends are invited to attend.
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Visiting Hours will be held at the Dolan Funeral Home, 460 Granite Avenue, East Milton, on Tuesday, May 28, from 4 – 7 p.m. Interment, with military honors, at Blue Hill Cemetery, Braintree.
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For those who wish, donations in John’s memory may be made to St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital, 501 St. Jude Place, Memphis, TN 38105 or to Ashes to Honor by Veterans Collaborative at www.ashestohonor.org

Please update your auto pay information.  Local 1421 has upgraded its payment processing service. Please log in to the web app to update your credit card information, or click here to update: https://mtp.local1421.org/MTPweb



Support Project Labor Agreements Building Trades Unions need your help to get more Project Labor Agreements in Massachusetts. Fill in your address now and it will send a letter to your representative and senator.


As of today, 3/28, we are officially launching an email letter blitz of the statehouse to pass our Project Labor Agreement Bill.
If a member scans this QR code on their phone and enter their address, they can have a pre-made letter sent to their rep and senator in under 30 seconds.


or click the link below to go directly 

CLICK HERE


One of the many benefits you have from being a Union Member and Laborer is access to training through NELTA, the New England Laborers Training Academy. They provide training that is available for our members at no cost to you! Do you need a refresher for Hazardous Waste OR Asbestos? We are booking both of those classes right now in both Spanish and English. Interested in getting your 2A/1C to operate a bobcat on the jobsite? Contact the hall to be placed on the waitlist for the next soonest date . If you are not working right now, NOW is the time to take all the trainings available to you. The more licenses and certs that you have in good standing, the more job opportunities will open up for you. Contact the hall with any questions, and see what we have available for training through NELTA for all locations : Hopkinton MA, Pomfret CT, & Tewksbury MA . Call 978-640-9010 ext 1 for Spanish, ext 5 for English training assistance. If you are not working make sure you have called the hall to be placed on the Out of Work List, and ask how you can sign up for classes.

Classes listed on our website. 

https://www.local1421.org/trainings.html



What basic rights should EVERY LABORER have on the job? While the original United States Bill of Rights outlined the basic freedoms every American has, our union bargaining agreements ensure our workplace rights; from wages and working conditions to safety. 
What rights do we still need to fight for? What basic rights should everyone have on the job site -

like water and rest breaks - that may not be available to non-union Laborers?
At our monthly meeting we talked about basic rights that members of non-union companies may not have and our list consisted of the following:
Overtime Pay, Contractual Holidays, PLA, Safety Regs, Health care, Representation, Retirement Plans, Better Wages and training.

CLICK HERE
Please share your thoughts by clicking on the link above
Jim McCue



Mientras el origen de los derechos constitucionales de los Estados Unidos se indica de las libertades básica que todos los americanos tienes,

Nuestra unión a estado
Si bien la Carta de Derechos de los Estados Unidos original esbozó las libertades básicas que tiene cada estadounidense, nuestros acuerdos de negociación sindical garantizan nuestros derechos en el lugar de trabajo; desde los salarios y las condiciones de trabajo hasta la seguridad.
¿Por qué derechos todavía tenemos que luchar? ¿Qué derechos básicos debería tener todo el mundo en el lugar de trabajo -

como las pausas de agua y descanso - que pueden no estar disponibles para los trabajadores no sindicalizados?
En nuestra reunión mensual hablamos sobre los derechos básicos que los miembros de compañías no sindicales pueden no tener y nuestra lista consistió en lo siguiente: Pago de horas extras, días festivos contractuales, PLA, Regs de seguridad, atención médica, representación, planes de jubilación, mejores salarios y capacitación.
CLICK HERE
Por favor, comparta sus pensamientos haciendo clic en el enlace de arriba

Building Wreckers Local 1421