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 Business Manager Thomas C. Troy Jr. 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.
NEXT MONTHLY MEETING DATE: WEDNESDAY FEBRUARY 3, 2021 @ 6PM VIA ZOOM
All monthly meetings are held the first Wednesday of each month, normally at Local 1421: 20 Carter St. REAR Tewksbury, MA 01876. Due to COVID-19, until further notice, the monthly meeting will be held virtually the first Wednesday of every month @ 6:00pm via zoom
(no one will be at the office), unless otherwise noted.
-To dial in you must have the zoom app installed on your phone or computer
-Once that is installed, choose "JOIN THE MEETING" and you will need this Personal meeting ID: 636 325 2470
-Please accept the use of speakers and video in order to participate.
This link will ask you to download the zoom app and walk you through the process.
PRÓXIMA FECHA DE REUNIÓN MENSUAL: MIÉRCOLES 3 DE FEBRERO DE 2021 A LAS 6PM VIA ZOOM
Todas las reuniones mensuales se llevan a cabo el primer miércoles de cada mes, normalmente en el Local 1421: 20 Carter St. REAR Tewksbury, MA 01876. Debido a COVID-19, hasta nuevo aviso, la reunión mensual se llevará a cabo prácticamente el primer miércoles de cada mes. @ 6:00 pm mediante zoom (nadie estará en la oficina), a menos que se indique lo contrario.
-Para marcar debe tener la aplicación de zoom instalada en su teléfono o computadora
-Una vez que esté instalado, elija "UNIRSE A LA REUNIÓN" y necesitará este ID de reunión personal: 636325 2470
-Acepta el uso de altavoces y video para participar.
Este enlace le pedirá que descargue la aplicación de zoom y lo guiará a través del proceso.
Mayor Marty Walsh with Glenn Troy in solidarity during opioid awareness week.
El alcalde Marty Walsh con Glenn Troy en solidaridad durante la semana de concientización sobre los opioides.
Traducción al español: Uno de los nuestros, Marty Walsh, fue elegido por el presidente electo Joe Biden para unirse a él en Washington, donde será el nuevo Secretario de Trabajo de los Estados Unidos. Marty es un miembro de segunda generación del Sindicato Local de Obreros 223 que paga cuotas y lleva una tarjeta. Siendo miembro de un sindicato, se trata de la clase trabajadora, los trabajadores sindicales y los salarios justos. Estamos muy orgullosos de ser amigos de Marty Walsh y le deseamos lo mejor en este nuevo capítulo.
We have re-opened here at Local 1421 both in Office and in our Training Center, located at 20 Carter Street REAR, Tewksbury, MA 01876. 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, 3 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: James Mccue Secretary Treasurer/Field Rep. 781-526-4104 , Chuck Repetto Recording Secretary / Field Rep. 617-877-3661 , and Tom Troy Business Manager/President 617-594-7708.
FOLLOW THE INSTRUCTIONS ON OUR WEBSITE TO DOWNLOAD THE APP TO PAY YOUR DUES ONLINE:
Hemos reabierto aquí en la Local 1421 tanto en la oficina como en nuestro Centro de capacitación, ubicado en 20 Carter Street parte tracera del edificio Tewksbury, MA 01876. 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, 3 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: James McCue Tesorero / Representante de campo 781-526-4104, Secretario de registro de Chuck Repetto / Representante de campo 617-877-3661 y Tom Troy Gerente comercial / Presidente 617-594-7708.
SIGA LAS INSTRUCCIONES EN NUESTRO SITIO WEB PARA DESCARGAR LA APLICACIÓN SI DESEA PAGAR SUS CUOTAS EN LINEA:
One of our own, Marty Walsh, was chosen by President-elect Joe Biden to join him in Washington where he will be the new U.S. Secretary of Labor . Marty is a dues-paying, card-carrying, second-generation member of Laborers' Local Union 223. Being a union member he is all about the working class people, union workers & fair wages. We are very proud to be friends with Marty Walsh and wish him the best in this new chapter.