PROFITABILITY: Driving Project and Company-Wide Profits

December 7, 2021 | 8:00 a.m. – 3:00 p.m.

Instructor: Gregg Schoppman, Partner, FMI



Sexual Harassment in the Workplace 101: All Staff Training

December 15, 2021 | 10:00 a.m. - 1:00 p.m.

Instructor: Alison Caton, Acting Director of Training, MCAD



Day 1: Managing Projects

December 16, 2022 | 12:00 p.m. - 9:00 p.m.

Day 2: Managing People

December 17, 2022 | 6:30 a.m. - 11:30 a.m.

Instructor: Kevin L. Dougherty, Consultant, Speaker, Author



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Work is rapidly progressing on what will become one of Boston’s tallest towers. The 53-story Winthrop Center will also be home to what Millennium bills as the largest Passive House office in the world. 

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Construction has started on the first phase of South Boston’s Washington Village, a long-envisioned 1 million-square-foot mixed-use development on five acres near the MBTA Red Line Andrew Station.

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Cabot, Cabot & Forbes has filed plans for a redevelopment of an industrial property along Cambridge's busy Fawcett Street corridor. The project features a four-story lab development containing 57,434 square feet of life science research space.

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New Building Codes Affect Roofing

System Installation 

The International Code Council (ICC) released new versions of its energy conservation, plumbing and residential codes, which contain provisions related to roofing. As jurisdictions begin the process of updating their codes, you should be aware of the roofing-related changes incorporated into the 2021 I-Codes and have a copy of the applicable codes on hand.

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Two Groups Issue Standards for

Off-Site Construction

The ICC and the Modular Building Institute (MBI) have issued new standards aimed at global consistency in regulation of off-site construction processes. "The standards are also part of our commitment to encourage affordability - in this case by lowering the regulatory barriers to trade - those off-site products often face by having to navigate a patchwork of regional regulations," says ICC CEO Dominic Sims.

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BTEA Northeast Proud Supporter of

the Ireland Funds the Boston Gala

On Tuesday, November 16, BTEA Northeast supported and attended The Ireland Funds 40th Annual Boston Gala. The Boston Gala is one of the largest of The Ireland Funds’ international events and over $1.3 million was raised during the night to support outstanding charitable causes within the Boston community and across the island of Ireland.

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Construction temporarily halted on

$1B transmission line

The developer of a $1 billion electric transmission line is suspending construction at the request of Maine’s governor after she certified election results Friday in which residents firmly opposed the project. Funded by Massachusetts ratepayers, the project would supply up to 1,200 megawatts of Canadian hydropower to the New England power grid.

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A recent Boston Globe article reported over 100,000 Americans dies of drug overdoses as the pandemic spread nationwide surpassing the toll of gun violence and car accidents combined.

BTEA Northeast has taken the lead in bringing attention to the crisis, especially as it has greatly impacted the construction industry. A recent ENR article made the opioid crisis front page news.


BTEA Northeast will launch its Second Annual Recovery Week beginning April 25, 2022. The program will include a national stand down at jobs sites across the country as well as a full program that includes prevention training, educational sessions from nationally recognized experts and featured speakers on recovery for builders and construction unions in order to prevent increased fatalities from substance abuse in the industry.


Watch BTEA Northeast’s Recovery Week Highlights from 2019 here. Stay tuned for more information. 


Biden signs infrastructure bill, promoting benefits for Americans

President Biden signed a $1 trillion infrastructure bill into law, a bipartisan victory that will pour billions into the nation’s roads, ports and power lines. While the bill stopped short of realizing his full-scale ambitions for overhauling America’s transportation and energy systems, Mr. Biden pointed to it as evidence that lawmakers could work across party lines to solve problems in Washington.

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Massachusetts Withdraws from Transportation Climate Initiative

Governor Charlie Baker has pulled the plug on a regional climate initiative that would have capped tailpipe emissions and was projected to hike gas prices at a time of record inflation, admitting the multi state-deal is “no longer the best solution.” 

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Amtrak plans

15-year upgrade for Northeast Corridor

One hundred fifty projects are planned under a 15-year, $117 billion upgrade of Amtrak's Northeast Corridor running from Boston to Washington, D.C. The Connect 2035 program will include new stations and a renovation as well as transit improvements and a 2-mile-long replacement for the B&P Tunnel to expedite train passage.

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Construction groups are suing over OSHA’s new vaccine rule.

The groups say the rule forces employees to choose between their jobs and getting vaccinated, and would ultimately force many workers to quit large firms to take jobs at smaller construction companies.

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The DOJ has

asked the courts

to reinstate

the DOJ rule

The Department of Justice has asked the 6th US Circuit Court of Appeals to lift a court order issued earlier this month that blocks the Biden administration's COVID-19 vaccine requirement for businesses with at least 100 workers.

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Gov. Charlie Baker, Lt. Karyn Polito say they won't run for Governor in 2022

Both Governor Charlie Baker, a two-term Republican who at his peak was one of the most popular governors in the country, and Lt. Gov. Karyn Polito, who was widely considered to be the heir to the Baker political legacy, announced that they will not run in 2022.

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COVID-19 Vaccination Records Now In TRAIN

The United Brotherhood of Carpenters (UBC) launched an online portal to upload proof of COVID-19 Vaccinations through Training Verification Cards. Members can upload their vaccination card from the UBC mobile app or right from their TVC Card.

Learn How to Upload Your Card Here!

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DOL proposal would eliminate Trump-era apprenticeship program

The U.S. Department of Labor said it was moving to eliminate a Trump-era program that allowed businesses and trade groups to create and oversee their own apprenticeships, which many Democrats and unions claimed was unlawful and ripe for abuse.

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PBGC Releases FY 2021 Annual Report

The Pension Benefit Guaranty Corporation (PBGC) today released its Fiscal Year (FY) 2021 Annual Report. The Multiemployer Insurance Program’s positive net position of $481 million at the end of FY 2021 is in sharp contrast to the agency’s deep deficit of $63.7 billion at the end of FY 2020, a dramatic improvement of $64.2 billion. 

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Vaccine Policy Templates for

Signatory Contractors

As COVID-19 vaccines become more readily available, some employers are considering vaccine policies to help their businesses and workplace to slowly return to normal

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How good are you at business building?

A new way to score your ability to scale

new ventures


Why do so many great ideas just fail to take off? For all the importance of business building — it’s a top three priority for 52 percent of companies, up from 30 percent two years ago — companies struggle mightily to get a good idea over the hump so that it becomes a big-time success.

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Four Ways Veterans' Skills Benefit the Construction Industry


The construction industry is a major contributor to the U.S. economy, employing more than 7 million people and creating nearly $1.3 trillion worth of structures annually. An impressive portion of these employees have a military background—in fact, roughly 15.5% of all U.S. veterans will enter the construction industry at some point in their careers, according to PlanGrid’s Construction Productivity blog.

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De-Risk Construction Bids

Bidding for a major construction project is a huge commitment—the larger the project, the greater the exposure to risk. Companies capable of delivering on time and on budget can profit immensely, but missed milestones can quickly add up in the form of liquidated damages that eat into profits, and leave a project deep in the red. 

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The Building Trades Employers’ Association Northeast is the leading voice for the union building trades contractor throughout the New England region. The BTEA encompasses seven different area trade associations that employ tradespeople from several different local building trades unions. 

For the past century, the BTEA has made a positive impact on the construction industry. Our members have enjoyed positive working relationships with the various trade unions and national associations that we work with on a daily basis. Our goal is to maintain a positive environment in which contractors and tradespeople can enjoy health and prosperity within the construction industry.

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