Please note that we have recently added two new informative programs for November, and we encourage you to register. 

In case you missed our latest Talk from The Top: Thought Leadership Series, The New Business of Construction, we encourage you to watch the recording.

The informative session features diverse perspectives on the future of construction, with valuable takeaways on what CMs want from the subcontractors in an ever-changing construction industry.  

Here are three key takeaways:

A massive inflow of federal funding for infrastructure benefits the Northeast.

Last year’s passage of the Infrastructure Investment and Jobs Act is perhaps the most consequential of recent funding legislation, adding $1.2 trillion of spending funds over the next five years on building our nation’s infrastructure, and the Northeast is one of the regions with an outsized funding allocation – including Boston receiving $22B. Despite current economic headwinds, this should continue to provide a range of opportunities for the building trades over the next several years.

Innovation will be key in driving benefit from this federal funding.

Public agencies need to deliver infrastructure programs, but with economic challenges - including inflation and higher interest rates - they are reevaluating their current asset allocation with a focus on the return on investment on existing projects rather than building new projects. It will be important for us all to focus on innovation and remain nimble. 

The shift to CSR & ESG.

Public and private clients are increasingly looking to meet Corporate Social Responsibility (CSR) and Environmental, Social and Governance (ESG) goals on their construction projects. Although these are not usually required when bidding on projects at current, many do anticipate they could be a part of the evaluation process within the next few years.

Adapting to Market Changes

December 8 | Virtual

Be sure to mark your calendar for our next Talk from the Top Session, Adapting to Market Changes, on December 8, held virtually with a live Q&A.


Learn how construction firms are adapting to myriad market changes shifting the way they do business, and how you can adapt and succeed as a subcontractor.


This Veterans Day and every day, the BTEA Northeast team would like to extend our sincere gratitude to all of our members who have served and continue to serve our country.    

Lee Kennedy Co. & TEAM Build Home for Gold Star Family

Marine Corps Sergeant Johanny Rosario Pichardo of Lawrence, MA was tragically killed in a suicide bombing in Afghanistan in August of 2021 while on an expedition mission. A hero gone too soon, Sergeant Pichardo’s only wish when enlisting was to provide a new home for her family.  

When BTEA Northeast Member Lee Kennedy Co. heard about this wish, they stepped in immediately and are leading the rebuild efforts with strong support from many other of our Member companies, including Soep Painting, Worcester Air, Atlantic Insulation, Manganaro, TG Gallagher and Tara Construction. A special thanks goes to the Paint and Glass Employers Association of New England and IUPAT DC 35 Labor Management Fund for their donation. 

We’d also like to thank the Northeast Steel Erectors Association and the Ironworkers Local 7 for the donation of appliances to the family. After months of renovations, the home is close to being ready to hand over to Sergeant Pichardo’s family.

STAR Awards 

On Saturday, October 15, the Painters and Allied Trades District Council 35 hosted their annual STAR Awards. The Executive Committee of the Painting & Finishing Employers' Association of New England / Glass Employers' Association of New England (PFEANE / GEANE) awarded John W. Egan as the PFEANE recipient of the 2022 Contractor Safety Award and HUB Glass as the GEANE recipient of the 2022 Contractor Safety Award. Thank you for your dedication to industry safety.  

McCusker-Gill’s Kevin Gill, Jr. talks Technology Adoption 

Vice President of Operations for McCusker-Gill, Kevin Gill, Jr. joined host Eric Anderton and Joseph Lansdell, President of Poynter Sheet Metal on the New Horizons Foundation Podcast to discuss adopting new technologies in their operations and how it has enabled them to better serve their customers.

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Congratulations to Jeff Sullivan & Bob Loubier on your Retirement

The BTEA Northeast team would like to extend a big congratulations to both Jeff Sullivan and Bob Loubier on your well-deserved retirement!  We thank you for your significant contributions and advancements to the union-building trades.

Jeff Sullivan has been a leader in the labor movement for nearly thirty years. Retiring as Business Manager/Secretary-Treasurer of District Council No. 35 of the International Union of Painters and Allied Trades, Jeff has worked tirelessly to create a positive working environment for union members. Beginning his career as an apprentice himself, Jeff always rolled up his sleeves to get the job done. He was the first drywall finisher to be elected as Business Representative and then again as Business Manager/Secretary-Treasurer. Jeff was always fair and a pleasure to work with on so many levels. He’s a big part of T3’s journey back into the business and we can’t thank him enough for all his contributions to both the IUPAT DC 35 and PFEANE/GEANE.

Bob Loubier recently retired as the Executive Secretary-Treasurer at the Eastern Millwrights Regional Council.  He joined the UBC in 1974 and assumed the role of Executive Secretary-Treasurer in 2012.  He was re-elected in 2015 and then again in 2019.  Over his more than 50 years in the industry, Bob was an advocate for advancing the Millwrights, always ensuring that their training met the unique demands of their job.  Thank you for your long-standing dedication and service to the Millwrights and the union building trades, Bob!

BTEA Northeast is proud to collaborate with The Associated General Contractors (AGC) of MA for two of their upcoming programs. BTEA Northeast Members and MCAP Contributors will receive complimentary admission through the BTEA Northeast Educational Trust.

Demystifying Labor Relations

A two-part series designed for construction industry managers and supervisors. Participants will gain knowledge about fundamental labor relation topics and the skills needed to successfully cultivate union-management relationships.

Session 2

Tuesday, November 8, 7:30 a.m. – 10:00 a.m.

Boston Marriot Newton

An interactive panel discussion featuring local labor relations leaders: Joseph Byrne, Joseph Bonfiglio, Maureen Kirkpatrick and Tom Steeves.

To register, please email

Jeanne Tempesta

What's Next: The Economics of Construction in 2023 presented by BTEA Northeast

A panel of experts will discuss local and national economic trends. Dr. Omar Barbiero from the Federal Reserve Bank of Boston will discuss overall economic conditions, while Ken Simonson of AGC America and Mark Maggi of the Bureau of Labor Statistics will discuss construction specific issues like material costs, workforce data, compensation costs and trends in project starts and bidding.  

Thursday, November 10, 4:00 p.m. – 7:00 p.m.

Westin Copley Place Boston

To register, please email

Jeanne Tempesta

Construction Fire Safety Summit 

Wednesday, November 16, 8:00 a.m. – 11:30 a.m.

Boston Firefighters Local Union Hall | 55 Hallet Street, Boston | Limited parking, please carpool

The City of Boston is offering a seminar focused on preventing construction fires and accidents in Boston. As safety will always be a key priority for our members and workforce, please join the Mayor’s Office, the Boston Fire Department, and Inspectional Services as they clearly communicate their heightened expectations of industry stakeholders.


10th Annual Building Pathways Gala

Thursday, November 17th, 5:30 PM

Omni Boston Hotel at the Seaport, 450 Summer Street, Boston MA 02210

Building Pathways will host their annual gala to support their mission and further advancement of women, people of color and young adults in the building trades. 


Massachusetts DOT Debuts “Project Viewer” Website

The Massachusetts Department of Transportation launched a website allowing individuals to track projects in Massachusetts funded by the $550 billion federal Infrastructure Investment and Jobs Act. The project viewer website will be updated weekly and features filters allowing users to narrow by project type.

Try Out the Tool Here

Businesses to Repay $2B in Joblessness Claims

Employers in Massachusetts are facing the prospect of paying back nearly $2B in loans taken out by the state to help replenish a fund that pays unemployment benefits. According to the Office of Labor and Workforce Development Massachusetts employers will be assessed for $915 million in 2023. The annual assessments will decrease after next year, $365 million in 2024, $349 million in 2025, and $355 million in 2026. The goal of these assessments is to replenish the fund that paid out $6 billion in unemployment claims after Massachusetts forced employers to cease business during the Covid pandemic. Please view the 2022 Covid-19 Recovery Assessment Rate Schedule here.

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Construction Wage Growth Despite Economic Concerns

Wages in the construction industry rose 5.5% over the previous year as of September, the fastest growth in nearly fifty years. Despite continued material price hikes (16.3% this year as of September) and a growing fear of recession, contractors continue to hire new workers with more than 400,000 construction job openings in August alone. As more senior members of the construction workforce retire the trend of increased job openings and higher wages is expected to continue.

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