[act-ma] 13,000 Carpenters to Strike in Massachusetts

Charlie Welch cwelch at tecschange.org
Mon Apr 6 06:06:14 PDT 2020

This is from PayDay Report 

  13,000 Carpenters to Strike in Massachusetts

Workers march on Workers Memorial Day in 2016 (Sheetmetal Workers Union)

BY:MIKE ELK <https://paydayreport.com/about/>APRIL 3, 2020

With the Trump Administration blocking OSHA from issuing regulations to 
protect workers from COVID-19, workers across the United States have 
instead been subject to an uneven set of workplace safety rules during 

In Massachusettes, Republican Governor Charlie Baker has refused pleas 
from organized labor to shut down construction sites across the state.

“In recent days as the number of COVID-19 confirmed cases and deaths has 
dramatically increased, it has become apparent that working on 
construction sites in Massachusetts is abnormally dangerous, and that 
continuing to work on construction sites poses an immediate threat of 
harm to the health and safety of my members and the public,” wrote North 
Atlantic Council of Carpenters Executive Secretary-Treasurer Thomas J. 
Flynn in a letter to his 13,000 members

Under union rules, workers that cross the picket line will be unable to 
work as members of the union; meaning that the vast majority of the 
union’s 13,000 carpenters will likely refuse to work.

The strike is part of a growing strike wave that has seen large scale 
wildcat strikes happening in cities across the United States.

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