Join us April 29 – May 3

We hope you will join us as we work to combat the substance use disorder and mental health crisis. The week is filled with opportunities to learn more about resources available, take part in trainings and hear from special guest speakers who have been impacted by SUD. Together, we can build wellness in the union construction industry.

All events are offered complimentary. We encourage you to bring co-workers, family and friends to learn more.

To get involved, or donate, please reach out to Jenn Geary (jenn@btea.com).


April 29 | 3:30 PM - 5:30 PM


Sugar Ray Leonard, Legendary Boxer

Darren Waller, NY Giants Tight End


April 30 | 11:30 AM - 2:30 PM

Women's Wellness

Gail Brenner Nastasia, Best-Selling Author

Alex Amorosi, Yoga & Breathwork Specialist


May 1 | 11:30 AM - 1:30 PM

SUD & Mental Health Trends

Lori McCarthy, LADC, CAI

Herren Wellness Executive Director and Partner


May 2 | 8:00 AM - 2:30 PM

Narcan, CPR & First-Aid Training

Contractors Risk Management (CRM)


May 3 | 9:00 AM

MA Jobsite Standdown

In collaboration with WS Development and Turner Construction

Matthew Slater, NFL Legend


Governor Healey Announces New Labor Advisory Council at Mass Building Trades Union Convention

Governor Healey announced she is signing an Executive Order creating a Labor Advisory Council to advise her on matters related to organized labor. This is the first time in more than 50 years that a MA Governor has created such a council. Roger Brunelle has recently been named Labor Advisor in the Office of the Governor. Read More

Boston Tied for Lowest Retail Vacancy of Major U.S. Metro Areas

The retail vacancy rate in the Boston metro area is 2.9% this quarter and has continued to fall every year since 2020, according to a new report from Marcus & Millichap. Boston was tied with Miami and Raleigh, North Carolina, for the lowest vacancy rate of the 50 metros the firm tracks. Read More

The Unionized Labor Wealth Gap

There's a massive wealth gap between workers in unions and nonunionized workers across education levels, per a new analysis from the think tank Center for American Progress. Overall, those in unions had a median wealth of $338,482 compared to $199,948 for nonunion workers. Read More

Proposals & Projects We're Watching

BPDA OKs Massive Mixed-Use Project on Mystic's Banks in Charlestown: The board of the BPDA approved a six-building development on the Mystic River in Charlestown, as well as two large Sullivan Square lab buildings. The Fallon Co. plan to build more than 800,000 SF of lab and office space across two buildings at 66 Cambridge St., on land that has been home to parking lots and rail infrastructure. Read More

Druker Company Wins Approval for South End Development: The Druker Company has won approval for a mixed-use project at 1033-1035 Washington Street in the South End. The project will convert a vacant warehouse and parking lot into two new office/ lab buildings with retail, and community space. Read More

Studio G Architects Announces Groundbreaking of New Campus at Franklin Cummings Tech: Studio G Architects, a Boston-based architecture firm, celebrated the groundbreaking of a new campus for Franklin Cummings Tech within the heart of Roxbury’s Nubian Square. Read More


Wu's Rezoning Effort Gets First BPDA Approval

The Boston Planning and Development Agency board approved an update to the city’s zoning code allowing for six “Squares + Streets” districts. The districts would allow for a range of residential and community uses along main streets, but would prohibit research labs and “large-scale industrial and vehicular uses,” according to a BPDA presentation. Read More

Gov. Files $3.5B Economic Development Bond Bill

Gov. Healey today filed a five-year economic development bond bill intended to strengthen the state’s leadership in life sciences and boost the climate technology and applied artificial intelligence sectors. The omnibus bill, called the Mass Leads Act, also proposes support for small businesses, rural communities, workforce development, and arts and culture. Read More

Revs Stadium Plan Will Finally Get Its Day on Beacon Hill

The roughly 25,000-seat soccer stadium will soon have its public hearing on Beacon Hill as Senator DiDomenico’s bill has been assigned to the Economic Development committee. In addition to the stadium, The Kraft Group has also proposed community benefits such as a 4-acre public park, $10 million for a housing fund, and $5 million for a community center, all in Everett. Read More


April 17 | 8AM to 10AM

Navigating the City of Boston Permitting Process with Joe Kelly


April 18 | 8AM to 12PM

Labor Relations Workshop with Nic Bittle


April 25 | 8AM to 4PM

PDQ Problem Solving with Margaret Andrews


May 15 | 5:30PM to 8PM

Future Leaders: Driving Growth and Creating Allies with Matt Verderamo


June 6 | 12PM to 2 PM

Women’s Group: Lunch with Annissa Essaibi George


Access the full 2024 Spring Trainings here.

Want to learn more about BTEA’s Executive Education program? Please reach out to Jenn for our current offerings (Jenn@btea.com). 


  • The Biden administration is requesting approx. 3.7% in increases for OSHA as part of the DOL’s fiscal year 2025 budget request, most of which would go to strengthening inspections. 
  • The US issued rules to ensure that most new cars are electric or hybrids by 2032, the most significant climate regulation in American history. 
  • The median single-family sale price increased 10% on a YOY basis to $548,250, up from $498,369 in February 2023. 
  • The Biden administration finalized a ban on the only type of asbestos still used in the US this month.  
  • Construction job openings surge 41% YOY. The industry counted 413,000 open jobs in January, but fewer workers quitting and more layoffs could indicate softening labor demand. 

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