The Building & Construction Trades Council of the Metropolitan District represents 35,000 working families in the Metropolitan Boston region. The building trades unions advance social and economic justice by providing family-supporting wages, healthcare benefits and dignified retirement benefits to workers and their families in the construction industry.
The Building and Construction Trades Council, an umbrella group of 20 local construction unions, in partnership with more than 3,300 union contractors, provides the highest standards for workers in the construction industry. It is through collective bargaining and the Labor-Management partnership that workers achieve the highest levels of training, safety and economic security throughout their careers.
The Council strives to create a more fair and just environment for all workers in the construction industry.
Boilermakers are responsible for assembling, erecting, and maintaining boilers, tanks, pressure vessels, heat exchangers, calandrias, pollution control systems, furnaces, condensers, water towers, penstocks and scroll casings using hoisting, rigging, welding equipment, tools and hardware as required by drawings, specifications, and applicable codes and standards.
Bricklayers work on buildings, industrial, commercial and residential construction. They build walls and floors made of brick, stone, concrete block, precast and other masonry materials. They also install and finish tile, marble and terrazzo, perform concrete finishing, plastering, waterproofing and masonry restoration.
Electrical Workers and Telecommunications
Electricians assemble, install, maintain and test electrical equipment and wiring systems in residential, commercial, and industrial settings. They provide new wiring; power and controls to motors, HVAC and other equipment including light fixtures, fire alarms, traffic signals, outdoor lighting, process controls and energy management. In addition, they work with fiber optics, telephone communications, and temperature controls amongst other systems.
Elevator constructors and mechanics assemble, install, and replace elevators, escalators, dumbwaiters, moving walkways and similar equipment in new and old construction. After installation, members service, maintain, and repair equipment, much of which is electronically controlled. Installers and repairers alike have a thorough knowledge of electronics, electricity, and hydraulics.
Heat and Frost Insulators
Heat and Frost Insulators apply insulation materials to pipes, tanks, boilers, ducts, refrigeration equipment and other surfaces requiring the thermal control of temperatures or soundproofing. Workers also do removal of hazardous waste and clean duct systems.
Iron workers erect, assemble, or install fabricated structural metal products, usually large metal beams. These beams are used in the erection of industrial, commercial or large residential buildings. Workers also erect the steel framework on bridges, storage tanks, overhead crane runways; as well as pre-cast concrete and ornamental iron work amongst other projects.
Laborers (Laborers, Building Wreckers and Tunnel Workers)
Laborers must have a working knowledge of all work performed by other building trades because they are tenders and helpers of many other crafts. Tasks include but are not limited to: road, highway, bridge, and tunnel building and repair, site preparation and cleanup, laying underground pipe and placing cement. Additionally, they often operate small power tools and work in demolition.
Operating Engineers operate and maintain heavy construction equipment such as cranes, excavators, loaders, pile drivers, and hoists. They use this equipment to excavate, move, or grade earth, erect structural steel, and pour concrete or other hard surface paving materials.
Painters and Allied Trades
Painters and Allied Trades work in one or more of several crafts: Coating Application Specialist (aka Industrial Painter): Industrial Coating and Lining Application Specialists apply/install protective coatings and linings to steel and concrete on complex structures, such as bridges and towers, ships and waterfront structures; manufacturing and processing facilities; and conventional and nuclear power generation facilities.
Drywall Finisher: Once the drywall has been securely installed,
Tapers fill the joints between panels with a joint compound. The process for finishing drywall has evolved over many decades and is an overlapping process in which each step or application has an effect on the next step.
Glazier: An Architectural Glass and Metal technician, called a Glazier, is responsible for preparing, installing and removing various kinds of glass, mirrors, and metal framing.
Painter-Decorator: Painters and Decorators apply decorative and protective finishes in residential, commercial, institutional and industrial settings.
Pipefitters repair and install both high and low pressure pipe systems that are used in manufacturing, in the generation of electricity, and in heating and cooling buildings. They also install automatic controls that are used to regulate these systems. Steamfitters install pipe systems that move liquids or gases under high pressure and provide refrigeration installation and service.
Plasterers and Cement Masons
Cement Masons finish the exposed concrete surfaces of freshly poured floors, walls, sidewalks, foundations, dams, parking garages and lots, runways, warehouses, loading dock floors, and roads. They level, shape, and smooth surfaces using straight edgers or power screeds.
Plasterers apply plaster, cement of acrylic material to the interior and exterior walls and ceilings of a variety of large industrial and commercial projects.
Plumbers repair, install, or alter the water, waste disposal, drainage, and gas systems in 20 homes and commercial and industrial buildings. They install plumbing fixtures – bathtubs, toilets, sinks, showers – and appliances such as dishwashers and water heaters.
Roofers and Waterproofers
Roofers weatherproof buildings. They apply shingles made from fiberglass, slate, tile, and cedar or composite material such as felt rubber membrane. They also apply built-up rubber, PVC and modern bitumen. Waterproofers apply materials to plaza decks and building foundations to keep moisture out.
Sheet Metal Workers
Sheet Metal workers build interior and exterior architectural work. They build a wide variety of products from sheets of steel, aluminum, copper and other alloys and install the finished products. They fabricate and install HVAC components and work in industrial plants and perform specialty fabrication.
Sprinklerfitters install and service fire protection systems including fire standpipes, sprinkler heads and fire pumps.
The Teamsters union has several divisions, including a Building Material and Construction Trades Division. Members in this division are truck drivers who transport and haul material, merchandise, dumpsters, port-a-potties, equipment or personnel between various locations–including construction sites, manufacturing plants, freight depots, warehouses, and wholesale and retail facilities. They may also load and unload, make mechanical repairs and keep trucks in good working order.