WILMINGTON, MA — In recognition of Veteran’s Day, Massachusetts building trades unions, including Wilmington-based Carpenters Local 339, honored local veterans this week and raised more than $50,000 for life-changing career pathways program, Helmets to Hardhats.
Helmets to Hardhats is a national nonprofit that connects National Guard, reserve and transitioning active-duty military members with meaningful, family-sustaining careers in the union building trades. Carpenters Local 339 donated $500 to the group.
The Massachusetts Building Trades Council is a longtime supporter of the program, which has placed more than 575 military veterans in union construction jobs statewide.
“We are so proud to support Helmets to Hardhats in providing career opportunities for our valued veterans. With these donations, we want to thank these courageous men and women for their service and send a clear message that there is a place for them with our unions,” said Frank Callahan, president of the Massachusetts Building Trades Council.
The Massachusetts building trades unions represent the largest workforce in the state, and they’re focused on creating middle-class employment opportunities for families across the commonwealth, including for returning veterans. 75,000 men and women have great jobs and benefits with the union building trades, and nearly a quarter of a million children, spouses, and workers are covered by their high-quality union health plans. And through Build a Life and Building Pathways, the unions are creating new avenues of economic opportunity for women and people of color so that everyone can benefit from well-paying careers in the union construction trades.
Helmets to Hardhats Executive Director Darrell Roberts recognized the generosity of the building trades unions and union contractors.
“Thanks to the generous contributions of the Massachusetts building trades unions and union contractors, we’re able to ensure that our returning veterans have meaningful, well-paying careers in the union building trades. Their support has allowed us to do even more to support the commonwealth’s bravest,” said Roberts.
Organizers attributed much of the partnership’s success to its focus on creating new employment opportunities, and ongoing career advancement, through extensive training. The Massachusetts building trades unions spent $48 million last year alone to ensure workers at every phase of their career had free hands-on training.
(NOTE: The above press release via Carpenters Local 339.)
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