Greetings Brothers and Sisters,

I hope you and your families are all enjoying a safe and healthy winter. The New Year is right around the corner, and while we are fortunate to remain busy, the winter months are a good time to get caught up on any licensing or certifications that may need renewing. Please check our website or this news magazine for a list of classes at the Training Center, and as always, please reach out if there is anything we can do to help.

I would like to congratulate Tayla M. Rose and Ryan P. Mancini on their new roles as Organizers. Business Manager Bowes has a great team, and Tayla and Ryan will be valuable additions. With Mike’s leadership, we are positioned for another prosperous year as we head into 2024. I’m sure Tayla and Ryan will continue to help expand our market share.

This year’s Annual Golf Outing was another great turnout. The outing was a lot of fun with the weather cooperating and so many members and their families participating. The Sunday at Stow Acres was the perfect way to end the summer. It was a fitting event for former Business Manager Bill McLaughlin to wrap up an amazing career. Thanks to the Golf Committee for their hard work creating a top-notch event that raised $100,000 for children’s charities.

Congratulations to Business Manager Bowes and Fund Administrator Greg Geiman, as well as Greg’s team on another successful retirement event. It was nice to see so many members at the new location at Polar Park in Worcester. There were numerous informative presentations and it’s always good to stay up to date on all the benefits we enjoy in Local 4.

The Training Center has been busy this fall and winter. The school year for the Apprenticeship Program is well underway. As many of you know November was an especially busy month as we were open for applications to the Apprenticeship Program. There was a tremendous amount of interest in the program with more applications filled out than in many years. This is just the first phase of the application process but will look forward to interviewing potential candidates with the JATC in March.

With the support of Business Manager Bowes and the Training Fund Trustees, we have been fortunate to be able to continue to upgrade the equipment at the Training Center. Early in the fall, we took delivery of the CAT TL1055 telehandler which is available for training and forklift certifications. We are expecting delivery of a new fixed cab Broderson crane this quarter, which will become available for training and NCCCO testing. We are also in the process of outfitting a new Western Star CDL B truck that should be available shortly.

Lastly, I would like to recognize Training Center Office Manager Michele Maimone who celebrated 20 years at the Training Center this month. Many of you know Michele, she does a great job and always has the best interest of the Training Center and Local in mind.

I hope you and your families enjoy a happy and healthy Holiday Season. Merry Christmas and Happy New Year!

Michael J. Carey
Training Coordinator