BOSTON — The Massachusetts building trades unions and union contractors have raised over $40,000 for Helmets to Hardhats. This program provides career opportunities in union construction trades for veterans.
Helmets to Hardhats, a national nonprofit, connects National Guard, Reserve, and transitioning active-duty military members with careers in the union building trades. The Massachusetts Building Trades Unions have been supporting this program, which has placed about 900 military veterans in union construction jobs in Massachusetts since 2007.
Frank Callahan, President of Massachusetts Building Trades Unions, commented on the partnership with Helmets to Hardhats. Dr. Andrea Gayle-Bennett, Deputy Secretary of the Executive Office of Veterans Services, also spoke about the program’s role in assisting veterans with career transitions.
The experiences of veterans like James Overstreet, a 5th-year apprentice with Local 103, and John Clem, a second-year apprentice at Sheet Metal Local 17, highlight the career opportunities provided by the union.
The Massachusetts Building Trades Unions (MBTU), representing over 75,000 workers, supports various programs, including Build a Life and Building Pathways, to help different groups, including veterans, women, and people of color, access careers in construction trades.