Managing and Forecasting Labor Costs

This program is a must for all management staff who must understand the impact of labor costs on the success of a project. This 4-hour workshop will equip participants with the tools, techniques and guidelines to manage and forecast a contractor’s biggest risk on every project: LABOR!  Subject matter includes estimating techniques, break down strategies, early warning signs (how to find and how to manage), the importance of charging time accurately, change order incorporation into labor forecasts and post-mortems.

PresenterTroy Aichele, Aichele & Associates, LLC


Attendees of this program will learn: 

  • Create useful job cost breakdowns and time cards
  • Analyze the labor portion of job cost reports
  • Incorporate executed, unexecuted, performed and proposed change orders into project labor forecasts
  • Identify early red flags indicating future labor overruns
  • Use best practices for accurate labor percentage updates
  • Forecast labor necessary to complete the project vs. hours and cash remaining
  • Use post-mortem project labor data


Activities include:

  • Analyzing a 50% complete job cost report to determine accuracy and predict a labor budget.
  • Using the job cost report, students will also be asked to recalculate labor costs based on a change order proposal log.
  • Students will break down an estimating package for labor job cost tracking.


Please register no later than Tuesday, January 16, 2018!


WHY AND HOW: Recruiting and Retaining Women in Construction

PFEANE/GEANE is proud to offer a presentation from Susan Moir of Policy Group on Tradeswomen’s Issues (PGTI).  A nationally recognized leader in the best practices of gender diversity in the union building trades, Susan offers a business case for increased gender diversity in construction.

Join us for this impactful presentation on a timely and sometimes controversial subject!

Please register below!

After registering, you will receive a confirmation email containing information about joining the webinar.

Painters & Allied Trades Apprenticeship

The International Union of Painters and Allied Trades District Council 35’s Finishing Trades Institute accept Apprenticeship applications 10 months out of the year. Below are the eligibility requirements:


BEFORE BEING ACCEPTED AS APPRENTICES, applicants must meet the following requirements:

  1. Complete the application form furnished by the Finishing Trades Institute of New England
  2. Be 18 years of age or older
  4. Be an American Citizen or be lawfully permitted to work in the United States of America
  5. Produce a copy of his/her high school diploma or GED or Job Corps Completion Certificate
  6. Be physically able to perform the work required of the trade
  7. Complete a favorable interview with an assigned DC #35 Interviewer
  8. Attend, and successfully complete, Apprentice Information Session
  9. Pass a drug screening

Each applicant who meets all minimum requirements will be evaluated for acceptance.

The Painters and Allied Trades Finishing Trades Institute of New Engalnd is an Equal Opportunity Training Program. We encourage woman and minorities to apply.


Apprentices who are accepted in the program will be required to complete 6000 hours of on the job training together with 450 hours of related Classroom Instruction. The classes are from September through April.

All Boston FTI-NE Apprentices will attend 4 Full Time, One week training sessions, spread out over a one year time period between the months of September and April.


Once a member beings work they will be required to join the union soon after their first day of work.  The apprentice initiation fee is $100.00 and is non-refundable. They then are initiated into their local. Apprentices receive a 1000 hour probationary period.


Apprentices receive an increase in their pay every 750 hours of work performed. The apprentice is responsible for turning in their pay stubs each 750 hours in order to receive that increase.


  • 10 Hour OSHA (Occupational Health & Safety)
  • Scaffolding
  • First Aid/CPR
  • PFT (Pulmonary Function Test)
  • ALTA (Ariel Lift Training)
  • Fall Protection (FP)




In addition, Suffolk Construction and Wynn Casino are looking for active union members. They can submit an application for employment at the link below.

If you know of someone already in the union, please have them go to our website at to submit an application. We will notify unions and subcontractors of their availability.  Help spread the word!

Project Management Seminar

A Program Designed to Improve Your Projects Profitability.  

Project Management is designed to help the contractor and their production teams take charge of projects and determine the most profitable way to proceed. This program will help attendees understand the importance of establishing communication protocols, along with all the documentation needs and standards. This program will cover the importance of knowing what you own and how it will/can impact the job. You will take a unique look at how improving communication and team work between design, estimating, project management and production can and will improve profitability. This is a “hands” on program which will get the juices flowing and is applicable to anyone who is involved and has an impact of the projects profitability.

Some of the topics covered include:

  • The importance of preplanning and being prepared,
  • the seven deadly sins of a bad job,
  • identify the “rules” of the job,
  • 47 items you and your production team need before the job commences,
  • how to communicate with all parties,
  • how to have a good productive conversation,
  • why jobs make and lose money and what to do about it,
  • how to ensure that everyone in the kick-off meeting is prepared,
  • what determines the success of the job,
  • how will we measure job success, using your kick-off meetings to hold the field,
  • project management,
  • and estimating team accountable and to get production rate buy-in.

Please sign up below no later than Wednesday, January 18, 2017Register early as space is limited. CLICK HERE.

Hiring Building Pathways & Operation Exit Pre-Apprentices

Over the last 12 months the BTEA, Board of Director Tom Steeves, T.J. McCartney along with input from labor, especially Jeff Sullivan, Painters & Allied Trades Business Manager, have been discussing avenues to work in and hire minority workers, engage in community activates, assist in the need for affordable housing and expand work opportunities. It has become evident that in working with Mayor Marty Walsh’s office to increase the union presence in the minority communities and support pre-apprentice programs, these two existing programs need the BTEA member’s support, “Building Pathways” and “Operation Exit”.

Building Pathways is a 6-week program designed to prepare qualified applicants for an apprenticeship in the building trades and a pathway to a rewarding career in construction. Operation Exit is a program out of the mayor’s office that trains at-risk men and women for careers in the building trades and also helps them rebuild their lives. There are numerous success stories from both programs and we are asking BTEA members to support these initiatives and hire some of these young talented applicants. Please contact your local apprenticeship and training funds for the opportunity to hire some of these candidates.