The Boston Building and Construction Trades Council (also branded Greater Boston Building Trades Unions) is an umbrella group of twenty construction unions across the Greater Boston area. The purpose of the organization is to promote the unions’ interests  and increase union membership.
Before his election as the 54th Mayor of Boston, Democratic politician and Biden administration nominee for Secretary of Labor Martin J. Walsh led the Boston Building and Construction Trades Council.
Critics have charged the Boston Building Trades Council with failing to meet mandated hiring targets for women and ethnic minority workers. The Boston Residents Jobs Policy requires that 51% of construction work be allocated to Boston residents, 40% to people of color, and 12% to women. The Boston Employment Commission, a city agency in charge of overseeing the policy, has documented the Council’s failure on all three accounts. The Boston Employment Commission found that between January 2017 and May 2019, 86,285 hours of construction work was performed in Boston and only 19.6% of that work was done by Boston residents, 21.4% by people of color, and 5.5% by women.
The council is comprised of 20 unions. They include:
- International Brotherhood of Boilermakers Local 29
- International Union of Bricklayers and Allied Craftworkers Local 3
- International Brotherhood of Electrical Workers Local 103
- International Union of Elevator Constructors Local 4
- International Association of Heat and Frost Insulators Local 6
- International Association of Bridge, Structural, Ornamental and Reinforcing Iron Workers Local 7
- Laborers’ International Union of North America Local 22
- Laborers’ International Union of North America Local 88 (Tunnel Workers)
- Laborers’ International Union of North America Local 151
- Laborers’ International Union of North America Local 223
- Laborers’ International Union of North America Local 1421 (Wreckers)
- International Union of Operating Engineers Local 4
- International Union of Painters and Allied Trades District Council 35
- United Association Pipefitters Local 537
- United Association Plumbers and Gasfitters Local 12
- United Union of Roofers, Waterproofers and Allied Workers Local 33
- Sheet Metal Workers’ International Association Local 17
- United Association Sprinkler Fitters Local 550
- International Brotherhood of Teamsters Local 25
Brian Doherty is the secretary-treasurer of the Boston Building and Construction Trades Council. In 2019 Doherty received $167,130 in compensation for representing the union. Before joining the Boston Building and Construction Trades Council in 2014, Doherty was a member of the Laborers Local 223 construction union for 16 years.