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Construction union elects Dorchester resident as new leader

Posted by Patrick Rosso  January 3, 2014 10:40 AM

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Brian Doherty, a Dorchester resident, has been elected the general agent of the Building and Construction Trades Council of the Metropolitan District, a position previously held by Mayor-elect Martin J. Walsh.

Since 2011, Doherty has acted as the project coordinator of the council's Building Pathways program, which works to connect people of color and women to careers in the building trades. He has been a member of Laborers Local 223 for 16 years and holds a Bachelors in business from Boston University, according to a release from the Building and Construction Trades Council.

“Brian Doherty is a great selection for General Agent of the Building Trades,” Walsh, who stepped down from the position in April, said in a statement. “He is a bright, progressive, young talent with an innate ability to lead. He displayed integrity and passion overseeing the Building Pathways program. He will stand up for working families, and lead the organization in a collaborative style. He has earned the respect of the trades, developers and community leaders.”

Doherty has also served as a program coordinator at the All Dorchester Sports League and still volunteers his time with youth fitness and education programs.

“I am humbled and honored,” Doherty said in a statement. “The Building Trades is an institution with a proud history of representing working families. I look forward to continuing the important work of my predecessor, to strengthen the trades and subsequently, our communities.”

The Building and Construction Trades Council of the Metropolitan District is made up of 20 member locals.

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