Posts Tagged ‘Laborers’

Dec
2016
6

Welcome Words: LiUNA’s Toronto Local Offering Training, Testing in New Members’ Native Languages

Welcome Words: LiUNA's Toronto Local Offering Training, Testing in New Members' Native Languages
  Laborers International Union of North America (LiUNA) Local 506 in Toronto is doing its part to reach out to immigrant workers. For some members, that includes training and testing in their native language.  “If we get a call for a specific training need, even something we don’t offer all the time, we’ll organize it [&hellip...
Nov
2016
16

CPS Partners with Trade Unions to Launch High School Training Program for Chicago’s Youth

CPS Partners with Trade Unions to Launch High School Training Program for Chicago's Youth
  Chicago Public Schools and Dunbar Career Academy have launched the Windy City’s first comprehensive high school program for students interested in entering the construction trades. Mayor Rahm Emanuel is not afraid the program will discourage students’ higher educations aspirations so much as it will offer options to students for...
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Oct
2016
11

Building Trades Tout IL’s HIRE Education Program to Boost Minority, Female Involvement in Construction

Building Trades Tout IL's HIRE Education Program to Boost Minority, Female Involvement in Construction
  The Illinois labor community is looking to improve diversity within its ranks through a program called HIRE Education. The Lincoln Land Community College program is a 20-week course that prepares women, people of color, and former convicts for union apprenticeships. Those demographics are traditionally underrepresented in organized labor,...
Sep
2016
13

LiUNA 423 Sets Record with $5 Million Donation to Ohio State University

LiUNA 423 Sets Record with $5 Million Donation to Ohio State University
  Local 423, an affiliate of the Laborers’ International Union of North America (LIUNA), has donated $5 million to Ohio State University. The donation comes as part of the Ohio Scholarship Challenge. Local 423’s gift will be matched by the college, effectively doubling the contribution.  Both the union and the university are excited...
Feb
2016
19

LiUNA Center Announces 250+ Apprentices Turned Journeymen in ’15; 1,600 All Time

  The LiUNA-affiliated Terence J. O’Sullivan Training Center has announced that 272 men and women graduated from apprenticeship to journeyman status in 2015.  To do so, each participant logged 240 hours of classroom instruction and at least 4,000 hours of on-the-job training.  A total of 1,600 apprentices have graduated from the program...
Jan
2016
27

Couple Faces 20+ Years in Jail, $500,000 Fine for Scheme to Defraud LiUNA! Benefit Fund

Couple Faces 20+ Years in Jail, $500,000 Fine for Scheme to Defraud LiUNA! Benefit Fund
  A New Hampshire couple has been arrested for their role in a “double breasted shop scheme” which defrauded the Massachusetts Laborers Benefit Fund of more than $2 million.   Christopher and Kimberly Thompson face 18 counts of mail fraud, 18 counts of filing false documents with an ERISA fund, and one count of benefit [&hellip...
Jul
2015
16

Non-Union Construction Firm Agrees to $80K Settlement in NY Wage Abuse Case

  A construction company has been ordered to pay nearly $80,000 in back wages to 21 laborers whom it failed to properly compensate for work on private construction projects in Manhattan and Brooklyn.  Developers Sulajman Koci and Witold Matejkowski, owners of the non-union Stonehenge Restoration, skipped payments for weeks at a time.  Under...
Oct
2014
1

LiUNA Partners With Immigrant Advocacy Group CASA to Improve Mid-Atlantic’s Working Conditions

LiUNA Partners With Immigrant Advocacy Group CASA to Improve Mid-Atlantic's Working Conditions
  The Laborers International Union of North America (LiUNA!) and CASA, an immigrant advocacy group, have announced a partnership to help organize Latino construction workers and help them fight for their rights on job sites.  According to a report from BNA Construction (a subscription site), the new partnership will be called CASA-LiUNA! Mid...
Aug
2014
27

Building Trades Stress Importance of Local Hire on Final Phases of Toledo Waterways Initiative

Building Trades Stress Importance of Local Hire on Final Phases of Toledo Waterways Initiative
  As the City of Toledo moves forward with a new sewer project, community and labor leaders are calling for the use of local labor to maximize the positive economic impact on the region. Known as the Toledo Waterways Initiative (TWI), the $520 million project is the result of a deal the city made with the [&hellip...
Dec
2013
27

Ruthless Insurers Taking Advantage of Suffering Laborers, Depleted Labor Dept Judgement System

Ruthless Insurers Taking Advantage of Suffering Laborers, Depleted Labor Dept Judgement System
  An incredible piece from Jim Morris at the Center for Public Integrity details the burdens placed on suffering laborers as they try to navigate a treacherous legal environment with fewer and fewer judges handling rising caseloads.  In the past, the system to rule on grievances set up by the Longshore and Harbor Workers’ Compensation...
Jul
2013
9

Unions Pour Cash, Solidarity Into LiUNA! Local 563 Strike Fund to Keep Picket Against Cretex Alive

Unions Pour Cash, Solidarity Into LiUNA! Local 563 Strike Fund to Keep Picket Against Cretex Alive
  In late June we wrote about members of the Laborers International Union of North America (LiUNA!) Local 563 striking in Minnesota against their employer, Cretex, because the company is trying to scrap their pensions. Health benefits were set to run out on June 30th, but union solidarity had the cure for that: a strike [&hellip...
Jun
2013
26

Without a Contract All Year, LiUNA! Local 563 Goes on Strike as Cretex Tries to Pillage Pensions

Without a Contract All Year, LiUNA! Local 563 Goes on Strike as Cretex Tries to Pillage Pensions
  Members of Minnesota’s Laborers International Union of America (LiUNA!) Local 563 hit the picket line last week after negotiations broke down between 40 construction craft laborers and the manufacturer Cretex.  Working without a contract since the beginning of 2013, workers authorized a strike claiming management has failed to meet...