Mike Prohaska Joins Board of Nontraditional Employment for Women

Mike Prohaska Joins Board of Nontraditional Employment for Women

On April 1st, 2014, Local 79 Business Manager Mike Prohaska was voted onto the Board of Nontraditional Employment for Women (NEW). Founded in 1978, NEW, whose mission is to prepare women for skilled, unionized jobs in the trades, serves women from all five boroughs in New York City. Local 79 has many proud graduates of NEW who have gone on to complete the apprenticeship program and are, according to Local 79 Apprenticeship Coordinator Timmy Warrington, “consistently some of the best Laborers.” Although women represent around 3% of the …

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Local 79 Joins Wage Theft Coalition

Local 79 Joins Wage Theft Coalition

Local 79 has joined the New York Coalition to End Wage Theft, a coalition that seeks to put an end to the scourge of wage theft through the strengthening and the stricter enforcement of New York’s landmark Wage Theft Prevention Act. Other groups in the Coalition include Make the Road New York, the Center for Popular Democracy, Laborers’ Local 78 and 108, the Retail, Wholesale, and Department Store Workers’ Union (RWDSU), and the Labor-Religion Coalition. Local 79 Business Manager Mike Prohaska, when asked about the importance of joining the …

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Immigration Forum Draws Hundreds of Members

Immigration Forum Draws Hundreds of Members

Hundreds of Local 79 members and their families came to Local 79’s Immigration Forum on April 6, 2014. Speakers included LiUNA General President Terry O’Sullivan, Local 79 Business Manager Mike Prohaska, LiUNA Assistant Director of Legislative Affairs Yvette-Pena O’Sullivan, Senator Charles Schumer, Congressman Joseph Crowley, NY State Senator Jose Peralta, NY State Assemblyman Francisco Moya, and four attorneys from Make the Road New York.

Mike Prohaska opened the Forum by thanking Local 79’s immigrant members for their contributions to Local 79, to New York City, and to the United States. Terry …

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Pre-Apprenticeship Navigation Program Launched

Pre-Apprenticeship Navigation Program Launched

Local 79 has teamed up with community partners St. Nick Alliance, Man Up, Make the Road New York, and Community Voices Heard to provide a pre-apprenticeship navigation program to men and women interested in pursuing a career in Local 79 or other building trades.  The new ten-week program, which began on March 27, seeks to educate participants about unions, union history, apprenticeship programs, resume preparation and job interview skills, workers’ rights and responsibilities, and workplace skills. Speakers include current apprentices, union organizers, and other union …

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Memorial Mass Honors Construction Workers

Memorial Mass Honors Construction Workers

Hundreds of Building and Construction Trades union officials, members, and management, including the leadership and many members of Local 79, gathered at St. Patrick’s Cathedral on Tuesday, April 29 for the sixth annual Construction Workers Memorial Mass.The Mass honored the memories of construction workers killed or injured on the job in 2013 and early 2014. After assembling outside the St. Patrick’s, the crowd, most of whom wore hardhats, somberly proceeded inside the Cathedral, where the nine workers who died in the past year were represented by …

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