College Scholarships Available for High School Seniors

College Scholarships Available for High School Seniors

High school seniors who are eligible dependents of Local 79 members and are planning to go to college are encouraged to apply for two different scholarships, one sponsored by the Mason Tenders’ Training Fund and one sponsored by the Industry Advancement Program of the Building Contractors Association, Inc. Information about the two scholarships can be found by clicking on the link below:

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Thousands Attend African American Parade

Thousands Attend African American Parade

Hundreds of  members of Local 79 joined thousands of parade-goers at the Annual African American Day Parade on Sunday, September 21. The parade, which filled Adam Clayton Powell Boulevard from 110th Street to 137th Street, was a joyful, celebratory event, with a variety of marching bands from many states, labor unions, community groups, and public officials, including Mayor Bill de Blasio. Local 79 Business Manager Mike Prohaska joined other prominent figures such as Representative Charles Rangel and ex -Mayor David Dinkins as one of the parade’s Grand Marshals. “I was so happy to see so many of …

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LiUNA Member Stands Proud

LiUNA Member Stands Proud

Jake Labate, son Of Local 79 Business Agent Mike Labate and a member of Laborers’ Local 66 on Long Island, recently had the honor of having President Obama congratulate him on his promotion to sergeant. Jake, who joined the U.S. Army in 2010, is a member of the 173rd Airborne Brigade, based in Vicenza, Italy. His current assignment has him located at a base in Estonia. Jake is proud to be a fourth-generation member of LiUNA, following in the path of his great grandfather, grandfather, …

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Local 79 Members from East New York: Please Attend Important Meeting

Local 79 Members from East New York: Please Attend Important Meeting

On Tuesday, December 16 at 6:00 pm, Local 79 members who live in East New York are requested to attend an important meeting where the rezoning of East New York will be discussed. Local 79 wants to make sure that rezoning language ensures that everything will be built be union labor and that there will be community hiring. The meeting will be held at United Community Centers at 613 New Lots Avenue in Brooklyn (between Hendrix and Schenck). Food and beverages will be provided.

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Business Manager Mike Prohaska Takes on Wage Theft

Business Manager Mike Prohaska Takes on Wage Theft

The New York Times published a letter on September 9, 2014 from Local 79 Business Manager Mike Prohaska about wage theft. The letter was written in response to a front-page article that detailed efforts to bring an end to wage theft throughout the country. Local 79 is part of the New York Coalition to End Wage Theft, a broad-based coalition of groups that have united to bring an end to employers stealing workers’ wages.

For more information about the New York Coalition to End Wage Theft, click here.

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Local 79 Marches in Labor Day Parade

Local 79 Marches in Labor Day Parade

Hundreds of Local 79 members joined thousands of members of labor union throughout New York City as they marched down Fifth Avenue to celebrate Labor Day. Although Labor Day represents for many nothing more than a day off from work, for labor it represents a day to honor labor and its many struggles over the years. Labor Day, which started in the 19th century, celebrated and continues to celebrate unions, which organize and fight hard to ensure that workers can earn just wages, work fair hours, have safe working conditions, and receive other benefits that provide them the …

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Local 79 Women Featured in National Story

Local 79 Women Featured in National Story

Photographs of Local 79 female Shop Stewards were featured prominently in a recent Associated Press article on women in the construction trades. The comprehensive article looks at the number of women in the construction trades, some of the issues that face women as they pursue a career in construction, and the efforts made by groups such as Non-Traditional Employment for Women and apprenticeship programs such as Local 79’s to increase the percentage of women in the building trades. The article drew heavily from a recent study entitled “Women in Construction: Still Breaking …

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