Business Manager Mike Prohaska Honored by Make the Road New York

Business Manager Mike Prohaska Honored by Make the Road New York

On Wednesday evening, November 19, Make the Road New York presented Local 79 Business Manager Mike Prohaska with one of its 2014 Dignity, Community & Power Awards at its annual gala. Joining him in receiving awards were United Steelworkers International President Leo Gerard and City Council Speaker Melissa Mark-Viverito. Deborah Axt, the Co-Executive Director of Make the Road New York gave the award to Prohaska after a warm introduction in which she talked about his progressive leadership of Local 79. In his speech, Prohaska spoke about how proud he was to …

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Organizing Victory at Astoria Cove!

Organizing Victory at Astoria Cove!

In a major victory for working men and women throughout New York City, a deal was reached for the proposed Astoria Cove project that ensures that union workers will build, maintain and service the project and that 27% of the residential units will be affordable housing, with some monthly rents as low as $800. The area, which is nearly a mile from the nearest subway stop, will also receive ferry service. The project was granted approval by the City Council’s Land Use Committee on Wednesday, …

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Members Needed at Community Board Meetings

Members Needed at Community Board Meetings

A number of members are already active in their Community Boards and Local 79 is very appreciative of their volunteer efforts. For those of you who are not currently involved with your Community Board, Local 79 wants to see the number of members at Community Board meetings grow. Eventually, the Local would like to have a membership presence at all 59 community boards throughout the city.

Why is it important to have members present at Community Board meetings? The central reason is that Community Board participation by our members …

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Dedication of Laborers Care Great Room at St. Mary’s Hospital

Dedication of Laborers Care Great Room at St. Mary’s Hospital

LiUNA General President Terry O’Sullivan, LiUNA Vice President and Eastern Regional Manager Ray Pocino, Mason Tenders’ District Council Business Manager Bobby Bonanza, Local 79 Business Manager Mike Prohaska, and numerous other union officials and staff were present on Friday, November 7 for the dedication of the Laborers Care Great Room at St Mary’s Hospital for Children in Queens.

In 2012, Local 79 made a commitment to raise $500,000 for the children of St. Mary’s Hospital. Local 79 had never made a commitment of this magnitude before, but did so because it …

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Local 79 Builds Benches in the Bronx

Local 79 Builds Benches in the Bronx

On Saturday, November 1, staff from Local 79 and Greater New York Laborers &-Employers  Cooperation and Education Trust (GNY LECET) and participants from Local 79’s pre-apprenticeship Navigation Program volunteered their time to build benches at Padre Plaza Success Garden in the Mott Haven section of the Bronx. The benches will be donated to local community organizations. Community Voices Heard, New York Communities for Change, St. Nicks Alliance, and Make the Road New York worked with Local 79 to identify people who would succeed in the Navigation Program, and people from each of these organizations were present at …

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