Local 79 2014 Holiday Party at Terrace on the Park

Local 79 2014 Holiday Party at Terrace on the Park

Local 79’s annual holiday party, which for the first year was held at Terrace on the Park in Queens, drew 1100 members, a significant increase from the 750 members at the 2013 party. With beautiful 360 degree views of New York City, Terrace on the Park proved to be a perfect venue for the party. The festive atmosphere was filled with camaraderie, good food, music, and prizes. Most importantly, it provided an opportunity to thank Local 79 members for all they do, and to wish them a happy and …

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Local 79 Healthcare Benefits Expanded as Eligibility Rules Change

Local 79 Healthcare Benefits Expanded as Eligibility Rules Change

On January 1, 2015, a major change in Local 79 healthcare eligibility rules will go into effect. Members have received or will soon receive a letter from the Funds describing the change, which will enlarge the pool of Local 79 members who are eligible for healthcare benefits and significantly increase the length of their coverage.  At the same time, the change ushers in a in-depth examination of Local 79’s healthcare plan, which will attempt to align Local 79’s plan with national efforts to focus on preventive …

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Local 79 Volunteers Serve Up Thanksgiving Feast

Local 79 Volunteers Serve Up Thanksgiving Feast

On Thanksgiving Day, Local 79 members from 100 Black Construction Workers (100 BCW) and the Italian-American Committee and their family members came together to serve a Thanksgiving Dinner to the homeless at the Antioch Church of God in Christ in Harlem. It was homecoming of sorts for Local 79, as members of 100 BCW previously had volunteered their time to rehab parts of the church. “This was meaningful to everyone involved,” said Local 79 Business Agent Barrie Smith. “Thanksgiving is above all a time for giving, and members of both of these committees took time to …

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Larino Masonry Admits to Violating Wage Laws

Larino Masonry Admits to Violating Wage Laws

Newark, NJ-based construction company Larino Masonry, Inc. has agreed to pay nearly three million dollars in back wages to workers after the company admitted that it had not paid workers prevailing wage, overtime, and fringe benefits on federally-funded projects in Manhattan, the Bronx, Brooklyn, and Queens. Read the article, which includes a quote from Local 79 Business Manager Mike Prohaska, that appeared in Construction Labor Report about this massive case of wage theft, by clicking here.

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Annual Holiday Party for Local 79 Retirees

Annual Holiday Party for Local 79 Retirees

Hundreds of Local 79 retirees gathered at Russo’s on the Bay on Tuesday, December 3 for the annual retiree holiday party. The party began with a number of union leaders thanking the retirees for all their contributions to Locals 66, 78, and 79. Attendees were also greeted with the good news that, due to the efforts of  Mason Tenders’ District Council Trust Funds Trustees Bobby Bonanza, Mike Prohaska, and Edison Severino, all Local 78 and 79 retirees would receive a 13th check this year from the pension …

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Community Voices Heard Presents Award to Mike Prohaska

Community Voices Heard Presents Award to Mike Prohaska

 

On the evening of Tuesday, December 2, Community Voices Heard (CVH) presented Local 79 Business Manager Mike Prohaska with one of its Shirley Chisholm “Lights of Freedom” Awards at its annual gala. Other honorees receiving awards were NYS Senator Andrea Stewart-Cousins and Elias Foundation Founder and Director Jackie Mann.

Rene Companioni, a member of CVH, a past participant in Local 79’s “Pre-Apprenticeship Navigation Program,” and currently an apprentice at Local 79, presented the honor to Prohaska, thanking him and Local 79 for helping him to gain an understanding …

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Rally Alert: East New York, Wednesday, February 4, 5:00 pm

Rally Alert: East New York, Wednesday, February 4, 5:00 pm

Join Local 79 and other members of the building trades at a rally on Wednesday, February 4 at 5:00 pm at Grace Baptist Church (223 New Jersey Avenue) in East New York. Major redevelopment is coming to the area around Broadway Junction, and Local 79 is rallying with other members of the building trades to ensure that the redevelopment provides local residents with career-oriented union jobs that pay family-sustaining wages.

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