African American Day Parade Draws a Crowd of Many Thousands

African American Day Parade Draws a Crowd of Many Thousands

Hundreds of Local 79 members joined a crowd of many thousands for the annual African American Day Parade in Harlem on Sunday, September 20. Members gathered at 113th Street where they received distinctive t-shirts and awaited their turn to march alongside the Local 79 float as it made its way down Adam Clayton Powell Jr. Boulevard. Unions and community organizations throughout New York City were represented at the festive parade, as were numerous high school marching bands. Local 79 Business Agent Barrie Smith, one of the …

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Hundreds Walk for St. Mary’s Hospital for Children

Hundreds Walk for St. Mary’s Hospital for Children

Over 500 Local 79 members went to Coney Island on the morning of September 19 to participate in a Walk for St. Mary’s Kids, which raised over $10,000 for St. Mary’s Hospital. Members gathered near the Parachute Jump and then proceeded to proudly march down the boardwalk to Asser Levy Park. At Asser Levy, members were greeted by a mobile Nathan’s hot dog truck and the NY State Laborers’ Health and Safety Bus. Members ate, received health screenings, played soccer and frisbee, and got a chance …

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Local 79 Sets Up Wage Theft Line at Museum of the City of New York

Local 79 Sets Up Wage Theft Line at Museum of the City of New York

On September 17, Local 79 members lined up behind yellow hazard tape emblazoned with “Wage Theft” and passed out leaflets about wage theft to participants attending a symposium about affordable housing . The symposium was linked to the opening of a new exhibition at the museum entitled “Affordable New York: A Housing Legacy.” Local 79 members had good cause to be there: a number of the sponsors of the exhibition—Lettire Construction, Mountco Construction & Development Projects, to name two—are bad, non-union contractors. Millions of dollars …

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Local 79 Marches in Labor Day Parade

Local 79 Marches in Labor Day Parade

On September12, over 500 Local 79 members joined thousands of members of other labor unions throughout New York City as they marched down Fifth Avenue in a spirited celebration of Labor Day. Throngs of onlookers lined the streets as cries of “Whose City? Our City” echoed off the buildings while a sea of Local 79 workers in LiUNA orange t-shirts proceeded up the corridor. It was by far the largest Local 79 turnout ever for this annual parade.

Although Labor Day represents for many ‘just a day off from work,’ …

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Local 79 Members Show Solidarity as Fast Food Workers Win the Fight for $15

Local 79 Members Show Solidarity as Fast Food Workers Win the Fight for $15

Dozens of Local 79 members and members of other LiUNA locals joined members of other New York City unions on September 10 to hear Governor Cuomo announce that the state Labor Department has approved the recommendations of a wage board to increase the minimum wage for fast-food workers to $15 an hour. About 180,000 workers will be impacted by this increase, which will be phased in. Governor Cuomo also announced that he is asking the New York State legislature to increase the minimum wage for …

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