2016 IDNYC: Free Identification for All New York City Residents

2016 IDNYC: Free Identification for All New York City Residents

All Local 79 members and their family members (14 years of age and older) who live in New York City are eligible to get IDNYC, the free identification card for all New York City residents. As a government-issued photo identification card, IDNYC secures access to City services that come from having recognized identification. IDNYC benefits every city resident, including the most vulnerable communities—the homeless, youth, the elderly, undocumented immigrants, the formerly incarcerated and others who may have difficulty obtaining other government-issued ID. Aside from providing all-important …

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Local 79 2015 Holiday Party Held at Terrace on the Park

Local 79 2015 Holiday Party Held at Terrace on the Park

Local 79’s annual holiday party, which for the second year in a row was held at Terrace on the Park in Queens, drew 1000 enthusiastic Local 79 members. With beautiful 360 degree views of New York City, Terrace on the Park proved once again 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 healthy …

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Huge Rally Demands Stronger Construction Safety Standards

Huge Rally Demands Stronger Construction Safety Standards

On December 10, Local 79 members joined thousands of members of other Building Trades unions to express their outrage and grief over the 16 deaths that have occurred on New York City construction sites this year. The vast majority of these deaths have occurred on non-union sites, which have lax safety and training standards that imperil the lives of construction workers. Leaders of unions throughout New York City were joined by City politicians to call attention to the plight of construction workers who lack union protection and, …

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Local 79 Joins Other Building Trades to Rally for Union Jobs

Local 79 Joins Other Building Trades to Rally for Union Jobs

On December 3, Local 79 Business Manager Mike Prohaska spoke at a Building Trades rally attended by hundreds of members of Local 79 and other Building Trades unions. The rally was called to demand that New York City real estate developers commit to building union, and that they stop working with non-union contractors who exploit their workers and provide unsafe working conditions, as described in a recent front-page article in The New York Times.

Click here for Mike Prohaska’s speech.

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Annual 2015 Retiree Holiday Party Held at Russo’s on the Bay

Annual 2015 Retiree Holiday Party Held at Russo’s on the Bay

Hundreds of Local 79 retirees gathered at Russo’s on the Bay on Wednesday, December 2 for the 2015 retiree holiday party. The annual party is one of the many ways that Local 79 thanks its retirees for their many years of service. Everyone present enjoyed the company of their fellow members, good food, music, dancing, and dozens of raffle prizes for the lucky winners.”This is always one of my favorite holiday parties of the year,” said Business Manager Mike Prohaska. “It is a great time to get together and honor …

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