Statement from LiUNA General President Terry O’Sullivan: Today, with the passing of Congressman John Lewis, we have lost an icon, a legend and an American hero whose actions created an irreversible tide for justice that continues to seek higher ground to this day. Congressman Lewis was the very definition of courage, tenacity, and integrity. When he stood with a new generation of fighters for civil rights and voting rights on the Edmund Pettus Bridge in Selma, Alabama in 1965, he awakened the conscience of our country and spurred the passage of the Voting Rights Act. Despite bullwhips, barbed wire, teargas, [...]
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The Mason Tenders’ District Council Trust Funds administers the health and welfare, pension, and annuity accounts for all eligible Local 79 and Local 78 workers. Local 79 members who have questions regarding the benefits that they are entitled to receive should contact the Funds directly at 212-452-9700. If you have made multiple attempts to contact the Trust funds and are experiencing issues with getting through to personnel, please contact Lori at 212-465-7965.
Today I am announcing the retirement of a good friend, a true laborer and a deeply respected voice in our Local. Lavon Chambers has been a mentor to many members and his lifelong community leadership has helped our union grow stronger and more united. He was co-founder of Pathways 2 Apprenticeship an initiative to combat the injustices faced by formerly incarcerated individuals who were being exploited by nonunion companies for cheap labor. Lavon leaves a lasting impact and we are proud to celebrate his decades of dedicated service to our union. I worked with Lavon as an organizer in 1996 [...]
We are extremely pleased to announce that today we have signed new 3 year agreements with CAGNY, Total Demolition contractors association (DCA), The Cement League & The Plasterers Spray Fire Proofing Association. Details will be a made available in the near future. If you have any questions, please contact your area Business Agent. ** Update on July 1st ** There has been much misinformation circulating regarding the CAGNY contract. Some of it based on proposals that the association came to the table with but were nonstarters with the Union. The only changes that go into effect July 1 2020 are [...]
Independence Day Holiday Observance / Friday, July 3, 2020 Independence Day falls on Saturday, July 4, 2020 this year. Listed below are the PLA’s, Trade Agreements and/or the Contractor Associations that have agreed to observe Independence Day on Friday, July 3rd, in accordance with the City of New York. All hours worked by Mason Tenders during Friday, July 3rd, on job sites bound to the above-mentioned Trade Agreements, shall be paid in accordance with the Holiday pay provisions of those agreement. Independence Day Holiday Observance / Saturday, July 4, 2020 Most of our members work under contracts that will be observing [...]
Due to the reopening of NYC construction, regular hiring hall rules will now be in effect starting July 1st. Re-Registration will be on July 1, 2, 7, 8 & 9. Please be advised that re-registration this quarter will be over the phone only. There will be no in-person or online re-registration for the hiring hall list. In addition, starting July 1st the job refusal rule will be re-implemented. Any member that does not have the required certifications (e.g. 30hr OSHA or SST) to go out to work will not be eligible to re-register.
The NYC Department of Buildings has announced that New York City will now enter Phase 1 of reopening and construction work on non-essential projects starting this Monday. The health and safety of our members continues to be the top priority of Local 79. The coronavirus pandemic has changed the way we work. While the COVID-19 public health emergency persists, the State has created guidelines for construction work to safely continue. We encourage you to review these policies, whether you are returning to work for the first time or have been active on essential construction.
A union is based on the simple premise that when working people raise their voices together, the power they have is transformative. As a Union it is our core purpose to fight any force that separates workers from joining together to create that power. Individual workers are vulnerable to the indignities heaped upon them by powerful employers, when we organize, we transform ourselves into a powerful and cohesive force to remake our world. We cannot represent our members at work while turning a blind eye to racial oppression and discrimination suffered by them outside the jobsite. As a Union it is [...]