Important Membership Update from Business Manager Mike Prohaska

Important Membership Update from Business Manager Mike Prohaska

Brothers and Sisters,

Governor Cuomo’s directive to close all non-essential construction sites is a gamechanger. We anticipate that the situation regarding construction may get worse before it gets better. As I write this, there has been no definitive response to questions that are being raised regarding SCA work and there is much debate on the definition of what is essential Affordable Housing.

The Union cannot maintain its current level of staffing with the office and so many construction projects shut down. Today, making one of the …

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Gov Cuomo Directs Closure of Non-Essential Construction Sites

Gov Cuomo Directs Closure of Non-Essential Construction Sites

Brothers
and Sisters,

Today, March 27, 2020, Governor Cuomo directed all non-essential construction sites to close, joining Local 79 in prioritizing the safety and health of our members and our families.

This
directive means that some of you will be laid off, and I know your first
thoughts are how you’ll support your families and what the future will look
like. Please know your concerns are MY first thoughts, too. When I took my oath
of office, I promised I would stand with you, fight for you and serve you
through the …

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Update from the Business Manager on COVID-19 Pandemic

Update from the Business Manager on COVID-19 Pandemic

Brothers and Sisters,

For more than 24 years, the men and women of Local 79 have defined the
meaning of “stronger together.” Together, we have fought for fair wages and
safe working conditions. We have overcome challenges and faced down difficult
times. We rebuilt our city in New York’s darkest days after the terrorist
attacks on 9/11. We are strong, we are resilient and we are united – never
forget that. 

The COVID-19 (coronavirus) pandemic is unprecedented for our entire
nation. The regulations, rules and recommendations on how to respond to it
change …

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New Union Hall has Limited Opening at 131 W 33rd Street, 7th Floor

New Union Hall has Limited Opening at 131 W 33rd Street, 7th Floor

Local 79’s new Class A office space will have a limited opening Monday, January 26th on the 7th floor of 131 W 33rd St. You can come pick up checks from the Grievance department, but dues can be paid online only at elocal.local79.org for now. We will extend the dues deadline to make up for lost days. If you have any questions, you can call 212-465-7979 or call a business agent.

Stay tuned for updates as we plan to have everything fully operational as soon …

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Smooth Transition for New Director of Mason Tenders Trust Funds

Smooth Transition for New Director of Mason Tenders Trust Funds

Local 79 would like to thank new Trust Funds Director Anna Gutsin for the great work she has done so far. A licensed actuary, Anna brings decades of financial experience to the Mason Tenders and previously was the Pension Director at 1199 SEIU. We would also like to thank former Trust Funds Director John Virga for ensuring a smooth transition. The trustees are confident that Anna will continue John’s legacy of safe and proactive leadership.

Pictured above is new Director Anna Gutsin with labor trustees …

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African-American Day Parade 2019

African-American Day Parade 2019

Hundreds of Local 79 members joined a crowd of many thousands for the annual African American Day Parade in Harlem. Members were LOUD and PROUD wearing their distinctive Local 79 t-shirts. Unions and community organizations throughout New York City were represented at the festive parade, as were numerous high school marching bands. 

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75th Annual Columbus Day Parade: Monday, October 14, 2019 at 10:30 am

75th Annual Columbus Day Parade: Monday, October 14, 2019 at 10:30 am

Join Local 79 at the 75th Annual Columbus Day Parade on Monday, October 14, 2019
Assemble at 10:30 am
Location: 46th St. between 5th Ave. & Madison Ave. (closer to 5th Ave.)
T-shirts & good old fashion Italian food will be provided.
For more information, contact Lenny Anselmo at (646) 385-4227

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Local 79 Members attend the 2019 Ecuadorian Day Parade

Local 79 Members attend the 2019 Ecuadorian Day Parade

Ecuadorian pride overflowed in the streets of Queens on Sunday, August 4 as hundreds of Local 79 members came together to celebrate their union pride and Ecuadorian culture. Local 79 was well represented as over 300 members and their families took part in the march and the festivities that followed.

    

         

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Local 79 Fights for Free Speech – #SaveScabby

Local 79 Fights for Free Speech – #SaveScabby

When facing a legal case that received national press and has potential ramifications for the entire country, our union has not backed down. On behalf of the Mannix Family ShopRites, the Presidentially-appointed lawyers of the National Labor Relations Board attempted to shut our protests down and stop our use of inflatable rats to speak out against worker exploitation. In blatant disregard of our right to free speech, Peter Robb, the NLRB General Counsel, has launched a vendetta against Scabby the Rat, which is no surprise …

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Sign Petition to Protect Union Apprenticeships!

Sign Petition to Protect Union Apprenticeships!

Union apprenticeships are under attack! We need to stop the federal government from allowing low quality industry apprenticeship programs, called IRAPs, in the construction industry. Click the link and sign the petition to protect LIUNA Apprenticeships!

If you are a journeyworker, click this link to sign the petition: LIUNAMemberComments.org.

If you are an apprentice, click this link to sign the petition:LIUNATrainingComments.org

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