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31 05, 2017

Local 79 Volunteers to Clean Up Flushing Meadows-Corona Park


Over 200 Local 79 members volunteered on Sunday, May 21 to help clean up Flushing Meadows-Corona Park. After a hard day’s work, Local 79 had laid a new stone path through a swampy trail, laid woodchips for children’s play areas and picked up trashed throughout the park. Local 79 members are proud participants in their communities and look forward to volunteering again in the future. “To see such a large turnout of volunteers on the weekend is but one of many examples of our members’ dedication to helping out in the community” said Local 79 Business Manager Mike Prohaska. “We thank [...]

Local 79 Volunteers to Clean Up Flushing Meadows-Corona Park2017-09-22T08:06:17-04:00
22 12, 2016

Local 79’s Annual Holiday Party


Good times were had by all at Local 79’s Annual Holiday Party at the Terrace on the Park on December 21st, 2016. Local 79 members had much to celebrate at the end of 2016. It is the hard-work of Local 79 men and women that ensures their families have a happy holiday and are ready for the New Year. We look forward to celebrating our accomplishments again next year.  

Local 79’s Annual Holiday Party2017-09-12T11:44:01-04:00
19 07, 2016

Local 79 Apprenticeship Recruitment: August 19th, 2016


The next date for open recruitment for Local 79's apprenticeship program is Friday, August 19th, 2016 at 9:00 am. Information about apprenticeship, the requirements, and how the recruitment process is carried out is available through the the Local 79 and the Mason Tenders' Training Fund websites.

Local 79 Apprenticeship Recruitment: August 19th, 20162016-07-19T10:47:37-04:00
14 07, 2016

Ecuadorian Day Parade: Sunday, August 7


Join fellow members of Local 79 at the Annual Ecuadorian Day Parade. Among other things, this year’s parade will highlight the strength and resilience of New York’s Ecuadorian population in light of the devastating earthquake that hit Ecuador in April of this year. When: Sunday, August 7th, 10:00 am Where: 69th Street and Northern Boulevard, Queens What: parade, followed by food and beverages      

Ecuadorian Day Parade: Sunday, August 72016-07-18T09:50:29-04:00
11 07, 2016

$4,000 Accidental Death and Dismemberment Benefit


Recently, Local 79 members received a mailing from the National Life Insurance Company. This company provides all Local 79 members and retirees with a $4,000 Accidental Death and Dismemberment benefit at no charge to them or to Local 79. As a member of Local 79, you are automatically enrolled for coverage and do not need to fill out anything to be eligible to receive this benefit. If you die from an accident and you have not designated a beneficiary with the company, your estate will receive the money. However, if you wish to designate a beneficiary and receive a certificate of coverage, you will [...]

$4,000 Accidental Death and Dismemberment Benefit2016-07-11T12:20:22-04:00
30 06, 2016

Local 79: Rate Increases Effective July 1, 2016


Local 79 members will receive increases on July 1, 2016. The increases vary and depend on the contract you are working under. If you have a question about which contract you are working under, please speak to the Shop Steward. If the Shop Steward does not know, he or she should speak to the area Business Agent. The wage and benefit increases can be found by clicking here: Rate Increases July 1, 2016-December 31, 2016. There are four categories, and the names of the contracts are listed at the bottom of each category.

Local 79: Rate Increases Effective July 1, 20162016-06-30T11:15:50-04:00
30 06, 2016

Local 79 and FDNY HEART 9/11 Mission: 40 Homes in Five Days


This past week, the HEART 9/11 Ecuador Team (volunteers from Local 79 and the FDNY) partnered with the global architectural firm Perkins Eastman and Hogar de Cristo to build emergency houses in Salinas de San Vicente, the earthquake's epicenter. Forty homes were built in five days with all manual tools: hammers, nails, and post hole diggers. One critical component of HEART 9/11’s Rebuild program in Ecuador was to train volunteers in hard-hit communities in basic building skills. Working side by side with Local 79 and FDNY, community members learned about job safety and how to assemble emergency pre-fab houses. Community members expressed gratitude [...]

Local 79 and FDNY HEART 9/11 Mission: 40 Homes in Five Days2016-07-01T09:18:12-04:00
17 06, 2016

Local 79 Members Volunteer to Go to Ecuador for Earthquake Relief Efforts


On June 24, 10 members of Local 79 will join 10 members of HEART 9/11 on a relief mission to Ecuador, where they will donate a week of their time and labor to help build 100 pre-fab homes for families who lost their houses in the devastating earthquake on April 16 of this year. This is one of many times that Local 79 has joined forces with HEART 9/11 to provide assistance to domestic and international regions that have been struck by disasters. Local 79 salutes all the individuals who are going on this relief mission to Ecuador!  

Local 79 Members Volunteer to Go to Ecuador for Earthquake Relief Efforts2016-06-17T14:29:34-04:00
7 06, 2016

Local 79 20th Anniversary/Health Fair Huge Success!


Nearly 1000 Local 79 members and their families enjoyed a sunny day full of fun, food, family, and friendship at Local 79's 20th Anniversary Party and Health Fair at Coleman Country Day Camp. Nurses, provided courtesy of the NYS Laborers, carried out health screenings, health care vendors gave out information and giveaways, and members and their families enjoyed an all-day BBQ, swimming, pony rides, inflatable slides, raffles for a variety of prizes, and much more. A great day was had by all!    

Local 79 20th Anniversary/Health Fair Huge Success!2016-06-07T13:08:31-04:00
27 05, 2016

Local 79 Tells Gilbane: Go Union or Get Out of Town!


In a series of rallies that have increased in size, intensity, and outrage, Local 79 members and members of other construction unions have been coming out in force to protest non-union contractor Gilbane. Rallies have been held at various Gilbane sites throughout the City, including the latest one on May 25 which drew thousands of workers. The message to Gilbane is loud and clear: Change your non-union practices or you will be run out of our City!

Local 79 Tells Gilbane: Go Union or Get Out of Town!2016-05-27T17:28:57-04:00
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