Local 79’s Executive Board has selected Barrie Smith, a Business Agent for Laborers’ Local 79, to be an Auditor on Local 79’s Executive Board. A vacancy arose on September 28, 2015, when recently-elected Auditor Dave Moretti submitted his resignation. The Executive Board acted in accordance with Article VI, Section 3, (m) of the LiUNA’s Uniform Local Union Constitution, which permits the Executive Board to fill a vacancy by appointment with a member having all requirements for office. Upon hearing that he had been selected, Barrie said: “It is a huge honor to be selected to be an Auditor on Local 79’s Executive Board. I look forward to help lead this union, which has given me so much, into the future.”

Barrie has been a proud member of Local 79 for over a dozen years. Prior to working as a Business Agent, he worked as a Local 79 laborer, shop steward, and foreman and as an organizer for Build Up New York. A graduate of Ulster Community College, Barrie is the president of 100 Black Construction Workers (100 BCW). He is also a member of the New York City chapter of the NAACP, the A. Philip Randolph Institute, and the National Action Network (NAN).

Those who know Barrie Smith are struck by his boundless energy. Aside from working long hours and doing an excellent job as a Business Agent, Barrie can be seen “off-hours” at rallies, parades, volunteer events throughout the community, Community Board meetings, and hearings. And in his precious little “spare” time, Barrie, a winner of the Golden Glove Award in 1989, continues to pursue his love of boxing.