A Message about George Floyd and Racial Justice

A Message about George Floyd and Racial Justice

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 …

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NY State Releases Reopening Guidelines for Construction

NY State Releases Reopening Guidelines for Construction

The governor has put in place guidelines for all New York construction businesses including both mandatory requirements and recommended best practices. These guidelines apply to essential construction sites as well as all permitted construction sites when Phase 1 re-opening starts in New York City. This guidance is not intended to replace any existing applicable local, state, and federal laws, regulations, and standards.

Read the ‘Reopening New York’ guidelines for construction here: Construction Guidelines for Employers and Employees

For any questions, feel free to call your area …

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Important Message Regarding COVID-19 Hardship Distribution Checks

Important Message Regarding COVID-19 Hardship Distribution Checks

Important Message Regarding COVID-19 Hardship Distribution Checks from Mason Tenders Trust Funds:

The checks for approved COVID-19 Hardship Distribution applications that were received by the Fund by April 15th were mailed on Monday, May 11th. Due to US postal service delays as a result of the pandemic, please allow 10 business days before contacting the Fund Office about your check.  Thank you for your patience.

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ESSENTIAL ONLINE CLASSES BY THE TRAINING FUND!

ESSENTIAL ONLINE CLASSES BY THE TRAINING FUND!

As the city and the world prepare for returning to work, one thing we can be certain of is there will be a new normal. COVID-19 training has already begun to be required by some of our signatory contractors. We strongly urge every single member of Local 79 to take the COVID-19 – INFECTIOUS DISEASE TRAINING and the ICRA AWARENESS TRAINING for Infection Control Risk Assessment (ICRA), which are now being offered online through our training fund. When work fully reopens, COVID-19 training may be …

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Business Manager Mike Prohaska writes Op-Ed: Unions are essential during COVID-19 Pandemic

Business Manager Mike Prohaska writes Op-Ed: Unions are essential during COVID-19 Pandemic

Local 79 Business Manager Mike Prohaska wrote an Op-Ed in the New York Daily News about how essential UNIONS are in response to the Covid-19 pandemic. Read an excerpt below:

“Workers in hospitals, grocery stores, transit, warehouses, construction sites and elsewhere have been rightly deemed essential. But a tale of two cities is playing out before our eyes: The privileged shelter in place, while others put their bodies on the line to provide healthcare, food, housing and infrastructure.

Unfair working conditions have long existed, but coronavirus …

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Online Training Available!

Online Training Available!

A MESSAGE FROM THEMASON TENDERS’ TRAINING FUND:

Live Instructor-Led Online Training Courses Available

As it would be less than responsible under the current
conditions to conduct classes in the conventional manner at the school in Long
Island City, your Training Fund has found a way to provide you with live
Instructor led online training in many of the courses that you and many other
members want and need.  And you can do it from home through a method of distance
learning.

Through the Zoom platform, members can enter a virtual
classroom with a live video view …

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Important Message Regarding New Hardship Distribution Option due to COVID-19

Important Message Regarding New Hardship Distribution Option due to COVID-19

Brothers & Sisters,

As you know, I have been working with the Funds to develop options for you to access your annuity. The Funds work hard to protect and grow your investments.  But I understand that these are difficult times and some of you may need to access these assets, and now you have the ability to do that. The following information outlines the details and deadlines. While I consider this a big and helpful step, I’m still working on other questions and concerns you’ve raised. …

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Fill out the 2020 Census

Fill out the 2020 Census

We know there is a
lot going on, but it is even more important now to fill out the Census to make
sure our state gets the funding it needs. Every household can take the census by
phone, mail, or computer. Click liuna-ny.org/mycensus to fill out.

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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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