At Local 79's March 2nd general membership meeting, Local 79 member Felicia Mcintosh was honored as Local 79's 2015 Woman of the Year. In his remarks, Business Manager Mike Prohaska noted that Ms. Mcintosh was given this award for a number of reasons, including the fact that she had never refused a job since 2000, had always attended union meetings, and had showed her support for the union by going to rallies and participating in numerous union events. All of us at Local 79 congratulate Ms. Mcintosh, who provides a fine example of a dedicated, hard-working, engaged member. . Local 79's latest class of apprentices, [...]
A busload of Local 79 apprentices went to Albany on June 10 to lobby legislators regarding 421-a, the program that provides tax abatement to developers who build residential housing in New York City. Their presence there was part of the UP4NYC campaign, a campaign that has been going on for weeks to make sure any extension of 421-a carries with it new responsibilities for the developers who are getting the tax breaks. The apprentices met with a number of legislators and spoke about the critical importance of amending the legislation to add provisions that a percentage of the units receiving tax [...]
On Monday evening, April 6, 20 Local 79 apprentices attended a dinner to speak with Alize Beal, a Manhattan representative from the Mayor's office, about their path to becoming Local 79 apprentices, discuss the various ways in which they are active in the Local and their communities, and to listen to Mike McGuire, Director of the Mason Tenders' District Council Political Action Committee, talk about the importance of becoming engaged in various forms of political action. The apprentices were introduced to Local 79 through its Pre-Apprenticeship Navigation Programs. The Navigation programs partner with a number of community and neighborhood organizations to inform local community members about Local 79, its apprenticeship program, the labor movement, and other issues. "It was heartening to [...]
On January 19, in recognition of Martin Luther King Day, Local 79 apprentices-in-training joined with staff members from Local 79, the Mason Tenders' Training Fund, and LECET to carry out a service project with students at the Frederick Douglas Academy in East New York. The service project, organized by Sports and Arts in the Schools, involved writing letters to service men and women overseas, creating artwork to assemble into a peace quilt, and other projects. "We look forward to having our apprentices-in-training carry out service projects like this, " said Mason Tenders' Training Fund Apprenticeship Coordinator Timmy Warrington. 'Members of Local 79 are involved [...]
When: Sunday, July 27th at noon Where: Channel 7 (WABC) What: Segment on Mason Tenders' Training Fund
On Sunday, July 27th at noon, WABC Channel 7's public affairs program "Here and Now" featured a segment about the Mason Tenders' Training Fund (MTTF). "Here and Now" is hosted by Sandra Bookman and focuses on issues of interest and concern to the African-American community. The segment featured interviews with MTTF staff and scenes of classroom and hands-on training of apprentices. It is very positive story about LiUNA and the MTTF's commitment to providing training and opportunities for minority men and women. To view the segment, click here.