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LIUNA Endorses Harrison for Congress in NJ-02

The Laborers’ International Union of North America (LIUNA), the 25,000-member political powerhouse in New Jersey, has announced its support of Brigid Harrison for Congress representing New Jersey’s 2nd Congressional District.

LIUNA Vice President and Eastern Regional Manager Raymond M. Pocino delivered the following statement:

We Did It! LIUNA Apprenticeships Permanently Exempted From IRAPs

Brothers and Sisters:

Industry Regulated Apprenticeship Programs (IRAPs) were a real threat to the very existence of our Union. A lesser form of apprenticeship like IRAPs would have lowered both industry standards and the union wages and benefits we have worked so hard for.

Last summer, we asked you to fight back and make your voices heard and more than 7,000 of you in the Eastern Region answered the call.

I am pleased to share that it worked!

RISE Champions: Member-Driven Union Advocates

As an organization, LIUNA prides itself on providing our members with the skills and training they need to be effective unionists in the twenty-first century. In the Eastern Region, an outgrowth of that dedication to training is our Regional Initiative for Strategic Education—or RISE—program.

Building Union, Unearthing History

It takes a skilled union laborer to build, demolish, maintain, and repair buildings and infrastructure. It also apparently takes a skilled union Laborer to find one the world's oldest messages in a bottle.

Another day at the worksite for LIUNA Local 3's Robert Kanaby, right?

Kanaby, a 13-year member, was working demolition at Montclair State University last February. Using a chipping hammer to take down a 6-foot brick wall, Kanaby heard the sound of broken glass which would lead him down a path no other Laborer in the history of LIUNA has probably ever experienced. He discovered a 112-year old message from two union bricklayers who were involved in the building of the stately College Hall on the MSU campus. The glass he heard shattered was the bottle the letter was stored in.

4 Activists You Should Know in Honor of Women's History Month

Women’s History Month has its earliest origins in the celebration of International Women’s Day, which was itself a focal point for the women’s rights movement of the 1900s. By the mid-1970s, celebrations had expanded to a week-long observance of women’s achievements in many parts of the country.

In 1981, recognizing the growing popularity of Women’s History Week, Rep. Barbara Mikulski and Sen. Orrin Hatch sponsored a joint resolution officially proclaiming the week of March 7, 1982 as “Women’s History Week.” Over the next five years, Congress continued to pass joint resolutions designating a week in March as “Women’s History Week. Beginning in 1987, after being petitioned by the National Women’s History Project, Congress designated the entire month of March as Women’s History Month.

In the spirit of honoring Women’s History, we wanted to shine the spotlight on four female activists whose contributions help shape the labor movement into what it is today. Our current successes are built on the shoulders of these extraordinary women.

4 Union Activists You Should Know in Honor of Black History Month

Hoping to raise awareness of the significant and varied contributions of African Americans to our civilization’s shared history and culture, Harvard-trained historian Carter G. Woodson, helped found Negro History Week – the precursor to Black History Month – in 1925. It was a resounding success and helped pave the way for our monthlong reflection and recognition of achievements of African Americans in every area of American society.

In the spirit of honoring Black History, we wanted to shine the spotlight on four African American union activists whose contributions helped shape the labor movement into what it is today. Our current successes are built on the shoulders of these remarkable men and women.

Boost NJ's Technical Jobs: Vote 'YES' on Public Question 1

New Jersey has a critical skills gap that is leaving good-paying jobs unfilled, while the growing demand for career and technical education far exceeds space available for interested students.

But we now have a great opportunity to help bridge that disconnect.

Find Your Polling Place New Jersey!

Election Day is right around the corner and, one of the biggest impediments to voting in person is not knowing where to vote.

Find Your Polling Place Delaware!

Election Day is right around the corner and, one of the biggest impediments to voting in person is not knowing where to vote.

LIUNA GP O'Sullivan: We Need to Elect People Who Will be Champions of the Working Class

A video message from LIUNA General President Terry O'Sullivan on what's at stake in the midterm elections and why it's critical LIUNA members vote.

Delaware is on the Verge of a Blue-Collar Resurgence

A career in construction is again a viable option for many Delawareans. Thanks to Governor John Carney’s Construction Career Expo and several key state initiatives, we have the opportunity to see a resurgence in skilled trades job opportunities.

It’s important, and long overdue, to be able to say a career in construction can be an option for Delawareans. We remember fondly how Delaware communities like Newark, Claymont, Seaford, and Wilmington thrived with well-paying blue-collar job households.

From Homeless to $22 an Hour, Thanks to New Construction Program

John Robinson didn’t think Newark city officials were serious about a construction trades program for residents like him living in a homeless shelter.

The facility on Sussex Avenue had been slated to be closed in March after it was open through the winter months to house those in need.

So, it only made sense for Robinson to be skeptical of the job offer in June to learn a trade that would teach him to repair housing authority apartments.

A Labor Day Message from LIUNA-endorsed NJ Congressional Candidate Mikie Sherrill

Brothers and Sisters: Mikie Sherrill - LIUNA's endorsed candidate in New Jersey's 11th Congressional District - sent us this video wishing all of us a happy Labor Day.

Laborers Union backs Mikie Sherrill for Congress

MONROE TWP., NEW JERSEY – The New Jersey affiliate of the Laborers’ International Union of North America (LIUNA) has announced today its endorsement of Mikie Sherrill in her race to represent New Jersey’s 11th Congressional District. The politically-active New Jersey Laborers Union includes more than 25,000-members statewide including close to 1,200 union members and their families in the 11th District.