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Armand E. Sabitoni is a second-generation Laborer, who worked his way from general construction laborer to one of the highest offices of the Laborers' International Union of North America.
Sabitoni has led the union's effort to strengthen Laborers training programs, known by many as among the best adult education programs in North America. Under his leadership, the union is instituting apprenticeship and training programs designed to advance Laborers' careers and meet the needs of the industry.
In addition to improving construction craft training for Laborers, Sabitoni spearheaded the founding of the union's first construction charter school for high school students. The school teaches students about the construction industry and opens the door to job opportunities upon graduation. The Cranston, R.I., school has won praise from the community and the construction industry, and prompted Engineering News Record magazine to name Sabitoni a newsmaker of the year in 2003.
A member of Laborers’ Local 271, Providence, Rhode Island, he worked as a construction laborer while attending the University of Rhode Island. Sabitoni continued his studies at the New England School of Law in Boston, graduating in 1980.
Rising steadily through the ranks of LIUNA at the local, district council, and international levels, Sabitoni has held the positions of auditor, Vice President, and President of Local 271, Business Manager and Secretary-Treasurer of the Rhode Island Laborers’ District Council, LIUNA Vice President and New England Regional Manager, and Assistant to the General President.
Sabitoni became General Secretary-Treasurer, LIUNA’s second highest ranking office, on May 1, 2001. He continues to serve as New England Regional Manager, representing more than 60,000 members across the six New England states, as well as most of New York State.
Widely known for his commitment to workers’ health and safety and his staunch support of fair and equitable workers’ compensation laws, Sabitoni chairs the national Laborers’ Health and Safety Fund of North America (LHSFNA), the national Laborers-Employers Cooperation and Education Trust Fund (LECET), the LIUNA Health and Welfare Fund, and the Service Contract Education of Training Trust Fund (SCETT). He also chairs several additional national and regional funds dealing with labor-management cooperation, health and safety, pensions and investments. Additionally, he serves as Treasurer of the Laborers’ Political League.
Throughout his long career of service to the Laborers’ International Union of North America, Sabitoni has received numerous awards recognizing his outstanding leadership and his many contributions to improving the quality of life for working families. A native of Providence, Rhode Island, he and his wife Linda and their two children reside in Cranston, RI.
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