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2001 - Present

Over a Century

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In the 21st century LIUNA has led the way for trade unions in its commitment to growth and member activism.

In 2001, delegates elected Terry O'Sullivan, General President and Armand E. Sabitoni General Secretary-Treasurer. At subsequent conventions through 2021, delegates re-elected both to office.

Brent Booker was elected as LIUNA's General President effective May 1, 2023 following the retirement of Terry O'Sullivan. Also, effective May 1, 2023, Michael F. Sabitoni was elected General Secretary-Treasurer following Armand E. Sabitoni's retirement. 

LIUNA spearheaded the opening of its first construction charter school for high school students in 2003. The New England Laborers'/Cranston Public Schools Construction and Career Academy teaches students about the construction industry, opens the door to job opportunities upon graduation and has won praise from the community and the construction industry.

When the deadly attack on the World Trade Center occurred on September 11, 2001, LIUNA members were first on the scene to help the rescue and recovery efforts and then later in the re-building of what would be known as Freedom Tower.

At LIUNA’s 2006 Convention, LIUNA made a historic commitment to help more workers join the union with the passage of resolutions that would raise more than $100 million a year for organizing – more than any construction union and more than virtually any union in North America.

At the 2011 LIUNA Convention, LIUNA followed up on the historic commitment to organizing by passing resolutions to invest in political and member activism through the LIUNA PAC and resolutions to enhance member communications and engagement.

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Organize or Die

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LIUNA on September 11

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Rebuilding After 9/11


Encyclopedia of U.S. Labor and Working-class History, Volume 1. Edited by Eric Arnesen. 2007.

The Laborer: 100th Anniversary Edition. 2003

LIUNA History 1903 – 2003. Mike Matejka, Great Plains Laborers’ District Council. 2013.

LIUNA New England Region. Download April 2014.

Minnesota LECET Newsletter. December 2013. Edited by Dwight Engen.