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Updates from General President Terry O’Sullivan

On behalf of the LIUNA General Executive Board and the 500,000 men and women of LIUNA, I would like to use this Veterans Day and Remembrance Day to salute the men and women who serve, and have served, in the armed forces across the United States and Canada.

We recognize the incredible achievements and the sacrifices our service members and veterans have made for us all. We honor those who gave their lives to protect the freedom enjoyed by their fellow citizens, and we honor those who were wounded or taken prisoner. The courage of these men and women will never be forgotten.

LIUNA is extremely proud of its brothers and sisters who are veterans. In the 113 years since its founding, our members have time and again answered the call to defend ...

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On the 17th anniversary of the September 11 attacks, we must remember and mourn the men and women lost in the vicious and cowardly assault on our nation. The tragic events of that day can never be forgotten.

We must also recognize the heroes, including many LIUNA members, who participated in the response and clean-up and later the rebuilding of the World Trade Center and construction of the Flight 93 Memorial.

On behalf of myself, General Secretary-Treasurer Armand E. Sabitoni, and the entire LIUNA General Executive Board, I urge that we continue to honor those lost on September 11 and share our heartfelt gratitude with those who responded with such courage and strength to the devastating attacks.

As we look forward to the Labor Day weekend, we must not forget that Labor Day is our day – a holiday that commemorates the strife and struggle to achieve economic equality by working men and women across the United States and Canada. No one is more deserving of this honor than the strong, proud, and united members of LIUNA.

Since the holiday was first celebrated more than a century ago, LIUNA members have risked their livelihoods and even laid down their lives in the fight for justice, honor, and strength for all workers. Our efforts have strengthened both of our nations and created prosperity that has led to a robust middle-class.

However, anti-worker and anti-union special interests throughout North America are working to weaken u...

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LIUNA proudly represents tens of thousands of dedicated, hard-working public employees who are undaunted by the Janus decision.

The Court has abandoned sound legal precedent and sided with anti-worker interests whose aim is to weaken unions by seeking to force unions and those who support us to bear the cost of representing free-riders. While the plaintiff’s backers claim this case is about “freedom of speech” nothing could be further from the truth. The Janus case represents an all-out attack on public sector unions meant to diminish the bargaining power of millions of public sector workers and divide us in the workplace.

Despite the cynical efforts of the anti-worker groups financing Janus, union membership has always a...

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For too long there’s been too much talk, too little action and far too little investment in our country’s crumbling critical infrastructure. As a result our transportation systems are failing, our water resources are antiquated, our energy systems are out of date, and our nation’s ability to compete is hindered.

Our nation’s infrastructure, which was once the envy of the world, now has a D+ grade from the
American Society of Civil Engineers. To focus attention on this critical problem, LIUNA is helping to lead
a broad coalition of organizations for Infrastructure Week—May 14 to May 18.

During Infrastructure Week, solutions will be highlighted, such as adjusting the federal gas tax and
implementing a vehicle miles traveled fee to generate investment, as well as, state efforts to pump
more investment into our transportation systems.

Adjusting the gas tax user fee, currently frozen at 1993 levels, is a proven and efficient way to increase transportation infrastructure investment. Private investment in public projects can also finance infrastructure, and if done right, can create good union construction jobs, which protect workers with prevailing wages and project labor agreements.

No one solution will be enough. What is a certain, though, is that it will take significant national
investment to keep our bridges from continuing to deteriorate, better maintain our roads, and improve
the reliability of our water resources.

It is time our nation put its money where its mouth is. It is time to build.

Together we can help lead a movement to rebuild America, a movement that commands Congress and
elected officials to listen and to take action.

Watch the video and download materials from the LIUNA Build America Toolkit.

As Workers Memorial Day approaches in the U.S. and the National Day of Mourning nears in Canada, we must redouble our efforts to enhance safety on the job and demand more respect for our work and our lives. It is the right of every worker to have a safe jobsite or workplace, but that right is increasingly neglected and under attack—with deadly consequences.

Work-related fatalities in all industries are rising in the U.S. and Canada, with 6,095 deaths in 2016, the most recent statistics available. That is up from 5,688 the year before. Since 2008, 151 LIUNA members have been killed on the job and the construction industry accounts for one in five worker deaths. For too many men and women, going to work means risking their life to put...

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Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr., was not only a leader who ushered in a movement for justice, peace and reconciliation, but a man who changed the course of history. As we approach his birthday, it is time to honor his legacy and rededicate ourselves to the movement he helped launch. To this day, the work Dr. King started, shapes our efforts and aspirations to build a more just and fair world and forge a nation where opportunity and prosperity are shared equally by all.

While all Americans have much to be thankful to Dr. King for, we owe a special debt for the work he did to advance the American Labor movement. Dr. King was firmly committed to the cause of working people and believed that the cause of labor was inextricably linked with racial ...

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On Thanksgiving and each and every day of the year, I couldn’t be more thankful for the strength of this union, the pride each of you have in the work you do, and the efforts you make to build our country.

While many of us are able to take well-deserved time off to be with our loved ones, the brave men and women of the armed forces who are serving our nation in dangerous conditions far from home and still others, who are closer to home, may lack even the most basic of necessities. I hope you will join me in honoring this special holiday by rededicating ourselves to the cause of helping those in need and saluting those who keep us safe.

On behalf of myself, General Secretary-Treasurer Armand E. Sabitoni and the entire LIUNA General Ex...

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On this Veterans Day and Remembrance Day we are all aware of dangers around the globe and the men and women in uniform across the United States and Canada who shield and protect us from them.

From the Middle East to the Pacific Rim of Asia and lands in between, we salute our service members and veterans. We honor their everyday sacrifices and the dedication that means months and years spent far from home. And we honor all those who have paid the ultimate price. Their courage must never be forgotten.

In the 114 years since our founding, tens of thousands of LIUNA members have answered the call to serve their countries. As our veterans have served us, we must also serve them – through Helmets to Hardhats, by recruiting them into good j...

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