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Updates from General President Terry O’Sullivan

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 As a result our transportation systems are failing, our water resources are antiquated, our energy systems are out of date, and our nation’s ability to compete is hindered.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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As we near the 16th anniversary of the September 11, 2001 attacks, we should take time to reflect and mourn those we lost in the malicious and cowardly attacks. The attack on our nation and the innocent lives cut short will never be forgotten.

We should also honor and commend the heroes, including LIUNA members, who participated in the 9/11 response and clean-up efforts 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 the memory of those lost on 9/11 and share our deep gratitude with those who responded with such fearlessness and dedication to the d...

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As we begin the Labor Day weekend, it is important to remember that Labor Day is our holiday – a commemoration of the work we do each and every day, and the struggles of all working men and women to create economic equality in the United States and Canada. No one deserves this honor more than the strong, proud, and united members of LIUNA.

Labor Day was instituted to recognize the contributions of working men and women in both our countries. In the more than 100 years since the holiday was first celebrated, LIUNA members have continued to risk their livelihoods and even their lives in the fight for justice, honor, and strength for all workers. And by doing so, we have helped to create the largest middle class in the history of mank...

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This Memorial Day weekend, while many of us will have time to spend with friends and family, thousands of brave men and women in the armed services are far from home and family and living in daily danger. Their sacrifices and heroism and those who have willingly laid down their lives to protect our democracy and freedom must never be forgotten.

Our nation’s veterans deserve our honor, respect and appreciation on Memorial Day and every day of the year. On behalf of the entire LIUNA General Executive Board, I wish each and every one of you an enjoyable holiday and hope that you will also take time to reflect on those who sacrificed themselves to keep us safe.