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Updated: Oct. 24 (20:03)

Florida Mid-Term/Early Voting Locations & AFL-CIO Endorsed Candidates
TWU Local 568
Labor Endorsed Candidates
Teamsters Local 568
Local Union 767 and Zodiac Seats US ReachTentative Agreement
Teamsters Local 767
In Case You Missed It
Teamsters Local 355
Will-Grundy Central Trades and Labor Council and Will-Grundy Building Trades Election Endorsements
Teamsters Local 179
Election results
Communications Workers of America Local 1107
Who are Construction Craft Laborers and What Do We Do?

The 500,000 members of the Laborers’ International Union of North America (LIUNA) that work in building construction, highway and utility construction, and environmental remediation play an important role in the industry.  On nearly every phase and area of these job sites, laborers work independently and assist other craft workers to complete projects.  Laborers often are some of the first workers hired on a project and the last to leave it.

Skilled craft laborers use numerous skills as they move between many varying tasks with equal ability.  Further, they follow detailed instructions as well as problem solve for themselves.  This unique combination of skill, knowledge and decision making requires considerable technical and mental skills.  Women and minorities make up approximately 50% of the skilled construction laborers work force.  Flexible work schedules are often necessary due to the varying lengths and locations of jobs.  A laborer may be paving a highway for weeks in one county, then working only a few days on a masonry project in another county.  The unpredictability of each project can be both frustrating and exciting.  While some laborers may specialize in one type of work such as environmental remediation, often it is difficult to rely on just that one work classification to provide steady work.  Cross training, therefore, is a way to become more “marketable” for future jobs, and it provides experience and skills necessary to stay on jobs longer. Many laborers because of their ability, versatility, and productivity in performing their work tasks, have been asked by their project supervisor or foreman to move on to the contractor’s next project.

July Labor Line

I would like to congratulate all the new journeymen and journeywomen who graduated the Apprenticeship this year.  Furthermore I would like to extend a special thanks and congratulations to those who attended the graduation ceremony. 

The Apprentice Graduates from the Construction Industry Laborers Training Fund that were in attendance were: Ryan Bush, Joshua Clapp, Angelena Graybill, Colby Kramer, and Antwone Wilkes.  Now that you are a Journey person it is critical more now than ever that you stay current in training.  I would recommend that you take a minimum of one 40 hour class a year.  Please don’t forget to contact your local union for a training referral.

As for training, please feel free to contact us with any classes you may want to attend. We can schedule weekend, night and day classes to fit your schedule.

Mike White
Director of Training

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