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LIUNA Will Never Back up, Never Back Down in the Fight for Racial, Social, and Economic Justice
Washington, D.C. (June 1, 2020) – Terry O’Sullivan, General President of LIUNA – the Laborers’ International Union of North America – issued the following statement today:
LIUNA is united in grief and sadness over the heinous and unconscionable killing of George Floyd. Once and for all, we must come together as a nation and as a people, to stamp out and extinguish the flames of bigotry, discrimination, and racial, social, and economic injustice.
We stand shoulder to shoulder with all those who are committed to tearing down the walls of inequality and racism that have plagued our nation for far too long. The men and women of LIUNA strongly support the right to peacefully demonstrate, which is a founding principle of our nation, our union, and our society. We condemn the lawless cowards who are exploiting these terrible times - acting with violence and disregard for the values of our democracy.
In memory of George Floyd and all those who have tragically and unjustly lost their lives, we must recommit ourselves to the fight to eradicate bigotry and discrimination and to bring about the critical reforms our country so desperately needs. We must never forget that one of the most powerful tools of social change that is available to us—is the ballot box. We must be united in our vigilance and determination to elect leaders at every level of government that reflect our values for justice, equality, and fairness for all.
We have resumed Training Classes on Monday, June 1, 2020 and will provide updates as they become available.
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The Kansas City Construction Industry has created “Care for Construction Heroes” hot line 816.595.4164. The hotline has been establish to provide an additional resource for field workers to call in for unsafe worksites during the COVID-19 pandemic. All callers WILL remain anonymous and the information will be transcribed to an email format and direct to the contractor and appropriate craft(s).
Labor and Management Create “Care for Construction Heroes” Task Force
Goal is to keep construction workers safe and healthy during COVID-19 crisis
Construction industry partners have established a “Care for Construction Heroes” task force to provide an additional resource for field workers during the COVID-19 pandemic. This task force, which includes commercial construction contractors, The Builders’ Association, and labor, will help address the safety- and health-related questions and concerns of those who are performing the construction work so vital and essential to our country’s economic vitality.
“Commercial contractors, safety and health professionals, and trade unions have protocols in place to help confront the current COVID-19 crisis, but we must stay vigilant to meet the needs of craftspeople and everyone in the field in a way that is true to our values,” said Don Greenwell, President of The Builders’ Association. “While concerns in the field should immediately be raised to someone supervising the job, we must all work to eliminate any potential safety and health issues,” he emphasized.
“Workers will continue to receive good pay and benefits if our work is done in a healthy way. Strong communication and working with industry partners have helped us stay on top of risks. We are fighting this invisible enemy every day in so many ways in our lives,” said Alise Martiny, Business Manager, Greater Kansas City Building & Trades Council.
For COVID-19 information specific to construction, The Builders’ Association has established the COVID-19 Resource Center on the home page of their website at www.buildersassociation.com.
The COVID-19 Resource Center includes safety and health best practices as well as summaries of federal and local laws and orders. For workers with questions and concerns, a hotline has been established at 816.595.4164.
“It is an understatement to say these are challenging times. There is no playbook on how to manage through this crisis, but we are all in this together. Our contractors are working with us to communicate, monitor and improve,” said Al Bond, Executive Secretary-Treasurer of the St. Louis-Kansas City Carpenters Regional Council.
“All job sites should be transparent when it comes to health and safety,” added Don Greenwell. “Labor is playing a very important leadership role in collaborating with management to confront the pandemic. Through education, strict health and safety protocols, and open communication, we will continue the vital work of building our communities.”
The Builders' Association COVID-19 Recommended Best Practices
for Construction Jobsites: Bulletin #2005, March 19, 2020
TRAINING: When you see a union laborer, you are seeing one of the best-trained, most skilled and most experienced laborers in the construction industry. Many of our members got their start as union laborers with apprenticeship training at the Laborers Training Center in Belton, MO.
It offers both classroom and hands-on instruction in every discipline a laborer will need to do the dozens of jobs they do. Here's a look at many of the important lessons laborers in Western Missouri and Kansas learn at our Belton Training Center.
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.
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