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Our work and our jobs depend on the Keystone XL pipeline and energy projects like it – and it’s urgent that you make your support heard now. The U.S. State Department is now accepting public comments before making a final recommendation on approving the pipeline. For the sake of our jobs and our union, send a message to the State Department now.

Here's how:

Go to the TransCanada Keystone Pipeline, L.P, National Interest Determination website and fill out the comment form.

Tell the State Department how important good jobs building our nation’s energy infrastructure are to you.

These are sample comments you can use to submit to the U.S. Department of State:

We need jobs and we need energy independence. The Keystone XL pipeline will help us support both.
I’m a veteran and the Keystone XL pipeline is exactly the kind of job I would want to come home to. I want to build the pipeline so we rely less on foreign oil from countries that hate us – and drag us into wars.
We don't need more exploding trains rolling through our community. The Keystone XL pipeline is much safer, and I strongly urge its construction.

An energy independent North America is a stronger North America.  Build the Keystone XL pipeline and end our dependence on Middle Eastern oil.

I’m a pipeline worker and I want the State Department to know: Keystone XL is more than a pipeline. It’s a lifeline for my family and thousands of other hard-working men and women.
Approval of the pipeline was submitted more than five years ago. There are no more excuses for delaying this jobs-creating project. It’s time to unlock the thousands of good, family-supporting jobs for LIUNA members that Keystone XL will create.

As a LIUNA member, I do pipeline work. Keystone XL pipeline is a safe and secure way to transport oil. I am proud of my job and do quality work, thus insuring a safe transmission system.
Fight for your job – send a message to the State Department in support of the Keystone XL pipeline now.

In Solidarity,

LIUNA Action Network

LIUNA GP Terry O'Sullivan Joins Capitol Hill News Conference to Speak Out for Greater Transportation Investment 
LIUNA General President Terry O’Sullivan joined national business leaders, transportation experts and advocates for motorists in a news conference with U.S. Rep. Earl Blumenauer to push for more jobs-creating investment in the nation’s transportation infrastructure. Rep. Blumenauer has introduced a bill that would increase the gas tax by 15 cents over 10 years – with a goal of then eliminating the tax entirely. 

Called the Update Act, if enacted the bill would mark the first time in 20 years there has been a serious increase in investment through theHighway Trust Fund. The fund is how most states and localities maintain, modernize and update their roads, bridges and transit systems. 

"Are we America the great, or America the crumbling?” O’Sullivan asked. “The Update Act offers real solutions that can keep our country great." 

For most motorists, the increase in the tax would amount to pennies a day and pales in comparison to the nearly $400 a year the average driver spends on wasted gas and car repairs due to sub-par and crowded roads. And the act would support hundreds of thousands of good construction jobs, which a majority of LIUNA members rely on. 

Without an increase, the Highway Trust Fund will go broke by 2015. The fund is strapped due to rising costs of construction materials and higher vehicle fuel efficiency, trends which are expected to continue. That is why Rep. Blumenauer has proposed the 10-year tax phase-in and then ending the tax, allowing the nation time to develop longer-term solutions that can restore America’s transportation systems for future generations. 

Read O'Sullivan's remarks in support of the Update Act here. Read news coverage of the event here.
No Excuse for Pitting Workers against Wages 
Prevailing wages are one of the few protections families have in Michigan, which allow them to prosper – and they too are now under attack by corporate-backed groups determined to drive down wages and increase income inequality. Read more on the importance of family-supporting prevailing wage laws in Michigan at Inside the ABC

And check out how Michigan residents are fighting back against anti-worker propaganda in the Detroit News with these letters to the editor.
Terry O'Sullivan Oped: We Neglect Infrastructure at Our Own Risk  
Last month marked the 81st anniversary of the opening of the Pulaski Skyway Bridge – a milestone for what was once a modern span supporting commuters, freight and commerce. While the bridge is finally receiving much needed attention to prevent it from literally falling down, its condition highlights a serious local, regional and national problem.
Read Terry O'Sullivan's Op-Ed, 'We Neglect Infrastructure at Our Own Risk' in The Record here
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Hear how LIUNA Local 55 member Charlie Lloyd III was able to provide for his family through an initiative that encourages hiring local people. 

Some corporate CEOs are paid in one hour more than the average employee makes in a year – no wonder they're ashamed and are trying to hide it. But now the U.S Securities and Exchange Commission is considering requiring corporations to reveal how much they pay CEOs compared to their average worker – and they need to hear from you to encourage them to do so.

Tell the SEC to require companies to disclose the ratio of CEO pay to workers' paychecks.

The gap between what CEOs are paid and what workers are paid has soared. In 1982, the average CEO made 42 times the average worker. In 2012, it was 354 times the average worker. And unfortunately, all that money doesn't translate into better performance or higher returns for investors, including union pension funds. In fact, compensation experts have found that there is a relationship between high CEO pay and poor performance.

By mandating CEO-to-worker pay ratio disclosure on corporate balance sheets, future corporate boards might be less willing to over compensate their CEOs.

Tell the SEC, it’s time for a change – we need companies to disclose the relationship between CEO pay and workers' pay.

In Solidarity,

 
LIUNA Action Network

Montgomery County, Maryland garbage truck drivers have asked for help in their effort to join LIUNA and be treated fairly by their employer. Jacob Alvial, currently on strike in Montgomery County told a LIUNA organizer, "Our employers have said they don’t have to negotiate with us because they aren’t feeling any pressure from our strike."

We need YOU, to show them that you care how they treat their workers and let them Feel the Power of LIUNA.

Collecting trash is dangerous and demanding work, and Jacob and his co-workers want the resources they need to take care of ourselves and our families. Right now, they can’t afford to take the health insurance offered by the company, and Montgomery County investigators have found the company has regularly violated the County’s living wage law.

So far, workers have gotten a lot of support and encouragement from the Montgomery County Council,  Maryland State Delegates, and residents. However, Potomac Disposal and Unity Disposal still won’t meet us halfway and sign contracts that include affordable health insurance and fair wages.

Please call them and tell them that their employees deserve affordable health insurance and fair wages.

Potomac Disposal: 301-294-9700

Unity Disposal and Recycling: 301-490-8604 or 301-990-2049

Then, sign the petition to let us know you called.

We can’t trust these companies to count your calls accurately. Signing on will help us make sure we can tell Montgomery County Executive Ike Leggett exactly how many of you support us.

Thanks so much for your support!

In Solidarity,

 
LIUNA Action Network

Federal Government Shutdown: An End Near?
Senate leaders announced a bipartisan deal today to end the 16-day-old federal government shutdown, which put 800,000 workers out of work.

It's time for the radical Tea Party Republicans to stop putting the economy at risk and put 800,000 people back to work. Read more on the federal government shutdown here.

LIUNA GP Terry O'Sullivan: Paying the Price for 20 Years of Duct-Taping Our Infrastructure
With much of the focus on the government shutdown and its potential impact on the economy, a critical cost of congressional polarization and paralysis has been overshadowed: Our nation is literally falling apart.

Read LIUNA General President Terry O'Sullivan's Op-Ed, "Paying the Price for 20 Years of Duct-Taping Our Infrastructure" in The Hill.

Hundreds of LIUNA Members Rally for Comprehensive Immigration Reform  
Last week, hundreds of LIUNA members from New Jersey, Washington, DC, New York, Maryland and Virginia rallied and marched for the 2013 Camino Americano: March for Immigrant Dignity and Respect on the National Mall in Washington, DC to send a message to the House of Representatives that it's time to pass comprehensive immigration reform.

See LIUNA General President Terry O'Sullivan at the rally here.

Act Now to Pass Living Wages and Safer Working Conditions for Austin Construction Workers
Over a year ago, LIUNA members joined concerned Austin, Texas citizens, other labor unions and faith groups to call on the Austin City Council to keep public investments in construction from undermining conditions for local construction workers. In response, the City Council passed a historic recommendation to ensure fair wages and safe working conditions on all future projects receiving tax breaks.

Now workers need your help to urge the Council to make this recommendation stick and improve the lives of Austin construction workers by enacting a clear policy that guarantees workers get paid fairly and receive adequate training on projects receiving major tax breaks. Urge the Council not to delay the vote. Send Austin City Council a message here.

Are You Driving Over Structurally Deficient Bridges?
Every day, millions of Americans drive on bridges which Federal Highway Administration inspectors have deemed structurally deficient of functionally obsolete. Are you driving over one of them?

Check LIUNA's new infrastructure map for deficient bridges near you and call on Congress to invest in fixing our bridges. View the map here: http://www.liuna.org/infrastructuremap
 

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20 Year Anniversary of Last Boost to Transportation Investment  
Yesterday marked 20 years since the last significant investment boost to transportation infrastructure. The last increase, a 4.3 cent per gallon gasoline tax, went into effect October 1, 1993. Since then, Congress has repeatedly avoided addressing shortfalls in the Highway Trust Fund, the key way the U.S. invests in its bridges, highways and transit. To symbolize the lack of action since and the current approach to the transportation infrastructure crisis, LIUNA delivered rolls of duct to key members of Congress.

The U.S. transportation system is nearly failing, according to the American Society of Civil Engineers. A fourth of bridges are deficient or obsolete. Half of urban roadways are considered deficient, costing the average motorist $324 a year in wasted fuel and repairs.

It's time for Congress to stop duct-taping our roads and bridges. Learn more here.

October 5: National Day of Dignity and Respect
On Tuesday, October 8, thousands will gather on the National Mall, including LIUNA members from New Jersey, Washington, DC, New York, Maryland, and Virginia, to march to the U.S. Capitol to send a message to the House of Representatives. It's time to pass a comprehensive immigration reform measure that will help undocumented workers step out of the shadows.

Looking for a way to participate? This Saturday, October 5, communities are coming together for a National Day of Action to encourage Congress to pass comprehensive immigration reform that includes a roadmap to citizenship and rules that will protect workers’ rights and keep families together.  Find an event near you to join in on the National Day of Action: http://go.aflcio.org/oct-5.

Federal Government Shutdown  
LIUNA General President Terry O'Sullivan released a statement on the Federal government shutdown, saying,"It is exasperating that the U.S. House of Representatives has become so tied in political knots that it can no longer do its job and pass legislation to fund programs and services it has already authorized and to prevent a shutdown of the federal government.” Read his entire statement here.

Download the New LIUNA iPhone App
Download the new LIUNA iPhone app from iTunes. The app is the go-to source for members, staff and leaders to check-in with their union and get the latest news, connect on social media, and get driving directions to your Local Union. Be sure to download the app or if you already have the LIUNA app installed, download the update to access the new version of the LIUNA iPhone app. An android version of the app is coming soon.

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Long-time worker champion and LIUNA 223 officer Marty Walsh won the Boston mayoral primary election last week. Read more on Walsh's win here.
 

Following the 9/11 terrorist attacks, many LIUNA members performed recovery and clean-up work.

If you or someone you know has become sick or injured due to work at these sites, register with the September 11th Victim Compensation Fund. Doing so preserves the right to file a compensation claim in the future. The deadline is October 3.

Exposures to the toxic dust and fumes that permeated these cleanups can lead to serious illnesses. Some illnesses – cancer, for example – may take years to develop.

Even if you are not now sick, if you worked at the World Trade Center, the Pentagon or the Shanksville (PA) crash – or the Staten Island landfill, the barge operation between Manhattan and Staten Island or the New York City morgue – still register for the Septemer 11 Victim Compensation Fund.

Registration is easy and requires answering only a few questions. Click here to register or go to the September 11th Victim Compensation Fund website to find out what kind of documentation is needed.

In Solidarity,
LIUNA Action Network

On the anniversary of the 9/11 attacks, LIUNA has released a video series featuring seven LIUNA members who participated in the 9/11 response and are now rebuilding the World Trade Center.

Michael Saich, a member of LIUNA Local 79, saw the second plane crash into the South Tower of the World Trade Center twelve years ago.

"A lot of people we worked with lost family members. It means a lot to be here. We are not going to let what happened affect us,” said Michael.

Watch Michael and six other union men and women tell their stories of rebuilding the World Trade Center. View all seven videos here.
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ubl5E51C1x8&feature=share&list=PLnW5922PvZpb24MO0Uox0ed84gaxvBlcq
In Solidarity,
 
LIUNA Action Network

On Labor Day: Fight for the Middle-Class

This Labor Day as we honor America’s workers, it couldn’t be clearer that the middle class is in crisis. Wages and living standards aren’t keeping pace with our productivity and corporate greed is poisoning our democracy. Extremist corporate interests are pushing so-called “right to work” laws nationwide and attacking our right to prosper and work at a job with an opportunity to better one’s life and achieve the American Dream. Watch the right to prosper video and get involved with your union.


Tell Medtronic CEO That Employees Aren't Disposable

Workers employed at a Cretex concrete plant in Shakopee have been on strike for 10 weeks because the company doesn't believe that employees deserve to retire in dignity after a life of hard work and won’t back away from a plan to cut pensions. These workers are working-class heroes, with families and bills to pay, but who nonetheless are standing up to a company that thinks its workers are disposable. Rodrigo Zamorano, an eight-year employee whose wife is fighting breast cancer, can’t afford to have his livelihood threatened and neither can his co-workers.

Medtronic is among Cretex's highest-profile customers. With one phone call, Medtronic could help Cretex workers.  Tell Medtronic CEO Omar Ishrak to make the call because employees aren't disposable.

Tell Boehner - It's Time for a Vote on Citizenship

LIUNA members have rallied across the nation for action on comprehensive immigration reform that creates a roadmap to citizenship, protects family unity and treats American and immigrant workers fairly.

At the end of June, the Senate passed long-overdue comprehensive immigration reform. Speaker John Boehner has the power to bring the House to a vote on immigration, but is allowing the extremists within the Republican party to stall on the issue.

There are some in the House that want to strip the construction cap as passed in the Senate bill, falsely claiming that there is a shortage of construction workers. Eliminating the cap and worker protections will allow employers to bring in a large number of exploitable workers. LIUNA will continue to be vigilant on this issue and urge members of Congress block efforts by some to drive down wages and suppress worker protections.

Sign the petition asking Speaker Boehner and the House leadership for a vote on citizenship now.


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CNN spotlighted LIUNA's efforts in New York City on the most recent, Inside Man. Read More.

LIUNA was founded more than a century ago by immigrants struggling for citizenship and to improve their lives. These proud men and women have helped build our nation, just as many immigrants do today. They deserve a vote on comprehensive immigration reform.

LIUNA members have rallied across the nation for action on comprehensive immigration reform that creates a roadmap to citizenship, protects family unity and treats American and immigrant workers fairly.

At the end of June, the Senate passed long-overdue comprehensive immigration reform. Now, it is time for the U.S. House to act.

Speaker John Boehner has the power to bring the House to a vote on immigration, but is allowing the extremists within the Republican party to stall on the issue.

It's time for the House of Representatives to vote on comprehensive immigration reform – that creates a roadmap to citizenship and treats all workers fairly.

There are some in the House that want to strip the construction cap as passed in the Senate bill, falsely claiming that there is a shortage of construction workers. Eliminating the cap and worker protections will allow employers to bring in a large number of exploitable workers. LIUNA will continue to be vigilant on this issue and urge members of Congress block efforts by some to drive down wages and suppress worker protections.

We are asking you to sign a petition asking Speaker Boehner and the House leadership for a vote on citizenship now. We're not waiting anymore; the time is now!

Sign the petition asking Speaker Boehner and the House leadership for a vote on citizenship now.

In Solidarity,
 
LIUNA Action Network

The final installment of Inside Man, airing this Sunday at 10 pm eastern on CNN, will focus on the real lives of those helping tow the line for America’s middle class. Supersize Me star Morgan Spurlock, the series host, will interview long-time construction organizer Chaz Rynkiewicz about some of the challenges facing organized labor across the country.

Morgan spent the work day with Chaz Rynkiewicz, Local 79 Director of Organizing, finishing up at a worker rally in the heart of the city. Sunday’s installment also includes a discussion about the latest efforts in the state to renew the push for worker rights with leaders from "Build Up New York City" (BUNYC).

"We're so grateful that CNN is reporting such an under-covered story about how the corporate war on worker rights threatens the future of America’s middle class,” LIUNA General President Terry O'Sullivan says. "We face a middle class crisis, in which LIUNA organizers, along with Build Up New York City, are working to make a real difference."

Be sure to catch the episode this Sunday on CNN at 10 pm EST.

 

In Solidarity,

 
LIUNA Action Network

Workers have joined together with LIUNA to organize a union at ALCOM, a trailer manufacturer in Winslow which is benefiting from the pipeline and energy boom, making profits manufacturing temporary housing for workers. Workers want to share in those profits — but on Friday, four of them got fired.

Tell ALCOM CEO Trapper Clark to reinstate these workers today and stop the campaign of worker intimidation.

You know the story. It happens all too often. When workers join together to form a union the employer breaks the law and fires union activists. It’s clearly illegal, but in 1 out of every 3 union organizing drives this happens. Only 5% of those workers are reinstated by the union election.

The effect is chilling and the message from the boss is clear, “If you stand with the union, you’re next.”

Take action and tell ALCOM CEO Trapper Clark that this is unacceptable.

Workers deserve dignity and respect. Organizing for a voice on the job and a seat at the table is their right and their freedom. Tell CEO Trapper Clark to do the right thing: reinstate the workers and stop the campaign of worker intimidation. Click here right now to send a message.

Sincerely,
LIUNA Action Network

Sign the petition to save the Post Office!

Sign the petition to support the Postal Service Protection Act (HR 630). Supporting the Postal Service Protection Act will prevent post offices from shutting down, preserve overnight delivery standards, stop the unnecessary pre-funding mandate for the Retiree Health Benefits Fund and return pension overpayments to the Postal Service.

It only takes a couple of minutes to sign this petition and save decent middle-class jobs.

Share this petition with your friends on Facebook, Twitter, email and any other ways you can: http://1.usa.gov/101upvJ

Sincerely,
LIUNA Action Network

ASCE Report Card Shows U.S. Infrastructure Near Failing
The American Society of Civil Engineers (ASCE) released their 2013 Report Card for America’s Infrastructure today, awarding the U.S. an overall grade of D+ on infrastructure.

According to the report, U.S. roads, bridges, public transportation networks, water and sewage systems, school facilities, power grids, and other basic but essential public support assets have diminished to the point that a $3.6 trillion investment is needed to rescue our near-failing infrastructure systems by 2020.

“We wouldn’t want our kids to come home with a D+ and it’s not acceptable for our country. It’s time for Congress to put the duct tape away and put America back to work building a safe, efficient and effective U.S. infrastructure system that will pay dividends to our national economy and the American workforce for decades to come.” said LIUNA General President Terry O’Sullivan.

Read LIUNA's entire statement here.

Cancel the Cuts - Repeal the Sequester! March 20 National Day of Action
Join us in today's National Day of Action as we make our voices heard - at Congressional Offices and in our communities. We're putting a human face on the sequester, workers losing their jobs and communities impacted. Find an event near you and take action!
 
Tell Congress: Don't Furlough the Brave Men and Women of the National Guard
Tell Congress to exempt the brace men and women Military Technicians of the National Guard - thousands of whom are LIUNA members - from sequestration furloughs.

Many National Guard technicians have proudly served their country in Iraq, Afghanistan, and in other overseas missions. When they ask to be treated as civilians for workplace rights like overtime and appeals, they are denied these protections on the grounds that they are military personnel, but when they face a furlough that would amount to a 20% pay cut, they are classified as civilians. National Guard technicians will be the only personnel wearing military uniforms subject to furloughs.

Tell your Representative to cosponsor H.R. 1014, a bill that would exempt National Guard dual-status technicians from sequestrations furloughs.
 
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Watch Laborers Local 79 in New York City and Laborers Local 66 in Long Island on the Late Show with David Letterman delivering the talk show comic's Top Ten List – The Top 10 Pet Peeves of NYC Construction Workers.

Senate floor leader Ron Richard says Senator Dan Brown has been negotiating with a Democrat senator, and he thinks a paycheck deception compromise is in the works that can be passed without a lot of trouble this week.

Let’s be clear: there can be no compromising on attempts to silence working Missourians - the everyday heroes who keep us safe, teach our children and take care for our veterans.

Extremists like Birther Speaker Tim Jones are trying to ram paycheck deception bills through the General Assembly because they're "a way to get to the ultimate goal of so-called right to work." These bills are designed by and for radical ideologues who want even more control over our political system.

Call 1-888-907-9711 -- to demand that your Senator STAND UP for Missouri's workers, and reject any fraudulent 'compromise' that hurts working Missourians.

So-Called Right-to-Work
Working people, unions and allies are mobilizing to stop the spread of so-called right-to-work, which lowers living standards for workers and threatens collective bargaining.

Action NetworkKnow the facts: so-called right-to-work doesn't create jobs, it turns good union jobs into lower paid non-union jobs.

Workers in so-called right-to-work states make about $5,300 less per year.

In so-called right-to-work states, fewer are free to join a union, slashing retirement contributions and crippling pensions.

You might call it "right-to-work to death" - the workplace death rate is 36 percent higher in so-called right-to-work states.

Learn what you can do to fight back against so-called right-to-work at: www.liuna.org/RTW

Terry O'Sullivan Tells U.S. House Committe: "New Marshall Plan" Needed to Tackle Infrastructure Crisis

LIUNA General President Terry O'Sullivan testified recently on the need for strong federal leadership to address our nation's basic needs for good roads, safe bridges, clean drinking water and safe and efficient airports before the U.S. House Committee on Transportation and Infrastructure.

“We need a new Marshall Plan to tackle this crisis,” O’Sullivan told the committee. “We can build America and build our economy at the same time.”

O’Sullivan told the members of Congress that “there is real suffering within the construction workforce and the solution is staring us in
the face. Needed infrastructure investment would create millions of jobs.”

The General President was one of three witnesses - he was joined by Pennsylvania Gov. Ed Rendell, who now leads Building America's Future, and Tom Donohue, President of the U.S. Chamber of Commerce.

Read the rest of Terry O'Sullivan's testimony here.
 
Update: Silica Exposure on the Job
Nearly 10,000 people signed the petition to tell the White house to put a plan into place to protect construction workers from being exposed to silica on the job.
 
At least 1.7 million construction workers could be protected from cancer-causing silica if an OSHA protection - stalled for two years - is put into action. Learn more about the dangers of silica here.
 
Women Building California and the Nation 2013 Conference
The Women Building California and the Nation 2013 Conference will be held April 5-7 at the Sheraton Grand in Sacramento, California.
The conference brochure and onlne registration are available at http://www.sbctc.org/doc.asp?id=4292.
 
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Union members can enter to win a Disney Dream Vacation for Four through Union Plus. Register to win by May 15, 2013.

Get ready to fight back. Corporate interest groups are now moving to pass so-called right-to-work laws in Ohio, Missouri and other states. Working people, unions and allies are mobilizing to stop the spread of this law, which lowers living standards for workers and threatens collective bargaining.

Know the facts: so-called right-to-work doesn't create jobs, it turns good union jobs into bad jobs.

  • Workers in so-called right-to-work states make about $5,300 less per year.
  • In so-called right-to-work states, fewer are free to join a union, slashing retirement contributions and crippling pensions.
  • You might call it "right-to-work to death" - the workplace death rate is 36 percent higher in so-called right-to-work states.

Want to help stop so-called right-to-work from spreading? You can start by sharing the message with your friends on Facebook, on the jobsite and wherever you go. Learn more about so-called right-to-work here.
 
Secretary of Labor Hilda Solis Resigns
On January 9, Secretary of Labor Hilda Solis announced her resignation. LIUNA has been a longtime friend of Secretary Solis, and her passion and commitment for workers and immigrants has resulted in numerous labor achievements these past four years. As Secretary of Labor, she put "labor" back into the Labor Department after a long period of inaction and renewed the Department's focus on ending wage and hour violations.  Read more from the General President.   

General President Terry O'Sullivan on America's Workforce Radio
General President Terry O'Sullivan was recently featured on America's Workforce Radio discussing the Keystone Pipeline and the resignation of Secretary of Labor Hilda Solis. Listen here.

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Silica can cause both lung disease (silicosis) and cancer. Protect American workers from exposure to silica on the job by signing this petition.

Michigan Republicans Ram Through So-Called Right to Work

Michigan Republicans introduced and passed a so-called right to work law in just a few days despite the immediate and massive mobilization of working people, unions and allies to stop the legislation. Michigan Governor Snyder signed the bill in what is an historic undermining of the right to have a union in one of the strongest union states in the country. So-called right to work will lower living standards for Michigan workers and further embolden anti-worker legislatures in surrounding states. LIUNA members joined more than 10,000 rallying at the Capitol in protest last week. At the rally, LIUNA General President Terry O’Sullivan said that LIUNA will mobilize to stop these attacks in other states and his message to Republican lawmakers is, "if it's a fight they want, it's a war they will get." More from the General President.

New Nebraska Route for Keystone Pipeline in Hands of Governor
Within the next month, Nebraska Governor Dave Heineman will decide whether to approve or deny a new route through Nebraska for the Keystone Pipeline. If construction of the pipeline moves forward, thousands of good union construction jobs will be created and the U.S. will move a step closer to energy independence. Show your support for the Keystone Pipeline by signing the petition at www.jobsandenergy.org.

ABC's Stealth Attack on Good Wages
The Associated Builders and Contractors (ABC) has been working behind the scenes to urge cities across California to adopt charter city status. ABC isn't actually concerned about the administrative structure of California cities. In fact, it's part of a stealthy scheme to circumvent state prevailing wage laws and undermine wages by converting California cities into charter cities. Read more in Eliminating Middle Class Jobs in the Shadow of the Election.

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Gov. Rendell joins the growing chorus of leaders calling on Congress to get serious about investing in America's basic infrastructure. Read.

As we celebrate Veteran’s Day on Monday, I want to take the opportunity to thank every LIUNA member who has served or whose family has served our nation in the U.S. military. Your brave and selfless defense of our country enables all of us to be blessed by the democracy we witnessed at work just this week. And the presence of veterans in LIUNA strengthens our entire union, just as it does our country.

The thousands of LIUNA brothers and sisters who have served or continue to serve do so at great personal sacrifice and they do it with pride and without complaint. Those they leave behind sacrifice as well. And far too many have made the ultimate sacrifice.

On this Veteran’s Day, take a moment to thank a fellow LIUNA member who is a veteran. And those of you who are veterans yourself, on behalf of the half-million members of our union and its entire General Executive Board, I say, thank you. Thank you for your commitment, your honor and your strength. We will always strive to fulfill our debt of gratitude.

Sincerely,

LIUNA Action Network

Watch ROMNEYSTEIN and share it with friends and family.

LIUNA Members Mobilize to Defend Jobs, Their Union

LIUNA members across the U.S. are mobilizing to defend jobs and their union in next month’s elections. Local Unions representing nearly 50,000 members have held or have scheduled telephone town halls with members about the importance of the elections. In key battleground states members are joining volunteer door-knocking and phone-banking efforts as LIUNA General President Terry O’Sullivan has joined the campaign trail. In Massachusetts, O’Sullivan energized a crowd of 3,000 members calling for President Obama’s re-election and replacing Senator Scott Brown with challenger Elizabeth Warren. In Las Vegas, O’Sullivan brought cheers as he told members at Local 872’s Fall Festival that candidate Mitt Romney is running for president of the wrong country because “with all the jobs he’s created in China, he would win in a landslide there.” This week O’Sullivan travels to Ohio to speak to members at a Columbus rally.

You can learn more about what’s at stake by reading the Special Election Report of the Laborer Magazine and by checking out Know Your Voting Rights to ensure that the Republican plan to disenfranchise voters doesn’t work.

The “Romneystein” Movie Trailer

More than 25,000 people have watched “Romneystein” – LIUNA’s recently launched viral video portraying Mitt Romney as a "mad scientist" with a "mad dream," using the "creative power of destruction" to craft an economy in which human beings are "disposable." Romney has promised to ban family-supporting Project Labor Agreements, repeal Davis-Bacon prevailing wage laws and push for a national so-called right to work law, which will destroy the living standards of LIUNA members. If you haven’t seen the video yet, watch it here and then pass it along to your friends and family. Next? Keep an eye out for “Mitt Romney in the Wizard of Oz.”

One More Second... A new study by the American Society of Civil Engineers predicts that due to chronic under-investment in America’s basics - our roads, bridges, highways, and water systems - the U.S. stands to lose approximately $1.9 trillion worth of business sales, $324 billion worth of exports, $1.2 trillion in personal disposable income and will fail to create more than one million jobs annually by 2020. That’s another reason LIUNA has endorsed President Obama. The President intends to increase investment in the nation’s critical infrastructure, while Romney has no proposals for solving the problem – and the national budget he has endorsed would actually slash investment.

 

Please watch the new LIUNA video - ROMNEYSTEIN - and share it with LIUNA members and friends.

Sincerely,

LIUNA Action Network

The Senate will begin voting TODAY on amendments to the “21st Century Postal Service Act” (S. 1789) – critical legislation that will affect the U.S. Postal Service, its customers and the hardworking men and women who make up its workforce.

Many of these amendments would support our brothers and sisters in the Mail Handlers’ Union by protecting their basic worker’s rights, preserving good jobs, and maintaining the delivery services American customers rely on.  But there also are several amendments that would prove devastating to postal workers by slashing jobs, cutting service and attacking collective bargaining. 

That’s why your help is needed TODAY to deliver a message to the Senate:  Reject ANY amendment that unfairly blames workers and attacks their jobs and basic rights. Instead, stand up for hardworking families and customers by supporting amendments that will stop plant closures, protect benefits and allow workers a say in the decision making process for facility closures.

Votes begin today – Tuesday, April 24 – and your brothers and sisters of the Mail Handlers' Union need your help now!  Click here to send an email to your Senator. 

Thank you for making a difference.

Sincerely, 

LIUNA Action Network

In the last decade, more than 50,000 American manufacturing facilities have closed, causing the loss of 6 million jobs and a growing U.S. trade deficit. The outsourcing of jobs has now spread to other sectors, like call centers and financial services, all of which indirectly reduces the availability of good construction jobs and erodes the tax base of communities.

Senator Debbie Stabenow (D-Mich.) is sponsoring the “Bring Jobs Home Act” (Senate Bill 2884), which will be up for a vote the week after the July 4th holiday recess. This bill would help put jobs back in the hands of the workers in the U.S. by eliminating tax incentives that encourage U.S. companies to ship jobs overseas and ending tax policies that encourage American companies to keep profits offshore. The “Bring Jobs Home Act” will reward businesses for bringing jobs back to the people of the United States.

Send a message to your Senator now, urging their support for the Bring Jobs Home Act.

By taking action now you increase job opportunities for Americans.

Sincerely, 

LIUNA Action Network

LIUNA Fights Back Against House GOP’s “Duct-Tape” Approach to Roads and Bridges

LIUNA launched an intense multi-media campaign in March targeting House Speaker John Boehner and Senate Minority Leader Mitch McConnell for their “duct-tape” approach to the Highway Bill and fixing roads and bridges. The effort included radio ads asserting that Congress is forcing Americans to play Russian Roulette with every bridge crossing, tongue-in-cheek direct mail entitled “How to Survive a Bridge Collapse: Inspired by House Speaker John Boehner,” and an “Emergency Bridge Repair Team” truck carrying a giant roll of duct tape that traveled from Kentucky to the U.S. Capitol. While the average U.S. bridge is 45 years old – dangerously close to the average lifespan of 50 years – there are 1.4 million jobless construction workers ready and able to work. With a short-term extension to the Highway Bill just passed, LIUNA members should be ready to fight for a real Highway Bill in the coming months. To see the multi-media campaign and news coverage, go to www.HighwayBill.org.

President Obama Pushes to Expedite Keystone Pipeline
The TransCanada Keystone Pipeline will create good union construction jobs for LIUNA members and provide access to affordable energy but environmental groups have led an effort that has delayed approval of the permit. President Obama has taken steps in the last several weeks to help expedite the Southern leg of the Keystone project which will put some LIUNA members back to work. The President has also directed federal agencies to expedite other pipelines, relieve bottlenecks, and issued an Executive Order to expedite and improve the federal permitting and review processes. More.

Time for Offense Against Jobs-Destroying ABC
The little-known Associated Builders and Contractors is pushing an extremist agenda to strip construction workers of their unions and punish reputable contractors in communities across the country. At a time when families are struggling with unemployment, we need more good jobs, not fewer. LIUNA has launched www.InsideTheABC.comto keep tabs on the group and to provide resources to counter their attacks. ABC has been successful in blocking family-supporting Project Labor Agreements, blocking the use of prevailing wages, and opposing worker safety standards. Allied with extremists such as the Koch Brothers and Karl Rove, they have pushed law suits to give corporations even more power to spend without limits in elections. And while ABC claims to be the voice for construction contractors, they are in reality a voice for the 1% of the industry – or less – in most cities and states. Learn more about the group at www.InsideTheABC.com.

 

Working Families Under Attack in Minnesota
The same corporate interests that attacked collective bargaining in Wisconsin, Indiana, Ohio and other states are now pushing a constitutional amendment in Minnesota to make so-called right to work the law. These anti-worker, anti-union interests are also pushing to end overtime pay on prevailing wage projects. Hundreds of LIUNA members have joined fellow workers in protests at the state Capitol, testified in hearings, and sent letters to their representatives to fight the attack on working families. See more.  

Local 1092 Members Win Good Jobs Building Chicago's Water Systems
Last week, Local 1092 and the City of Chicago announced the signing of a groundbreaking apprenticeship and hiring agreement which will provide good wages, training opportunities, and increased jobs security for members.  The agreement comes on the heels of the City’s plan to repair or replace more than 900 miles of water mains and 750 miles of sewer mains over the next decade. Local 1092 members will be performing much of the work. The new agreement will benefit the community by guaranteeing local hiring, quality training and career opportunities for residents while ensuring that the water and sewer systems that Chicagoans depend on are replaced and repaired safely by skilled workers. 

7 Tools Pilot Programs Kick-Off Across Nation
7 Tools Pilot programs have kicked off at LIUNA Locals in California, Ohio, Indiana, Missouri, Illinois, Maryland, Washington, D.C. and Virginia. The Pilot program was set forth in 2011 Convention Resolution 8 calling for each Region to select four Locals to work on an aggressive member communication program using all of the 7 Tools in 2012. Pilot Locals are working to engage members using the seven fundamental tools every organization needs (branding, automated calling, text messaging, email, targeted publications, websites and social media, and media outreach). Resolution 8 also calls for every Local to use at least four of the 7 Tools by the end of 2012. To find out more email This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.or download the handout.LIUNA Fights Back Against House GOP’s “Duct-Tape” Approach to Roads and Bridges

LIUNA launched an intense multi-media campaign in March targeting House Speaker John Boehner and Senate Minority Leader Mitch McConnell for their “duct-tape” approach to the Highway Bill and fixing roads and bridges. The effort included radio ads asserting that Congress is forcing Americans to play Russian Roulette with every bridge crossing, tongue-in-cheek direct mail entitled “How to Survive a Bridge Collapse: Inspired by House Speaker John Boehner,” and an “Emergency Bridge Repair Team” truck carrying a giant roll of duct tape that traveled from Kentucky to the U.S. Capitol. While the average U.S. bridge is 45 years old – dangerously close to the average lifespan of 50 years – there are 1.4 million jobless construction workers ready and able to work. With a short-term extension to the Highway Bill just passed, LIUNA members should be ready to fight for a real Highway Bill in the coming months. To see the multi-media campaign and news coverage, go to www.HighwayBill.org.

President Obama Pushes to Expedite Keystone Pipeline
The TransCanada Keystone Pipeline will create good union construction jobs for LIUNA members and provide access to affordable energy but environmental groups have led an effort that has delayed approval of the permit. President Obama has taken steps in the last several weeks to help expedite the Southern leg of the Keystone project which will put some LIUNA members back to work. The President has also directed federal agencies to expedite other pipelines, relieve bottlenecks, and issued an Executive Order to expedite and improve the federal permitting and review processes. More.

Time for Offense Against Jobs-Destroying ABC
The little-known Associated Builders and Contractors is pushing an extremist agenda to strip construction workers of their unions and punish reputable contractors in communities across the country. At a time when families are struggling with unemployment, we need more good jobs, not fewer. LIUNA has launched www.InsideTheABC.comto keep tabs on the group and to provide resources to counter their attacks. ABC has been successful in blocking family-supporting Project Labor Agreements, blocking the use of prevailing wages, and opposing worker safety standards. Allied with extremists such as the Koch Brothers and Karl Rove, they have pushed law suits to give corporations even more power to spend without limits in elections. And while ABC claims to be the voice for construction contractors, they are in reality a voice for the 1% of the industry – or less – in most cities and states. Learn more about the group at www.InsideTheABC.com.

Working Families Under Attack in Minnesota
The same corporate interests that attacked collective bargaining in Wisconsin, Indiana, Ohio and other states are now pushing a constitutional amendment in Minnesota to make so-called right to work the law. These anti-worker, anti-union interests are also pushing to end overtime pay on prevailing wage projects. Hundreds of LIUNA members have joined fellow workers in protests at the state Capitol, testified in hearings, and sent letters to their representatives to fight the attack on working families. See more.  

Local 1092 Members Win Good Jobs Building Chicago's Water Systems
Last week, Local 1092 and the City of Chicago announced the signing of a groundbreaking apprenticeship and hiring agreement which will provide good wages, training opportunities, and increased jobs security for members.  The agreement comes on the heels of the City’s plan to repair or replace more than 900 miles of water mains and 750 miles of sewer mains over the next decade. Local 1092 members will be performing much of the work. The new agreement will benefit the community by guaranteeing local hiring, quality training and career opportunities for residents while ensuring that the water and sewer systems that Chicagoans depend on are replaced and repaired safely by skilled workers. 

7 Tools Pilot Programs Kick-Off Across Nation
7 Tools Pilot programs have kicked off at LIUNA Locals in California, Ohio, Indiana, Missouri, Illinois, Maryland, Washington, D.C. and Virginia. The Pilot program was set forth in 2011 Convention Resolution 8 calling for each Region to select four Locals to work on an aggressive member communication program using all of the 7 Tools in 2012. Pilot Locals are working to engage members using the seven fundamental tools every organization needs (branding, automated calling, text messaging, email, targeted publications, websites and social media, and media outreach). Resolution 8 also calls for every Local to use at least four of the 7 Tools by the end of 2012. To find out more email This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.or download the handout

Today Congress passed a multi-year Highway Bill, supporting or creating as many as 3 million jobs and taking an important first step toward maintaining America’s transportation systems, which were once the envy of the world.

Passage of the bill comes after thousands of LIUNA members mounted an effort to overcome partisan bickering in Congress.

The Highway Trust Fund, which is how most transportation work is funded, was in danger of going broke without Congressional action. Passage of the Highway Bill insures it will remain solvent, giving governments and contractors the confidence needed to start jobs-creating projects. In addition the bill streamlines regulations so highway construction projects can get off the ground more quickly.

Over the past several years, LIUNA members have led the fight for a Highway Bill. Members placed and wrote thousands of phone calls and letters, rallied around Build America events in more than a dozen cities and spoke to news media about the need for transportation investment.  This spring, LIUNA led the call on House Speaker John Boehner to get a Highway Bill passed with intensive radio ads and events, and fended off a move that would have cut investment – and jobs – by a third. The ads and other material are still available at www.HighwayBill.org.

LIUNA General President congratulated members on the victory: “Every LIUNA member who wrote a letter, made a call, attended an event or talked to a fellow member about the need for a real Highway Bill can take pride in this victory,” he said.

Passage of the Highway Bill is an historic milestone, but much work remains to be done, and tens of thousands of jobless men and women remain ready, willing and able to do it. While the Highway Bill maintains investment, it does not increase it. According to the American Society of Civil Engineers, current investment falls far short of actual needs.

O’Sullivan said that LIUNA will continue to be on the frontlines of raising public awareness and fighting for the investment that America deserves.

Thank you for making a difference.

Sincerely, 

LIUNA Action Network

If you care about jobs, now is the time to send a message to your member of Congress about the Highway Bill. This week, Congress is considering reauthorization of the Highway Bill - the single largest piece of jobs-creating legislation - to invest in roads and bridges, but Republican leaders are playing politics with the bill. While a Senate version that keeps investment level is expected to pass soon, in the House, Republican leaders are trapped by extremists who want to dangerously slash investment.

It's urgent that you send a message today calling for Congress to pass a real Highway bill that creates jobs and invests in our roads and bridges.

According to the U.S. Department of Labor, more than 1.5 million construction workers are unable to find work. More than 2 million construction jobs have been lost since 2006, leaving the industry with a 17.7 percent unemployment rate.  A real Highway bill could create millions of jobs. It's time for Congress to put one and one together and pass a fully invested transportation bill that works for America.

Congress must act before March 31 or projects around the country will grind to a halt. Please send a message to your representative now.

A fourth of the nation’s bridges are deficient or obsolete, and the average bridge is now 45 years old, dangerously close the average bridge lifespan of 50 years. LIUNA launched a bold campaign last week to draw attention to the crisis facing our nation's roads and bridges. LIUNA's effort includes extensive radio spots in Ohio and Kentucky, mailing to voters entitled, "How to Survive a Collapsed Bridge," and creative tactics in the form of a flatbed truck carrying a giant roll of duct tape. Signage on the truck will state “Emergency Bridge Repair Team.” The truck will travel though Ohio and Kentucky.

Read more about this effort and send your own message to Congress at www.HighwayBill.org

Thank you for making a difference.
Sincerely,

LIUNA Action Network

A recent independent poll of LIUNA members shows that while members are disappointed in the lack of progress during President Obama's first term, they largely blame Wall Street, corporations and Congress for their hardships - and strongly reject likely Republican Presidential nominee Mitt Romney. According to the Hart Research survey, members support President Obama over Mitt Romney by a 63% to 29% margin, with only 8% undecided. 

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"This election is not only about what President Obama could do for us

- it is as much about what a President Romney will do to us,"

said LIUNA General President Terry O'Sullivan, noting that Romney has taken up the extreme causes of the worst anti-union politicians, calling for a national so-called right to work law, a ban on family-supporting PLAs and the repeal of Davis-Bacon. O'Sullivan said the union will work toward exceeding the level of support the President won in 2008, when 67% of LIUNA members backed him.

"In 2010, too many working people showed their frustration with politicians and the economic crisis by sitting out the election," he said. "The result was the election of corporate-backed extremists who moved quickly to attack working people, good wages, and the very right to a union. Too much is at stake to let that happen in 2012."

New LiUNA! iPhone App is Available for Download

The LiUNA! App http://www.liunaactionnetwork.org/site/R?i=0PrBymcn80vwYTcqxtFbEg

LIUNA has launched an iPhone mobile app for union leaders to provide the latest news, talking points, publications, videos and more. The free app is available now for download at the apple store.

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In addition to quickly providing all leaders with information, the app provides tools to share information through social media, to send messages to elected officials and search a directory of affiliates. 

Questions about the app should be directed to LIUNA Strategic Communications at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. or 202-942-2246.

Republicans in Congress Pass Anti-PLA Measure by Two Votes The US House of Representatives adopted an amendment to the fiscal year 2013 National Defense Authorization Act that would prohibit the federal government from using family-supporting Project Labor Agreements on Department of Defense construction projects. While unlikely to pass the Senate and become law, 28 Republicans stood up for workers and voted against the amendment as did all but one of the Democrats who were present. The absence of 12 Democrats enabled the amendment to pass. Send a message thanking members who backed PLAs or remind those who were absent about the importance of PLAs to working men and women.

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Fighting Back Against the Jobs-Destroying ABC LIUNA has launched www.InsideTheABC.com to keep tabs on Associated Builders and Contractors members who operate across the country, pushing an extremist agenda to strip construction workers of their unions. ABC has been successful in blocking family-supporting Project Labor Agreements, blocking the use of prevailing wages and opposing worker safety standards. And while ABC claims to be a voice for construction contractors, they are in reality a voice for 1% of the industry - or less - in most cities and states. The Building and Construction Trades Department will launch another watchdog site, KnowYourABC.org, later this month to serve as a clearinghouse for ABC activity.

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LIUNA Members Expose Substandard Construction and Rescue Family Local 79 and

731 members recently joined with fellow union members in helping a Brooklyn family upgrade their living conditions. For many years LIUNA has advocated for improvements to the New York City Department of Housing Preservation and Development's affordable housing program. The program has been accused of using substandard contractors, with workers routinely exploited and labor laws violated. Many of the housing units that have been built are not habitable. LIUNA discovered the case of Anita Clark and her family, who suffered from frequent raw sewage back-ups in their home, a collapsing deck, faulty boiler, and improperly installed electrical outlets and switches.

LIUNA contacted producers of the NBC show "George to the Rescue" and in January a team of union workers descended on the Clark home in Brooklyn.

Within three weeks the family had a new home with new plumbing, deck, electrical work, heating, carpeting, and paint. The show aired on NBC affiliates throughout the country.

Coming soon...Local Unions will soon be able to order LiUNA! branded flags for display outdoors or inside.