Friday, July 30, 2010

Build America 2010 - The Fight for Good Jobs Spreads

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Build America 2010 – the Fight for Good Jobs Spreads from Colorado to Connecticut, Indiana, Maryland and Kentucky
Build America 2010 - the member-driven, media-driven fight to create good jobs by investing the basics of our states and country – has spread from Colorado to Connecticut, Indiana, Maryland and Kentucky. Through Build America 2010, LIUNA members are joining with community, elected and business leaders to fight for their jobs, their families and their union and to encourage their U.S. Senators to champion transportation and other investment in the fundamental, critical infrastructure of America. Find out more at and by viewing these news media reports:

  • Indianapolis Star - Union: Let's bridge the jobs gap. Read.
  • Indianapolis Star (Photo Gallery) – Laborers’ International Rally. View.
  • WTHR - A new push to add jobs, fix bridges. Read. Watch.
  • WISH-TV - "Build Indiana." Watch.
  • Terre Haute Tribune Star - Indiana’s bad bridges focus of a new public campaign. Read.
  • WRTV – Workers Push State To Address Bridge Concerns. Read. Watch.
  • Fox Connecticut Now – Build America 2010. Watch.
  • Eyewitness News at 5pm WFSB-TV – Build America. Watch.
  • Denver Post – Bringing jobs back to Colorado. Read.
  • KDVR FOX 31 – Union Workers lobby for more road work funding. Watch.

Look for Build America 2010 activity in your area, and join the fight now by writing a letter to the editor with your personal story about the need for good jobs so that members of Congress are reading the stories of working families struggling in this tough economy every day.

LIUNA Members Rally for Good Jobs in Bellevue
LIUNA members in Bellevue, Wash. sent letters and rallied at Puget Sound Energy’s offices when the company bypassed the local community with plans to construct a new hydropower plant without putting local workers on the job. The new Snoqualmie Hydropower station - a $100 million project – could employ more than 100 skilled Puget Sound-area construction workers but the contractor selected turned down job applications from local skilled labor.

New LIUNA Members in Concrete Industry Fight for Justice
In a new LIUNA Local in Washington, DC, members working in the concrete industry are struggling for employer recognition at worksites across the metro-area. Workers in this industry typically have no job security and little to no benefits. In a recent effort, 50 workers participated in a new door-to-door program to recruit more workers to the campaign and then met with local politicians to talk about challenges on the job and the need to reform employer practices. 

Good Green Jobs for LIUNA Members in Portland
The city of Portland, Wash., received a grant from the Department of Energy for a pilot program to do energy efficiency retrofits on 100 homes. LIUNA members were selected to do the work because of LIUNA's role in the industry as a leading provider of a skilled and well-trained workforce.

One More Second...LIUNA called for investment in America in a statement on the July jobs report which showed that 22,000 construction jobs were lost in June...Chicago construction members came to an agreement with employers after a strike that lasted nearly three weeks when employers refused to budge on a fair wage package for the next three years. See coverage.


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