The first Sunday of the NFL season is here—the world champion Seattle Seahawks kicked off the action Thursday with a 36–16 win over the Green Bay Packers. But while we are settling into our recliners and couches or at our favorite sports bar, thousands of union members, on and off the field, are making sure the games run as smoothly as Peyton Manning’s two-minute drill.
As we gear up for our July 4 and beyond summer travels, remember, we’re not the only ones on the road. Tens of thousands of men and women—many who are members of the Laborers (LIUNA), Operating Engineers (IUOE), Electrical Workers (IBEW) and other unions—go to work every day on construction and repair projects on and along our highways, roads and bridges. Pay attention!
According to the U.S. Department of Transportation, 609 people died in highway work-zone crashes in 2012—an increase of 19 fatalities compared to 2011.
With the Highway Trust Fund running out of money, thanks to congressional inaction, crucial highway and bridge repair projects could be shut down starting this summer. On Monday, the Laborers (LIUNA) launched a 22-city “Getting Schooled in Infrastructure” tour to spotlight the need to pass a long-term, full-investment highway bill this year in order to keep the nation’s roads and bridges from falling into even more dangerous disrepair.
Nearly 100 workers at Unity Disposal & Recycling in Howard and Montgomery counties in Maryland recently voted to join Laborers (LIUNA) Local 657. The workers began their fight for a voice in October, when they went on strike after one worker was allegedly fired for advocating union representation.
Sunday was the first outdoor, cold weather site Super Bowl in the game’s 48-year history. The frigid weather in the weeks leading up to the game didn't stop the thousands of union members who brought you the game. On the scene at MetLife Stadium in the New Jersey Meadowlands or behind the scenes at many facilities in the Metro New York-New Jersey area, union members made the nation’s national party day possible.
Working people saw many victories this Election Day, but for Bostonians, Tuesday was especially poignant. Martin J. Walsh, a longtime labor leader and state representative, swept to victory to become the city’s first union mayor.
Workers at two Montgomery County, Md., sanitation companies are back on the job this morning after two-week strikes. About 50 workers, members of the Laborers (LIUNA) at Potomac Disposal, voted Tuesday to approve a three-year agreement that includes pay raises, an additional holiday and sick and vacation days.
Delegates to the AFL-CIO Convention this afternoon passed a resolution expressing support for the goals of the Affordable Care Act (ACA) but also addressing a number of issues about the ACA's implementation, including the way the ACA treats multi-employer health care plans. The resolution reiterates that the labor movement's ultimate health care goal is health care for everyone under a single-payer model.