WELCOME TO LABORERS' LOCAL #373

Pittsburgh   Located in beautiful Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, the City of Champions, we are a labor union that represents close to 2,000 workers in all phases of construction. Founded back in 1964, our union has been involved in some of the biggest projects in the area, including the airport, the new sports stadiums, skyscrapers, and countless other projects, both large and small.

    Our jurisdiction covers Allegheny, and now Washington, Fayette, & Greene Counties. We are affiliated with the Laborers' District Council of Western Pennsylvania, a subsidiary of LiUNA(Laborers' International Union of North America). We also are affiliated with the local, state, and national Building Trades, as well as the local, state, and national AFL-CIO organization.

WHAT WE DO: We tend other building tradesman on large commercial projects, both public and private, as well as city, county, and private housing projects. Duties our members perform may include concrete work, forklift driving, scaffold building, etc... Our laborers are well-trained in the environmental field as well, servicing our asbestos removal, lead remediation, and hazardous waste contractors.

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PITTSBURGH POST-GAZETTE BREAKING NEWS FEED!

 This is the Pittsburgh Post-Gazette's live breaking news feed. Scroll through to see the latest news stories. 

LATEST TWEETS FROM LOCAL 373, LIUNA, AND THE MID-ATLANTIC REGION!

 These are the latest Twitter Live feeds Local 373, as well as both LiUNA and the LiUNA Mid-Atlantic region. Use the scrollbars to see the Tweets, and you can click on them to read the articles attached. PLEASE NOTE: If you can't see these feeds, you may have to turn off "private browsing mode" in your browser(i.e. Firefox, Chrome, Edge), or you may have ad-blocking software affecting them.

ALL NEW TRAINING CENTER APPLE & ANDROID APP!!!

 The Training Center is now offering an all new version of it's mobile phone app, compatible with both Apple and Android smartphones and tablets. Keep up-to-date with all the latest Training Center news, schedules and much more. You can download it from the Apple or Google Play store simply by searching for "laborer" or "laborers", then scroll down to install it. Or you can simply click on the banner below and download it from there! NOTE: If you are an existing user of the Android version of the app, please delete the old version first!

 

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CHANGES TO OSHA 10 CARD REQUIREMENTS!

A letter from Training Center Administrator, Marc Ferrari

Dear Member:

Our signatory contractors are now requiring our membership to have their OSHA 10 card refreshed every FIVE(5) years.

Please look at the date on your card. If it is more than FIVE(5) years old, call the Training center to schedule a refresher. Please call 724-352-2224.

Remember, classes begin at 7:00 A.M.

Sincerely,

Marc Ferrari - Administrator

$100,000 IN SCHOLARSHIPS AVAILABLE FOR CONSTRUCTION DEGREES!

NABTU FUNDS $100,000 IN SCHOLARSHIPS FOR CONSTRUCTION MANAGEMENT DEGREE

Scholarships Available Fall 2018 and Spring/Summer 2019 Semesters. Apply Now for Fall Semester 2018

North America's Building Trades Unions (NABTU) is offering 14 scholarships to cover tuition for the entire first year of a Bachelor of Arts in Construction Management online from Rowan University. These $7,200 scholarships will be available to working members from each of NABTU's affiliated unions who enroll in the Rowan University Construction Management Program. NABTU is targeting Building Trades members who are residents of Pennsylvania and New Jersey with this scholarship.

"NABTU is all about creating pathways, and this online degree at Rowan is helping us open more career pathways for our building trades members - particularly those interested in earning bachelor degrees," said NABTU President Sean McGarvey.

Rowan's Bachelor of Arts in Construction Management, created in 2016 in cooperation with NABTU, is offered through the University's Division of Global Learning & Partnerships. This fully online program brings the classroom to apprentices, journeypersons and other industry professionals across the country seeking advancement to project management level positions and beyond.

As NABTU seeks to strengthen enrollment and recruit more students into the program, it is offering this new enhanced scholarship program to make this degree more affordable and accessible for its members.

To apply and learn more about the online Rowan University Construction Management program, go to:

https://rowanu.com/programs/702

For additional questions, please contact:

Stephen J. Krone, D.Sc., P.E, M.ASCE
Director of Construction and Engineering Management Programs

Phone: (856) 341-5924
Email: krone@rowan.edu

Scholarship Eligibility Requirements:

NABTU's scholarship for Rowan University's Construction Management Program is an achievement-based scholarship awarded to working members from each of NABTU's 14 affiliated unions. Students are recognized for their capacity to lead and serve, as well as their commitment to making a significant impact in the building trades. The application deadline for the Fall 2018 Semester closes on August 1, 2018; these scholarships are also available for the Spring and Summer 2019 semesters.

ASBESTOS AND ICRA WORKERS NEEDED!

  We are in need of ICRA and Asbestos workers!!! Please note that the Training Center has added several classes to the schedules. If you need this training, please call the Training Center to get scheduled at 724-352-2224.

ICRA class dates are: October 29-31.  There is a 40-hr Asbestos class on October 22-26.

Again, please call ASAP to schedule!!!!!!!!!


PHILIP AMERIS RECOGNIZED IN OUR REGION FOR OUTSTANDING LEADERSHIP!

Philip Ameris, President & Business Manager of the Western PA Laborers' District Council, was awarded the Mid-Atlantic Region Outstanding Leadership Award for always going the extra mile to provide job opportunities for his members. Local 373 would like to congratulate Philip on his award and say thank you for everything he does for the members of our region!

Philip Ameris 

CREDIT CARDS NOW ACCEPTED ONLINE FOR DUES PAYMENTS!

 We have just updated our computer program to allow our members to pay dues with a credit card online via a secure website. Their is a small fee for the transaction. The website is: www.373members.org. Please call if you have any questions. 

COURT RULING UPHOLDS SILICA STANDARD, PROTECTS WORKERS

 A MESSAGE FROM GENERAL PRESIDENT TERRY O'SULLIVAN

 The hard-working men and women of LIUNA and fellow building tradesmen and women will be safer on the job with the recent D.C. Circuit Court decision to uphold OSHA's silica rule.

 While the Court rejected the addition of medical removal conditions to the rule, the Court remanded the question to OSHA for further consideration. Medical removoal would require employers to protect employees from exposure when recommended by a medical provider.

 LIUNA and our allies in the Building Trades have advocated for a stronger standard on silica for many years. The Court ruling is a victory which will help protect millions of construction workers from silica-related diseases. 

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2018 MIDTERM ELECTIONS APPROACHING FAST!

 The 2018 midterm elections are right around the corner already. It's a very important election for us as Union members! We are being attacked on numerous fronts, and this is our chance to fight back and elect politicians that are with us, who will stand in our corner along side of us and fight for everything we as union members believe in: fair wages, pensions, healthcare, a safe-working environment, etc..

  We must stand up to the constant attacks by showing up at the voting booths and electing people that have our backs. People like current Governor Tom Wolf, who faces Scott Wagner, a man who detests unions and wants Right to Work legislation passed immediately, destroying our wages! People like Bob Casey, who has our backs and is running against Lou Barletta for Senate. People like Conor Lamb, who has consistently backed us and is running against incumbent Keith Rothfus. People like Daniel Smith, Jr., who is with labor and is running against the union hater Daryl Metcalfe. People like Jon McCabe, a newcomer to the political scene who believes in unions with all his heart. The list goes on. But nothing will happen if you don't go and vote! Pass the word along to your fellow union members, your family, your neighbors, etc... Get out and vote like your job depends on it, because, well, your jobs depend on it!!

GOVERNOR TOM WOLF FACING UNION-HATING SCOTT WAGNER!

Governor Wolf

 Governor Tom Wolf this year is facing off in this years election against a very danerous foe, Republican Scott Wagner. Governor Wolf does not take a salary, and instead donates it to charity. He also has opted out of taking a pension through the State. He works for us on his dime! Governor Wolf has created over 200,000 jobs and has led an investment for workforce training. He has led the charge for more infrastructure spending, actively seeks answers to our growing opiod crisis, seeks even more funding for schools and education, amongst other issues. Check out his website to see all the initiatives he continues to work on.

 What has is opponent, Scott Wagner done? Basically, do everything in his power to kill unions and the working man is all. Probably the worst thing he would do if elected is pass Right-to-Work legislation, killing our jobs and paychecks.

  IF RIGHT-TO-WORK PASSES HERE, YOU CAN EXPECT TO LOSE SEVERAL DOLLARS PER HOUR FROM YOUR PAYCHECK!!!

  Most of the bills he has passed, sponsored, or voted for in his times in office were attacks on the working man. Take a look and you'll see what we're talking about. Rotten to the core! Click the picture of him below to find out more!

Wagner

 Scott Wagner is another one, just like President Trump, who refuses to release his tax returns, stating: "He doesn't want his employees to know what he makes." Really? Could that be because he pays them so little? He goes on to state that labor unions would use this information against him at his waste removal company. Yes, unions would, in order to get fair wages, treatment, and benefits for those employees there.

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Read the entire article here: Wagner Doesn't Care!

 Follow Governor Tom Wolf on Social Media:

  Website: https://www.governor.pa.gov/

  Twitter: https://twitter.com/governortomwolf

  Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/governorwolf

  Instagram: https://www.instagram.com/governortomwolf/

SENATOR BOB CASEY LOOKING TO DEFEAT NEW REPUBLICAN CHALLENGER!

 Pennslyvania State Senator Bob Casey is up for re-election this November against opponent Lou Barletta. Senator Casey has worked tirelessly since being elected to the Senate in 2006. He has voted in favor of increased infrastructure spending, has led the fight to save Social Security and Medicare, has fought for a more prosperous middle class with job growth and financial security, and works relentlessly to help protect children. He is dedicated to helping our State and Nation to prosper.

Bob Casey

 Follow Senator Bob Casey on Social Media:

  Website: https://www.casey.senate.gov/

  Twitter: https://twitter.com/SenBobCasey

  Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/SenatorBobCasey/

  Instagram: https://www.instagram.com/senbobcasey/

CONOR LAMB LOOKING TO USE HIS MOMENTUM TO UNSEAT KEITH ROTHFUS!

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 This past spring, Conor Lamb pulled off the once unthinkable task of knocking off Rick Saccone to fill the seat in PA House Distict 18, a Republican stronghold. Now, after political lines have been redrawn, Mr. Lamb will be facing off against another person wanting to destroy unions, Republican Keith Rothfus, in District 17. This is yet another huge battle for Labor as Rothfus has attacked us time and again. Rothfus is the incumbent and has a lot of backing from the Republican Party, but Conor Lamb has the backing of Labor! He is a stand-up guy, a former Marine, young and ambitious. If Lamb can win this election, he will have established himself as one of the top rising stars in politics not just here, but throughout the country.

 Conor Lamb is a union guy, he will have our backs! Here' a quote directly from his website:

  "I support unions, and I'm proud to be endorsed by the AFL-CIO. I believe that all workers have the right to organize and bargain collectively for better wages, benefits and working conditions. And I know that when unions do the work, it gets done on time and on budget.

"Union members in our district can count on me to be the most effective ally they have in fighting to protect their rights, support prevailing wages and Project Labor Agreements, and defeat the ideological extremists who want to put unions out of existence."

 Mr. Lamb believes we need to spend more on infrastructure, replacing and repairing our crippled system, and spend more on job training opportunities. He wants to fight strongly against the horrible opoid crisis we have in this country. He wants to protect Social Security and Medicare, and make healhcare more affordable.

 Follow Conor Lamb on Social Media:

  Website: https://conorlamb.com/

  Twitter: https://twitter.com/ConorLambPA

  Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/ConorLambPA/

  Instagram: https://www.instagram.com/conorlamb_pa/

DANIEL SMITH JR. HOPING TO UPSET UNION-HATING DARYL METCALFE!

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 Daniel Smith Jr. is running against the union-hating Republican Daryl Metcalfe in District 12, which includes areas such as Cranberry. For far too long, Daryl Metcalfe has been king in this area, spewing his hate for unions and other people unchecked. Mr. Metcalfe has been in the news recently after people have called him out on his hate speech and his disdain for working class people. It is time to have new leadership in District 12, someone who will stand up to this hateful person. Daniel Smith Jr. is the person to do so!

 Want proof of how big of a union-hating moron Daryl Metcalfe is, here's a post from his Facebook page on September 4, 2017. Make no mistake, Metcalfe wants to do away with public and private sector unions ASAP. We can not let this happen!!!

Metcalfe

 Daniel is a strong union-backing person, with many union endorsements. He wants to focus on infrastructure, improving congestion in our area that will lead to greater utilization of our area, and in turn, to job growth. He strongly supports our first responders, firefighters and police officers, ensuring our communities are safe. He wants to fight against "gerrymandering", re-establishing fair district mapping that will result in fair representation for all. He is an advocate for opening hunting on Sundays, for those of us that are hunters. These are some of the issue Daniel Smith Jr. will fight for once elected. He is the without a doubt the right person for the job!

Follow Daniel Smith Jr. on Social Media:

Website: https://danielsmithjr.com/

Twitter: https://twitter.com/dbsmithjrpa12?lang=en

Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/DanielSmithJrHD12/

Instagram: https://www.instagram.com/danielsmithjrpa12/?hl=en

JON MCCABE IS WITH LABOR, LOOKING TO MAKE HIS MARK IN POLITICS!

  Jon McCabe is running for election in PA House District 54, which runs from West Deer to Lower Burrell and on to Murrysville, Export, & Penn Townships. He is a newcomer to politics, a Democrat that believes that entrenched politicians have had their time and that a new, fresh perspective is needed. He is endorsed by Local 373, and the Pennsylvania AFL-CIO.

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Jon is a staunch Union supporter, and will oppose Right-to-Work for less laws. Jon strongly supports improving our infrastructure, fighting for more money to improve roads, bridges, highways, and our aging water systems. He believes in education and will oppose any funding cuts once he gets to Harrisburg, and wants to expand Vo-Tech schooling as college is not for everyone. He wants to expand Medicare & Medicaid for all, along with working to find solutions to this country's opioid epidemic. He wants to curb political gerrymandering, improve ethics and campaign finance requirements, as well as having candidates provide their tax returns.

Jon McCabe is an enthusiastic and driven man who will represent the people of Pennsylvania with all his heart and will work tirelessly to get things done.

Jon McCabe is the right choice to represent District 54 and will help to lead Pennsylvania to greater heights.

In the November election, vote for Jon McCabe!

Follow Jon McCabe on Social Media:

Website: https://www.mccabeforpa.com/

Twitter: https://twitter.com/McCabeforPA

Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/mccabeforPA/

Instagram: https://www.instagram.com/mccabeforpa/

TRUMP REPEALS REGULATION PROTECTING WORKERS FROM WAGE THEFT!

 On March 27, 2017, President Trump did what he does best: stick it to the working man! This time, President Donald Trump signed a bill Monday repealing a regulation that had encouraged federal contractors to follow labor laws. Click the picture below to watch the video and read the article to see how this affects you.

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MAYOR PEDUTO HELPING UNIONS!

  Mayor Pedutio is shown here signing an executive order that will benefit all union construction workers on projects in the city of Pittsburgh!

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OLD MACY'S DOWNTOWN GETTING NEW LIFE FROM THE INSIDE OUT!

  This a link to an article that appeared in the Thursday, July 20, 2017 edition of the Pittsburgh Post-Gazette.

Click on the picture above to scroll through a photo gallery. Click on the link below to read the article. Thank you to all of the photographers at the Pittsburgh Post-Gazette for these photos.

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WORKING FAMILIES RALLY OCTOBER 29. ALL HANDS ON DECK!

   Thank you to all of our members and their families who attended the Rally on October 29, 2016. It was fantastic to see the sea of orange as we came to together as one to show our support and solidarity for one another. Thank you to all the speakers as well, who showed the leadership, conviction, and passion through the words that they spoke to unite us under one cause: to support our jobs, our way of life, and our dedication to our union and our movement.

Families

Philip Terry

LABORERS CARE!

 Laborers Care      LABORERS’ CARE JOHN WILLIAM HALE FOUNDATION

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This charitable fund was created to assist the families of LIUNA members in the Ohio Valley and Southern States Region who have been seriously injured on the job and are unable to work, or in the most unfortunate circumstance, lose their lives while working as Laborers. 

Laborers’ CARE offers immediate financial support (up to five thousand dollars) to ensure an individual’s short-term obligations are met, i.e.  - the rent is paid, food is in the house, truck/car payments made, and of course the needs of children are met. 

It is the goal of Laborers’ CARE to assist Laborers’ families through these most difficult times. To download the Laborers' Care donation request form.  Click here.

Laborers’ CARE relies on the goodwill of individuals through voluntary donations and sponsorship of its annual Great Smoky Mountain Motorcycle Rally event to raise funds to fulfill its mission.  Register Here.

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2018 UNION DUES INCREASE

PLEASE NOTE: In accordance with the General Executive Board at the Twenty-fifth Convention of the Laborer's International Union, the following changes were adopted and will become effective January 1, 2018:

      MONTHLY DUES SHALL BE $38.00 PER MONTH

      RETIREE'S DUES SHALL REMAIN AT $10.00 PER MONTH

Please see our "DUES PAGE" for more information.

"FUTURE ROAD BUILDERS" WEBSITE IS LAUNCHED!

 The Constructors Association of Western Pennsylvania(CAWP) has launched a new workforce development website geared to younger individuals, which can be found at: http://www.futureroadbuilders.com. The website centers around the career awareness tool, Future Road Builders, which offers users the ability to find out what it would be like to be a Laborer, Carpenter, Cement Mason, Operator, Pile Driver, and Teamster.

 The website offers everything a person would need to pursue a career in the highway Trades in Western Pennyslyvania and is separated into the following sections:

1) EXPLORE: Provides links to the Future Road Builders Program and also includes pictures of the various phases of construction that occurs on our members projects.

2) PLAY: Provides links to three skill games that simulate rebar tying, traffic control, and operating an excavator.

3) LEARN: Provides information to students, teachers, and parents about the opportunities in highway construction in Western PA.

4) TRAIN: Provides information on the various Trades and includes information on and links to the various Joint Apprenticeship Programs.

5) WORK: Provides contact information to persons who are seeking a job in the Trades and who already have experience.

Please check the website out for more information. Be sure to tell anyone you know who may be interested in a career about it too!

A LETTER FROM YOUR BUSINESS MANAGER, BILL BROOKS!

 For the better part of my life I have been fortunate to have had union representation, twenty seven of those years with Laborers Local 373. I have been a registered democrat since I graduated high school and still am. The Laborers District Council of Western Pa. has always made decisions based on the welfare of the hard working people they represent, the endorsement of Gov. Tom Corbett was made based on his willingness to move legislation forward that was vital to our members and actually the safety of all of us regarding our roads, bridges, tunnels, water treatment facilities, etc.. Without the cooperation between Tom Corbett and Philip Ameris, the President and Business Manager of our organization, also he is ELECTED by his peers, because of his unconditional loyalty and steadfast leadership for his members. He leads by example in his work and his community, this I know because I have worked with him for almost two decades, the choice of candidates are based on people willing to put aside party issues, and help our members continue to work, continue to have medical and pension benefits and continue to live a decent life, nothing more, nothing less.

Bill Brooks

Business Manager Laborers Local 373 / President Pittsburgh Regional Building Trades Council

ALLEGHENY COUNTY LABOR MAN OF THE YEAR!

  On May 16, 2014, Business Manager Bill Brooks was recognized as the 2014 Allegheny County Labor Man of the Year! Because of his dedication and commitment to helping not only the Laborer's, but all of the crafts, Mr. Brooks was a great choice for this award and has made Local 373 proud! Congratulations and keep up the good work on behalf of all the members!

Man of the Year

NOTICE TO MEMBERS ABOUT DUES REMINDER LETTERS!

   We are very sorry for the inconvenience it may cause you; however, we are no longer permitted to send reminder notices for late dues per the LIUNA Constitution, Article VIII, Section 4 which states:

The monthly dues are due on the first day of the month and unless paid on or before the last day of the following month, the member shall be deemed suspended by the International Union without notice.

  Please remember to keep up to date with your monthly dues. If they are being deducted by a contractor, please send a copy of your paystub to the union hall. As always, if there are any questions, please contact the office.

Fraternally yours,

WILLIAM BROOKS                                                                MATTHEW McHUGH

Business Manager                                                                Secretary-Treasurer


WHAT HAVE LABOR UNIONS DONE FOR US, AND FOR ALL!

1) WEEKENDS WITHOUT WORK 2) ALL BREAKS AT WORK, INCLUDING YOUR LUNCH BREAK!
3) PAID VACATIONS 4) FAMILY & MEDICAL LEAVE ACT(FMLA)
5) SICK LEAVE 6) SOCIAL SECURITY
7) MINIMUM WAGE 8) CIVIL RIGHTS ACT/TITLE VII - PROHIBITS EMPLOYER DISCRIMINATION
9) 8-HR WORK DAY 10) OVERTIME PAY
11) CHILD LABOR LAWS 12) OCCUPATIONAL SAFETY & HEALTH ACT(OSHA)
13) 40-HR WORK WEEK 14) WORKERS' COMPENSATION(WORKERS' COMP)
15) UNEMPLOYMENT INSURANCE 16) PENSIONS
17) WORKPLACE SAFETY STANDARDS & REGULATIONS 18) EMPLOYER HEALTH CARE INSURANCE
19) COLLECTIVE BARGAINING RIGHTS FOR EMPLOYEES 20) WRONGFUL TERMINATION LAWS
21) AGE DISCRIMINATION IN EMPLOYMENT ACT OF 1967(ADEA) 22) WHISTLEBLOWER PROCTECTION LAWS
23) EMPLOYEE POLYGRAPH PROTECTION ACT(EPPA) - PROHIBITS EMPLOYERS FROM USING A LIE DETECTOR TEST ON AN EMPLOYEE
24) VETERAN'S EMPLOYMENT & TRAINING SERVICES(VETS) 25) COMPENSATION INCREASES AND EVALUATIONS(i.e. RAISES)
26) SEXUAL HARASSMENT LAWS 27) AMERICANS WITH DISABILITIES ACT(ADA)
28) HOLIDAY PAY 29) EMPLOYER DENTAL, LIFE, AND VISION INSURANCE
30) PRIVACY RIGHTS 31) PREGNANCY AND PARENTAL LEAVE
32) MILITARY LEAVE 33) THE RIGHT TO STRIKE
34) PUBLIC EDUCATION FOR CHILDREN 35) LAWS ENDING SWEATSHOPS IN THE UNITED STATES
36) EQUAL PAY ACTS OF 1963 & 2011 - REQUIRES EMPLOYERS PAY MEN & WOMEN EQUALLY FOR THE SAME AMOUNT OF WORK

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