WELCOME TO LABORERS' LOCAL #373

Pittsburgh   Located in beautiful Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, 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 County. 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.


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

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

 LABOR DAY PARADE SET FOR MONDAY, SEPTEMBER 1 AT 10am!!!

 It's that time of the year again when we gather to celebrate the Labor movement. Please make plans to join your fellow union brothers and sisters to walk in the annual Pittsburgh Labor Day Parade. As usual, we will be meeting at 10am in the upper lot of the former Mellon Arena. Come out, pick up a t-shirt & hat, grab a hot dog, and join us for a walk through Pittsburgh in solidarity for working men & women!

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 WELLNESS PROFILE & PHYSICAL DEADLINE RAPIDLY APPROACHING!

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  How do you complete the Wellness Profile? You can either fill out a paper copy that you can get from the Combined Funds office, or simply fill one out online. Remember, a Wellness Profile must be filled out by both you and your spouse, if appicable. To find out more about your healthcare, and how to fill out your Wellness Profile, visit the newly expanded Highmark Healthare section! Click here to find out more....

OCCUPATIONAL PHYSICALS NOW BEING OFFERED AT TRAINING CENTER!

   TO ALL MEMBERS: After a long time in the planning stages, Occupational Physicals for Asbestos Workers are now being offered at the Training Center in Saxonburg.

The first date has been set for: FRIDAY, SEPTEMBER 19.

    Other dates will be soon to follow. YOU MUST CALL TO SCHEDULE A TIME FOR YOUR PHYSICAL, REGARDLESS IF YOU'RE TAKING A REFRESHER THAT DAY OR NOT!! This is a great opportunity for those who need it to get it done while you're up here already. Please take advantage of this and schedule your Occupational Physical today!

BEAVER COUNTY CRACKER PLANT - HAZARDOUS WASTE CERTIFICATION NEEDED!

  The Training Center has been holding numerous Hazardous Waste classes. If/when this plants goes, their will be a major call-out for members. One certification they will be looking for to hire you will be a valid Hazardous Waste card. Without this certification, you may not be able to work there. Please, sign up for this class ASAP!!!!

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Corbett Endorsement

 On Thursday, May 22 the Laborers' District Council of Western Pennsylvania officially endorsed current Governor Tom Corbett for re-election. As President and Business Manager Philip Ameris stated: "It's not about the Republican or Democratic parties. It's about Union issues. We will support, and hold accountable, candidates that are interested in protecting the working class."


GOVERNOR CORBETT LANDS LABORERS' AND BOILERMAKERS ENDORSEMENT

 HARRISBURG, PA – The Corbett-Cawley campaign today announced that Boilermakers Local 154 have endorsed Governor Tom Corbett for re-election. They are the second major labor union to endorse Governor Corbett. In endorsing Corbett, Boilermakers Local 154 Business Manager Raymond C. Ventrone touted Governor Corbett’s commitment to the energy industry in Pennsylvania. Read More >>

POLITICALLY UNCORRECT: TOM WOLF'S REAL OPPONENT

  Newly nominated Democrat Tom Wolf thinks he is running against Republican incumbent Tom Corbett for Pennsylvania governor. And he is. But he is also running against history — a lot of it — all predicting that Wolf won’t defeat Corbett in the fall. That history may turn out to be Wolf’s toughest opponent and his greatest obstacle to becoming Pennsylvania’s next governor. Read More >>

PA TRANSPORTATION FUNDING INCREASE IS SOME PAIN, BUT BIG GAIN!

   By LETTERS TO THE EDITOR, PENNLIVE.COM; Published July 3, 2014

   On June 24, The Patriot-News provided an overview of the road and bridge projects being constructed in central Pennsylvania. I believe some of these projects were long overdue.

   I want to thank Gov. Corbett and the General Assembly for the stimulus provided by the passage of Act 89 of 2013. This Act provides an eventual $2.3 billion per year increase for transportation improvements by phasing out the cap on the state's oil franchise tax.

   In the long term, I believe we will all be better off because of this Act. A 2012 study by the College of William and Mary for The Associated Equipment Distributors points to a $1.15 payback through increased GDP, over the next 20 years, for every dollar spent on road and bridge improvements.

   Consider, too, how better roads help farmers get their goods to market, and how they help commuters get to work more efficiently. Improvements on lower volume roads will result in improved sight distances, helping us to get our children to school more safely. In fact, a recent study by the Federal Highway Administration cited by TRIP, the Road Information Program, indicated that each $100 million in highway spending will save 145 lives over a 10 year period.

   Some pain, yes. Added gas taxes are no free lunch. But in the short- and long-term, I believe Pennsylvanians are benefitting economically, and will enjoy a safer, more mobile environment through better roads and bridges. Thanks to our elected leaders for having the courage to stand up and do the right thing.

DAVID O. HUNT JR., Derry Twp.

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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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