POLITICAL INFORMATION

   Politics, for better or worse, is a key player in the lives of everyone in this country. This is true whether you are a union member or not. Having politicians in office who will serve the people in the correct fashion and look out for their well-being is a fundamental right in this country and of our citizens.

   As a result, Local 373 is forming a Political Watchdog Group. The volunteers in this group, hopefully all of our members, will be actively following political actions throughout the state and country. In trying to maintain our jobs, our benefits, our pensions, and the future of our industry, the political side of life becomes a major player in achieving our goals. To this end, we, as a Union, have to look out for our best interests, to try to maintain our rights as workers, and to provide the best quality of life for ourselves, our families, and our Union brothers and sisters. We have to remain vigilant and active in all aspects of politics. To do this, we need to get out to vote each and every election. We also have to stay in contact with our representatives in state and local offices. We need to tell them that we'll support them when we agree with their agenda, and that we will not when their agenda affects our way of life negatively.

   More information on this will be coming soon. Please keep visiting this website and attending your local union meetings the first Tuesday of the month to get the latest information.


LiUNA ACTION NETWORK

   The LiUNA Action Network is a great way for you to get involved in key political related opportunities and updates, provided through your union. All you need to do is simply click the picture below, type in your email address, and political alerts will be sent to you. You can also text from your cell phone using the information below to sign up. The alerts are not overwhelming, usually coming every few weeks. The above article on Senator Toomey is an example of what you can expect to receive. Please take the time to register and get involved!!!

LiUNA Action

WHO ARE MY LEGISLATORS?

So, who are your representatives? You can click on the link below to find out who they are and their contact information.

MY LEGISLATORS

LiUNA BUILDS AMERICA

Visit this website often to keep abreast of national news stories and information. Be sure to sign the petition on the right and make your voice heard!

LiUNA Builds America

HEED THE CALL TO GET INVOLVED!!

A letter from your Business Manager, William Brooks:

Dear Brothers and Sisters,

   With the result of the last election cycle and the change of control of the State House, our survival is at stake. We need you, more than ever, to weigh the recommendations from the Laborers' District Council and understand the ramifications to your ability to make a living. We need your participation in the political side of business and your help to talk to elected officials when legislation is introduced that changes will adversely affect your unemployment compensation, prevailing wage and right to work. Your response will be greatly appreciated by the officers and members of the Laborers' District Council of Western Pennsylvania. Please go to the "Who are my legislators" link at the bottom of this page, click on the link, then enter your address and they will appear. Phone calls and e-mails will be greatly appreciated on behalf of working men and women in Pennsylvania. Republican Majority Leader Mike Turzai has been one of several Republican legislators leading these vicious attacks on the working men and women. His area includes McCandless Township, Marshall Township, Franklin Park, and Pine-Richland in Allegheny County. Please contact him personally to let him know you will not stand for this attack on your family or your union brothers and sisters.

Fraternally yours,

William Brooks

Business Manager

Laborers' Local #373

REPUBLICANS ONCE AGAIN TRYING TO LIMIT OUR RIGHT TO ORGANIZE!

House Bill 1154

House Bill 1154

REPUBLICAN TURZAI GOING AFTER PREVAILING WAGE

Dear Brothers and Sisters,

   As you must know, the political climate is decidedly against working people. Much like Wisconsin and Ohio, our state has politicians that want to balance the budget on the backs of working people. Mike Turzai the Pennsylvania State House Representative for the 28th district has consistently co-sponsored legislation that would damage or eliminate the Prevailing Wage Law. His claim that the law is antiquated and costly to taxpayers is completely false. Studies show no significant difference in cost per foot when Prevailing Wage is enforced. Studies also show that in states where Prevailing Wage has been eliminated apprenticeship programs suffer and on the job injuries increase. Representative Turzai is relentless on this issue and others, including revamping Unemployment Compensation, again on the back of working people. Workers Compensation is another important law protecting working people and another law that Representative Turzai would like to modify making it more employer friendly. He is equally brutal with legislation affecting workers represented by other AFL-CIO unions.

  There are many important issues to consider when voting for the person representing your interest from school board to President of the United States. Your ability to make a decent living, support your family, have health care and a decent retirement vehicle should be a priority when you cast your vote.

  Fortunately, working families have good friends in both the Democratic and Republican parties. Representative Turzai is not a friend of working families and obviously does not realize that we are taxpaying Pennsylvania consumers. We are looking for a viable candidate to run against Representative Turzai in the 2012 Republican primary. If you know of anyone that is interested in becoming involved in state politics with a regard for the working families of our Commonwealth we would be happy to meet and discuss supporting them.

Fraternally yours,

William Brooks

Business Manager

Laborers' Local #373

 


NOTE: THE FOLLOWING IS A LISTING OF ANTI-PREVAILING WAGE LAW CO-SPONSORS.

NAME PARTY/DISTRICT COUNTY
1. RONALD MARSICO REPUBLICAN/105 DAUPHIN
2. RYAN AUMENT REPUBLICAN/41 LANCASTER
3. JOHN BEAR REPUBLICAN/97 LANCASTER
4. KERRY BENNINGHOFF REPUBLICAN/171 CENTRE/MIFFLIN
5. STEPHEN BLOOM REPUBLICAN/199 CUMBERLAND
6. SCOTT BOYD REPUBLICAN/43 LANCASTER
7. MARTIN CAUSER REPUBLICAN/67 CAMERON/MCKEAN/POTTER
8. PAUL CLYMER REPUBLICAN/145 BUCKS
9. JIM COX REPUBLICAN/129 BERKS
10. TOM CREIGHTON REPUBLICAN/37 LANCASTER
11. BRYAN CUTLER REPUBLICAN/100 LANCASTER
12. SHERYL DELOZIER REPUBLICAN/88 CUMBERLAND
13. GORDON DELINGER REPUBLICAN/99 LANCASTER
14. GARTH EVERETT REPUBLICAN/84 LYCOMING
15. MIKE FLECK REPUBLICAN/81 BLAIR/HUNTINGTON/MIFFLIN
16. KEITH GILLESPIE REPUBLICAN/47 YORK
17. MAUREE GINGRICH REPUBLICAN/101 LEBANON
18. GLEN GRELL REPUBLICAN/87 CUMBERLAND
19 SETH GROVE REPUBLICAN/196 YORK
20. MARK GILLEN REPUBLICAN/128 BERKS
21. C. ADAM HARRIS REPUBLICAN/82 JUNIATA/MIFFLIN/SNYDER
22. SUSAN HELM REPUBLICAN/104 DAUPHIN
23. TIM HENNESSEY REPUBLICAN/26 CHESTER
24. DAVID HICKERNELL REPUBLICAN/98 DAUPHIN/LANCASTER
25. ROB KAUFMANN REPUBLICAN/89 CUMBERLAND/FRANKLIN
26. FRED KELLER REPUBLICAN/85 SNYDER/UNION
27. MARK KELLER REPUBLICAN/86 FRANKLIN/PERRY
28. TIMOTHY KRIEGER REPUBLICAN/57 WESTMORELAND
29. JOHN LAWRENCE REPUBLICAN/13 CHESTER
30. DARYL METCALFE REPUBLICAN/12 BUTLER
31. DAVID MILLARD REPUBLICAN/109 COLUMBIANA
32. RONALD MILLER REPUBLICAN/93 YORK
33. DUANE MILNE REPUBLICAN/167 CHESTER
34. DAN MOUL REPUBLICAN/91 ADAMS/FRANKLIN
35. DONNA OBERLANDER REPUBLICAN/63 ARMSTRONG/CLARION
36. SCOTT PERRY REPUBLICAN/92 CUMBERLAND/YORK
37. TINA PICKETT REPUBLICAN/110 BRADFORD/SULLIVAN/SUSQUEHANNA
38. MARGUERITE QUINN REPUBLICAN/143 BUCKS
39. KATHY RAPP REPUBLICAN/65 FOREST/MCKEAN/WARREN
40. BRAD ROAE REPUBLICAN/6 CRAWFORD
41. TODD ROCK REPUBLICAN/90 FRANKLIN
42. CHRIS ROSS REPUBLICAN/158 CHESTER
43. RICK SACCONE REPUBLICAN/39 ALLEGHENY/WASHINGTON
44. STANLEY SAYLOR REPUBLICAN/94 YORK
45. MARIO SCAVELLO REPUBLICAN/176 MONROE
46. CURT SCHRODER REPUBLICAN/155 CHESTER
47. JUSTIN SIMMONS REPUBLICAN/131 LEHIGH/NORTHAMPTON
48. RICHARD STEVENSON REPUBLICAN/8 BUTLER/MERCER
49. ROSEMARIE SWANGER REPUBLICAN/102 LEBANON
50. WILL TALLMAN REPUBLICAN/193 ADAMS/YORK
51. DOUGLAS REICHLEY REPUBLICAN/134 BERK/LEHIGH
52. MARCY TOEPEL REPUBLICAN/147 MONTGOMERY
53. MIKE TURZAI REPUBLICAN/28 ALLEGHENY
54. RANDY VULAKOVICH REPUBLICAN/30 ALLEGHENY
55. KATHARINE WATSON REPUBLICAN/144 BUCKS

SCHOOL CONSTRUCTION THREATENED!!!

   Your action is needed on a bill that will make it much more difficult for school districts to undertake needed school construction. As part of the budget deal, a bill is pending that would eliminate the current construction exemption from the law that requires a referendum to approve a school tax increase.

   The tax payer protection act was passed 8 years ago when the Legislature enacted the state gambling law allowing slots. As part of that arrangement, some of the slots revenue went to offset local property taxes. The tax payer protection act made it harder for school districts to raise taxes by requiring a "backend referendum" before any tax increase could be implemented. But certain exemptions were included in the law so that districts didn't need to get voter approval to address increasing costs beyond the districts' control. The construction exemption isn't even a full exemption as it only discounts 60% of the construction costs from triggering the referendum.

   House Bill 1326 and Senate Bill 911 remove all exemptions in the law. Please contact your State Senator and House of Representatives member and ask them to oppose these bills unless the construction amendment is preserved. If this legislation passes, it will greatly reduce school construction in Pennsylvania.

MY LEGISLATORS


   The Pennsylvania State Building and Construction Trades Council has a great website dedicated to all aspects of our jobs, including political updates. You can click on the image below to get there.

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THANK YOU REPRESENTATIVES MURPHY AND KELLY!

Click the links below to read a "thank you" from the Building and Construction Trades Department in Washington, D.C. concerning Representatives Murphy & Kelly's votes on the MilCon appropriations bill. We encourage you to thank the Congressman as well.

MIKE KELLY                  TIM MURPHY