The New York State Laborers' Union represents over 40,000 members employed in the construction industry and other fields throughout the state.
Our members are organized into more than 24 local unions and 5 district councils. We are a proud affiliate of the Laborers' International Union of North America (LIUNA).
Operating both individually and in partnership, the Tri-Funds bring together the union and its affiliated contractors to address important issues in a fast-paced industry that is changing all the time.
NYS LECET has pioneered the concept of labor-management cooperation as the most productive way to expand work opportunities and market share for Laborers and their affiliated contractors. Two priorities for NYS LECET are promoting job opportunities for our members and contractors and rigorous enforcement of prevailing wage and other labor protection laws.
The NYS Laborers' Health and Safety Fund focuses its considerable resources and expertise on the many health, wellness and safety issues Laborers and their families face.
The NYS Laborers' PAC is one of the most active and successful union political action organizations in the country.
One of NYS LECET's main goals is to capture the competitive edge and develop more job opportunities for Laborers, our affiliated contractors and project owners. By working closely with our local unions and district councils as well as with our contractors, NYS LECET has been successful in:
NYS LECET plays an important role in helping developers of large projects clear regulatory hurdles and ensuring that politicians and other key decision-makers realize the importance of these projects for our members and our communities.
NYS LECET is aggressive and results-oriented.
NYS LECET has joined with other unions and highway contractor associations to generate more state funding for highway and mass transit construction in the state and protect the many members and contractors who work in heavy and highway construction.
NYS LECET established the New York State Center for Fair Contracting (CFC) in 1998 to keep a watchful eye on public works construction projects throughout the state to make sure contractors follow prevailing wage and other labor laws. Such careful oversight protects Laborers and our signatory contractors against unscrupulous non-union contractors who profit from lax enforcement by cheating workers out of required wages and benefits. In just a few years, the CFC has become a leading defender in the ongoing battle for fair wages.
To help further the CFC message the NYS Laborers have developed a separate Web site for the Center for Fair Contracting (CFC) initiative - www.getbackpay.com.
While securing better working conditions and more job opportunities is our priority, that's not all we do.
And NYS LECET participates in recruitment efforts at job fairs, trade shows and high schools to tell young people about the benefits and satisfactions of a career in construction. Recent career fairs were held in Albany and Rochester. Our brochure, Top 10 Reasons to Become a NYS Laborer, has been enormously popular at these events.
The NYS Laborers' Health and Safety Fund is a perfect example of how labor and management, working together, can make a difference in members' health, safety and wellness and improve jobsite productivity.
Recognized in the construction industry as one of the most ambitious programs of its kind, the Health and Safety Fund is constantly thinking of new ways in which to make workers healthier and their worksites safer. This translates into a more productive workforce, which, in turn, improves the bottom line. It develops a variety of education, awareness and promotional programs for Laborers and their families and also works to contain health care and workers' compensation costs.
Most recently, the Fund purchased a training bus to make health and safety presentations at worksites around the state. This on-site safety training bus is an example of the innovative approaches the union is developing to solve common problems facing the industry. Knowing that members can't always leave work to travel to a training site and that conditions on many construction sites are not ideal to hold even a short safety training class, the New York State Laborers took the initiative to bring the "mobile classroom" to sites across the state.
The Health and Safety Fund:
The Fund works with local unions and district councils to organize free health fairs that give members, retirees and their families vital access to direct-care health services, such as cholesterol and blood pressure screenings and pulmonary function testing.
The fairs also provide the latest information about:
The NYS Laborers' Political Action Committee (PAC) was created in 1987 to give the Laborers' Union a voice in the political affairs of the state and country. The six-member committee represents all regions of the state.
The Laborers' PAC has become one of the most powerful union political action committees in New York state. The PAC also provides support to the Laborers' Political League in Washington, D.C., for contributions to national candidates.
The PAC's track record of passing important legislation and putting a stop to harmful, anti-labor bills is truly impressive.
Initiatives and Successes
Using voluntary contributions from our members, the PAC helps support political candidates from both parties who champion legislative issues that assist Laborers and our affiliated contractors. These include statewide elected officials, state legislators and county and town officials.
The PAC has been successful in advocating for a wide range of measures important to Laborers and their families, as well as general labor issues affecting all working men and women.
The PAC successfully has pushed for a range of legislation, including:
The PAC encourages members and their families to make their voices heard through voter registration drives, get-out-the-vote campaigns and letter-writing campaigns.
The PAC works hard to expand local union involvement in campaigns, governmental affairs and economic development issues.
One of the primary functions of the NYS Laborers' Political Action Committee (PAC) is to give the Laborers a voice in the legislative process at the state and federal levels. When in session, both of these bodies draft and attempt to pass bills that deeply impact union members in the construction industry.
In conjunction with NYS LECET and the NYS Health and Safety Fund, the PAC facilitates the creation and passage of bills that help Laborers by making worksites safer, establishing fair wages, etc. The PAC also speaks out against bills that would diminish the rights of workers and unions.