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).
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.