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LIUNA Action Network
Dear Brothers and Sisters:
I write to update you on the current status of the Dakota Access Pipeline which is one of the largest pipeline projects in the United States, and has been the subject of a concerted campaign of misinformation which has received considerable media attention in the last month. As you may know, there are over 1,100 LIUNA members and more than 4,500 Building Trades members working on this active project which is already more than sixty percent completed.
LIUNA has been a vocal advocate for the Dakota Access Pipeline from its inception. Not only because it puts our members to work under a Project Labor Agreement (PLA), but also because it is one of the safest and most technologically advanced pipelines in the nation. After an exhaustive and thorough two-year review by four state regulatory agencies and the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers, the project was permitted and approved.
The Standing Rock Sioux Tribe did not raise objections to the Dakota Access Pipeline during the state permitting process, and in fact participated in several meetings on the project. It was only after the Pipeline was approved, crews and equipment were mobilized, and construction was underway that the Standing Rock Sioux Tribe decided to challenge the project in court. Not surprisingly, federal courts refused to block construction of a lawfully permitted project, and unfortunately, misguided protests escalated.
Frustrated by their failure to get their way, a small, but significant number of Pipeline opponents – most of which are environmental activists from outside of North Dakota – have moved from peaceful protest to aggressive tactics that threaten the safety of construction workers, public safety officers, and protesters themselves. LIUNA members continue to go to work each and every day, despite escalating protests which have gone beyond peaceful, civil disobedience to include trespassing on active construction sites, destroying equipment, intimidating construction workers and law enforcement officials – risking injury to themselves and union workers on the project. In essence, these protesters are acting like thugs.
LIUNA has no quarrel with peaceful, civil disobedience; our movement has a long and proud history of using such tactics, and we will always defend the rights of others to do so. But we will not tolerate actions that put our members in harm’s way.
Much of the opposition to the Pipeline is based on misinformation. The facts are on our side, yet in the past month, we have witnessed vocal opposition from groups, including some self-righteous unions, who know little about the project and have no job equity in it. These unions have sided with THUGS against trade unionists. They are a group of bottom-feeding organizations that are once again trying to destroy our members’ jobs. These job-killing unions are the: Communications Workers of America (CWA), National Nurses United (NNU), Amalgamated Transit Union (ATU), American Postal Workers Union (APWU), and Service Employees International Union (SEIU). It is also important to acknowledge that the AFL-CIO recently came out in support of the Dakota Access Pipeline. While we may not always agree with the AFL-CIO on some of their strategies and decisions, we appreciate that they stood by our members on this important issue.
LIUNA will not forget the reprehensible actions and statements against our members and their families from the five unions listed above. Brothers and sisters, for every ACTION there is a REACTION, and we should find every opportunity to reciprocate their total disrespect and disregard for the health, safety, and livelihoods of our members. Not only have these unions joined in a common cause with the self-interested opportunists vilifying hard-working tradesmen and tradeswomen, they are knowingly repeating the lies and misinformation driving opposition to this project. In joining forces with opponents of Dakota Access, these unions have displayed a truly amazing level of hypocrisy and ignorance while threatening the safety and livelihoods of workers who are AFL-CIO and Building Trades members.
Some of our so-called brothers and sisters in the trade union movement have abandoned solidarity with the working class and are instead throwing in with environmentalists who have co-opted the tribes in their effort to fight pipelines. Tribal members are concerned with protecting water quality and avoiding destruction of culturally significant sites – goals that the Pipeline owner and our members fully intend to achieve by building the Pipeline carefully, respectfully, and responsibly.
Unfortunately, these protests are being fueled and promoted by another group: so-called “keep it in the ground” environmentalists who oppose all pipeline projects no matter how safe or how carefully developed. A recent headline summed it up best: “Are Environmentalists Using Native Americans, and Does It Matter?” The answer to both questions is yes. The groups behind the anti-pipeline movement are exploiting tribal concerns in an effort to mobilize public opinion against pipeline projects that have nothing to do with tribal concerns.
Some Members of Congress have recently signed onto letters against the Dakota Access Pipeline. I have reached out to each of these Members of Congress and expressed our anger and disappointment of their complete disregard of our members.
Americans deserve to know the truth. The Dakota Access Pipeline does not run through sacred burial sites or across any part of the Standing Rock Reservation, and it does not pose a threat to the Missouri River. Opponents want the public to believe that these issues were not considered over the two-year review process. But this is not some half-baked project. It is an all-union built Pipeline that was meticulously reviewed and vetted.
With the Dakota Access Pipeline now more than halfway finished, these facts bear repeating:
* The Pipeline underwent an exhaustive two-year review during which supporters and critics had ample opportunity to express their positions.
* Throughout the review process solicitations for input from various groups were made, including to the Standing Rock Sioux Tribe. The U.S. Army Corps of Engineers held 389 meetings with fifty-five tribes during the review process. They met with the Standing Rock Sioux Tribe individually nearly a dozen times before the Pipeline route was finalized and the project permitted.
* The Dakota Access Pipeline was rerouted 140 times in North Dakota alone to avoid culturally sensitive areas. The entire route was surveyed by professional archaeologists and ethnographic specialists. Multiple archaeological studies conducted with state historic preservation offices found no sacred items. This was all well-established before construction began, and it has been reaffirmed by additional surveys conducted since then. Opponents continue to claim otherwise.
* Opponents contend that the Dakota Access Pipeline poses a threat to the Missouri River. This Pipeline was designed with state-of-the-art safety measures and redundancies, including compliance with all safety and environmental regulations. Also, this Pipeline is not the first pipeline to cross the Missouri River. Eight other pipelines have already been built and are already in service under the same body of water, transporting thousands of barrels of crude product every day. No organization has done more to prevent pipeline spills and protect waterways in North Dakota than LIUNA.
* Last month, a U.S. District Court refused to halt construction, citing that regulators had followed the law. The U.S. Court of Appeals recently upheld that decision. Yet rather than respect the court’s ruling, the Obama Administration chose to overstep its authority by halting construction of the river crossing. The Administration even had the nerve to ask for construction to be “voluntarily” halted on another 20 miles of right-of-way – effectively asking our members to “voluntarily” give up their paychecks for work on a lawfully permitted project.
LIUNA as always, will continue to fight for our members and their families. We will remain vigilant and resolute on this issue and will continue to work relentlessly to protect the jobs and the safety of those we proudly represent. We stand in solidarity with our Building Trades brothers and sisters who skillfully and courageously continue to build the Dakota Access Pipeline.
With kind regards, I am
“Brothers and Sisters, our best days are ahead of us, not behind us. We have shown time and time again that we have the strength, the courage, and the wisdom to meet any challenge placed in front of us. We took this union from a small group of courageous immigrant and minority workers that no one else wanted to the powerhouse it is today”
- LiUNA General President, Terry O’Sullivan.
Remember when Representative Vescovo came to one of our job sites to yell at our members... We find it ironic that someone whose salary comes from tax dollars refuses to pay taxes. Nobody likes takes, but we pay what we owe, and our elected officials should be held to the same standard. Those tax dollars that he refuses to pay could help build roads or fund education. Rob Vescovo does not care about Missouri or Missourians.
Robert “Bob” Butler, a worker-friendly Democrat running against incumbent State Representative Rob Vescovo (R-Arnold) for the District 112 seat, is challenging his opponent’s legal qualifications to remain on the November ballot.
Bulter has filed a lawsuit in the Jefferson County Circuit Court alleging that Vescovo is not qualified to appear on the ballot because he is delinquent in paying taxes. As stated in the declaration of candidacy, candidates for state representative cannot be delinquent in the payment of any state income tax or personal or property taxes on the place of residence.
“I find it troubling that Representative Vescovo signed a sworn statement that he had no outstanding taxes,” Butler said. “He clearly knew this was not true.”
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A lot of Donald Trump supporters seem to cite his business acumen as a/the reason they will vote for him. This echoes the oft-argued perspective that the government should be run like a business. I guess to some that sounds good, comfortable and safe. Success should equal success.
But that is absolutely wrong — we don’t want our government run like a business. Especially a Trump business.
First, government is not supposed to make a profit. If the government is making money, it is doing it wrong. Businesses are built to acquire and build wealth. Governments should make wealth available to all.
She didn’t think heroin would take hold of her the way it did. “At first, I would do it just to have fun,” said Tamara Collins, 35. But she quickly found herself unable to function without it, running out on her lunch break at a mortgage company to buy more. “It became part of my daily routine,” Collins said, “just like getting up and brushing my teeth.”
Last fall, she found out she was pregnant. She wanted to continue the pregnancy and stop getting high. Once again, however, she underestimated heroin’s power. She tried to quit twice and failed. The severe stomach pain, vomiting, diarrhea and sweats were unbearable.
Read more at St. Louis Post-Dispatch...
As some of you may be aware, SEIU has begun the process of organizing part-time faculty, full -time non-tenure track faculty and tenure track faculty at UMSL. We have been met with an anti-union campaign waged by an anti-union St. Louis attorney who has been hired by the University to fight the unionization. Could you please add your name to the attached petition letting the professors know that you support them forming a union?
Furthermore, please forward to UMSL alumni and other friends/family that you have who would be willing to sign as well.
Nancy E. Cross
Hello Laborers Local 110,
In support of American made, union made work boots, please share this 27% off union member discount code with your members. Our Thorogood work boots are made in Central Wisconsin by UFCW Locals 688 and 717. You can find a link to TheUnionBootPro.com on the bottom page of the AFL-CIO main website by scrolling left and right.
Please share this code with your members via your website, newsletter, Facebook, Twitter, etc. Post a link to TheUnionBootPro.com on your website. Check out our media kit for union hall materials.
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You don’t have to be in a union for your paycheck to feel the impact of organized labor’s long decline.
A new report from the Economic Policy Institute, a research group that advocates on behalf of low- and middle-income workers, calculates how much more nonunion private-sector workers would have earned in 2013 had private-sector union membership remained at 1979 levels.
For men, wages would have been 5 percent higher, an average of $2,704 annually, and those with less education would have seen greater impact, the report said....
Today, I spent a total of $___________ at Schnucks. I shop here because it is important to support businesses that employ Union workers and provide good, stable middle-class jobs in our community.
If Schnucks continues with its plan to lay off 190 long-term, hardworking warehouse workers and transfer their jobs to a non-union global corporation that doesn’t share my values or those of this community, I will spend my hard-earned dollars elsewhere.
(When you have filled in the total amount spent, please hand this card to the cashier or to a store manager before leaving the store).
Click below to get your PDF to print or stop by LU110 offices:
There are openings for the March 19, 2016 Traffic Tech Course to be held in St. Charles. Openings will be filled on a first come first serve basis.
You can print off a class application here:http://lu110.com/training/forms.html
Washington, D.C. (December 2, 2015) – Terry O’Sullivan, General President of LIUNA – theLaborers’ International Union of North America – made the following statement today on Secretary Clinton’s infrastructure proposal announcement:
We applaud Secretary Clinton’s focus on significant new investment in our nation’s criticalinfrastructure and for making it front and center in the Presidential campaign. As she pointsout, investing in our nation’s roads, bridges, transit and other fundamentals is a key toeconomic growth, public safety, creating good jobs and rebuilding the middle class.
Her plan is realistic and thoughtful and is a solid down-payment on the country’s needs,which, due to years of neglect is now estimated to total trillions of dollars, according to the American Society of Civil Engineers.
With her proposal and leadership, Secretary Clinton has shown that she has the politicalwill to address the dire state of America’s infrastructure. The hard-working, skilled menand women of LIUNA stand ready, willing and able to get to work rebuilding thetransportation systems and other critical infrastructure we all rely on every day.
Undercover Tonneau Cover for a Ford F-150. Fits model years 2009-2014 Crew cab 5.5' bed. In excellent used condition. Local pick up only. $490.
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The Training Centers’ new website is now LIVE!! Please share this with your membership that they can get course applications off the website and also see the Fall 2015/ Winter 2016 schedule.
Now members can get their applications on the training school website and then email to the local via the website. Also, apprentices can fill out their work reports off the website and direct email to apprentice@ email.
Pre-filing of bills started today in our state’s capitol. And once again, workers are under attack. Today, two so-called ‘right-to-work’ bills were filed by both Representative White and Representative Burlison (HB1407 and HB1462). ‘Right-to-work’ states have lower wages on average, higher poverty rates, higher infant mortality rates, invest less in education, and have higher workplace fatalities. Today, Representative White also filed a bill that would cut our state’s prevailing wage law (HB1406). Studies have shown that workers who are paid theprevailing wage are more productive, and higher productivity can lower construction costs without lowering wages. Prevailing wage laws benefit blue-collar workers and their communities by:
1. Encouraging training
2. Lowering the rate of injuries
3. Promoting health care coverage
4. Minimizing disruption to local labor markets
5. Ensuring that minority and female workers receive prevailing wages
6. Encouraging their participation in apprenticeship programs
These attacks on workers are simply wrong. Missouri needs to invest our time and energy creating quality jobs for all Missourians.
-President Mike Louis
Local 110 is an affiliate of LIUNA—the Laborers’ International Union of North America—the most progressive, aggressive and fastest-growing union of construction workers, and one of the most diverse and effective unions representing public service employees.
Laborers' Local 110 is made up of 3,154 members: 2439 of those being active members and 715 retirees.
Highway 270 blasting; Fred Weber
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Attached is the 2016 Free, Low-Cost, or Sliding Scale Clinics for the St Louis Metro Area provided by our friends at the National Kidney Foundation (STL). I hope you will find this information useful. If you have questions, updates, or additions to the list, please contact Suzanne McComb at:
Suzanne McComb RD, LD -Program Manager - National Kidney Foundation
1001 Craig Rd. Suite 480, St. Louis, MO 63146
Local 110 laborers working on the Murdock Bridge at Laclede Station Road.
The Metro- politan Area is made up of 1000+ Union affiliated Contractors. Please check the list of union affiliated contracts with information including addresses and phone numbers.
The Laborers AGC Training Center offers over 60 separate courses of instruction from 3-5 days in length. Classes cover General Construction Skills, Advancement Skills, Specialty Skills, Environmental Skills, and Health & Safety Classes.
The Right to Work Education Committee meets the 2nd Wednesday of each month at 6:00 pm at the Union Hall. Before the Lu110 normal monthly meeting.
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DEBIT CARD, VISA, MASTERCARD,
AND DISCOVER CREDIT CARDS
MAKING IT EASIER TO PAY YOUR DUES
Laborers' Local 110