Action Network

Join the LiUNA! Action network to get involved - it's your union! Learn more by signing up with LiUNA!

About Local 35

Office Hours

8:00 am to 4:30 pm Monday-Friday (unless a meeting or special event is going on at the union hall). Local 35 operates under LIUNA’s constitution, which is subject to amendment by delegates attending the international union general convention held every five years. The union’s programs and agenda are set at the same general convention through the consideration and adoption of resolutions submitted by convention delegates and by the general executive board. Members have representation by the business manager, field representatives and stewards of their local union. The local union members participate in an election process to vote for their business manager.

What is Laborer?

A laborer is a member of the Laborers' International Union of North America (LIUNA). Laborers are highly skilled workers who have specialized training in the building and construction trades as well as job safety standards. From building and repairing roads, highways, bridges, tunnels and mass transit systems to constructing public and private buildings, such as schools and office complexes, the Laborer builds America.

What kind of work do Laborers do?

Working alongside fellow, construction tradespeople, the Laborers' perform many different tasks on a construction site. Laborers' duties range from demolition and raking asphalt to cleaning up hazardous waste sites.

Is the work dangerous?

Although construction work has many hazards, the Laborers' union works hard to ensure members' health and safety through training and the use of personal protective equipment. The union also sponsors prevention, research and education programs to help eliminate worksite hazards and keep members and their families up-to-date on health and wellness issues.

How much money does a Laborer make?

Staring wages for a general Laborer range from $16-$22 per hour plus benefits. Other Laborers' earn more, depending on experience and skills.

What about benefits?

Union Laborers' and their families are eligible for many different benefits, including health insurance and pension.

What kind of education does a Laborer need?

Some members join the union right out of high school, while many have college experience or other degrees.

What kind of training does a Laborer need?

The Laborers' Union provides practical, hands-on training in many job skills through nationally recognized training courses. Topics range from scaffolding to hazardous waste removal to blueprint reading. The organized Laborer is constantly updating his or her skills to become eligible for job advancement opportunities. Workers can also enter the union through an apprenticeship program that combines skills training with classroom activities and on-the-job experience.

What does the union do?

The union usually makes job assignments and reassigns members if their jobs end. The union also oversees all aspects of a job to ensure employee wage and benefit requirements as stated in the Collective bargaining agreement are enforced and that members' rights are protected. Two union trust funds, LECET and the Health and Safety Trust, help promote jobs, job security, health and safety. They also tackle major workplace issues in construction to improve the labor workers' quality of life.