The Dispatch - March 2020. Find out what's been happening!
The Dispatch - March 2020. Find out what's been happening!

Dear Colleague,

Pre-Apprenticeship Programs Provide Head Start to Future Laborers

Katherine “Kat” Norve had a comfortable job working as an executive assistant at a public relations firm, but office life just was not the right fit.
“I had a nice office window at the PR firm but always felt like I wanted to be outside,” Norve says. “I made good money back then, but not the money I am making now, plus the benefits, like a pension for retirement.”
While women make up a majority of the population, they are a distinct minority on construction sites, making up less than 3% of those working in the construction trades. 
In a male-dominated industry, women may have to work a little harder to find their way, but Norve found the road toward success. Read More

Changes to California Labor Code Impact General Contractor Liability on Private Projects

Effective January 2018, AB 1701, codified as Labor Code section 218.7, created general contractor liability for subcontractors’ wage violations on private construction projects.  This liability had already existed for general contractors on public works pursuant to Labor Code section 1743(a).  The liability created by AB 1701 extends only to any unpaid wage, fringe benefit, or other benefit payment or contribution, including interest, and does not extend to penalties or liquidated damages.  Read More

2019 Apprenticeship Graduations

As the construction boom continues, the need for more skilled workers grows with it. Luckily California has two excellent LIUNA-affiliated training funds that are meeting the challenge head-on. The two training funds had a banner number of apprentices advance to journeyperson status in 2019, graduating 1,190 apprentices. In addition to that, the Northern CA Training Center journey out another 552 apprentices through an accelerated program.

If you want more specific information about 2019 for each of the training funds, click on the links below.

Contractor Survey

As a valued partner of the Laborers Union (LIUNA), we would love to get your feedback on your experiences and interactions with our organization. We would also like to determine your knowledge of some of our affiliated labor-management offices and the services they provide. To that end, we have created a simple contractor survey. All answers are anonymous. Please take a few minutes help us become a more responsive partner. 
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New Signatory Contractors

Listed below are just a few of the contractors that recently became signatory to LIUNA.
Kern County Custom Concrete     -     Subterra Construction
Plaster Worx, Inc.     -     Falcon Striping
Co-T Construction    -     FCL Builders California
Ballard Construction     -     Nxtgen Signs
You can always see the full list of new signatory contractors on our website or search our Contractor Directory

Upcoming Events

Save the date! We hope to see you at one of the upcoming industry social and networking events. 

  • SCDCL Scholarship Sporting Clay - March 11th
  • CA League of Cities Public Works Expo - March 19th
  • CA Transportation Foundation Charity Golf Tournament - March 23rd
  • AGC-CA Small Business Contractors Exchange - April 1st
  • Foundation for Fair Contracting Workshop - April 2nd
  • SCCA's Meachem Memorial Golf Tournament - April 29th
  • UCON Scholarship Throw Down Cornhole Tournament - May 7th
Lastly, don't forget to take advantage of our free project lead service - MEPC. It delivers customized project information straight to your email inbox! 
Get project leads tailored to your interest by:
  • Location
  • Project Type
  • Project Value
 Did we mention it's free?
Please feel free to contact us should you have any questions about this email or something else that may be of interest to you. 
LECET Southwest
The Laborers-Employers Cooperation and Education Trust Southwest (LECET Southwest) is a partnership between the Laborers International Union of North America (LIUNA) and its signatory contractors to secure projects and jobs, increase market share, and advance market-related interests throughout the states of California, Arizona, and New Mexico.
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