In this edition: OAK + BART, Which Way in the Southwest?, Beat the Heat
In this edition: OAK + BART, Which Way in the Southwest?, Beat the Heat
The Dispatch - July 2014
A Newsletter from LECET Southwest
Dear Name,
Which way is construction headed in the Southwest and what can the Laborers do to help? From the valley of 2011, construction employment has been on the rise. In 2013 it was up more than 12% over the lows of 2011 in the three states that LECET Southwest monitors (CA, AZ, NM). However, according to employment data from the Bureau of Labor Statistics (BLS), that number doesn’t tell the whole story.
California construction employment was up almost 14% in 2013 from that state’s low water mark and is up another 4.3% through the first five months of 2014. On the other end of the spectrum, New Mexico took longer to...     Read More
Flatiron Builds the Oakland Airport Connector
After more than 40 years of discussions, studies, and plans, the San Francisco Bay Area Rapid Transit District (BART) will put a much anticipated missing link of their transportation system into service in the next few months. Uniting BART’s Oakland Coliseum station to the Oakland Airport, this long-awaited transit system connection is known as the Oakland Airport Connector (OAC). This 3.2 mile transit system is being built by the joint-venture team of Flatiron/Parsons/Doppelmayr.     Read More

Beat the Heat in Summer Construction

By the Laborers' Health & Safety Fund of North America
Summer is coming and with it, energy-sapping heat. For construction laborers and others who work outdoors, or who, regardless of the time of year, work in heat-producing environments, heat is not only uncomfortable, but also dangerous.
Heat sickens thousands of workers every year and kills more than 30. About half of these deaths occur in the construction industry. Heat can make...     Read More
New Signatory Contractors
Below is a partial listing of contractors that recently became signatory to the Laborers' Union. For a complete list and further information on new signatories click here
FCS Striping, Sealing & Paving
Running M Group
Vastola Electric
Hypa Engineering
Roy E. Whitehead, Inc.
Provision Pipeline, Inc.
BGN Construction
American Pavement Systems
ROW Traffic Safety 
Diamond Concrete
AB 44
Subletting and Subcontracting Fair Practices Act
On July 1, Section 4104 of the CA Public Contract Code was amended to require prime contractors to include the license number of listed subcontractor(s) when submitting a bid on any public works project in California.
Local 783 Contractor Luncheon - 7/18/14
CA Transportation Foundation Charity Golf Tournament - 7/28/14
UCON Annual BBQ & Chili Cook-off - 8/7/14
SCCA Scholarship Awards - 8/13/14
The LECET Southwest Weekly
Get construction news and informational updates for California, Arizona, and New Mexico.
The Laborers-Employers Cooperation and Education Trust (LECET Southwest) is a partnership between the Laborers' International Union of North America and their 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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