LIUNA—the Laborers’ International Union of North America—is the most progressive, aggressive and fastest-growing union of construction workers, and one of the most diverse and effective unions representing public service employees.
LIUNA members are on the forefront of the construction industry – a sector that is a powerhouse of 12 million workers producing 5 percent of our countries’ economic output.
A half-million strong, we are united through collective bargaining agreements which help us earn family-supporting pay, good benefits and the opportunity for advancement and better lives.
LIUNA today honors a heritage that began more than a century ago when courageous workers overcame hostility, threats and violence to join together for better lives. We honor that heritage through current struggles — being heard in government, raising standards for workers and employers on the job, and reaching out to a new generation of workers yearning for a better life.
Members run LIUNA, electing officers at all levels and participating in the day-to-day affairs of their Local Unions. Members set priorities for contracts and are the key in the union’s growth and success at increasing market share and political strength. Members run LIUNA, electing officers at all levels.
Men and women working in the construction industry see the difference a union makes in every paycheck.
- The average wage for a union-worker is $28.08, compared with $18.10 for a non -union worker, according to the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics.
- A heavy-highway LIUNA worker averages $41.94 an hour in wages and benefits, compared to $18.93 for non-union Laborers, according to Engineering News Record’s Construction Economics Department.
A union helps neutralize pay discrimination. The most recent report from the Bureau of Labor Statistics shows:
- For women in a union, the weekly pay advantage is 32% over non-union women in the workforce.
- For Hispanic union workers, the weekly pay advantage is 42%.
- For African American union workers, the weekly pay advantage is 33%.
LIUNA has one of the best continuing FREE education systems in the world.
- With dozens of courses that open the door to new opportunities and provide members with valuable skills.
- Classes are available in every state in the U.S. and every province in Canada.
LIUNA members are safer on the job.
- Members are empowered with the ability to speak out about workplace hazards.
- Members are provided with training in order to recognize potential hazards.
- A recent study found that the construction fatality rate in states with high union membership is half that of states with lower union membership.
Workers within a union also have an advantage when it comes to HEALTHCARE and RETIREMENT.
- 85% of union workers have health care insurance which includes medical, dental, vision and prescription drugs compared to the 54% of non-union workers.
- 76% of union workers have a guaranteed defined-benefit pension plan while only 16% of non-union workers have a pension plan.
- BLS, Union Members 2014
- Engineering New Record Q3 2014 Cost Report
- BLS, Union Members 2014
- Right-to-Work Laws and Fatalities in Construction
- BLS, National Compensation Survey, Healthcare benefits: Access, participation, and take-up
- BLS, National Compensation Survey, Retirement benefits: Access, participation, and take-up rates
The average wage for a union-worker
Hispanic union workers, the weekly pay advantage
A heavy-highway LIUNA worker averages
Union workers have a guaranteed defined-benefit pension