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Retiree Event at Belmont Race Track

Some won when they picked a winning horse. Others won with a winning raffle ticket. But everyone had a good time when more than 300 retired laborers gathered at Belmont Racetrack for the Mason Tenders District Council’s annual Day at the Races.

“It’s all about the old-timers as far as I’m concerned,” said Victor Rizzo, Treasurer-Secretary of Local 79. He thanked the retirees for their years of hard work and their support for the union.

Big Crowds for African American Day Parade

Marching bands, precision drill teams, and parade floats rolled through the heart of Harlem for the African American Day Parade — including thousands of union members from public sector workers to the construction trades.

“We are all in this together,” said George Gresham, president of Local 1199 SEIU, United Healthcare Workers East. Unions like Local 1199 marched up Adam Clayton Powell Blvd. Sept. 18 to show respect for their African American members and support for the larger African American community. “We participate in all the cultural parades because we have such a diverse membership,” said Gresham.

Construction and General Building Laborers Local 79's Apprentice Program

Construction Craft Laborer Apprentice

About the Job

This is an apprentice program for the Construction and General Building Laborers Local 79's Apprentice Program.   The trade you will learn is that of a Skilled Construction Craft Laborer.   Apprenticeship is the oldest form of job training.   Apprenticeship combines classroom instruction and on the job learning.  

Fixing Flushing Meadows

More than a hundred laborers volunteered Saturday morning May 21 to help make Flushing Meadows Park beautiful. They did much more than simply clean up the park – laborers moved more than a ton of dirt to fill puddles and wheel ruts where erosion and cars had damaged the lawns.

“This is awesome,” said Luis Zuniga, supervisor, level 1, for the New York City Department of Parks & Recreation. In today’s tough budget environment, the Parks Department simply does not have the staff to do everything that needs to be done to keep the Park looking its best.

Recent storms added to the Park’s problems. “During the Tornado the park was hit very badly,” said Estelle Cooper, assistant commissioner for Queens Parks for the New York City Department of Parks & Recreation. “Local 79 is doing a wonderful job.”

Several locals thanked the volunteers for the good job they were doing. “I love it. It’s been a long time since this has been done,” said Queens local Neal Beekman, who came over to thank the Laborers. He and a group of friends fly model airplanes in the Park most weekends.

“We give back to the community, and this is how we do it,” said Jorge Gonzales from Local 79. Many Local 79 members work on construction projects in neighborhoods around the park, including a new recreation center for Flushing Meadows Park.