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Site Safety and Health Program

Site Safety and Health Program New Online Program for LIUNA Signatory Contractors The Laborers’ Health and Safety Fund of North America (LHSFNA) provides a variety of services to help LIUNA signatory contractors stay productive while keeping LIUNA members and their families safe. One of these services is reviewing and creating injury and illness prevention programs… Read more »

Removing History

Removing History California Engineering Contractors / Silverado Contractors Dismantle the Bay Bridge Beginning in 1936 cars and trains were able to go between San Francisco and Oakland as they never had before. That year, the San Francisco – Oakland Bay Bridge was put into service after many years of planning and three years of construction…. Read more »

Resolving Claims and Saving Money

Resolving Claims and Saving Money Alternative Dispute Resolution As a contractor, you are aware that California state law requires every employer to have workers’ compensation insurance in case an employee is injured on the job. In exchange for the premium paid by an employer, the workers’ compensation insurance carrier provides wage replacement and medical benefits… Read more »

California’s Pothole Penalty is Too High

California’s Pothole Penalty is Too High by Rocco Davis, LIUNA Vice-President and Regional Manager If California’s roads were people, a share of them would have been buried by now and as many would be drawing Social Security. As our state’s governor noted recently, many of our roads were built in the 1950s. They are deteriorating,… Read more »

Building Water Reliability

Building Water Reliability KSD Constructs the Carlsbad Desalination Project Construction on the Carlsbad Desalination Project is more than two-thirds complete and is scheduled to be finished in late 2015.  As near as that seems, it has taken many years to get to this point. The project was first proposed in 1998 and challenged by more than… Read more »

An Early Start to the Holiday Season

The holiday season started a little earlier this year for the construction industry.  Voters seemed to be in the spirit of giving during the November elections and offered up a lot of reasons to be optimistic about 2015 and beyond. Throughout the three states in our territory (California, Arizona, New Mexico), billions of dollars in bonds… Read more »

Which Way in the Southwest?

Which Way in the Southwest? 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,… Read more »

OAK + BART

OAK + BART 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,… Read more »

Beat the Heat in Summer Construction

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… Read more »

California’s Transportation Fiscal Crisis

California’s Transportation Fiscal Crisis by Will Kempton, Transportation CA California is once again facing a funding crisis for transportation infrastructure. Over the past few decades, our industry has championed efforts to provide a continuing source of money to support funding for California’s transportation infrastructure. With gas tax revenues declining, and with the looming sunset of… Read more »