News From: Laborers 66

Bernard Hopkins vs. Joe Smith Jr.: WCB Highlights (HBO Boxing)
by Kris LaGrange | on Dec 19, 2016

Organized Labor's Cinderella Man

On Saturday, December 17, Joe “The Beast” Smith Jr. fought former multi-class champion Bernard “The Executioner” Hopkins in Hopkins final fight.  After eight rounds,...

by Press and Media | on Dec 07, 2016

Joe Smith Jr. The Union Laborers Champ!

Joe Smith Jr. found boxing in a very familiar manner. As a 13-year-old growing up in Shirley on the South Shore of Long Island, Smith was the oldest of seven brothers and one sister, and wasn’t...

by Brian Young | on Nov 28, 2016

The Giving of a Turkey Voucher

With the holidays upon us, many people give thanks and take stock of their lives, their family and their jobs.  We think of how we can give back to our friends, co-workers and community. For...

by Kris LaGrange | on Oct 06, 2016

Proving apprenticeship graduation rates

When elected officials start talking about student debt and college, they often mention apprenticeship programs.  These programs are a sort of a working college for the men and women who are...

by Press and Media | on Aug 02, 2016

Trades getting good press

Thousands of the best-paid blue-collar jobs in the Big Apple are opening up, starting with a huge union recruitment drive for carpenters and laborers.And the blue-collar compensation, with benefits...

by Press and Media | on Aug 01, 2016

Blue collar millennials

Washington Mayancela decided he wanted his life to be degree free.He joins legions of well-schooled millennials bucking the trend of college, taking often dirty but well-paid blue-collar jobs.Coming...

UCOMM Interview Joe Smith Jr
by Kris LaGrange | on Jul 01, 2016

A real life Cinderella Man

On June 18th, Laborers Local 66-member Joe Smith Jr. shocked the world by knocking out the WBC Light-Heavyweight International Champion Andrzej Fonfara just minutes into the first round.  The...

by Kate Hogan | on Jun 27, 2016

UCOMM site on National TV

If you’re a boxing fan, then you were definitely watching the Light Heavyweight fight between Joe Smith Jr and Andrzej Fonfara on NBC on Saturday, June 18, 2016. Fonfara was the massive fan...

by Kris LaGrange | on Jun 17, 2016

Union Laborer boxing on National TV

It is with great pride that we share with you that Irish Joe Smith Jr., a member of Laborers Local 66, will be boxing this Saturday on National TV. UCOMM's close relationship with Local 66 makes...

by Kris LaGrange | on Apr 15, 2016

Respecting the line

On April 15th members of the Communications Workers of America(CWA) and the International Brotherhood of Electrical Workers (IBEW) who work at Verizon went on strike.  On Long Island some...