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by Brian Young | on Apr 24, 2019

Meet the Trump Impersonator from Laborers Union

The day that Trump descended down the Golden Staircase to declare that he was running for President changed Laborers Local 66 member Thomas Mundy’s life. His uncanny resemblance and voice led...

by Richard J. Bran... | on Oct 03, 2017

Know Your Rights: Protect the NY Scaffold Law

For over 130 years, the NY Scaffold Law (Labor Law §240 and §241) protected some of the most vulnerable workers in this state from the reckless actions of property owners and general...

by Kris LaGrange | on Jul 13, 2017

Union Laborer to box on HBO

Long Island Federation of Labor, AFL-CIO: On Saturday, July 15th Laborers Local 66's own Joe Smith Jr.  Joe has brought a lot of attention to our local labor movement by routinely talking...

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...