Among the many advantages for contractors who work union are the safety consciousness and skills of LIUNA members. This competitive edge is touted in three new, one-page promotional sheets prepared by the Laborers-Employers Cooperation and Education Trust (LECET).
In Union Workers Are Safer Workers, LECET cites three studies that document links between a union workforce and better safety performance on the job, making the point that “a safe workforce lowers costs, reduces accidents and increases productivity.”
In Safety Training, LECET lists specific safety training available to signatory contractors, noting that safety “is integrated throughout the training all Laborers receive…and contractors who sign with the Laborers get access to this training from their current and future staff.”
In Risk Management, LECET identifies seven specific benefits available to signatory contractors that will help control risk exposure on their worksites. It asks, “Why re-invent the wheel when you can benefit from our experience and expertise?”
The leaflets are a concrete expression of LIUNA’s strategy to work cooperatively with its management partners to build market share for the union sector in construction. That strategy is embodied in the work of LIUNA’s Tri-Funds, of which LECET is one component. LECET focuses on explaining the value of working union while helping signatory employers track and pursue bid opportunities in the industry.
Much of the actual work to advance safety and health for signatory employers is conducted by the Laborers’ Health and Safety Fund of North America (LHSFNA), and skills training is conducted by the Laborers-AGC Education and Training Fund. In Canada, similar work is done by the Canadian Tri-Fund.
The work of each Tri-Fund is conducted by a professional staff and guided by a board composed equally of labor and management representatives.
For more information on the LECET one-pagers, call LECET at 202-783-3545.