This issue of LIFELINES ONLINE marks the one-year anniversary of the electronic magazine and the new LHSFNA website on which it is published.

We appreciate the many expressions of support and encouragement that we have received over the past year, and we urge you to write us with suggestions to improve the “ezine” and the website.

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LIUNA General Secretary-Treasurer and LHSFNA Labor Co-Chairman
Armand E. Sabitoni

“Our goal is to publish information and material that will assist LIUNA business managers, signatory employers and health and welfare fund administrators in doing their jobs,” says LHSFNA Management Co-Chairman Noel C. Borck who, also, is Executive Vice President of the NEA – the Association of Union Constructors. Borck and LHSFNA Labor Co-Chairman Armand E. Sabitoni – who is LIUNA’s General Secretary Treasurer and New England Regional Manager – provide overall direction for all of the Fund’s programs.

Aiming to serve these key audiences, we look at health and safety topics from all angles.

Over the past year, we’ve devoted a lot of attention to the health care cost crisis that plagues the United States and Canada. We’ve examined its roots, and we’ve looked at ways to combat its effects.

We’ve also extensively covered the battle to find a legislative solution to the asbestos victims’ compensation crisis. We’ve paid close attention to work of the regulatory agencies – OSHA, the EPA, Federal Highway and the FDA. Both in Congress and at the agencies, the year’s report card is a mixture of success, failure and incompletes.

We’ve, also, explored ways, within the realm of health and safety, to improve employers’ bottom lines. We’ve looked at the workers’ compensation system, at the nature of workplace incidents, at risk management and at programs that can constrain lost workdays.

We’ve also kept you abreast of new publications and services available through the professional staff of the LHSFNA.

The first year has been good. We look forward to improvement in the year ahead. Please continue to give us your suggestions and support.

[Steve Clark]