LiUNA’s Tri-Funds are critical tools that bring labor and management together to expand market share, win projects and jobs, enhance health and safety, and train for the future. Supported jointly by labor and management, the Tri-Funds are unique to the Laborers.
LiUNA Training and Education Fund
LiUNA Training provides comprehensive education and training programs and services to LiUNA members, local unions, and construction and environmental remediation contractors, through 70 affiliated training funds located across the United States and Canada.
A key goal of Training is to develop and facilitate Construction Craft Laborer (CCL) training that will enhance worker skills, promote workplace safety, offer job and career opportunities for a diverse workforce, and enable Laborers to obtain and maintain employment that provides excellent wages and benefits. The Fund develops professional educational materials (training manuals, audio-visual aids, and presentation materials) that are relevant to experienced and new Laborers.
In addition, LiUNA Training has an ongoing professional development program for instructors designed to enhance instructor technical and presentation skills.
The Laborers-Employers Cooperation and Education Trust (LECET)
LECET helps Laborers and Signatory Contractors win projects and jobs, not only to keep Laborers working, but to increase market share. LECET representatives work to build relationships and make The Wisconsin Laborers the first choice of contractors, owners, developers, and all construction users.
LECET’s National Office and 35 affiliates deliver these services throughout the United States and Canada, to Laborers and signatory contractors at the national, regional, District Council and Local Union levels.
Laborer’s Health and Safety Fund of North America (LHSFNA)
Everyone deserves to work in a safe environment. Safe and healthy work sites reduce injuries and illness and prevent accidental deaths, benefiting both labor and management. Strong health programs help construction workers and their family live better lives. To achieve these goals, LiUNA and its signatory contractors established the LHSFNA in 1988.
The LHSFNA provides assistance, when requested, to conduct worksite visits to identify hazards, solve specific problems, assist in the establishment of site safety programs and committees and address OSHA compliance issues.
The Fund’s Health Promotion Division identifies and develops prevention strategies for long-term health risks before they become problems, and works with health and welfare funds to improve health benefits and control health care costs. The Fund’s Research Division investigates the origins of occupational disease and works with industry partners to develop practical means to eliminate the risks.
Wisconsin Laborers’ District Council
The Wisconsin Laborers’ District Council is an affiliation of five Laborer Local Unions, representing nearly 9,000 construction craft laborers across the state. District Council houses the following staff members:
John Schmitt – President and Business Manager Kent Miller – Assistant Business Manager & International Representative Steven Kwaterski – Communications Director Diane Newby – LECET Director Donna Neustadter – Office Manager Rachel Skivers – Administrative Assistant Shawn Walczak – LECET Representative