LIUNA Local 189 was chartered on September 8, 1933, and represents hundreds of the men and women in Central Kentucky who do the hard, dangerous and dirty work of building America. LIUNA members are on the forefront of the construction industry a sector that is a powerhouse of:
Laborers' International Union of North America
LIUNA stands for fairness for working people, regardless of color, gender, race or ethnicity, no matter our country of origin.
We stand for helping employers succeed based on providing the highest quality of work in the world and by being responsible members of our communities.
LIUNA stands for individual advancement and opening the doors to new opportunity by offering members and employers the best free adult education system there is, with training in the skills needed to build our communities and our countries.
We stand for a strong union movement that can restore the strength of the middle class, and we are doing our share with one of the union movement’s most ambitious organizing commitments to help tens of thousands of working people join together.
LIUNA Stands For Power For Working People
What We Do
We are an organized association of workers, throughout many industries, formed to protect and further their rights and interests in the workplace.
Community is important to us; we provide local workers with local jobs.
These jobs are good union jobs with benefits and living wages.
Know Your Rights
A union helps neutralize pay discrimination.
For women in a union, the weekly pay advantage is 32% over non-union women in the workforce.
For Hispanic union workers, the weekly pay advantage is 42%.
For African American union workers, the weekly pay advantage is 33%.
Unions Begin with You
Born of strife and struggle, LIUNA members have been uniting for better lives since 1836 when the first recognized Laborers union was established in Philadelphia. Hundreds of Laborers Local Unions existed across North America at the turn of the century but they were only admitted to the early AFL as “Federal Locals.”
The advent of the Great Depression in 1929 not only put tens of millions of Americans out of work, including tens of thousands of Laborers, it also drove wages downward. With so many people jobless and struggling to support their families, unions lost much of their leverage to negotiate wage increases.
Some of the most critical ways the union helped members improve their lives was not just through their wages, but also through health insurance, pensions, disability coverage, and other benefits offering greater physical and financial security.
In 1962, LIUNA helped found the AFL-CIO Building and Construction Trades Department Safety Committee, and launched an effort to stop construction site cave-ins through intensive membership education and pushing protective legislation.
In the late 80’s and early 90’s many LIUNA regions implemented training programs to further improve the skills and safety of members.
In 1981, New York LIUNA Locals added drug and alcohol rehabilitation to their welfare programs.
In the 21st century LIUNA has led the way for trade unions in its commitment to growth and member activism.
In 2001, delegates elected Terry O’Sullivan General President and Armand E. Sabitoni General Secretary-Treasurer. In 2006 and again in 2011 and 2016, delegates re-elected both to office.