LIUNA backs up our commitment to safety through training, education, and our nationally recognized safety and health fund.
Safety just isn’t prioritized for non-union construction projects. In New York, for example, about 87% of all construction fatalities were on non-union worksites. In what other profession would we be okay with an average of six workplace deaths per month? Could you imagine the outcry if we were losing six teachers or six nurses every month?
Aside from keeping us safe on the job, safety regulation also levels the playing field against non-union contractors. Non-union contractors often cut safety corners by paying low-skilled, unsafe workers. This allows them to low bid projects in their attempt to beat out union contractors who prioritize safety.
The federal, state, and local governments must do more to raise safety standards and hold irresponsible contractors accountable.
By electing candidates who support union construction and construction safety laws we can protect our jobs while we protect our safety.