What is a “Construction Craft Laborer?”
Construction Craft Laborers' are members of the Laborers' International Union of North America and are skilled union construction workers who perform specific job duties in one or more of the following four general categories.
Commercial Construction. A Laborer who works in this area of construction may tend carpenters, tend masons, place concrete or work on site preparation.
Highway Construction. Laborers' working in this area of construction may work with operating engineers to get final grade, they may install underground drainage systems or place concrete or asphalt. Laborers' are also used to place barricades and direct traffic.
Underground Construction. Laborers' working on an underground crew may install water distribution systems, natural gas distribution systems, sewer systems, storm drainage systems, telecommunication cable or work on tunneling projects.
Environmental Remediation. In this category a laborer may remove asbestos, clean up hazardous waste sites, remove lead based paint or work on a nuclear power plant decommissioning project. Laborers' working in this category are required to be formally trained in the area in which they work and adhere to strict safety requirements.
What Benefits are Involved With Being a Construction Craft Laborer?
• Construction Craft Laborers' have great medical, dental and optical insurance. Additionally, Laborers' enjoy an excellent pension plan and an annuity savings plan. Laborers' also contribute to a vacation fund and receive a vacation check annually in the out state area, and bi-annually in the Detroit metro area.
• Unionized Construction Craft Laborers' earn an average $241.00 a week more than their non-union counterparts.
• Construction Craft Laborers' may attend a wide variety of specific job training free of charge.