The Laborers-Employers Cooperation and Education Trust (LECET) brings the Laborers’ International Union of North America (LIUNA) and its signatory contractors together to address issues of importance to both. Laborers and their employers share a lot of common ground. Working as a team, they secure projects and jobs, increase union-sector market share, advertise their services, develop a workforce, and advance shared market-related interests. One of LIUNA’s three cooperative labor-management Tri-Funds, LECET, is similar to a trade association. It looks down the road, sees where the construction industry is going, then musters the resources of LIUNA and the Tri-Funds to position Laborers and their signatory contractors to make the most of the future. It works closely with leading industry organizations on issues of importance to the entire industry such as transportation funding, market-related legislation, marketing strategies, and workforce development. LECET consists of one national office, located in Washington, DC, and a network of 31 regional, state, and local funds.
Projects and Jobs
LECET’s most important mission is helping Laborers’ Local Unions and the contractors with whom they work win projects and jobs. Its innovative Cooperation Trust Tracking System (CTTS) keeps tabs on tens of thousands of construction projects throughout the United States and Canada. LECET and its affiliates alert Laborers’ Local Unions of upcoming projects, giving Laborers and their signatory contractors time to prepare a bid, assemble a workforce, and win the work. While Laborers are working hard on current projects, LECET is hard at work identifying future project and job opportunities.
Promoting the Union Sector
Laborers are proud of their work on structures and projects throughout North America. LECET and its affiliates promote the image of Laborers in industry trade publications, at trade shows and job fairs, and through a wide variety of marketing materials. Whether in the pages of Engineering News-Record, on television and radio, or in marketing and recruitment materials, LECET and its affiliates convey one simple message: being a Laborer means being devoted to quality, training, and safety. Laborers want to see LIUNA’s values and ideals carried into the next generation. LECET helps make that happen by working with LIUNA and signatory contractors to recruit tomorrow’s Laborers today. From meeting with high school guidance counselors to developing youth-oriented recruitment materials to engaging in mentoring and school-to-work programs, LECET and its affiliates are reaching out to young people who like to work with their hands, have good work attitudes, and display an aptitude for construction. LECET also recruits skilled and experienced workers away from non-union contractors. In addition to securing LIUNA’s future, these recruitment efforts help develop the workforce signatory contractors need and want.
Staying Prepared in Changing Technology
Construction is constantly changing, and LECET helps Laborers and their signatory contractors stay current. LECET looks down the road to determine where the industry is going, and what Laborers and their contractors will need to do to stay out in front. The Laborers-AGC Education and Training Fund (Laborers-AGC) uses LECET’s market analyses as it develops training programs that keep Laborers up to date and safe on the job. The result? Positioning Laborers and their signatory contractors to make the most of the future.
A Voice in the Halls of Power
Every day, elected officials and government regulators make decisions that can directly affect construction in general and/or specific projects. LECET and its affiliates work with industry groups and coalitions to make sure key policy makers hear a labor-management voice on issues of concern to the entire industry. LECET is a key player in many market-related legislative and regulatory efforts.
Why Build with Laborers?
That project is your baby and your headache. Pull it off well, and you're a hero. Pull it off poorly, and you could be out of a job. When so much is on the line, you want contractors, subcontractors, and workers on whom you count. You want people you can trust, people who won't let you down, people who solve problems instead of creating them. That's why you want Laborers and their signatory contractors. They know how to do the job right, on time, every time. They know how to work safely. They can even help you move potentially controversial projects through tricky political waters. That's all a part of doing business with the Laborers and their contractors.
A Message to the Open Shop Sector
We're not here to give you a hard time. Whether you work union only in some areas of the country, double breast, or work exclusively open shop, we see you as prospective clients, and we want your business. We're confident that when you look at what LECET, LIUNA, and the Tri-Funds have to offer signatory contractors, you will want to work with us. You'll want to work with us because we'll help you research markets, develop new business, win projects, enhance your competitiveness, and increase your bottom line. Not to mention the well-trained, highly skilled Construction Craft Laborers who do the job safely, on budget, and on time, every time.
A Word about Wages
Think you can't afford union wages? Think again. At the Laborers' International Union of North America, we want your business, and we're willing to work with you to get it. Rather than negotiating one high wage for all Laborers, regardless of skill level, our skill-based wage rates operate like the open shop sector. You pay one rate for unskilled labor, another for semi-skilled, and the highest only for highly skilled Laborers. We'll work with you to negotiate a crew mix that meets your needs while enabling you to remain competitive and attract skilled workers. No more searching for a skilled workforce. No more paying top dollar for inexperienced workers. Just good workers at a decent wage.