Laborers 110 Makes $50,000 Donation to Missouri Jobs With Justice for 7th Consecutive Year

By on February 5, 2019

From Labor Tribune:  Laborers Local 110 once again has donated $50,000 to Missouri Jobs with Justice (JWJ) bringing the union local’s total contributions to the organization to $350,000 over the last seven years.

Local 110 Auditor Mark Bielicke presented JWJ organizers with the check at its End of Year Celebration Dec. 11 at the Painters District Council 58 Union Hall in St. Louis. While Local 110 has made a contribution each of the last six years, organizers said they weren’t expecting the check at the party.

LARGEST UNION DONATION

“We just can’t thank Laborers Local 110 enough,” said Missouri JWJ Executive Director Caitlyn Adams. “It’s the largest union donation we receive each year, and it helps us to continue our mission of bringing together members of Labor, community, faith and student groups to fight for all Missouri workers.”

Local 110 Business Manager Don Willey, who has served on the Missouri JWJ St. Louis Leadership Board for five years, said his work on the board has represented some of his best time spent and memories made as a Labor leader. He is the first, and so far only, building trades leader to have served on the board.

“The JWJ Leadership Board has always tried to maintain a diverse representation of the St. Louis Labor Movement, and the effort always included the building trades unions,” he said. “More building trades leaders should become involved with the organization.”

STANDS WITH LABOR ON THE BIG ISSUES

JWJ stood shoulder-to-shoulder with Labor in the fight to defeat Proposition A (“right-to-work”) in August, Willey said, helping lead to its overwhelming defeat. Voters rejected Prop A by a better than two-to-one majority – 67.5 percent to 32.5 percent.

JWJ helped lead the campaigns to pass Amendment 1 (CLEAN Missouri), to overhaul the state’s ethics and legislative redistricting laws, and Proposition B, to gradually increase the state’s minimum wage. Both measures passed in November with more than 62 percent of the vote.

Still, Willey said, he understands the hesitation some union leaders and members might have in getting involved. JWJ sometimes has a reputation of being too radical, left leaning and encompassing too many diverse interests.

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